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Senior Electrical Project Engineer



Other Engineering
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Level: 4
Salary band: £47,000 - £70,000
8% bonus (annual, discretionary & performance based)
3 days per week from our London office

Automata is building a world-class company to disrupt the life science industry and empower scientists by making automation a reality for every lab.

We work with labs across the world to understand their specific workflows and needs and develop personalised solutions that range from diagnostic, and drug discovery to synthetic biology. Our LINQ platform allows us to simplify everyday automation tasks, while supporting more advanced paths for specialised workflows, in a fast, flexible, and cost-efficient way.

We are looking for a Senior Electrical Project Engineer whose mission is to collaborate with our customer success team in delivering precise electrical designs for each new deployment. Leveraging our established product range and pioneering new solutions where necessary, this role plays a pivotal part in ensuring seamless integration of our automation solutions at Automata. Furthermore, the selected candidate will also contribute to the development of new products to address evolving industry needs.

Why is this role important at Automata?

To ensure the successful implementation of our automation solutions and maintain our commitment to excellence in the life sciences industry, Automata relies on the expertise of a Senior Electrical Project Engineer. This role is crucial in the delivery of our products, adhering to our roadmap, and empowering scientists with cutting-edge technologies.

You will be responsible for:

  • Collaborate closely with the customer success team to understand project requirements and expectations for each new deployment.

  • Develop detailed electrical designs and specifications for automation solutions, utilising both existing product range and innovative new solutions as needed.

  • Coordinate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure alignment on technical requirements, project timelines, and resource allocation.

  • Identify opportunities for process optimization and innovation in electrical design and delivery processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Oversee the execution of electrical design projects, including prototyping, testing, and validation of concepts to ensure optimal functionality and performance.

  • Engage with suppliers and vendors to source components, align on technical specifications, and manage relationships to ensure timely delivery and quality standards.

  • Maintain accurate documentation of electrical designs, including technical specifications, schematics, and progress reports, to provide transparency and updates to stakeholders.

  • Proactively identify and address any changes or challenges in project scope, schedule, or requirements, and communicate effectively with all involved parties.

  • Implement quality control processes to ensure that electrical designs meet regulatory standards, performance metrics, and customer expectations.

  • Provide technical expertise and support within the hardware team, offering insights and guidance on electrical aspects of product development and delivery.

What it takes:

  • Experience in electrical engineering, with a preference for experience in industrial automation or a related field.

  • Proficiency in modern CAD packages, such as EPLAN, for electrical design and documentation.

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a closely related field, or equivalent practical experience.

  • Proven track record of collaborating effectively in cross-functional engineering teams to achieve project goals.

  • Detail-oriented mindset with a commitment to delivering high-quality results, consistently meeting deadlines, and managing project budgets effectively.

  • Strong problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyse complex technical issues and devise innovative, practical solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, for clear and effective interaction with internal teams, external stakeholders, and suppliers.

  • Knowledge of regulatory standards and compliance requirements relevant to electrical design and industrial automation, ensuring adherence to industry regulations and safety protocols.

  • Experience in project management methodologies and tools, with the ability to develop and execute project plans, manage resources, and mitigate risks effectively.

  • Adaptability and willingness to learn, keeping up-to-date with advancements in electrical engineering technologies and methodologies to drive continuous improvement and innovation in the role.

  • Working knowledge of functional safety principles and how to implement safety devices into the electrical architecture

Nice to haves:

  • Familiarity with coding languages, such as Python

  • Familiarity with machine safety standards (e.g. ISO 12100, IEC 60204)

  • Safety controller programming experience (e.g. Pilz, Beckhoff TwinSAFE)

  • Understanding of US regulatory requirements for electrical installations

  • Exposure to risk assessment methodologies (e.g., FMEA) and reliability engineering principles, enabling proactive identification and mitigation of potential project risks.

  • Experience with procurement and supply chain management processes, supporting efficient sourcing of components and materials for project implementation

  • Previous experience leading cross-functional teams

What gets us excited?

We’re passionate about the future of Technology and Automation and our growing success is about teams who share our passion.

If you want to work in a high paced environment and support delivery into a hardware/software automation product that enables lab scientists to benefit from true walk away time through automation, then come and join our team.

If this sounds like a good fit and has ticked the right boxes, you will love having the opportunity to build something that immediately adds value.