Control Engineer in England - Southampton, United Kingdom

at British American Tobacco

Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

The role of the Control Systems Engineer is to direct and deliver technical projects. These involve the development of new or improvement in existing technologies, methods and processes in both the manufacturing and laboratory environments to support Group Research & Development (GR&D), Product & Marketing Futures.


  • Application of expert electrical / electronic and control systems knowledge to be able to analyse, design, implement, test and maintain equipment. Approach to task is by selection of appropriate means learned from knowledge and experience and thorough understanding of principles and concepts to future proof and to ensure validity of data. Ability to address new problems from a sound process engineering understanding. Implementing the principles of ‘Best Practice’ and ensuring Technical teams are adhering to defined processes and purchasing to the BAT defined standard.
  • Planning – medium-long term workload with good engagement with stakeholders to understand priorities Understands, promotes and applies their responsibilities under the EH&S policy throughout team and through minimised risk based project work. Budget – Inform forecast and adhere to financial process and controls as majority of project work will be funded by projects financially managed by others. Identification of capital projects and justification of business case. Application of formal project management using Prince2 methodologies.
  • Provision of appropriate supervision & coaching to support and develop others. Able to identify and deliver training requirements to enhance technician or technologist performance.
  • Initiator or key representative in interactions with internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams including at a regional and global level through European Engineering and Strategic Engineering. Initiator or key representative in interactions with external stakeholders and through a network of suppliers. Write technical reports, publications and presentations for the BAT Group. Author and deliver GR&D reports and presentations through the PMO community. Participation in industry forums & working groups to keep technical skills abreast of new technologies. Coach and train Senior Technicians to enhance skills and development.
  • Development work supported by objective evidence and validation. Interpretation of data submitted for Management/ Technical Review.


Essential requirements

  • Directly relevant professional achievement equivalent to 1 st Degree in electrical, electronic or control engineering.
  • Time served in a recognised electrical apprenticeship.
  • Relevant technical experience resulting in a thorough knowledge of concepts, principles, methods, processes or techniques of network architectures, components and protocols, Profinet and Profibus.
  • Knowledge of SCADA systems using WINCC and InTouch.
  • Relevant industry experience and ability to demonstrate experience on Siemens S7 equipment (BAT Standard).
  • Good awareness of technical developments in related fields of drives, robotics and automation.

Desirable requirements

  • Hands on knowledge of IT programming environments and technical architectures to facilitate system development from concept to full implementation and support.
  • Ability to work in team environment cross functionally or work individually
  • Good communication and leadership skills to gain support for projects and deliver training.
  • Membership of a technical institution such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body is desirable.

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