Our People

Team

Working with Cougar Automation means you get the assurance, professionalism and breadth of knowledge that comes from working with a large organisation whilst also getting the personal, dedicated service that only a small team can provide to your project. To bring you this unrivalled level of service, we organise our engineers and project managers into fixed teams of 4 to 6 experts, which allows you to build a personal relationship with a professional team who will be there to work with you over the long term.

Join Us

Working for Cougar Automation is unrivalled by any other system integrator and is a unique experience unto itself.

Ensuring that our customers are 100% happy with the work we deliver is possible. It requires that everyone who works at Cougar is 100% happy with their working environment and passionate about the work they do. Now, one of those goals might sound impossible to achieve, let alone both. But, we knew we couldn’t have one without the other.

So, we set out to create an open organisation in which people have fun, feel valued and equal, and share in decision making. We want to be the company that everyone wants to work with AND where engineers want to work.

And we’ve achieved it! In fact, we’ve created a culture so unique in our industry (and most others) that we’re regularly asked to share our story.

Beyond the chance to work with some of the best minds in the industry, here’s a sample of what’s waiting for you if you work with us:

  • No departments! We sit and work together in a unique, open-plan workspace.
  • Be part of decision making. If you’re the most capable, you make the decision. No hierarchy-based decision-making here.
  • Choose who leads you. Leaders are elected. Every project needs the right leader, and so does every team. And there’s no one better to determine what kind of leader you need to succeed than you.
  • Gain a balanced life. You have other commitments. We get that. We know you’ll work be happier and more motivated if you can be flexible with your hours and work from home when needed.
  • Take a vacation! With 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) and unlimited unpaid leave, you have time to recharge and do the other things you enjoy.
  • Know who you’re working for. We share everything about the business, including management accounts and customer feedback. Salaries are transparent. Profit is shared.

Sound like the perfect place for you? If you want to work in this dynamic environment and are ready to deliver exceptional service whilst excelling in all aspects of your work, we want to hear from you. Send us your CV and indicate in which office location you would be interested in working. We will get back to you.

Current Postings

Apprentice Control Systems Engineer

Location: Waterlooville, Hampshire

    • This 3-year apprenticeship scheme is an exciting opportunity that will help you gain the skills needed to develop application software to control the automation of a variety of industries. You will learn to interpret client specifications, devise innovative solutions and conduct tests to confirm performance.
    • As a Cougar Automations engineer, we’ll help you learn to use specialist software (Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, etc.) to design industrial control systems. We'll provide you with a laptop with the appropriate design software platforms.
    • We deliver solutions to our customers based upon their requirements. You'll be learning and gaining levels of engineering skill and knowledge that will eventually see you performing as a key part of a project engineering team. Before starting on client projects, you'll work towards achieving all of the competencies needed to become a Control Systems Engineer.
    • You'll learn how to use custom and proprietary software to monitor process parameters, such as levels, pressure, temperature and flow to control items such as pumps, conveyors and valves as part of the project. Additionally, you’ll also help with other verification activities, include testing hardware in non-operational locations to confirm performance and response times.
    • The role will include learning to correctly interpret technical information and specify suitable equipment to form part of an overall solution

    Details:

  • Closing date for application: 12 April 2019
  • Monthly wage: £1,250
  • Working week: 08.30 -17.00 Monday to Friday 37.5 hours/week
  • Expected duration: 3 years
  • Possible start date: 2 Sept. 2019

Benefits:

    • Auto-enrolled into the Company pension scheme after qualification period
    • 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory days holiday
    • Free parking on site
    • Support and sponsorship to register with the IET
    • Soft skills training
    • £500 training allowance
    • Unlimited unpaid holiday
    • Profit sharing.

Control and Automation Systems – 24/7 Support Engineer

Locations: Hampshire, Yorkshire

    • Support engineer positions include generous on-call allowances and company car.
    • All positions offer competitive salary, company pension scheme and monthly profit share.

    Required Skills and Experience:

      • Loves to help customers and solve problems.
      • Has a methodical approach to fault finding.
      • Familiar with a wide variety of PLC and SCADA / HMI platforms.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Share in the 24/7 rota and travel regularly to customer sites (UK) at short notice.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.

Control and Automation Systems – 24/7 Support Engineer

Locations: Hampshire, Yorkshire

    • Support engineer positions include generous on-call allowances and company car.
    • All positions offer competitive salary, company pension scheme and monthly profit share.

    Required Skills and Experience:

      • Loves to help customers and solve problems.
      • Has a methodical approach to fault finding.
      • Familiar with a wide variety of PLC and SCADA / HMI platforms.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Share in the 24/7 rota and travel regularly to customer sites (UK) at short notice.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.

Control and Automation Systems – Senior Software Engineer

All locations: Kent, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire, South West

    • All positions offer competitive salary, company pension scheme and monthly profit share.

    Main Responsibilities of a Senior Software Engineer:

      • Lead projects and mentor other engineers to greater achievements.
      • Actively participates in the whole life cycle of delivering projects, from start to finish.
      • Interfaces directly with customers and suppliers.
      • Produces the design documents.
      • Writes the test documents.
      • Performs testing with customers.
      • Prepares risk assessments and Method Statements
      • Carries out on-site commissioning.
      • Compile training manuals and runs customer training session.

      Required Skills and Experience:

      • Specifically for our Hampshire office: Demonstrably familiar and proficient with Wonderware’s System Platform (Archestra) software.
      • Familiar and proficient at writing code for the major brands of PLC and SCADA / HMI platforms, and an appetite to learn new technologies.
      • Would be great, but not essential, to have good understanding of setting up, commissioning, and fault finding of industrial Ethernet networks.
      • 5+ years’ experience writing software and working directly with customers.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.

Control and Automation Systems – Software Engineer

All locations: Kent, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire, South West

    • All positions offer competitive salary, company pension scheme and monthly profit share.

    Main Responsibilities of a Software Engineer:

      • Actively participates in the whole life cycle of delivering projects, from start to finish.
      • Interfaces directly with customers and suppliers.
      • Produces the design documents.
      • Compiles the PLC, HMI and SCADA software.
      • Writes the test documents.
      • Performs testing with customers.
      • Carries out on-site commissioning.
      • Compile training manuals and runs customer training session.
      • Thinks outside the box and pushes boundaries.

      Required Skills and Experience:

      • Intermediate level of experience with writing code for the major brands of PLC and SCADA/HMI platforms, and an appetite to learn new technologies.
      • Would be great, but not essential, to have good understanding of setting up, commissioning, and fault finding of industrial Ethernet networks (DeviceNet, Profibus, Ethernet).
      • 2+ years’ experience writing software and working with customers.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.