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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.

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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), 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

Projects Software Control Systems Team Leader

Location: Hampshire (1 position), Kent (1 position), Cheshire (1 position)

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

    Main Responsibilities:

      • Commit to the whole lifecycle of delivering projects, from quoting to completion.
      • Be forward thinking to identify when gaps and overloads may exist in the teams work load.
      • Lead a team of engineers and, when needed, contractors, sub-contractors and work partners, to ensure projects are delivered on time, within budget and to quality requirements.
      • Identify, manage and mitigate project risks.
      • Contract review and negotiation.
      • Selection and management of any sub-contractors required for completion of project.
      • Identifying and managing any work outside of project scope, ensuring customers’ expectations are clearly set out and met.
      • Review future project requirements for resources and identifying training and development opportunities for your team.
      • Develop engineers in your team, and manage expectations and progression.

      Required Skills and Experience:

      • Ability to work unsupervised.
      • Ability to foster great relationships with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
      • Experience managing control system, PLC and SCADA type projects.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Contractual awareness would be advantageous.
      • Experience working in an engineering environment.
      • Sometimes in life we are thrown curve balls, so you must be resilient to overcome adversity and lead your team through these times.
      • Think outside the box and push the boundaries.
      • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office incl. Word, Excel & Outlook.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.
      • Additional Skills and Experience (Hampshire):

      • Experience and knowledge of Process Industries, such as Oil & Gas is desirable, but not essential.
      • Experience and knowledge of Functional Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) is desirable, but not essential.

Projects Senior Software Control Systems Engineer

Location: Kent

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

    Main Responsibilities:

      • Commit to the whole life cycle of delivering projects from start to finish.
      • Foster great relationships with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
      • Produce design and test documentation.
      • Develop PLC, HMI and SCADA software.
      • Perform testing with customers.
      • Carry out on-site commissioning.
      • Compile training manuals and run customer training sessions.

      Required Skills and Experience:

      • Advanced-level experience with Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider, Wonderware (InTouch and/or System Platform) based SCADA platforms and HMIs with an appetite to learn new technologies.
      • Advanced-level experience with Rockwell, Siemens, Schneider and Mitsubishi PLC platforms, with an appetite to learn new technologies.
      • 8+ years' experience writing software and working with customers delivery projects.
      • Good understanding of setting up, commissioning, and fault finding of industrial networks (DeviceNet, Profibus, ProfiNet, Ethernet) preferred, but not essential.
      • Experience working in an engineering environment.
      • Thinks outside the box and pushes the boundaries.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Ability to work unsupervised.
      • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.

Electrical Design and Commissioning Engineer

Location: Hampshire

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

    Main Responsibilities:

      • Review customer design documents and perform site visits to satisfy yourself as to the requirements of the control panel and any needed field cabling
      • Engage with PLC engineers to achieve best results for our panel designs.
      • Complete LV electrical design requirements.
      • Complete AutoCAD drawings for electrical circuits.
      • Work with panel builder sub-contractors to manage the panel build.
      • Work with electrical installation sub-contractors to manage the electrical installation.
      • As part of the commissioning team, commission the ICA electrical panels, field cabling and, when required, field instrumentation and valves.
      • Compile customer documentation for the control panel, build and testing.
      • Write panel-build specifications and electrical specifications.
      • Work with customers to offer innovative solutions.

      Required Skills and Experience:

      • 2-3 years experience in an electrical maintenance/installation environment.
      • Have a recognised electrical qualification.
      • Excellent attention to detail.
      • Highly motivated, organised and flexible.
      • Positive, personable and happy team player.
      • Ability to foster great relationships with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
      • Ability to work unsupervised.
      • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
      • Must be eligible to work in the UK.

Control and Automation Systems – Senior Software Engineer

Locations: Cheshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, South West

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

    Main Responsibilities:

      • 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:

      • 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

Locations: Cheshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, South West

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

    Main Responsibilities:

      • 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.

Control and Automation Systems – 24/7 Support Engineer

Locations: Hampshire, Yorkshire

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

    Main Responsibilities:

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

      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.