Controls Systems Line Manager

Ref: ZR_6574_JOB  ·  Posted on 11 November 2021


The UK is an important market for the company as a supplier base and a source for technology partners and our client entities represent a major component of the company’s global business portfolio outside of the US.

They maintain a strong focus on export business, an area important to their success, with sales into overseas markets from our client entities accounting for more than 60% of our UK businesses.

Our client is an industry leader in all aspects of IT, computer network operations and cyber security and is at the forefront of the challenge to find innovative solutions that can effectively defend networks and offer protection across the entire cyber domain.

Key responsibilities
  • Responsible for ensuring that all Control Systems Software is carried out correctly, as per company processes and procedures across all our programs.
  • Direct line management responsibilities for a team of Engineers – including tasks such as (but not limited to) career development, talent management, performance management, resource and leave management.
  • Take responsibility engaging with the team, listening to identify any issues and challenges, escalating if needed, and ensuring appropriate and timely action is taken.
  • Provide leadership for the team by coaching, mentoring, motivating and training to ensure that the team performs at its best.
  • Be accountable for engagement activities for all the teams within role scope, working with key stakeholders on wider focus activities within the business.
  • Hold regular 1-1 meetings with all team members to provide the opportunity to discuss development and career opportunities, and as well as listen to any worries or concerns they have, whether professionally or personally.
  • Hold regular team meetings to flow down company information and discuss any issues or ideas for improvements.
  • Resource Management
    • Be responsible for utilisation across the team according to their tasking
    • Ensure, by liaising with Project Managers that the teams’ workload is suitably balanced, provide support to individuals if they are overloaded or a single point of failure for the team.
  • Work with the Defence Software Manager, Software Leads, Business and Technical leadership to develop workforce plans, covering resourcing, training & development.
  • Work with the Defence Software Manager to drive the recruitment for your team, to meet the capacity demanded by the workforce forecast with recruitment for available roles within the team.
  • Be responsible for on-boarding successful candidates for in your team.
  • Work with the Talent Scheme Lead to provide support to our early career talent pipelines through identifying mentors and buddies from within the team.
  • Role model the company“Manager” leadership characteristics.


  • Produce technical documentation in accordance with company/customer procedures.
  • Specify, design and test solutions for PLC & SCADA control systems.
  • Manage data communications with third party equipment.
  • Develop PLC & SCADA code from multiple design formats such as Block Diagrams, Flow Charts or Pseudo Code.
  • Validate software designs through analysis and test.
  • Provide technical oversight of subcontractors.
  • Support the preparation of contract changes and proposals.
  • Be aware of and comply with company standards of conduct and all relevant statutory requirements.
  • Provide input to project meetings and team briefings.
Skills & experience
  • Must be a confident people manager with demonstrable experience. Previous people management experience is essential.
  • Confident communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Highly organised, self-managing, able to manage multiple activities at any one time.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to engage effectively with all audiences/stakeholders at all levels in the organisation.
  • A deep appreciation and understanding of the skillsets and work conducted by Control Systems Engineers, and the requirements of building and developing the skillsets for the department.
  • Selection & Specification of COTS PLC & SCADA equipment.
  • Design and integration of PLC & SCADA control systems.
  • High Level Programming Language experience within SCADA environments.
  • Production of technical documentation.
  • Software development Lifecycles, processes and procedures.
  • 10+ years in a Control Systems engineering environment.
  • Proven experience in PLC control systems design and programming.
  • Degree, HND, HNC or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic engineering or a related discipline e.g. C&I engineering, Systems engineering.

The client would also like to see some of the below, but this is not essential:

  • Experience of Large Infrastructure PLC & SCADA development.
  • Systems engineering approach to software development.
  • Experience with Object oriented programming languages like C++,C#, JAVA
  • Design, and development of control / GUI software.
  • Experience with unit test frameworks
  • Siemens WinCC Open Architecture (OA)
  • Understanding of industry standards such as BS EN 61508, 61511 and 61131.
  • Experience within defence, maritime, aerospace, or a similarly regulated industrial sector (for example Oil & Gas, Pharma or PetroChem).

Our client is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.


Additional benefits
  • Up to 8% employer pension contribution
  • Life Assurance
  • Dental Cover
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Employee referral scheme
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