Automation Robotics Engineer

Do you worry you're not getting the exposure to the major trends of robotics and automation? Many excellent automation engineers are NOT being exposed to new innovations and continue to deliver the same old systems to the marketplace.

OAL has consistently delivered next-generation technologies and world-class automation solutions over our 25-year history. We continually push the boundaries of what’s possible in the food industry.

We now need highly motivated software/automation engineers to join our APRIL Robotics “Research and Development” team. You’ll help us develop technologies and solutions for unmanned food production facilities incorporating AI and robotics. With on-the-job training, we will transform your prospects by equipping you with cutting-edge skills to deliver robotic-led automation in the food industry.

Ready to become part of a team that makes a real difference and challenges you every day? Get in touch and kick-start your development today.

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Role responsibility and accountability 

  • Develop modular software code on PLCs and HMI graphical displays.

  • Generate the interface with SQL databases and general serial bus based equipment

  • Work on projects both in the UK and overseas

  • Provide technical support on site to the installation teams as required

  • Foster and maintain effective business communications at all levels both inside and outside of the business

  • Develop / maintain user instructions for applications developed / generated.

Essential skills/qualifications

  • Able to develop system architecture and modular software code across core PLC / soft PLC platforms

  • Generation of HMI graphical displays

  • Able to interface with SQL databases / handling of queries

  • Be able to work under tight timeframes / budgetary constraints

  • Ability to integrate within existing teams and develop / foster new working relationships

  • Quickly assimilate new information and identify the key facts / points

  • Maintenance of clear / succinct records of work completed and generation of user documentation

  • Clarity of verbal and written communication at all levels both inside and outside of the business

  • Not afraid of challenging the status quo / how activities have previously been completed.

Desired skills/experience

  • 5+ years’ experience

  • Experience with robotics or high speed servo controlled machinery

  • Knowledge / awareness of S88 software structure an advantage

  • Experience working in an agile / scrum based product development environment

  • Ability to plan activities to achieve agreed timescales, identify potential risks to prevent completion and possible mitigating actions.

Closing Date: 30/06/2019

Reference: AE0419

Salary: £30-40,000

Location: Head office, Peterborough. 

Vacancy type: Full-time, permanent.


Why apply?

As a growing SME, we can provide fantastic opportunities in a fast-paced organisation. You’ll quickly become an integral part of the team with full responsibility and ownership. The role has a competitive salary and our strong training philosophy encourages on-the-job training and supports qualifications.


If so, please apply for the vacancy below or send an email to with your CV and covering letter referencing the job which is of interest to you.

Lauren MoirOAL