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Digital and Automation Engineer

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Supply Chain
Port Sunlight, England
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JOB TITLE Digital & Automation Engineer (Factory)

LOCATION Port Sunlight


As part of the Engineering function, the candidate will lead digital, automation and process optimization activities, providing standardization and compliance whilst ensuring transformational change activities are delivered seamlessly into the FMCG production environment.

The candidate will be an established practitioner in the field of automation, able to demonstrate mastery in machine and system integration, helping drive our zero-loss ambition.


  • Passion for performance: Building World-class factories will eliminate losses and ensure that we do not pass on the cost of inefficiencies to our customers and consumers. 

  • Agility: By providing consistent and near real-time information, decisions can be taken quickly which leverage our resources.

  • Purpose and Service:  Taking responsibility for building your team’s performance and sharing your best interventions to help support the factory’ in their improvements.

  • Support and Training: Train the Engineering Team in all aspects of control systems.

  • Rewrite/Modify: Existing PLC/HMI programs to improve production, reduce energy costs and standardise.

  • Design: Implement new or modified Electrical Control Systems.

  • Obsolescence: Identify, Design and Implement the control systems to replace obsolescence.

  • Projects: Assist the Site Projects Dept with the control aspects when new equipment is implemented or modifications are required to existing equipment within the Factory.

  • Maintenance: Maintain and Control the PLC/HMI Backups and Electrical Drawings.

  • Software: Manage the control application software on the programming Laptops.

  • Production: Support the Production environment by assisting on Breakdowns.

  • Machinery Safety: Identify and Upgrade non-compliant Machinery Safety Systems including Design, Implementation and Validation.

  • Inspection: Implement and Maintain Vision and Barcode Systems.


  • PLC: Siemens S7 PLC/HMI S7 300, S7 200, S7 1200, S7 1500 and S5

  • Safety Systems: Siemens Safety PLCs, Asi Safe, PNOZ Multi and Hard Wired Systems.

  • Software: Simatic Manager, WinCC Flexible, Protool, Tia Portal, Step 5 and Simotion Scout.

  • Inverter Drives: Danfoss, Siemens, Lenze, Control Techniques

  • Servo Systems: Siemens, SEW, Control Techniques

  • Vision: Keyence and Sick


  • Ability to use Statistics and process control tools

  • Desirable: AM, PM, Quality and FI tools, Project Management

  • HNC in Electrical/Electronics essential, Post Graduate level education; Electrical Engineering preferred.

  • Preference for Multi skills (Mech, Elec & Instrumentation/PLC)

  • Minimum dual skilled with the ability to be skilled in Electrical & PLC

  • Accredited qualification in machinery safety

  • Able to visualize the ideal production system

  • Able to clearly understand operating principles and establish operating standards.

  • Able to present findings and rationales clearly to wider team and stakeholders.

  • Able to make logical decisions based on data.


  • Deliver the site Digital & Automation program, skills and capabilities.

  • Support for Focused Improvements and efficiency improvement

  • Control system safety subject matter expertise and lead of validation/upgrade program.

  • Define site automation standards, Identify and extend good practice.

  • Product and technology innovation project support.

  • Management of obsolescence


  • Benefit/Cost Ratio

  • MTBF & OEE

  • Quality conformance

  • Waste output

  • Machinery safety compliance


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’  

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all. 

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. 

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

To find out more, including more information about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here.

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