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Systems Engineer & Developer (Ignition)

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Date: 15-Jun-2022

Location: Eastleigh, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and future colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 

Systems Engineer & Developer (Ignition)

6 month FTC (Interim)

Based in Southampton



A Systems Engineer will create, maintain and ensure good Operational Technology Systems architectural templates through development of our emerging enterprise platform, Inductive Automations Ignition. They will have strong working knowledge of PLCs, SCADA software and databases.


Work closely with a cross functional team to define best practice governance and standards for core digital components, developing interfaces with plant machinery, dashboards for consumption and deploying all relevant Ignition projects as per programme requirements.


What you'll be doing:

  • Interface with and debug PLC software, and understand the various communication networks used. 
  • Write queries to retrieve data from databases.
  • Interpret, modify, and debug HMI/SCADA software as per programme needs.
  • Participate in team project meetings, track project schedules, responsibilities of work, and coordinate with contractors.
  • Focused Ignition developer, working on expanding an emerging platform.
  • Creating solutions through Ignition, using Python script and being able to integrate well with all external components.


What we need from you:

  • Inductive Automation Ignition developer
  • Python skills
  • Self-motivated & proactive attitude to challenges.
  • Adaptable and operates with integrity.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Organised, diligent, with strong work ethic.
  • Task focussed with a drive for quality & excellence.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently, working on your own initiative.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • One (1) to Three (3) years of experience in Electrical Engineering or a related field is required. 
  • One (1) to Three (3) years of SCADA programming experience is required.
  • One (1) to Three (3) years of PLC programming experience is required
  • Multi-vendor device knowledge
  • Basic IT networking awareness
  • Basic Industrial switch knowledge
  • Panel wiring experience
  • Comfortable with interpreting wiring schematics
  • Change Management experience
  • Good IT standards and security appreciation
  • Awareness of programming languages, creating and modifying code
  • Good understanding of programming best practices
  • Expression language understanding
  • OT Software Platform experience from fault finding to front end development using CSS and other languages.
  • Basic SQL language awareness