Control Systems Engineer - Blyth

  • Test & Validation - Blyth
  • Competitive Salary, 28 days Holiday, 9 Bank Holidays, Discretionary Annual Bonus, Company Pension Scheme, Cashback Healt
  • Ref: 136
  • Date Posted: Thursday 26 Apr 2018
This vacancy is now closed

Control Systems Engineer

Location: Blyth

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is part of a network of world-leading centers set up by Innovate UK, designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth. Our vision is to be the world’s leading offshore renewables technology centre and our mission is to accelerate the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector.

We are delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in offshore renewable energy. Our unique facilities, research and engineering capabilities bring together industry and academia and drive innovation.  This role will be based in our Blyth site, which has ambition to be internationally recognised as the go-to testing and validation centre for offshore renewables. 

The Role

We are currently looking for a Control Systems Engineer to provide engineering leadership and inspiration to support and deliver ORE Catapults goal of becoming and remaining, a recognised centre of excellence in offshore renewable energy.

As a key member of the Testing and Validation team, the successful candidate will ensure that development and delivery of commercial and research projects, programmes and tests are underpinned by robust, expert and sustainable engineering processes, procedures and capability.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support and promote Health & Safety, Environment & Quality as core business principles within an OHSAS 18001, ISO14001, ISO9001, ISO17025 environment.

  • Maintain currency of knowledge of latest renewable and other relevant technologies, standards, engineering good practice and the application of these in a research and commercial environment.

  • Improve processes and systems and proactively create them where they are needed and do not exist to ensure all the ORE Catapult’s engineering activities (research and commercial) operate in line with, or above, industry good practice.

  • Develop innovative commercial and research projects in line with ORE Catapult goals and objectives.

  • Develop and disseminate engineering knowledge of wind, wave and tidal sectors within ORE Catapult and to key external stakeholders.

  • Represent ORE Catapult at industry forums, demonstrating capability, competency and experience to stakeholders.

  • Work with other business functions independently and as part of a project team to develop key deliverables.

  • Provide technical expertise for the controls hardware and software design within the , installation and commissioning of the testing facilities

  • Provide specialist technical support as necessary to the commercial and research activities including, but not limited to, engineering design, tender preparation/evaluation, budget preparation/review and customer and supplier interface.

  • Ensure all ORE Catapult projects, programmes and tests are developed and delivered in line with agreed project plans and ORE Catapult processes and procedures.

  • Where appropriate, populate and maintain design and project records relating to engineering activities and project work in accordance with ORE Catapult processes and procedures.

  • Where appropriate, review team member reporting, design, specification, drawings, results or other work within areas of competency and in accordance with ORE Catapult processes and procedures.

  • Any other duties that may reasonably be required from time to time to deliver ORE Catapult objectives.

    Essential Capabilities

  • Educated to at least degree level in a relevant discipline.

  • Chartered Engineer or equivalent

  • Sound knowledge of electrical/mechanical generating plant and apparatus.

  • Motivated and strong team player – working individually, and across project teams.

  • Knowledge of and the application of good practice engineering design procedures and tools.

  • Advanced knowledge of Functional Safety Systems and Risk Management frameworks, IEC 61508, 61511, 62061, etc.

  • Familiarity with advanced specialist engineering software in an inter-disciplinary project setting.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Good understanding of H&S legislation applicable to offshore operations.

  • Experience of working in OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 17025 environments.


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology.  Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  11th May

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.