Vacancies

Our Current Vacancies:


Controls Design Engineer, Plymouth

Based at our Plymouth site we are seeking a Controls Design engineer to join our Engineering Solutions team.

Our Engineering Solutions division are involved in the design and manufacture of advanced automated equipment and at the heart of each of these pieces of equipment will be a PLC based control system.

Our controls engineers are responsible for the generation of the electrical and fluid power design packs, ensuring that we meet the project technical , lead-time and commercial requirements and providing the information in a way that can be readily translated by our build teams.

A prior familiarity with PLC based control systems and automated equipment would be an advantage but training can be provided for a suitable candidate.

About Applied Automation

Applied Automation (UK) Ltd is internationally renowned as a quality supplier of automation and control equipment. We operate in a number of industries including automotive, marine, medical device and semi conductor manufacture.

Engineering is at the heart of the company with the design and build of bespoke automated equipment and then to compliment this we are national distributors for a number of global brands of control and automation products and we have specialist divisions servicing the marine market place and providing a Build to Print service.

For more information on the role please submit a covering letter with your CV to


Software Engineer, Plymouth

Based at our Plymouth site we are seeking a Software engineer to join our Engineering Solutions team.

Our Engineering Solutions division are involved in the design and manufacture of advanced automated equipment and at the heart of each of these pieces of equipment invariably will be a PLC based control system. The machine is also likely to be fitted with other intelligent devices: HMI’s, Robots, Servo Drives, Vision equipment etc.

Our software engineers are responsible for the generation of an SDS, creation of the code and commissioning\conditioning of the equipment.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on leading edge equipment.

About Applied Automation

Applied Automation (UK) Ltd is internationally renowned as a quality supplier of automation and control equipment. We operate in a number of industries including automotive, marine, medical device and semi conductor manufacture.

Engineering is at the heart of the company with the design and build of bespoke automated equipment and then to compliment this we are national distributors for a number of global brands of control and automation products and we have specialist divisions servicing the marine market place and providing a Build to Print service.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Project Manager, Plymouth

Main Purpose of Role

Applied Automation’s Engineering Solutions division is looking for a highly organized Project Manager to help ensure the assembly and successful delivery of equipment and services. You will need to be a dependable, self-starter and a good team player who is customer focused and deadline orientated. A sound technical knowledge of all aspects of SPM building and machine automation plus experience with MS Project is required.

Role and responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Attend Sales Over Meeting, meet with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients as well as other staff members.
  • Generate Project Quad Charts and monitor project progress in terms of Time, Cost and Quality. Communicate on Project Progress.
  • Track project performance, specifically to analyse the successful completion of short and long-term goals.
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis and forward forecasting.
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills.
  • Managing a mixture of small, medium and large projects of varying complexity.
  • Agree and document project objectives.
  • Managing project risks and issues and escalating accordingly.
  • Hosting customers on site to conduct system testing and trials.
  • Managing projects within workflow and communicating progress to customers.
  • Invoicing projects at key stages.
  • Helping to maintain existing customers and develop new customers.
  • Organizing and attending meetings with other functions as required to perform duties and aid business development.
  • Attending training and develop relevant knowledge and skills.
  • Actively supporting the leadership team in developing and growing the company.
  • Undertake AD Hoc Projects as required by the business.
  • Support and maintain HSE Policies and Procedure
  • Actively pursuing cost reduction opportunities

The ideal candidate:

(Essential Experience, Competencies and Qualifications)

  • A level (or equivalent) at A-C level in English, Maths and IT subjects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both written and orally.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Project.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan and organise workload to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Able to demonstrate a flexible, “can do” approach to their work.
  • An Understanding of Prince 2 and/or APM project management disciplines.

(Preferred Skills)

  • Prince 2 and/or APM Qualified.
  • Understanding of Document Control principles.
  • Technical background.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems.
  • Administration experience gained within an Engineering Environment.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Electrical Fitter, Plymouth

This position will require experience in reading circuits and have ability to work to agreed time frames. This roll will involve, panel build, integration, and site work in the UK and overseas as required and will require a dependable, motivated individual who can work well on their own as well as part of a team.

Roles and responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Understand Applied/customer issued electrical circuits/drawings
  • Control panel build in line with the Applied or customers standard.
  • Install a wide selection of electrical equipment such as motors, motor starters, contactors, relays, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) and Safety PLC’s.
  • Install and have a good understanding of all types of commonly used wiring and wiring accessories.
  • Integrate pneumatics in line with issued circuits.
  • Have a good understanding of the following
    • Workshop practice,
    • Electrical wiring symbols, engineering drawings and layout drawings for electrical and pneumatic systems.
    • Procedures for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.
    • Industrial hazards, health and safety precautions and environmental concerns.
    • Installation practice and regulations, and relevant codes of practice.
  • Able to work on their own and within a team.
  • To be focused on the job with a view to complete the job as efficiently as possible.
  • Ability to fault find on electrical and pneumatic installations and equipment.
  • Diligently mark-up circuits as required (attention to detail is paramount)
  • Inspect, test and commission electrical installation and equipment.
  • Correctly instruct, supervise and transfer skills to any apprentice and semi-skilled worker assigned and to ensure safety and quality of work.
  • Availability to travel to include overseas site installations as required (usually no longer than 2 weeks)
  • Adhere to the company’s SSO (Safe System of Work) at all times.
  • Act as an Applied Automation company representative and first point of contact whilst on-site, maintaining the customer relationship and keeping the Project Manager informed of any issues and work plan progress.
  • To liaise with the Electrical Foreman/Project Manager regarding any issues that may impact the time frame.

The ideal candidate:

  • Time served or have equivalent experience in Automation equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both written and orally.
  • Excellent communication/listening skills as directions will be provided through a combination of both verbal & written fabrication and assembly instructions
  • Great attention to detail.
  • A can-do attitude and a passion to succeed by meeting production targets and quality standards.

The role is based in Plymouth, although there will be a requirement to work in other areas such as customer sites, which could be in the UK or abroad.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Production Team Leader, PTG Precision Engineers Ltd, Plymouth

PTG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Automation (UK) Ltd., is a Precision Engineering company manufacturing Components, Tooling, Jigs and Fixtures for the OEM, Workholding, Nuclear, Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Mass Transit sectors along with general engineered components.

To lead the manufacturing operation, managing a team of highly skilled engineers, ensuring on time deliveries whilst maintaining our commitment to quality.

The role will encompass

  • Planning / Implementing weekly production schedules
  • Monitoring progress against schedules and taking action where required
  • Scheduling sub-contract operations and liaising with Procurement
  • Processing route sheets

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Ensure the efficient and timely manufacture of parts while meeting quality standards
  • Lead and motivate the team, providing guidance, training, and performance feedback
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements and implement solutions
  • Promote and maintain a positive Health & Safety culture
  • Ensure compliance with company policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements

The ideal candidate:

  • A time served experienced Toolmaker / Engineer
  • Experience in leading and motivating a team of highly skilled engineers
  • Experience of working in a customer focused environment.
  • A positive can-do attitude and ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Have a basic knowledge to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Attention to detail and a proactive approach to challenges

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Sales Application Engineer, Plymouth

As an Automation Application Engineer, you will oversee the review of the customer requirements, the development of the solution, costs and project timeline. Your role will involve designing and inventing new automation solutions to meet complex customer requirements.

Roles and responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Engage with the customer through the requirements definition, generating concepts, cost development and presentation of the proposal
  • Engage with the BD/Key Account Manager to support the winning strategy
  • Develop a defined proposal that clarifies all customer requirements
  • Interact with the sales and management teams to lead technical and commercial alignment
  • Present concepts to customers, emphasising competitive advantages
  • Interact with customers as required
  • Ensure effective project handover to the engineering and operations team
  • Follow a standardised quoting process
  • Use standardised tools including templates, cost worksheet, CAD tools for concept approach, compliance matrices depending on industry/customer and FAT/SAT criteria
  • Travelling throughout the UK and Ireland to support customer visits

The ideal candidate:

(Essential Experience, Competencies and Qualifications)

  • HND or Degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of industry experience (preferably in the automation industry)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both written and orally
  • Experience in quoting, sales and customer interaction is preferred
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical design drawings
  • Ability to develop basic CAD concepts
  • Understanding of electrical and pneumatic control architecture preferred
  • Successfully work with project teams and customers to design and estimate complete systems
  • Recognise and determine cost factors, such as timelines, materials, labour, tooling, etc.

The role is based in Plymouth, although there will be a requirement to work in other areas such as customer sites, which could be in the UK or abroad.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Quality Engineer, Plymouth

As the Quality Engineer you will be responsible for supporting the Quality Manager with the implementation of quality standards and processes across the organisations various industries and departments. We are looking for an experienced Quality Engineer to; maintain and develop the company’s management system, to support monitoring companywide performance and the compliance/conformance of reporting mechanisms to ensure the company remain compliant with various regulatory bodies, systems and customers.

Role & Responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Actively support the Quality Manager with the performance & continuous improvement of the Quality Management System.
  • Has the authority in the Quality Manager’s absence to act as the Quality Representative in managing and maintaining an effective quality management system including decision making and signatories.
  • Reports to the Quality Manager and is responsible for all administration, control, day-to-day running and maintenance of the documented quality management system.
  • Collaborates closely with both engineering and production functions to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Root cause analysis and implementation of permanent corrective actions, including verification of their effectiveness.
  • Support Design and Engineering departments with new product introduction and contract reviews.
  • Acts as CAPA Coordinator to manage the CAPA process.
  • Support the Quality Manager with the implementation and maintenance of the internal auditing program.
  • Support the purchasing department with supplier assessments and auditing where applicable.
  • Analysing trends and reporting of the company’s quality data including supplier performance.
  • Has the authority in placing a stop on production, agreeing containment actions and taking corrective and/or preventive action where necessary.
  • Facilitate the internal quality audit program to obtain relevant quantification data.
  • Monitor of quality performance, identifying trends, potential and actual non-conformances and processes through data gathering analysis/monitoring and auditing.
  • Industry Compliance research/monitoring and reporting.
  • Process supplier defective materials.
  • Process, collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to investigate and implement corrective actions for internal quality issues.
  • Carry out and Compile compliant ISIR reports when necessary.
  • Participate in any new product introductory process, ensuring customer specific quality requirements are met.
  • Develop, implement and provide training for customer/product quality sign off sheets.
  • Complete a final audit working instruction prior to release to production.
  • Develop and implement PPAP.

The ideal candidate:

  • Experience within a quality engineer role.
  • A manufacturing, technical or industrial background.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of ISO9001, ISO14001 & ISO45001.
  • Understanding of business management principles.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Proficient in MS office.
  • Strong coaching, mentoring and leadership skills.
  • ISO9001 Lead Auditor– preferred.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Mechanical Fitter, Plymouth

Applied Automation is a leading company specialising in the design and build of special-purpose automation solutions. Our innovative approach and cutting-edge technology enable us to deliver customised automation systems to clients across various industries. We are currently seeking a highly skilled and experienced Mechanical Fitter to join our existing team.

  • To be able to work well on their own and within a team.
  • Preferably previous experience in a similar position or similar role (maintenance fitter, service engineer, technical setter).
  • Ideally be apprenticeship trained in mechanical fitting or relevant engineering/technical experience from industry
  • To understand limits and fits.
  • Able to assemble machine modules with overall alignment in mind.
  • Strong mechanical competence, able to understand engineering problems and to engineer solutions with the help of the wider team as required.
  • Able to understand mechanical drawings.
  • To be able to build and set a machine up ready for commissioning.
  • Be able to use a mill and lathe (training can be given if required).
  • Need to be customer facing as this role requires the mechanical fitter to attend site work in the UK and overseas as required.
  • Should be able to read/interpret engineering drawings.
  • Able to work to agreed deadlines.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


CNC & Finishing Division Operative, Plymouth

CNC & Finishing is a division of Applied Automation (UK) Ltd.

The division is a market leading supplier of high-quality facia, control and instrument panels etc for the luxury and sports yachting industry.

A number of different skills and techniques are used, namely: - CNC Cutting, Deburr, Sand, Powder coat, Wet Spray, Vinyl, Laser etc, Polish etc.

Role & Responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Program and run the various CNC Router Machines
  • Assist with hand de-burr of the various panel elements exiting the CNC cutting process.
  • Assist with wet spray/powder coating/hydro printing as the division requires.
  • Assist with sanding and polishing items to a high-quality finish using air fed hand tools.
  • Assist with vinyl cutting and application
  • Assist with the pad printing application
  • Assist with QA of products prior to final inspection by lead hand.
  • Maintain and ensure equipment is safe, clean and in good working order reporting any defaults that may arise.
  • Ensure work areas are kept clean and tidy, adhering to Health & Safety procedures and policies at all times

The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience of using a variety of air fed hand tools
  • Has experience or knowledge of paint and power coatings
  • Works well in a team and on own initiative
  • Keen and willingness to learn
  • Good attention to detail

What we offer in return:

  • Full time, permanent position
  • An option of weekly or monthly pay
  • A varied and diverse role

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Divisional Manager, Plymouth

Details about the Divisions.
This divisional manager position covers two linked sub-divisions, namely: -
Build to Print HV Serial:
The build of electrical, pneumatic and mechanical systems to a customer’s design pack
Marine Division:
The supply of automation control system for the Marine and Home markets

These two divisions are linked due to the nature of the work, the team share a common production manager and build teams enabling flexibility between the resource.

Main Purpose of Role

As the manager for the Build-to-print HV & Marine division you will have overall responsibility for ensuring the division achieves the mission, goals and objectives as outlined in the company Business Plan.

You will take on overall responsibility of the divisional activities from Enquiry receipt through to goods dispatch ensuring key KPIs are met.

Role and responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • General management of a multi-million-pound engineering division, responsible for 50+ employees.
  • Performance management, objective setting, delivering appraisals, upskilling and succession planning.
  • To manage high-level customer communications ensuring long established relationships are maintained.
  • To ensure daily activities comply with Quality, Safety and Environmental policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Report to senior management on the performance of the division and any requirements for improvement.
  • Facilitate a culture to develop an effective relationship with other team members, departments, suppliers and customer personnel as appropriate to maintain product and service quality.

The ideal candidate:

  • Experience within a management/manager role.
  • A manufacturing, technical or industrial background.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Sound financial management skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills: communicate clear objectives, provide feedback, suggest improvement for individual performance and coaching.
  • Excellent change management skills: adapts to changing business needs, introduces new ways of working, thinking and behaving.
  • Understanding of business management principles.
  • Proficient in MS office.
  • Strong coaching, mentoring and leadership skills.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Support Administrator, Plymouth

Working closely with the HR & H&S Coordinator and SMT, providing administrative support across a diverse range of HR generalist and H&S duties using a bespoke HR software system for approximately 200 employees with the aim of supporting the management functions across multiple business sites.

Role & Responsibilities:

(This list is to outline the common but not exhausted elements)

  • Completion of the company’s weekly and monthly payroll and pension contributions.
  • Monitoring and maintaining personnel files for all employees- Plymouth, Cardiff and Portsmouth offices.
  • Assist with the recruitment functions across the company.
  • Ensure new starters inductions are completed – handbook, registration on Workflow, completion of the company’s manual handling course.
  • Assist with the monitoring of all sickness absences.
  • Support the management, monitoring and maintenance of all employee’s annual leave entitlements, alterations and adjustments with the inclusion of pro rata bank holidays and compulsory leave.
  • Respond to day-to-day queries and correspondence and escalate where necessary.
  • Ensure all probationary period reviews are completed in a timely manner.
  • Produce formal communications to employees in relation to employment changes e.g., job role, pay, pension etc.
  • Maintain and update training and employment records.
  • Assist with ensuring the company’s policies and procedures are being accurately followed regarding performance management/grievances/investigations/disciplinary’s, health & safety etc.
  • Promote a positive H&S culture.
  • Attend meetings to take minutes; process and distribute them whilst exercising confidentiality as necessary.
  • Registering, distribution and the filing of all correspondence.
  • Receive phone calls, diverting calls where appropriate, answering queries, passing on relevant calls and taking accurate messages.
  • Deal with enquiries by telephone, mail, email or in person whilst providing a high level of customer service provision at all times.
  • Maintain and develop filing and recording systems, both manual and electronic and undertake photocopying, scanning and shredding of confidential papers.
  • Maintain and update standard letters, forms, templates, and other documents as required.

The ideal candidate:

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Proven experience in an administrative function.
  • Prior payroll experience.
  • Excellent communication and customer skills.
  • Highly organised.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • IOSH Managing Safely – desirable.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to