Vacancies

Our Current Vacancies:


Sales Manager, National

Bespoke Automation

Applied Automation (UK) Ltd are seeking a key individual to join our Engineering Solutions Division and to take the lead role with regard to the sales of our bespoke automation solutions.

Our Automation enquiries handling team comprises of field sales personnel and proposals engineers and the team are responsible for the following:

  • To identify and promote our skills to suitable customer types
  • To identify suitable automation opportunities
  • To clarify with the customers the key requirements for the automation equipment
  • To define the concept
  • To generate a proposal document defining our solution
  • To cost the solution
  • To win orders
  • To debrief the project to our engineering teams

Applied Automation have been involved with the design and build of automation equipment for 30+ years and we have in house a wealth of experience available and the necessary skills to be able to tackle the most complex of automation challenges.

Applied Automation – Engineering Solutions operate from a sizeable manufacturing facility in Plymouth, Devon but as our anticipation is that most of our clients will be arrayed around the UK and to a reasonable degree overseas, the National Sales manager need not be locally based.

An appropriate and attractive salary package, along with company car, pension contributions etc will be made available for the right individual to join this exciting division of our company.

Please show your interest in the role, ideally with a supporting CV to  


Polisher/Metal Finisher, Plymouth

Applied Automation (UK) Ltd which is based in Plympton, Plymouth – are looking for an experienced Polisher/Metal Finisher. We offer, as a market leading supplier, the highest quality facia, control and instrument panels for the luxury and sports yachting industry. Panels are cut mainly in house from aluminium plate, they can then be finished using several different high spec finishes which Applied Automation (UK) Ltd performs inhouse which include powder coat, wet spray, hydrographic dipping.

Working hours for this role are:

Monday - Friday, 7.00am - 15.30pm.

Responsible To: Production Foreman

  • Must be proficient and efficient in using hand tools to complete high standards of metal finishing on a variety and size of panels.
  • Carry out necessary checks and quality assurance of products prior to final inspection and despatch.
  • 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 and Safety procedures and policies at all times.
  • Any other duties commensurate within this position and skill set required.

Ideally, we are looking for a candidate who:

  • Has the knowledge and experience of using a variety of metal finishing techniques including using hand tools.
  • Be fully competent in all aspects of metal polishing including buffing and finishing.
  • Has the ability to work within a team or on your own initiative.
  • Pay attention to detail and quality.

What we offer in return:

  • Full time, permanent contract.
  • Salary is negotiable dependant on skills and experience.
  • An extremely varied and interesting role.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Mechanical Fitter, Plymouth

Mechanical Fitter working in medium repeat production environment.

Applied Automation is a established Build to Print business, operating from its manufacturing site in Langage Industrial Estate in Plymouth.

The Build to Print division makes up 1 of the 7 divisions of Applied Automation, and has a customer base covering Automotive, Railway, Marine, Medical and Labware.

We are currently looking for a skilled or unskilled Mechanical Fitters who have a “can do” attitude and a passion to succeed to achieve production targets and initiatives.

The successful candidate will receive in-depth product training, and coaching to achieve Applied Automation’s high quality standards.

This opportunity is well suited to either experienced Mechanical Fitters or someone who wants to start their career in serial production specialising in the mechanical assembly elements while benefitting from a clean, safe, organised production environment.

The contract is a full time permanent position.

There are two shift patterns to choose from to carry out 40 hours per week.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus bank holidays.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Wire Person, Plymouth

Wiring person working in medium repeat production environment.

Applied Automation is a established Build to Print business, operating from its manufacturing site in Langage Industrial Estate in Plymouth.

The Build to Print division makes up 1 of the 7 divisions of Applied Automation, and has a customer base covering Automotive, Railway, Marine, Medical and Labware.

We are currently looking for a skilled or unskilled electrical Wire Person who has a “can do” attitude and a passion to succeed to achieve production targets and initiatives.

The successful candidate will receive in-depth product training, and coaching to achieve Applied Automation’s high quality standards.

This opportunity is well suited to either an experienced Wire Person or someone who wants to start their career in serial production specialising in the electrical assembly elements while benefitting from a clean, safe, organised production environment.

The contract is a full time permanent position.

There are two shift patterns to choose from to carry out 40 hours per week.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus bank holidays.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Looming & Harnessing Person, Plymouth

Looming & Harnessing Person working in medium repeat production environment.

Applied Automation is a established Build to Print business, operating from its manufacturing site in Langage Industrial Estate in Plymouth.

The Build to Print division makes up 1 of the 7 divisions of Applied Automation, and has a customer base covering Automotive, Railway, Marine, Medical and Labware.

We are currently looking for a skilled or unskilled looming & harnessing person who has a “can do” attitude and a passion to succeed to achieve production targets and initiatives.

The successful candidate will receive in-depth product training, and coaching to achieve Applied Automation’s high quality standards.

This opportunity is well suited to either an experienced Wire Person or someone who wants to start their career in serial production specialising in looming & harnessing while benefitting from a clean, safe, organised production environment.

The contract is a full time permanent position.

There are two shift patterns to choose from to carry out 40 hours per week.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus bank holidays.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Production Test Technician, Plymouth

Production Test Technician working in medium repeat production environment.

Applied Automation is a established Build to Print business, operating from its manufacturing site in Langage Industrial Estate in Plymouth.

The Build to Print division makes up 1 of the 7 divisions of Applied Automation, and has a customer base covering Automotive, Railway, Marine, Medical and Labware.

We are currently looking for a skilled or unskilled Production Test Technician who has a “can do” attitude a passion for quality and attention to detail.

The successful candidate will receive in-depth product training, and coaching to achieve Applied Automation’s high quality standards.

This opportunity is well suited to either experienced Electrical Tester or someone who wants to start their career in a production environment specialising in the Quality element of manufacturing while benefitting from a clean, safe, organised production environment.

The contract is a full time permanent position.

There are two shift patterns to choose from to carry out 40 hours per week.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus bank holidays.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Controls Engineer, Plymouth

Role and Responsibilities:

Applied Automation’s Engineering Solutions division is looking for a highly skilled Controls Design Engineer to join its Design Department.

We are looking for a candidate to have the following:

  • Have a high level of knowledge and expertise in the design and speciation of industrial control systems.
  • Suitable and relevant experience in bespoke machine design and AutoCAD Electrical is essential.
  • Good knowledge of AutoCAD Electrical, Sistema and component knowledge of Omron, Rockwell, Siemens, Pilz products.
  • To be able to resolve problems quickly and efficiently as required for each successful project.

Design Responsibilities:

  • Attend concept meetings
  • Liaising with the customer on specifications
  • Specifying and generating system architecture drawings using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Specifying individual industrial controls components including:
    • PLCs and HMIs
    • Remote I/O Systems
    • Variable Speed Drives
    • Servo Motors
    • Robots
    • Printers
  • Complete controls drawings for all aspects of the electrical and pneumatics components using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Generate a Hardware Design Specification (HDS)
  • Generation of parts lists and recommended spares for controls components
  • Completing Light Curtain and Floor Scanner calculations where required
  • Completing risk assessments on machines and specifying safety rated components to meet the requirements
  • Construction and completion of Sistema reports
  • Leading controls handover meetings to Electrical Fitters and Software Engineers
  • Meeting project budgets and project timelines
  • Generating documentation packs for all control’s aspects per project

Essential Experience, Competencies and Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both written and orally
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Competent in the use of AutoCAD Electrical
  • 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

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  


Electrical Engineer, Plymouth

The role of an Electrical Fitter is described below.

To be suitable for this role the person would need to be a time served or have equivalent experience in Automation equipment.

Requirements:

  • 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 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  


Mechanical Fitter, Plymouth

Requirements:

An experienced, time served Fitter with good knowledge of Automation and who communicates well with a team, whilst also being capable to carry out assembling and fitting tasks to a high standard. A high level of problem-solving skill is required and able to conduct yourself in a professional manner. To show capability, qualities and ability to progress to a Commissioning Engineer role in the future.

Responsibilities:

  • To carry out assembly and fitting tasks to a high standard, in a logical order and in good time.
  • Understand limits, fits, and to assemble components taking into account key details from the drawing/layout.
  • To liaise with the Commissioning Engineer/Project Manager to maintain focus on the job with a view to complete the job as efficiently as possible.
  • Within the project(s) identify key activities in order to de-risk the assembly stages both pre and during assembly phase(s).
  • Diligently mark up any changes/modifications to parts/drawings and record on our internal system.
  • Challenge the equipment to produce product to customer specification, prior to FAT/ECAP or equivalent and maintain progress updates to the Project Manager.
  • Work to achieve the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) targets as per specification.
  • To act as a Lead Fitter on certain projects which would involve commissioning.
  • Correctly instruct, supervise and transfer skills to any apprentice, and to ensure safety and quality of work.
  • Travel with the equipment to support on-site installation, training and sign off of equipment.
  • 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.

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  


Inspection and Dispatch Operative, Plymouth

Duties would include (but are not limited to):

  • To act in part as the customer representative to ensure that the project has been built to a suitable level of quality. You will be the last line of defence between us and the end customer.
  • To wrap and pack the finished kits/assemblies being generated by the processing and build teams.
  • To ensure that the equipment leaving Applied is correctly checked and wrapped.
  • Work closely with Materials control and act as such in times of absence.
  • To ensure that pre-shipment photos are taken of the equipment, applicable for all jobs.
  • All local bins should be emptied daily into the skips.
  • Cardboard skip when full should be swapped for an empty one kept by the bailer.
  • General skips when full should be swapped for an empty one located outside door 3.
  • Panel materials when delivered should be un-palletised and put away asap.
  • No waste wood should be kept in the area.
  • All floors should be swept during the 10minute clean down period at the end of the day.
  • Benches should be tidied before the end of each day.

The ideal candidate:

  • Experience of working in a quality driven role
  • Stores/warehousing experience
  • IT literate with experience of using CRM/MRP systems as well as Microsoft packages
  • Process driven, happy follow and contribute to the development of procedures
  • Forklift Licence would be beneficial

Hours are 8-5.30 Mon-Thurs, 8-12 Fri. Immediate start available.

Please show your interest in the role, ideally with a supporting CV to  


Technical Sales & Proposal Engineer, Plymouth

Applied Automation – Engineering Solutions Division provides complete turn-key automated solutions specializing in custom automation, robotics, machine vision, test equipment and tooling and is a rapidly growing firm offering an exciting work environment with constantly changing and growing challenges. We are seeking a motivated, customer savvy, Technical Sales & Proposal Engineer with experience developing, estimating and quoting custom automation and robotic systems.

Applied Automation is based in Plymouth, Devon. The job need not be based in Plymouth, home working is acceptable for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with customers to understand their processes and develop the best solutions for their requirements.
  • Work to professionally represent the company at a customer, gather data, and ask the right questions to define a project.
  • Work with our engineers and designers to develop and quote cost effective solutions.
  • Recognize and understand the customer’s needs, make suggestions for possible solutions, and quickly develop budgetary numbers. Accuracy is essential.
  • Typical applications are semi-automated, rotary transfer assembly & test machines, fully automated, platen transfer, assembly & test machines, stand alone drilling & testing machines, fully automated robotic assembly machines.
  • Work with Engineering Solutions internal departments to ensure the project is handed over with all the relevant information to Production & Project Management.

Basic responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Technology research/analysis
  • Cost analysis and estimating
  • Develop value-added propositions and proposal writing.
  • Keeping the companies means of recording communication and information regarding customers & projects up to date.
  • Additional duties may be assigned, as required.

Basic qualifications:

  • Degree or HND/HNC in an engineering-related discipline (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Controls Engineering, etc.).
  • Technical aptitude is required – candidates must be proficient with the usage of MS-Office, and have experience an engineering discipline. Familiarity with control systems, robotics and manufacturing automation.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • Applicants must be able to work in the UK.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong interpersonal skills – successful candidates will communicate effectively, possess strong writing skills, etc.
  • Highly organized, excellent problem solver, strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Minimum of five (5) years in automation, machine building or manufacturing industry with several years in sales or project management.
  • Ability to travel to the customer site as necessary.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Skilled Assembly Operative, Plymouth

Industrial Systems is currently looking for a Skilled Assembly Operative, ideally with experience of working in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.

If you are good with hand tools, capable of working to drawings and have a keen eye for detail then you could be the person we are looking for.

The role includes:

  • Assembling to a technical drawing
  • Checking tolerances and specifications against paper work
  • Following work instructions, quality and dispatch processes
  • Use of hand tools such as spanners, ratchets, hex keys, drills etc
  • Use of cutting machinery
  • Use of internal workflow system
  • Assisting with pick/wrap/pack/palletisation as required
  • General shop floor etiquette including shut down and tidy up

The rates of pay for this role are competitive based on experience, the hours are attractive, there is a choice between weekly and monthly pay and due to a healthy order book overtime is widely available once you are up and running.

Applied Automation is an exciting and diverse place to work and Industrial Systems is a clean and safe yet fast paced manufacturing environment.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Application Sales Engineer, Wales

X-STK is a division of Applied Automation, an integrator of global brands, including Omron, SMC and UR Cobots with technical support, application trials and training from its automation and control engineering experts.

Through our knowledge and experience over the last 35 years we have built our reputation on giving our customers straightforward, practical, technical advice and recommend products that work together to meet their needs, saving the customer time and money.

We are looking for a Sales Engineer for the South Wales who can further develop new and existing accounts throughout the area.

You will need to have a mechanical/ electrical engineering background, along with an aptitude for problem-solving and strong interpersonal skills.

Working as a key member of our technical engineering sales team you should have the knowledge and commercial skills needed to provide technical advice and support on engineering applications.

You should be proactive with an ability to work independently as well as part of a team. The company is looking for someone who enjoys a challenge, is creative, a problem-solver, with a willingness to attend site visits.

This position would be suitable for an experienced Sales Engineer or alternatively a time-served or degree-qualified engineer looking to further their careers technically and commercially, as full training and field back up will be provided by the existing Application Sales Engineer`s and internal technical staff.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contact suppliers for information and competitive quotations.
  • Produce technical quotations.
  • Meet targets, objectives and timeframes.
  • Arrange customer visits and engage in technical discussions.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as required.

Essential Skills & Attributes:

  • Reliable, self-motivated and well organized.
  • Engineering background.
  • Professional telephone manner and good communication skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Have a full driving licence.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Application Sales Engineer, South West

X-STK is a division of Applied Automation, an integrator of global brands, including Omron, SMC and UR Cobots with technical support, application trials and training from its automation and control engineering experts.

Through our knowledge and experience over the last 35 years we have built our reputation on giving our customers straightforward, practical, technical advice and recommend products that work together to meet their needs, saving the customer time and money.

We are looking for a Sales Engineer for the Bristol, Gloucester and Worcester area who can further develop new and existing accounts throughout the area.

You will need to have a mechanical/ electrical engineering background, along with an aptitude for problem-solving and strong interpersonal skills.

Working as a key member of our technical engineering sales team you should have the knowledge and commercial skills needed to provide technical advice and support on engineering applications.

You should be proactive with an ability to work independently as well as part of a team. The company is looking for someone who enjoys a challenge, is creative, a problem-solver, with a willingness to attend site visits.

This position would be suitable for an experienced Sales Engineer or alternatively a time-served or degree-qualified engineer looking to further their careers technically and commercially, as full training and field back up will be provided by the existing Application Sales Engineer`s and internal technical staff.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contact suppliers for information and competitive quotations.
  • Produce technical quotations.
  • Meet targets, objectives and timeframes.
  • Arrange customer visits and engage in technical discussions.
  • Carry out any other duties within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as required.

Essential Skills & Attributes:

  • Reliable, self-motivated and well organized.
  • Engineering background.
  • Professional telephone manner and good communication skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Have a full driving licence.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to  


Project Manager, Plymouth

Role and Responsibilities:

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.

Project Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • Manage the Project team and delegate project tasks based, 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

Other Responsibilities:

  • 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

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  


Procurement Manager, Plymouth

About Applied Automation (UK) Limited:

Applied Automation (UK) Ltd is internationally renowned as a quality supplier of automation and control equipment. We have seven divisions operating in a number of industries which include automotive and medical. Engineering is at the heart of the company along with the design, build and commissioning of bespoke automation equipment and industrial control systems for luxury yachts and workboats. We also distribute, support, and undertake trials and training for global brands of industrial components.

Job Description:

We have an opportunity for a Procurement Manager to join the Plymouth team and lead the procurement function across all business divisions.

The role currently requires the management responsibility of one direct report.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Overview - monitor and manage the procurement of bought in proprietary industrial control, automation products and bespoke manufactured parts as defined by our Design Department. This will include evaluation and selection of new and existing suppliers.
  • Manage the tender process and pricing for component parts as defined by our Design Department.
  • Award orders to selected suppliers in conjunction with the Design Department.
  • Work with the Sales Department to establish pricing for component parts required for new projects and through the generating of quotations.
  • Price, lead-time, payment terms and delivery charge negotiations with suppliers.
  • Seek to reduce/optimise the amount of materials that we maintain in stock.
  • Challenge and minimise the effects of price increases from suppliers.
  • Establish a cost-effective system for the supply of replenishment consumables.
  • Negotiate agreement terms for the carriage of our goods to customers.
  • Ongoing monitoring and re-evaluation of suppliers, including the management of KPIs/Metrics for the supply chain.
  • Maintenance of the supplier database within the company Workflow MRP system.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Strong communication abilities, both written and oral.
  • Commercially astute with strong interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of maintaining successful relationships with suppliers.
  • 3-5 years in a senior buying/procurement role in a technical/engineering field.
  • MCIPS or equivalent qualification.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to