Role Overview

Key Responsibilities

  • Capture, interpret and develop customer requirements.
  • Produce technical documentation in accordance with company/customer procedures.
  • Specify, design and test solutions for PLC/SCADA control systems.
  • Manage data communications with third party equipment.
  • Implement PLC code from multiple design formats such as Block Diagrams, Flow Charts & Pseudo Code.
  • Validate software designs through analysis and test.
  • Provide technical oversight of subcontractors.
  • Support the preparation of contract changes and proposals.
  • Be aware of and comply with company standards of conduct and all relevant statutory requirements.
  • Carry out any other reasonable management request.
  • Lead a team of control systems software engineers.
Please note for this particular role, all candidates must be eligible for SC - UK EYES ONLY clearance and therefore be a sole British National passport holder.
Skills & Experience

Candidate Requirements



Technical Skills

  • Design and integration of PLC control systems.
  • Fieldbus configuration and implementation.
  • Production of technical documentation.
  • Specification and analysis of COTS equipment.
  • Design and integration of SCADA systems.
  • Experience of Siemens TIA Portal & Rockwell Studio5000.
  • Understanding of IEC 61131.
  • C#/C++ Programming.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Siemens Step 7 Professional Classic.
  • Siemens S7-300/400 programming and integration experience.
  • Profibus and Profinet communication protocols and networking standards.
  • IEC 61508 Functional Safety or equivalent.
  • SIL2 Software Development.
  • Understanding of MTBF calculations, FMECAs, reliability block diagrams.
  • Experience of C&I Configuration management systems and change control.

Industry Experience

  • Control systems design and programming experience.
  • Understanding of commissioning and setting to work.
  • Software testing and verification.
  • Experience within defence, maritime, aerospace, or a similarly regulated industrial sector.
  • Ship’s machinery and control systems.


  • Degree, HND, HNC or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic engineering or a related discipline e.g. C&I engineering, Systems engineering


Personal Characteristics

  • Proactive and shows initiative.
  • Team player.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Organised and capable of managing own tasks.
  • Problem solver.



  • Good mathematical knowledge and analytical ability.
  • Strong IT skills, in particular with MS Office products.
  • British national and citizen (no dual nationality). Able to obtain Security Clearance (SC), UK Eyes Only.
  • Experience with AllChange Configuration Management Software
All of our roles require successful candidates to undergo and maintain a Baseline Personnel Security Standard and/or United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) to obtain a Security Check (SC) without restrictions. Please note that in the event that the required clearance cannot be obtained you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security.
About Us
With over 100 years of history and expertise in navigation, we have established ourself as a major global provider of navigation solutions, including radars, compass systems, steering systems, speed logs, integrated bridge and control systems. We take pride in our commitment to provide 24/7support to all of our customers.

Our company grows because of our employees' dedication and commitment to achieving our mission, something we always remember. In return for working for us you will have access to a benefits package that provides you with flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life, health & well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development.

We are committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status, including race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.