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


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


Electrical Engineer, Plymouth

To lead the production team with the aim of ensuring that they are operating in the most efficient and effective manner to achieve our customer commitments customers in respect respect to: on time delivery, quality of build and achieving our commercial goals.

To act as the link between the following teams/departments: Production Team, Production Planning, Project Management, Stores and Test.

Role & Responsibilities:

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

  • In conjunction with your line manager, develop the weekly planning of the jobs to be processed, taking into account the delivery date commitments made to our customers.
  • Up-date the projects in workflow with comments to detail any potential concerns or hold ups (daily up-dates).
  • Flag to your Line Manager shortages and EFN’s.
  • Ensure each team member:
    • Has sufficient work allocated that is suitable to their skills and matrix.
    • Has all the information, tooling and parts required to successfully fulfil their tasks.
    • Is progressing the work at a suitable pace.
    • Is working to an acceptable build quality/standard.
  • Liaise with team members to identify how our processes can be improved and implemented in conjunction with the Line Manager.
  • Monitor the consumables on the shop floor and trigger replenishment as required along with making your team leader aware of any additional requirements.

General team Discipline

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

  • To manage the team in respect to:
    • Time keeping, we need our team members at their place of work 5 minutes before their start time.
    • Housekeeping - use the last ten minutes of the working day to tidy their workspace and empty bins, so we are in a good position to start the next day.
    • To not use, unless there is an emergency, their mobiles to make/receive calls during work time.
    • Approve short notice (same day), short term (one day or less) holiday requests.
    • Complete return to work interviews, post time off for illness.
    • Ensure excessive chattering is kept to a minimum and alleviate distractions and time being wasted.
    • Safety -ensure the team not operating/behaving in any way that may cause a risk to themselves or to their colleagues

New team Members

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

  • To undertake in conjunction with HR the company induction.
  • To ensure that they fully understand and maintain our build processes.
  • To ensure they understand how they need to fill out their time sheet (Attendance hours and time booked to specific jobs).
  • To ensure that they have carried out the manual handling on line training and provided documentation to prove this to the HR department
  • To ensure that if they are to operate any powered machinery. they have undertaken the necessary training and have provided paperwork to confirm this to the HR department. No personnel should operate powered equipment without first being trained!

The ideal candidate:

  • Competent IT user. Workflow will be a key tool.
  • Proven experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent communication skills and be a natural at building strong relationships.
  • Highly organised.
  • Able to work effectively in pressured situations.
  • Able to effectively manage a busy workload

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


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


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 are looking for a highly organised Project Manager to help ensure the assembly and successful delivery of both equipment and services.

You will need to be a dependable, self-motivated team player, who is customer focused and deadline orientated with sound technical knowledge of all aspects of SPM building and machine automation.

Project Responsibilities:

  • Attend Sales Over Meetings, meet and liaise with customers to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of project requirements.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with customers as well as other staff members.
  • Generate project Quad Charts and monitor project progress in terms of Time, Cost and Quality. Communicate with the team on Project Progress.
  • Manage the Project team and delegate project tasks, 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.
  • Manage a mixture of small, medium and large projects of varying complexity.
  • Agree, record and document project objectives.
  • Manage project risks and concerns and escalate accordingly.
  • Host customers on site to conduct system testing and trials.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Manage projects within our Workflow system and communicate progress to customers.
  • Invoice projects at key stages.
  • Help maintain existing customers and develop new customer leads.
  • Organise and attend meetings with other staff as required to perform duties and aid business development/improvement.
  • Attend training and develop relevant knowledge and skills as required.
  • Actively support the leadership team in developing and growing the company.
  • Undertake AD Hoc Projects as required by the business.
  • Support and maintain HSE Policies and Procedures.
  • Actively pursue 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 user of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Competent user 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


Project Administrator, Plymouth

Working closely with the Build to Print division project managers to provide administrative support across a diverse range of tasks.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To support and provide assistance with:

  • To support with the generation of master templates.
  • To support with the generation of project related build documentation.
  • To support with the booking of transport options etc.
  • Respond to day-to-day queries and correspondence and escalate where necessary.
  • Attend meetings to take minutes; process and distribute them whilst exercising confidentiality as necessary.
  • Receive phone calls, diverting calls where appropriate, answering queries, passing on relevant calls and taking accurate messages.
  • Maintain and develop filing and recording systems, both manual and electronic and undertake photocopying, scanning and shredding of confidential papers.

The ideal candidate:

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proven experience in an administrative function.
  • Excellent communication and customer skills.
  • Highly organised
  • Great attention to detail.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Repeat Build Electrical/Mechanical Assembler, Plymouth

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

The individual will be building electrical control panels / boxes & mechanical sub-assemblies according to drawings and specification.

We are looking for a Junior Electrical Panel Wirer/Builder for our Marine and Build to Print Divisions;

  • Can work and become part of an established, skilled electrical engineering team within the company
  • Must be able to identify, handle & process the electrical components used in the construction and equipping of electrical control panels using bill of materials
  • Must be able to adopt, implement & comply with all company Health & Safety requirements
  • Be motivated and work well both as part of a team or individually on projects
  • Must be well presented and possess good interpersonal skills
  • A can-do attitude and a passion to succeed by meeting production targets and deadlines.

This list is not exhaustive and may include any other duties as required.

The successful candidate will receive product training to achieve the standards required within Applied Automation.

This opportunity is well suited to either an experienced panel assembler or someone who wants to start their journey in serial production setting specialising in mechanical assemblies and electrical assemblies while benefitting from a clean, safe and organised production environment.

The contract is a 40 hour per week permanent position with a choice of two shift patterns varying from;

07:00 – 15:30 per week or

08:00 – 17:30 Monday – Thursday and 08:00 – 12:00 Friday.

Holiday entitlement is 25 days plus bank holidays.

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.

Duties and 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


Inventory Control Manager, Plymouth

Main Purpose of Role

The duties of an Inventory Manager will incorporate many different aspects, such as management, analysis, forecasting and reporting.

The role would cover the complete management of materials from point of receipt, through to dispatch of finished goods.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To support and provide assistance with:

  • To work closely with the purchasing team to derive an inventory management strategy.
  • To work closely with the Quality Manager to ensure the team are aligned with the QMS system and are trained on the various processes related to the division.
  • To create strategic plans to minimise waste within the department by utilising lean, 6 Sigma
  • To manage the stores team with regards to priorities, tasks, holiday requests, sickness/return to work interviews, general performance etc.
  • To manage the various stores areas to ensure good practice is being maintained.
  • To ensure the accuracy of the stock database system for Marine and B2P division.
  • To work closely with the manufacturing managers and procurement team to determine and challenge stock levels and stock turnover.
  • To manage the bi-annual stock take
  • To work closely with the various divisions to define wrapping and packing specifications
  • To maintain and develop the divisional competency matrix

The ideal candidate:

  • A good inventory manager should be proactive, not reactive. In other words, they should be able to research the current situation with inventory, make forecasts for the future and de-risk where applicable.
  • An understanding of inventory control procedures
  • Competent user of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent communication and customer skills.
  • Highly organised.
  • Great attention to detail.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Business Manager, Plymouth

Main Purpose of Role

The role involves day to day general management of a multi-million-pound Mechanical Engineering division with significant growth plans. As well as driving the division through this next stage of growth you will be directly responsible for the output of Project Managers, Sales/Design Engineers, Stores/Dispatch Operatives, Quality Controllers and a of team of fitters.

As a result of this you will not only assume various leadership roles encompassing Senior Project Management, Operations Management and Quality Management, but you will utilise your earned experience to achieve OTD, QCD and wider commercial targets.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To support and provide assistance with:

  • General Management of a multi-million-pound Mechanical Engineering division, responsible for 20+ staff.
  • Full ownership of buying, operations, production, sales, projects, quality and design outputs.
  • Stakeholder relationship management/reporting including directors, clients, and key suppliers.
  • Utilise Lean practices to maximise department efficiency through strategic management.
  • Managing skills, competencies, H&S and ensuring any training needs of staff are met.
  • Efficient planning and resource management of labour, parts, materials, tools, and equipment.
  • Performance management, objective setting, delivering appraisals, upskill, succession management.

The ideal candidate:

  • Extensive Management experience (Ideally CMI qualified to Level 5 or above)
  • Experience working in a project-driven environment (Ideally APM/PRINCE2 qualified)
  • Experience of leading teams in an engineering environment (Ideally mechanically disciplined)
  • Collaborative and business oriented
  • Comfortable working with and enforcing KPI’s
  • Customer centric mindset and willing to go the extra mile
  • Commercially focused with a desire to push for results

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Electrical/Mechanical Test Engineer, Plymouth

The individual will be tasked to test/inspect electrical control panels/boxes & mechanical sub-assemblies according to drawings and specification.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To support and provide assistance with:

  • Ensure work areas are kept clean and tidy, adhering to Health & Safety procedures and policies at all times

The ideal candidate:

  • A good understanding of the following:
    • Industrial workshop practice
    • Electrical wiring symbols, engineering drawings
    • General electrical/mechanical assembly good practice inline with the various standards
  • Highly organised.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • A can-do attitude and a passion to succeed by meeting production targets and quality standards.
  • Be responsible for maintaining their own work load to ensure deadlines are met, whilst highlighting problems at the earliest opportunity (Shortages, Drawing Queries etc).
  • Use various hand, power and crimping tools.
  • Cable assembly covering heavy duty cables to looms and internal wiring following customer specified drawings.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Electrical/Mechanical Assembler, Plymouth

The individual will be tasked to build electrical control panels/boxes & mechanical sub-assemblies according to drawings and specification. The role will involve and require soldering, crimping, looming and assembly all to the highest of standard for the UK and Worldwide marketplace.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To complete, support and provide assistance with:

  • Ensure work areas are kept clean and tidy, adhering to Health & Safety procedures and policies at all times
  • Be responsible for maintaining their own work load to ensure deadlines are met, whilst highlighting problems at the earliest opportunity (Shortages, Drawing Queries etc).
  • Cable assembly covering heavy duty cables to looms and internal wiring following customer specified drawings.
  • Wiring bespoke electrical instrument panels.
  • Wiring and assembly of AC/DC panels.
  • Assembling and wiring of contractor boxes.
  • Creating looms and assembling PCB’s.
  • Read, use and understand electrical/mechanical schematic drawings.

The ideal candidate:

  • A good understanding of the following:
    • Industrial workshop practice
    • Electrical wiring symbols, engineering drawings
    • General electrical/mechanical assembly good practice inline with the various standards
  • Highly organised.
  • 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.
  • Prior experience/familiar use of various hand, power and crimping tools.
  • Electrical/Mechanical experience preferred but not essential.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to


Purchasing Administrator, Plymouth

Work closely with all company personnel and departments to support, assist and process purchasing requisitions, as well as providing assistance with the monitoring and maintenance of inventory/stock levels of materials ensuring a seamless journey from supply through to production.

Role and responsibilities:

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

To support and provide assistance with:

  • Responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the supplier section within the company’s Workflow system and ensure it is kept up-to-date.
  • Expedite and bring orders in on a day-to-day basis to support the procurement department and other cross-functional departments within Applied Automation.
  • Support with the processing of purchasing requisitions.
  • Provide support to assist with maintaining inventory of materials into the business and ensure production is supported in its requirements.
  • Support Buyers/Materials Controllers/Senior Buyers in their day-to-day activities, where necessary.
  • Implement and maintain an effective filing system within the office, for PO’s and any spend accountable to individuals and departments.
  • Set up new parts and provide general administrative support to senior members within the Buying Team.
  • Responsible for ordering stationery for the entire company and ensuring requisitions are completed for each individual order.
  • Support the procurement department to process weekly/monthly reports, excel spreadsheets, as well as KPI’s.
  • Ensure a healthy relationship is maintained with our key suppliers/customers.
  • Ensure that quality standards are maintained and (OTD) on time delivery targets are met.

The ideal candidate:

  • Competent user of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proven experience in the ‘Total Procurement Cycle’.
  • Excellent interpersonal and synthesis skills.
  • Ability to act as an ambassador for Applied Automation.
  • Highly organised
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Competent communicator.

Please send us your CV and a covering letter to