Digital & Automation Engineer

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Date: Apr 19, 2024

Location: Barcelona, ES

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Job Purpose


The main objective for this position is to support the site in their Operational Technology (OT) & Automation journey through technical capability to specify, install, maintain & safeguard Industrial Control System (ICS) and associated systems. Further to collaborate with site(s) and regional teams to augment existing automation capabilities, capture future opportunities and create road maps for automation projects that support the business objectives.


Key Accountabilities


  • Provide hands on expertise and technical guidance to the site on the control systems repairs, design changes, and projects because of troubleshooting or performance evaluation.
  • Develop, Update and Maintain sites digital map (network architecture) of the Industrial control system (ICS), this include but not limited to equipment locations, IP / MAC addresses, routes etc.
  • Implement effective backup and recovery measures of the (ICS) software.
  • In relation to the Industrial control system update and maintain the site’s business continuity plan.
  • Support Site Responsible Engineer / s to maintain (ICS) Spares Inventory.
  • Collaborate with the Regional Digital Deployment teams and Support the site to prepare the prerequisites (hardware / software) for digital initiatives. i.e. Shutdown management, Performance Portal etc. 
  • Work with automation integrators to define & design solutions, obtain project proposal and final vendor selection.
  • As nominated Site Cyber Security Officer (SCSO), ensure that the OT cyber security standards and policies are implemented and report compliance.
  • For the Industrial Control System (PLCs & SCADA) ensure below is up to date and recorded.
  • Assess, identify, and maintain critical equipment in context of ICS.
  • Participate in plant HAZOP’s and provide expertise for functional safety.


Experience & Other Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics, Industrial control or similar.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • High level of English is mandatory.
  • Previous experience of factory digital transformation programs.
  • Control System maintenance experience in a large, high volume manufacturing facility.
  • Strong knowledge of cybersecurity, network architecture, and data collection methodologies.
  • Experience in programming/troubleshooting Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Experience with Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Honeywell, ABB etc.
  • Experience in different communication protocols (Profibus, Modbus, serial, ethernet, wireless etc.).
  • Database management (OPC, SQL etc.).
  • Field instrument experience.


At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 37257 

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