Controls Engineer

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Cambridge - England - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a leading global provider of integrated facilities and corporate real estate management. We are recruiting a Controls Engineer to join our team in Cambridge on a permanent basis. The initial role (before practical completion of client site) will be to be a liaison with the principal contractor, and other specialist contractors while providing comprehensive, practical controls system expertise. Post practical completion of the client campus, the day-to-day responsibilities of the role are to provide service delivery to the client based on the procedures created.

A large responsibility post practical completion will be to advise on continuous improvement of the systems, particularly around the specialist energy generation system to align with the clients targets of going carbon neutral/negative. You will be expected to advise/assist projects as an SME for controls and overall system operation

Role Summary:

• Assist the development and delivery of the campus control system management strategy in line with business objectives and technology lifecycle. Including the management of system changes, and system access levels

• Develop, maintain and perform backup/restore procedures for campus critical control systems

• Lead/assist in root cause analysis activities relating to control systems

• Programming and fault finding on various control systems - providing first, second and third line support

• Support the testing of the site functional safety systems.

• Propose and deliver service level agreements in line with customer and operational demands.

• Demonstrate continuous improvements to control systems resulting in robust/improved system performance.

• Effective control of local control system spend (revenue & capital) in line with business requirements and budgets.

• Future projections for control system related capital sanctions to be delivered on time.

• Develop a stragety for controls obsolescence management (hardware and software), directly influencing capital planning.

• Project management of small projects including technical and business change management and budgetary control.

• Maintain in depth knowledge of various control systems in order to deliver the requirements of the campus.

• Provision of coaching and technical support to local engineering technicians, plant engineers etc.

Experience Required:

• As a minimum you will hold an HND/HNC within a relevant engineering discipline.

• 5 Years experience within the Pharmaceutical Industry, or similar highly regulated industry.

• Have a detailed working knowledge of programming mainstream PLC and building controllers (e.g. Siemens S7, Allen Bradley, Tridium-Jace, Carel, Schneider Modicon) SCADA, HMI equipment.

• Good knowledge of IT network communication protocols

• Experience working with external suppliers e.g. service level agreements, supplier certification, contract management, service negotiation.

• Trouble-shooting and resolution of control system issues.

• Qualified to degree level within a relevant engineering discipline. (Desirable)

• Member of a relevant engineering institution, holding or working towards charted engineer status (Desirable)

• Understanding of BS EN 61511 Functional Safety lifecycle. Have participated in HAZOP, LOPA and SIL assessments (Desirable)

About CBRE Global Workplace Solutions:

As one of CBRE's core global businesses, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) provides end-to-end services to occupier clients across the entire lifecycle of a building. Our teams help companies improve their operations and reduce costs, through expert facilities management, project management, real estate and energy and sustainability services. Our dedicated teams work across all industries, and support clients ranging from global Fortune 500 companies to single, iconic buildings.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included on the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. It also has been voted the industry's top brand by the Lipsey Company for 19 consecutive years, and has been named one of Fortune's "Most Admired Companies" for eight years in a row, including being ranked number one in the real estate sector in 2020, for the second consecutive year. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CBRE."

Application Process:

Your application will be reviewed by our Talent Resourcing Team and you will be contacted if you have been successful in being short listed for the role.

Taking into consideration the costs of sponsorship, the nature of the role and the financial resources of the account in question, we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

No agencies please.

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CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2019 revenue). The company has more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 530 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at .

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