Automation Technician

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Job Introduction

We have a great opportunity for an Automation Technician to join our Tullamore site. The successful candidate will have site-wide responsibility for the management of all hardware and software related to process automation, packaging automation and associated functions. Carry out all diagnostic checks on and monitor all automated systems (e.g. Servers, VMs, Switches, PLCs, SCADA screens, Field IO, MCC Panels, etc.), isolating all problems and performing repairs as required. Troubleshoot software/ electrical issues and determine if problem requires intervention and, once diagnosed, update, upgrade, repair or replace as necessary under change control.

Main Responsibility

  • Overall responsibility for the Distillery automation network (management of network diagram and asset records), PLC hardware (installation validation, audit and end of life management), server hardware and operating systems (licensing, software patches, hardware maintenance, upgrade strategies), process control software (recording and updating process descriptions, standards, change control) and remote access management.
  • Responsible for coding across existing installations – upgrades, modifications, bug fixes, new equipment integration (minor projects) and ensuring that new installations and strategic projects are developed to the same standard, including integration tie-ins.
  • Work closely with all Distilling & Technical and Packaging & Supply Chain operations teams (specifically Technicians) to develop site based expertise, ensure all code is developed and maintained to the required company standard and adhere to change management controls.
  • Responsible for completion of all relevant software and hardware-based continuous improvement initiatives owning and delivering all associated PPM strategies in this area.
  • Plan, manage and carry out all electrical CSD (Critical Safety Device) checks across Distilling & Technical and Packaging and Supply Chain operations.
  • Ensure the ongoing continuity and reliability of all site process control systems including future proofing the system infrastructure informing Capital 5YPs as appropriate.
  • Assist with the day-to-day works within the Maintenance department to ensure full compliance with relevant Safety, Environmental and Revenue requirements recording all works done on the Site CMMS system.
  • Participate in the on call rota to provide scheduled out of hours on call support to the site.
  • Establish and embed close working relationships with in-house engineering teams and operations teams to achieve cross functional ways of working for project design, system integrator management, data access and reporting.
  • Demonstrate behaviours in line with our diversity and inclusion aim, which is to create and promote a diverse and inclusive culture at William Grant & Sons where ideas, differences and views are respected and where all employees are encouraged to create their own personal legacy.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • A National Craft Certificate together with additional specialised training and experience or a third level qualification in Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical / Automation Engineering, Electrical, Electronics or Mechatronics.
  • Experience of working in a high volume manufacturing automation environment.
  • Proficient in Allen Bradley/ Rockwell Automation PLC products with an ability to understand complex programming functions and write code from specification.
  • Experience of development, deployment & maintenance of SCADA/ HMI systems (Allen Bradley) and associated infrastructure.
  • Preferably have a knowledge of Industrial Networks (Ethernet IP and Control Net). Must have a good understanding of Manufacturing Automation, and ideally in equipment design and development.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plan.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare
  • Our employees can join a Group Personal Retirement Saving Account (PRSA). Employees contribute 5% of salary, the company contributes 10%.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of three times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allowance so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands with your family and friends.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim funding each year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive. If you have any questions or need some support with your application we’d love to hear from you. So please get in touch with our HR team at


William Grant & Sons

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