Automation Technician

Job Introduction

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Automation Technician, who 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. SCADA screens, PLCs, IO, MCC Panels, etc), isolating all problems and performing repairs as required. Troubleshoot all issues and determine if problem requires mechanical, electrical or computer software intervention and, once diagnosed, repair or replace any necessary components.

Main Responsibility

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include;

  • Overall responsibility for the Tullamore Distillery site automation network (management of network diagram, switches, asset record), PLC hardware (installation validation, audit and end of life management), server hardware and operating systems (OS licensing, software patches, hardware maintenance, upgrade strategies), process control software (recording and updating all process descriptions, coding standards, change control), 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 to develop site based expertise to ensure all code is developed and maintained to the required company standard, software change management methodologies are designed and implemented, etc.
  • Responsible for completion of all relevant software and hardware-based continuous improvement obligations.
  • Plan, manage and carry out all electrical CSD 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 system infrastructure and architecture.
  • Develop a competency assessment of system integrators and establish a list of approved SI’s that can be engaged for the design of software and control system scope for strategic and site projects as required.
  • Establish and embed close working relationships with process design engineers, electrical engineers and in house operations teams to achieve cross functional ways of working for project design, system integrator management, data access and reporting.

Our Ideal Candidate


  • A third level qualification in Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical / Automation Engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Mechatronics or the National Craft Certificate together with additional specialised training and experience.
  • Experience of working in 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.



  • Proven ability to provide innovative solutions to complex technical problems.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with a high level of proficiency in MS Office.
  • Be a resourceful and creative problem solver.

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.
  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, while continuing to protect our product. To reduce the risk access to our sites is limited to those essential to our production. All other employees are currently working from home.  

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


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