Test Systems Automation Engineer

  • Role Type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Closing Date
  • 31/12/2023

Job Description

Role: Test Systems Automation Engineer

Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, UK


Automotive and Industrial is one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units and is a trusted global engineering services partner for clean and efficient integrated propulsion and energy systems. Our experience and history over more than 100 years at the forefront of mobility innovation enables us to deliver solutions to the most complex challenges, allowing our customers across all global transport sectors to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon future.



Ricardo’s A&I Division are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Engineer to join the Test Facilities team. Test Facilities support the entire Testing capability group for vehicle, engine test, fuel cell and test rig facilities.


You will operate inside the Test Automation team, working alongside mechanical and software engineers. The Test Automation team provide expertise in measurement systems and instrumentation, test automation and data processing. As well as providing day-to-day operational support, the group leads a range of projects to investigate and exploit new measurement methods, systems, and processes to meet the future needs of our customers. We also develop software tools, web applications and dashboards to maximise operational effectiveness. We are passionate about working with customers and in-house teams to develop new products, or to integrate solutions into existing products. We love researching and applying the latest technologies in whatever field we find ourselves working.


Key accountabilities:


The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following skills and characteristics:


Experienced automation application engineer or expert user (preferably HORIBA STARS, AVL Puma or similar).
PLC programming experience (Siemens SIMATIC S7 or similar)
Competent administrator and creator of databases (SQL or similar)
Excellent communications skills, both verbally and written, with the ability to present and explain technical and complex problems, tailored appropriately for the audience.
Proven ability to diagnose and solve faults. You will be comfortable analysing data and producing reports.
An ability to work on your own initiative as part of a multifunctional team, with a keen interest in sharing improvements.
Sound understanding of implementation of first principles engineering.
Keen interest in new technologies and enthusiasm for implementation of solutions to unique technical problems.
Strong focus on customer delivery whilst working under pressure in a dynamic environment.
Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
Ability to work well with people, in a team environment, and to communicate effectively both written & oral
Ability to excel in a fast-paced, matrix organization
Roles at Ricardo, Inc. are individually tied to Quality, Health and Safety policies and procedures. Further trainings and information will be reviewed upon start.




Preferably degree educated in an engineering discipline or demonstrated suitable experience.
Ricardo is at the forefront of future technologies, including IC engines, fuel cells, hybrids, rail, digitalisation and clean energy.

The successful candidate will be fortunate enough to receive training and gain expertise in some of the following areas:

Propulsion systems e.g. IC Engines, fuel cells, hybrids and electrical vehicles.
Instrumentation and control systems.
Software development e.g. Python, C#, SQL, VBA, web development.
PLC programming (Siemens SIMATIC S7)
CAD (PTC Creo 3, ePLAN electric P8)
Communications protocols (CAN, AK, serial).

Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.



Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.



Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Once you have submitted your application, if qualified, a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.