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Engineering Controls and Automation Specialist

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Are you an experienced Controls/Automation Engineer searching for a new exciting challenge? Do you have extensive experience in control systems in an automated FMCG environment?

If the answer is yes- then look no further, Church & Dwight UK Ltd have an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Controls and Automation Specialist to join our team on a permanent basis.

Based at our manufacturing site in Folkestone, Kent, this role is responsible for driving improved performance of our manufacturing lines using enhanced controls and the latest automation.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • To execute process and control improvements and prioritize all work in line with plant needs and production availability.

  • To complete regular backups of control systems and routine maintenance of systems.

  • To ensure that Health and Safety and Quality procedures are followed, ensuring that standards are maintained i.e. work in a tidy, clean, safe, structured and professional

  • manner.

  • To comply with all Corporate, Health and Safety and Environmental rules, standards and legislation ATEX, COSHH,etc.

  • To be active in supporting the achievement of corporate strategies and departmental targets.

Training and Developing Others:

  • To assist in the training of others in site control and process systems. Siemens TIA Portal E&H etc.

  • To assist in the training of site personal in any improvements to systems and documentation of upgrades.


  • To ensure Engineering Supervisor, Packaging Managers and Engineers on shift are up-dated on latest developments / situations and any other relevant information on a regular basis.

  • To update and use current systems (Poka, MES) to analyze issues and work with shift engineers to resolve.

  • To provide all other engineers with an understanding of faults found and steps taken to ensure that they do not recur.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced Controls/Automation engineer, with a background in FMCG manufacturing.


  • Extensive experience of working in an automated FMCG environment.

  • Extensive experience of working with processing and packaging machinery.

  • Extensive experience in control systems (Siemens, E&H etc).

  • Mechanical qualification City & Guilds or NVQ L3 equivalent.

  • Electrical qualification City & Guilds or NVQ L3 equivalent.

  • Detailed experience of carrying out reactive, planned, preventative and predictive maintenance.

  • Working knowledge of leading continuous improvement and SMED projects.

  • Knowledge of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).


  • Can do approach to problems.

  • Ability to work independently and manage self and time.

  • Ability to communicate well with all levels of staff and contractors within the business.

  • Works well as part of a team.

  • Detailed problem-solving abilities and experience of formal problem-solving techniques, Kaizen etc.

  • Basic Lean Six Sigma qualifications is ideal (yellow or green belt).

This role works a Monday to Friday day-time shift pattern, with some weekend/night working required based on workload/projects.

In return we offer a competitive package, including 24 days annual leave, a pension matched up to 9%, discretionary annual bonus, life assurance cover and membership of a health cash plan.

For more information on our company, our brands and our culture visit us at

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DIVERSITY At Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight strives to create an environment where everyone feels free to bring their authentic self to work every day.

We win when we respect every employee for who they are – regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other differences. We believe that our employees’ contributions are richer because of their diversity. We aim to be a diverse, inclusive and equitable company and are determined to build a culture where people have the power to win together.

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We care - about our people, our products, our consumers and our environment. To honor these priorities, we’ve built our culture around the tenants of courage, determination and team spirit. We’re united by our small company feel and inspired by opportunities to make our mark.

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Equal Employment Opportunity for the Disabled At Church & Dwight

As an equal opportunity employer, Church & Dwight is committed to providing access and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact 877-809-8449 or email their resume and cover letter to Please note that these options are available only to those needing an accommodation because of a medical condition or disability. All email submissions should include “Accommodation needed” in the subject line as well as information related to the specific position you are interested in (requisition number, job title, location, etc.). Church & Dwight will not respond to inquiries made to or 877-809-8449 that are not related to accessibility of the online application system by persons with medical conditions or disabilities. To review Church & Dwight’s Equal Opportunities Employer Policy, click link below.

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