Process Control Engineer

Michael Page Engineering & Manufacturing
10 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Process Control Specialist is responsible for ensuring the process control systems which supervise the various operating units at Oldbury Site are maintained and developed to match the safety, production and quality requirements of the Oldbury site. This includes both the development of new control methodologies as part of capital projects and also the maintenance and development of existing process control systems.

Client Details

Solvay serves diversified global end markets, including; automotive and aerospace, consumer goods, healthcare, energy and environment, electricity and electronics, construction and also industrial applications.

Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with about 27,000 employees spread across 58 countries. It generated pro forma net sales of € 10.9 bn in 2016, with 90% made from activities where it ranks among the world's top 3 players.

Their site in Oldbury employs close to 200 people and is in an exciting phase of realising its growth market potential. Part of Technology Solutions Global Business Unit, the Oldbury site is an upper tier COMAH site predominantly producing Phosphorus based chemicals.


The Process Control Specialist plays a key role in HSE, particularly process safety, providing technical assistance in the various safety and criticality studies carried out on the units. You will be accountable for:

The Process Control Specialist is responsible for:

  • Maintenance of the hardware and network infrastructure of the process control systems to ensure no disruption to plant operations
  • Maintenance & troubleshooting of the control software trips, interlocks and alarms in the control system in compliance with Solvay and UK HSE requirements
  • Development of the control software to improve operability and/or productivity
  • Installation and configuration of control systems associated with new projects
  • Development of migration strategies for legacy control systems
  • Training & coaching control engineers
  • Training site staff in control system operation

Main accountabilities: to operate within and maintain all appropriate Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality standards in order to ensure that the products and services provided by the site comply with regulatory and company standards and customer expectations.



  • Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (engineering, control, IT, electronics)
  • Minimum of 3-5 years' experience in chemical plant control
  • Knowledge of DCS and PLC control systems & programming languages (ideally ABB 800xA/System6/Sattline)
  • Knowledge of industry legislation and standards relating to control systems (IEC 61508/61511, EEMUA guidelines on alarm systems)

Job Offer

The successful candidate will be offered between £40,000 - £50,000 (dependant on experience) and a range of benefits .

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