Careers

Careers at PAA

At PAA, we believe that by continuously transferring new ideas, design and technology into our range of products we deliver the complete laboratory automation solution. Our reputation for innovation and engineering excellence underpins our continued growth.

Working within our multi-disciplinary team, you will be involved in the development and production of our hardware and software products.  We also have positions available for highly motivated sales and service personnel.

We offer careers based at our European headquarters in Farnborough, UK and at our US headquarters in Colorado.  Our team grew by over 30% in 2018 and we are always looking for talented individuals.

If you would like to apply for any of the vacancies listed below, please send your CV in the first instance to recruitment@paa-automation.com.

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CURRENT VACANCIES

We currently have 2 vacancies for this role; one based on the East Coast of the USA and one based in Farnborough in the UK.

Job Brief:

We are looking for a senior applications specialist who has experience in the development of robotic workcells, preferably in the life science or consumer products industry.  The main purpose of the job is to provide support for PAA’s activities in both the USA and UK.  This will include project management, workflow programming (using our proprietary Overlord™ software), robot teaching, instrument integration and customer support.  Working alone, but as a member of the integration team, you will be an enthusiastic focused problem-solver who is self-motivated and with an eye for detail.

Responsibilities:

  • Project management. Be entirely responsible for delivering customer solutions based on instrument integrations
  • Overlord Implementation. Work with customers to understand requirements, document the required configurations and workflow.  Implement these requirements in existing or new robotic workcells
  • Robot Programming. Have a broad knowledge of the functionality of industrial articulated and SCARA robotic arms
  • Sales and Business support. Participate in sales visits to support the sales team at customer locations
  • Service and Support. Handle phone calls from customers and provide first level technical support to the customer
  • This position reports into the Integration Manager based in Farnborough, UK

Key Job Skills

  • A background in software, research informatics or other relevant area
  • Relevant experience in life science/bio-pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to work well alone in unsupervised customer locations and as a member of a small team

Requirements

You will be degree-level educated in a numerate discipline, ideally with a background in Biochemistry/Chemistry

For further information and a full job description please contact us.

This role focuses primarily on servicing and maintaining robotic and automated laboratory equipment across the United Kingdom and Northern Europe; travel to the United States of America may be required.  Candidates can expect to work to some aggressive deadlines in sometimes complex circumstances.  A positive attitude towards solo problem solving is essential for a Service Engineer.  This is a challenging role and most suited to individuals with strong IT, Electrical and Communication skills that enjoy travelling and work well as part of a team. Domestic and international travel required between 50-70% of time to support installation/repairs /upgrades/ PMs.

Electro-Mechanical responsibilities include:

  • Become familiar with all aspects of laboratory automation and assembling bespoke automated systems
  • Assist with the manufacture of laboratory workcells as required. This will help to build a strong understanding of PAA systems before the Engineer is sent into the field alone
  • Part of the installation team to re-assemble robotic workcells on our customers sites globally
  • Attend customer site on short notice to analyse reported issues and perform repairs
  • Communicate accurately with customer and formally record agreements between Service and Engineer and Customer on paper or via e-mail
  • Assist customers remotely to identify nature of reported issues and resolve where possible, before conducting site visit

Key Job Skills include:

  • Problem solver able to overcome unforeseen challenges quickly & effectively
  • Understanding of PC- Based systems (TCP/IP, RS232)
  • Fundamental programming skills advantageous
  • Independent thinker with acute attention to detail
  • Proficient in using hand power tools such as circular & jig saws, drills & taps
  • Highly motivated, passionate and results-driven
  • Previous experience of working effectively in project teams to deliver projects on time and to budget
  • Solid organisational and multi-tasking skills
  • A proven history in mechanical, automation engineering or related discipline

Requirements:

  • Technical qualification in electrical engineering, robotics or related field
  • Clean UK Driving Licence
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills

This role develops and applies 3D CAD software engineering methods and theories in the investigation and solution of technical problems. It assesses architecture and hardware limitations, plans technical projects in the design and development of CAD software and prepares design specifications, analysis and recommendations for presentation and approval. The role may specify materials, equipment and supplies required for completion of projects and may evaluate vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.

Automation Engineer Responsibilities include:

  • Become familiar with all aspects of laboratory automation and assembling bespoke automated systems
  • Building prototype electro-mechanical systems (servo & stepper drives)
  • Specifying and assembling pneumatic sub-assemblies (ISO4414), designing solutions using Festo FluidDraw CAD package
  • Skilled use of 3D modelling packages such as Solidworks
  • Liaise with staff regarding design requirements. Will represent the organisation on projects and interface with customers
  • Working within a Quality Environment to ensure all designs follow company standard procedures prior to release
  • Following project plans and collaborating with the project team to ensure timely delivery of robot systems
  • Initially this is a design/construction role. However, you will be expected to learn and develop your skills to contribute to all aspects of project delivery.

Key Job Skills include:

  • Hands on experienced machine builder
  • Knowledge of machine safety (ISO13849)
  • Be familiar with design and construction standards
  • Independent thinker
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Problem solver
  • Highly motivated, passionate and results-driven
  • Previous experience of working effectively in project teams to deliver projects on time and to budget
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organisational and multi-tasking skills
  • A proven history in mechanical, automation engineering or related discipline

Requirements:

Engineering degree with a mechanical bias or 2 years hands-on experience in the field of industrial automation.

Job Brief:  To provide electrical engineering support in designing and building robotic systems for the life science sector. Involving departmental and cross functional teams focused on the delivery of new and existing products and custom machines.

Responsibilities:

  • Designing, specifying, analysing and implementation of machine safety systems.
  • Producing electrical control system designs for a variety of projects including special purpose machinery and robotic systems.
  • Understanding project requirements and producing schematic diagrams, hook-up diagrams and build instructions using CAD for Production.
  • Estimating material and manufacturing costs including creation of BOM’s.
  • Adhering to project timelines
  • Working with the internal purchasing department and external suppliers to ensure procurement of critical components.
  • Contribute to risk assessment and good safety practices by maintaining an awareness of activities and reporting on potential areas of risk.
  • Carry out feasibility studies for new products and technical innovations.
  • Assisting in coordinating other technical team resources.
  • Creation of testing, installation and commissioning procedures and analysing data.

Key Job Skills include:

  • Dedicated professional with Electrical/Electronic Engineering degree (Bachelors/Masters preferred or equivalent considered) with 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Have a solid awareness and understanding of relevant British, European and International standards and understand the implications on design.
  • Experience in designing systems around industrial and collaborative robots.
  • Working knowledge of different communication protocols including TCP/IP, RS232 and Fieldbus systems.
  • Electronic circuit design and analysis.
  • Experience in implementing common industrial control techniques including PLC’s, sensors, distributed IO, servo control and some pneumatic experience.
  • Design software user: SolidWorks electrical preferred.
  • Hands on working experience on the shop floor/field to support the manufacturing team & R&D activities.
  • Has a complete and thorough knowledge of the discipline and frequently contributes to the development of new concepts, theories and principles.

Requirements:

  • A high level of personal accountability and integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Team player.
  • Fluency in English.
  • IT skills.
  • A good fit with the PAA values.
  • Commitment to Continuous Improvement and Personal Development.

Job brief:  PAA is seeking a talented and motivated Compliance and Safety Risk Manager with an emphasis on Robotic Safety and Safety Systems. This position is responsible for new and existing product support related to regulatory compliance. The ideal candidate will be a highly organised team player with excellent communication skills. The candidate will have a strong understanding of the regulatory compliance schemes and the process required to specify, test, qualify, document and maintain certifications related to Machine Safety and Functional Safety compliance for domestic and international markets.

Responsibilities:

  • Interpret and apply regulations, standards and PAA requirements to new technologies/products
  • Work with external testing houses to ensure certifications are achieved and maintained
  • Conduct external Risk Assessment, Design Reviews, Factory/Site Acceptance testing and launch support
  • Manage the certification of the PAA product range
  • Prepare technical files for CE certification
  • Be knowledgeable of forthcoming changes to rules and regulations for certifications
  • Provide Safety & Compliance input during the product scoping to identify any concerns for operators interacting with the equipment
  • Evaluate and review schematics and drawings and provide Safety & Compliance input during product development/early design
  • Leverage support processes, systems and tools to resolve safety related technical problems
  • Track issues through resolution phase, engaging technical subject matter experts as needed
  • Create and maintain problem resolution procedures and identify need for new tools to support existing solutions
  • Work with the engineering team to understand safety issues and solution options
  • Compile data to facilitate analysis by the management team

Key Job Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, safety or a related science-based field
  • 5+ years’ experience applying safety principles and addressing safety issues in a manufacturing, warehouse or other operations focused environment
  • Experience working on bespoke robotics/machines
  • Technical problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • 5+ years of safety experience, preferably certified, in relation to robotics
  • Experience supporting safety programmes by means of identifying equipment needs, documentation needs, support equipment needs, staging and support of equipment to be tested, debug capabilities, etc.
  • Experience of interacting with customers, regulatory agencies, test labs, etc.
  • Ability to multitask

Preferred Requirements:

  • Advanced Degree (Science or Engineering)
  • Experience working in an industrial/warehouse environment
  • Robotic and automation safety ownership
  • Escalations requiring rapid response
  • Understanding of product safety concepts and techniques
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot and identify the root cause of issues
  • Experience working with others to implement new systems

We are looking to recruit an experienced Digital Marketing Executive to support the growing marketing function. As Digital Marketing Executive you will be an integral player in assisting the Marketing Manager and wider commercial team in their efforts to increase brand awareness and inbound lead generation. Working collaboratively with the Marketing Manager, you will have the experience to create, implement and monitor a bespoke digital marketing strategy including e-mail campaigns, social media, website and SEO.

Responsibilities

  • Create and edit e-mail marketing content and evaluate the effectiveness of e-mail campaigns.
  • Create, manage and evaluate effective social media content spanning Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to support integrated marketing campaigns.
  • Maintaining the company website using WordPress with engaging content that boosts SEO rankings and optimises traffic, including resources such as case studies, application notes and white papers.
  • Use SEO tools such as Yoast for keyword planning to increase visibility of and drive traffic to PAA’s website.
  • Development and execution of paid search advertising and use of Google AdWords for campaigns.
  • Marketing enquiry management and business enquiry management.
  • Maintain the marketing database, ensuring compliance with data protection legislation (GDPR).
  • Reporting and analysis of digital marketing activities.
  • Carry out regular research of competitor online activity and propose events and activities to amplify PAA’s digital reach.
  • Monitoring press coverage.
  • Manage external agencies where necessary for development of digital content, including design, photography and videos
  • Support in the development of marketing collateral e.g. images, video, brochures, case studies, white papers and maintaining the marketing intranet.

Key Job Skills

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar B2B Digital Marketing role, taking ownership of digital marketing projects.
  • Experience of managing social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube) and excellent English grammar and writing skills to develop engaging content for these platforms.
  • Competent website management using WordPress.
  • Experience of SEO and analysis tools, such as Google Analytics
  • Skills to create visuals and graphics, ideally with a knowledge of Photoshop.
  • The ability to create targeted and measurable digital marketing plans.
  • Strong analytical, planning and project management skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Professional approach to time, costs and deadlines
  • Aptitude to work efficiently and effectively whilst following policies and processes.

Personal Attributes

  • Passion for digital marketing
  • Strong communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and team focused
  • Self-motivated and results-driven

Working at PAA

We offer a stimulating and challenging working environment, where development timescales are short and the specifications demanding.  These are excellent opportunities to join a company that’s exciting and continues to grow!

For all our job roles we require:

  • Good presentation skills and effective communication
  • Ability to work as part of a small team to aggressive timescales and with meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-motivation and accustomed to getting on with tasks, with a thirst for new technologies and using the best tools for the job
  • You will be bright, conscientious and creative with an ability to demonstrate a hobby or interest with a practical or technical relevance

If you would like to apply for any of the above vacancies, please contact PAA

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