This role is responsible for:

  • Providing technical support as Automation Engineer to all manufacturing related areas within Conco. The associate must work as a team member in the manufacturing and engineering initiatives to identify areas of opportunity for process improvements. Must be able to identify root causes of failure, develop action plans to address agreed corrective actions, develop projects justifications, generate change control required documentation, obtain approval for changes and implements changes through capital projects or non-projects.
  • The Automation Engineer must be knowledgeable in Siemens (S7300/400/1200/1500) and Allen Bradley PLCs with hands-on experience as well as SCADA/HMI development and maintenance using Wonderware Archestra, Wonderware InTouch, Simatic WINCC flexible and FactoryTalkView Studio. Must be able to install programs and maintain the automation network. A knowledge of designing and implementing programs for robots preferably Kuka KrC2 and KrC4 robots is required.

C. Key Duties/Responsibilities

  • Minimize control system downtime
  • Implement documentation control procedures and automation standards for control systems
  • Implement controlled changes to the process control system
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing and maintenance teams
  • Conduct planned proactive maintenance on plant equipment, infrastructure and facilities
  • Attend to Automation related breakdowns within minimum time period.
  • Maintain in good working order all electronic process control equipment including, Programmable Logic Controllers(Siemens S7-300/400/1200/1500 and Allen Bradley (Micrologix, CompactLogix etc.), micro-processor driven closed loop controllers (pressure, level, flow temperature etc.), low voltage sensing devices and others.
  • Design, implement and manage PLC programs, robot, and HMI programs for existing and new equipment
  • Design, implement and manage SPC and OEE programs for production lines
  • Ensure correct parameter settings in all software controlled equipment e.g. D.C. speed control drives and A.C. frequency converters to ascertain the optimal performance of production line.
  • Provide automation expertise for process support and project activities
  • Report all equipment faults using SAP maintenance module or any other approved system
  • Investigate the probability of future breakdowns and possible steps to avoid it (Failure Mode Analysis).
  • Liaise with the various suppliers for the ordering of spare parts and Technical assistance.
  • Maintain statistical process control for all line equipment to ensure control within acceptable limits.
  • Maintain good house keeping at all times.
  • Source, assess suitability and advise on procurement of automation equipment as required by associate departments.
  • Design and implement any necessary changes to production lines with view to optimizing product handling.
  • Carry out feasibility/cost analysis studies before carrying out any modifications or installations and submit these to Process Engineering Manager for evaluation and approval.
  • Accommodate all changes and modifications to factory premises with a long and short term a view.
  • Ensure that consultants and contractors who are working on installations within the factory adhere to The Coca-Cola Company standards and that machinery and components installed are serviceable and maintainable.


  • Operate computer hardware (PC desktop and laptop’s) required for control, maintaining, debugging and fault finding on variety of different Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Ability to work on varying computer platforms such as (DOS, OS/2 and WINDOWS 95 / 98 / 2000 & XP, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Server – operating systems) and virtualized environments (Microsoft Hyper-V,) .
  • Undertake PLC software maintenance using dedicated programming languages (Allan Bradley Micrologix, CompactLogix, Siemens S7-300/400/1200/1500) as required in the plant.
  • Transfer all software and machine/controller parameters on removable discs (magnetic tape or stiffy disks) to archive important information as to ensure security and prevent loss of machine settings.
  • Ability to work on these PLC programming environments is required: Siemens S7 Simatic Manager, Siemens TIA Portal, RSLogix 5000, Beckoff Twincat, ICS Triplex Isagraf
  • Developing HMI and SCADA programs: Siemens WinCC Flex, Siemens TIA Portal, Rockwell FactoryTalkView, Wonderware Archestra and InTouch
  • Manufacturing Execution Systems and Line Performance: Wonderware MES, Wonderware Historian, MS SQL administration and programming, MS SQL Reports
  • Robotics: Kuka Work Visual
  • Knowledge of MS Visual Studio or Netbeans or PyCharm is an added advantage


  • Carry out safety inspections as requested or instructed by the Process Engineering Manager.
  • Attend company and departmental meetings when required to do so.
  • Fully participate in company initiatives such as TCCQS, Evolution 3, MRPII, SHEQ
  • Ensure that at all times the quality of workmanship actively contributes to meeting The Coca-Cola Company Standards as well as those set by the Conco Engineering Department.
  • Ensure that every effort is made to attaining the required company and departmental efficiencies.
  • Carry out any other duties assigned by the Process Engineering Manager or his designate

Safety Standards

  • Cooperate and follow instructions given by the employer (CCS Leadership Team) , Commissioner of Labour, Inspector or any other person lawfully authorized to give such instructions in keeping the working conditions safe and without risk to health and injury in the field of that activity.
  • Use, any means, appliance, equipment or other safety devise for securing safety and health as provided by the employer (CCS Leadership Team) for use and protection of the employee or property in any process an per the instructions given by the employer or any person lawfully authorized to do so.
  • Report to the employer (CCS Leadership Team) any situation as soon as it becomes unsafe or unhealthy, or where an accident occurs report such accident to the employer or supervisor.

D. Financial/ Job Scope

  • This position does not have a significant financial scope to it however, there is a small degree of financial control insofar as paying due diligence to the costs of spares and the wastage of time and materials.

External Contacts


  • Equipment Manufactures and Suppliers – Requesting for problem solving support, equipment manuals and quotes incase of spares and service issues.
  • OEM’s and approved agents / Engineers – During new equipment installation or modification help with technical requirements for process.
  • Auditors – provide information required for audit purposes

Internal Contacts

  • All Departments – for job requests per department
  • Maintenance Team – for assistance with maintenance work.
  • Projects Team – for design of process control and approval of contractor work.
  • Shifts Leaders – scheduling equipment down time.
  • Internal Auditors – closing non conformance issues.

Failing to solve maintenance problems could have the following impact on the organization:

  • Production of Distressed Batches.
  • Possible equipment damage.
  • Environmental and Safety standards are affected.
  • Possible loss of production over long periods

F. Supervisory Responsibilities

This pertains mainly to the supervision of apprentices and labourers only and on infrequent occasions the supervision of the engineering staff for a day or two. All if not most of the strategic decisions are made by alternate or senior managers only.

Technical Skills


  • PLC Programming (Siemens, Allan Bradley, Beckoff, Isagraf — STL preferred) experience essential
  • SCADA and HMI programming (WinCC, FactoryTalkView, VB)
  • Kuka programming language
  • Applications and data analytics programming (C++, C#, Java, ASP, PHP)
  • Microsoft SQL database administration and SQL programming and MS SQL SRSS reports experience is required
  • Quality Systems/Procedures
  • Process validation/Commissioning
  • Project Management
  • Food and Beverage Manufacturing Laws
  • Knowledge of Maintenance Management Systems
  • Controlnet & devicenet competency preferable
  • Scada programming experience essential
  • Concentrate manufacturing/Filling Process knowledge an advantage
  • SAP experience would be an advantage
  • Control Systems


  • Team Player
  • Communicating effectively
  • Decision making
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Systematic and critical thinking
  • Understanding the Business
  • Managing interaction with others


  • 2 to 5 year’s professional experience working with relevant control systems, preferably in a food or process environment.
  • PC literate (Microsoft applications preferably)
  • Willing to travel and relocate.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent planning and organizing, teamwork, customer service focused,
  • Proficient in Cost Estimating and scheduling of projects
  • Available to support other plants within The Coca-Cola system.

H. Educational Requirements

  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Computer Science
  • Extensive knowledge of PLC’s essential.
  • Computer literacy is an essential requirement together with the ability to work on varying computer platforms and knowledge of at least MS Excel, Word and e-mail.

I. Cultural Diversity

  • This must be at the foremost of ones mind with due respect afforded in terms of the cultural diversity, which exists within the company.
  • Working with diverse cultural teams in the Engineering Digital Working team

J. Analysis

  • Improvement projects in the areas of automation – Identify an opportunity to enhance productivity by automating a process. The Automation Engineer must understand the process boundaries and work together with personnel from manufacturing and quality departments in developing improvement projects related to automation.
  • The Automation Engineer must provide technical leadership in all process control systems improvement initiatives. He/She must work together with Information Systems personnel in integrating manufacturing process data output to other business systems.

K. Judgement And Decision Making

  • Automation Engineer decisions have an impact on:
  • The capital plan.
  • Compliance with Quality Programs
  • Plant capacity
  • Manufacturing schedule.
  • Personnel training profiles.
  • Standard operating procedures.
  • Tools and instruments used in the operation and maintenance of manufacturing equipment.
  • Equipment selection for a production area.

L. Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment and while in plant area can be exposed to fumes, gas, dust, strong odors, and/or high temperatures. In addition, can be requested to use a respirator and/or any other personal safety equipment.
  • The conditions within the facility are very stable and extremely safe and very little hardship if any at all would be placed on this incumbent.
  • It is nevertheless expected that each engineering team member puts in a good day’s work which includes a certain amount of manual labour from time to time.

M. Travel Requirements

  • Traveling to attend F.A.Ts, exhibitions, and/or meet with suppliers.
  • Benchmarking with other plants and starting where others have ended
  • May be assigned project work in sister plants
  • May have opportunity for an STA in other plants dependent on availability

Additional Information

  • Adhering to Code of Business Conduct in dealing with external contacts e.g. suppliers, consultants and contractors
  • Ensure that all dealings with contractors and various vendors are conducted in a professional manner.
  • Position requires good interpersonal skills as interaction with maintenance team, projects team and other departments is crucial.

Keep abreast with new technologies and developments within the assigned responsibilities and ensure that the Maintenance Manager and peers are kept updated.

Our Growth Culture

One of the reasons our company continues to thrive after 130+ years is having a company culture that supports and rewards behaviors that lead to growth. Our “Growth Behaviors,” as we call them, are ways of being and working that help to make us successful. Think about how you can bring this to life in your next role at Coca-Cola.

Keep seeking, never settle. Staying curious about what is outside, and two steps ahead inspires us to challenge the status quo. Having the courage to look and leap is the way we grow. Because asking “what if?” pushes us to the next level as people and as a company.

Make it happen. True empowerment is the result of taking responsibility. This means giving yourself permission to see it, say it and do it, and owning the outcomes. Because we move forward faster when we all take action.

Version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
Push for progress, not perfection. There are very few overnight successes. Greatness is borne of many little victories (and failures). Share v 1.0, test it, and make it better. Then create the next version. Because the moment we think something is perfect, it will be obsolete.

Include, value and trust each other. We are smart alone but together we are genius. This means being inclusive, giving the benefit of the doubt and being responsible for each other. Because, for our company to thrive for the next 100+ years, smart isn’t enough. We need genius.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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*NB* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not be contacted within 20 days of the deadline (Monday 30th November 2020), please consider your application unsuccessful.