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Automation Engineering Graduate


We are currently on the lookout for an Automation Engineering Graduate based in our Carrigaline site on a 2-year Graduate program. We are the concentrate team in PepsiCo (PGCS) working across the Beverage, Nutrition and Snacks categories to deliver concentrate for many of PepsiCo’s mega brands including Gatorade, 7Up and Pepsi. We are at the heart of PepsiCo products, sourcing ingredients to manufacture more than 1,200 recipes for our brands. We are a global organisation, situated in 13 locations across 9 countries offering careers in various functions from Operations, Supply Chain, Procurement, Finance, R&D, HR and IT. We want team members who can collaborate in our fast paced global organisation and are passionate about creating and delivering much-loved household brands to markets across the world.The Technical Function is our team of enabling experts offering knowledge and partnership to functions on specialist subjects including engineering, quality and productivity. They ensure operations and food safety excellence for our team. Could you bring a new dimension to our technical expertise? If so we could take your talents to a whole new level. The Automation Engineering Graduate role will be challenging and diverse. It will give the successful candidate exposure and experience across various engineering and project management disciplines, as well as opportunities for interaction with suppliers, end-users, other third-party bodies, and Operations. There will be opportunities to contribute and make a valued impact within the wider PepsiCo community also, through involvement in global programs and initiatives. Graduate development and mentoring will be key focus areas. Reporting to the Automation Engineering Manager, the Engineering Graduate will support the delivery of the PepsiCo PGCS Strategic Capital Projects Agenda. They will support the development of business cases and Capex documents for funding approval. They will build their capability and develop subject matter expertise in key Automation areas, which will contribute to building the overall capability of the Global Engineering Team. They will leverage this newfound knowledge and expertise by supporting the global network of sites in solving complex technical problems. They will contribute towards driving productivity, efficiency and best practice in all aspects of the business. They will ensure compliance to both internal and external regulations in all their engineering activities. They will provide industrial automation solutions and deliver business process control systems.

  • Support the execution of Capital Engineering Projects (including business case development, understanding user requirements/scope, communications with key stakeholders, change management, considering safety, quality and risk)
  • Understanding and supporting the development of Engineering and procurement standards, including technical and commercial aspects of projects
  • Building supplier relationships with key vendors, and understanding the role they play in the delivery of our Capital agenda
  • Understanding Change Management and its importance to the success of the project
  • Building an understanding of how to manage Change in a project, and the implications it brings to scope, budget and schedule
  • Learn and leverage the best practices from PepsiCo divisions as well as from other industries to support the delivery of best-in-class plant and equipment design, project implementation and construction management
  • Participate in Global Engineering Team meetings, share and leverage best practices from other PGCS sites
  • Learn and leverage latest cutting-edge automation technologies and innovations in key areas of the business
  • Learn how to present to and communicate with PGCS senior management for Capex Approvals & Project Updates
  • Learn to implement sustainable engineering practices, ensuring sustainability in plant design and operation
  • Interface and communication with the plant operations teams, to ensure seamless handover of projects
Build capability and develop subject matter expertise in key areas


Essential Criteria i.e. qualifications and/or experience (this will be assessed during short-listing)

  • Degree qualification in Automation, Electrical Engineering or Physics and Applied Instruments
  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to learn, actively contribute and add value in the following areas:
    • PGCS engineering standards
    • Project concept development
    • Business case and capital approval
    • Design, Procurement and Installation
    • Construction, Commissioning and Validation
    • Environmental, Health and Safety Management
    • Contractor and Construction Management
    • PGCS Quality, Regulatory, and Operational requirements
    • Generation of project documentation
    • Fault finding and troubleshooting of onsite industrial control systems.
    • Testing of industrial control systems.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work at all levels in an international organization, both individually and as part of a multi-functional team
  • Excellent organisational, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent IT skills (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Results oriented and commitment to achieving personal and project objectives
  • Self-starter
Additional Desired qualifications and/or experience
  • PLC Programming, HMI & SCADA Configuration (added advantage)
  • Experience in object-oriented programming such as C# or Java (added advantage)
  • Knowledge of Ethernet communications (added advantage)
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $64 billion in net revenue in 2018, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit For the purposes of external advertising we have called this role Automation Engineering Graduate. However please note that the internal job title the successful candidate will have will be SC Eng Associate.Relocation Eligible: Not ApplicableJob Type: Temporary

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