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Job #: R-00136665
Location: Birmingham, POST-WML
Category: Electrical Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 50% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance Required: UK - BPSS


Robot Technical Lead Engineer


We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Robot Technical Lead to oversee the programming and operation of ABB robots in a Body Shop Automation project. Based initially at Solihull UK with travel to other sites, as the Robot Technical Lead, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the successful implementation and operation of robotic systems within the body-in-white assembly process.

Join our team and be part of a dynamic environment where innovation and technology converge to revolutionize automotive manufacturing processes. If you are passionate about robotics and automation, we want to hear from you!



  • Programming: Develop and optimize robot programs for ABB robotic systems based on project requirements and production goals. This includes path planning, motion control, and integration with peripheral equipment.
  • Troubleshooting: Identify and resolve technical issues related to robot programming, motion control, and communication interfaces. Implement corrective actions to minimize downtime and maximize productivity.
  • Optimization: Continuously monitor and analyse robot performance metrics to identify opportunities for process optimization, cycle time reduction, and quality improvement
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of robot programs, system configurations, and troubleshooting procedures. Ensure adherence to industry standards and best practices.
  • Safety Compliance: Ensure that all robotic systems and automation processes comply with safety regulations and standards. Implement risk assessments and safety protocols to mitigate hazards.

Time Management

  • Should be effective in planning, setting up goals and objectives.
  • Be able to handle pressure to agreed timelines / targets.
  • Managing the team to ensure timely deliver.


  • Management of subcontract resources to ensure timely delivery of project requirements to expected quality and technical standards.
  • Cleary document and communicate any concerns or correction actions required thru the life cycle of the project to successful delivery.  
  • Competent in communication and writing skills including the ability to convey at a detailed level with other stakeholders.
  • Should be effective in presenting ideas.
  • Communicate expectations/goals within the team  

Team Working

  • System Integration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams including mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and automation specialists to integrate robotic systems into the body shop automation process seamlessly.
  • Project Management: Coordinate with project managers to define project milestones, timelines, and deliverables related to robot programming and automation. Provide regular updates on project progress and performance.
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to collaborate across multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders.

About You:

  • Proficiency in ABB robot programming languages such as RAPID is essential. Adept at creating, editing, and debugging robot programs to ensure smooth operation in a BIW environment.
  •  Excellent understanding of robotics principles, kinematics, and dynamics for efficient programming and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to interpret CAD drawings and use OLP software for offline programming.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Project. PowerPoint and Visio preferable.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to troubleshoot complex technical issues under pressure.
  • Experience with process simulate software for robot simulation and offline programming will be an advantage.


  • Extensive experience in programming and operating ABB robotic systems, particularly in body shop automation applications.
  • Proficiency in robot programming languages such as RAPID or similar programming languages for industrial robots.
  • Strong knowledge of automation concepts, robotic kinematics, and control systems
  • Knowledge of safety standards and regulations applicable to robotic systems in industrial environments
  • Proven track record of delivering in a  Body In White environment.   
  • Prior experience in technical delivery management and leadership roles is desirable.
  • Track record of delivering to Jaguar Land Rover BIW standards, inclusive of auto- status compliance will be a preference.   

Previous experience in all or some of the following areas is preferred:

  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical/material handling
  • Conveyor systems
  • Pneumatics
  • Hydraulics
  • Robotics
  • Control systems
  • Logistics


  • Recognised Technical qualification or relevant proven experience in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics, or a related field.
  • Driving Licence.
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours as required by project demands

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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