Senior Instrumentation & Control Automation Engineer

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Palma, Spain

Posted on: 2022-06-21

Category: energy

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About the company:

Technology for sustainable and cost-effective conversion of biomass waste into clean and drop-in advanced fuels for the marine, road and aviation sectors. 

Fuel is produced efficiently, at low-cost and with currently 85% fewer GHGs than traditional fossil fuel production, and hard at work to achieve carbon-neutral and negative fuels.

Highlights include; an operational pilot plant deployed in Spain, patented technology, exciting project economics and a commercial-scale project underway in the UK with global partners.

What is XFuel anyway? πŸš€πŸŒ³β›½

Our mission is to decarbonise the transportation industry, and we devote our technology, time and talent to advancing the transition to sustainable low-carbon fuels.

For the world to reach net-zero, we urgently need sustainable liquid fuel replacements now. Over the last 10 years, XFuel has developed and patented technologies to produce sustainable low-carbon road, marine and aviation fuels only from wastes of biogenic and non-biogenic origin.

Our road and marine fuel is a drop-in replacement to fossil fuels, not requiring blending, engine modifications or infrastructure investment in energy distribution or storage. Our project capital requirements are up to 5x lower, and our production costs are comparable or lower than fossil fuel market prices. We have a pilot plant in Mallorca, Spain which demonstrates our technologies producing up to 1mil litres of fuel, and have a modular approach to scaling up production in our commercial projects.

XFuel’s goal is to build, own and operate plants globally, becoming the full-stack sustainable fuel company for the 21st century. We are rising to the challenge of decarbonising the transportation industry and we are looking for passionate people to help us get there. We hope to find people that reflect our mission, vision, values and drive.

What is my mission? β€β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Your first mission in XFuel is to assist in the automation of our core conversion & upgrading technologies. You will use technology to improve, streamline and automate our processes, reducing the need for human interaction and maximising efficiency. You will be responsible for the planning, implementing, operating and monitoring of such technology. The aim is to streamline our production processes, radically increase productivity and make it as efficient as possible while still maintaining product quality and adhering to internal protocols and external regulations.


Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying new opportunities for automation within industrial processes
  • Simulating and testing these processes or equipment to ensure they function as desired
  • Designing, programming and implementing new process control and automation systems, specifically with Beckhoff & Siemens
  • Procuring relevant sensors and actuators for process control systems
  • Writing technical reports outlining new concepts, testing outcomes, and ongoing efficiency
  • Developing and maintaining clear and accurate documentation of automation equipment or processes
  • Training staff after modifying or implementing new processes or equipment
  • Troubleshooting automated processes or equipment when errors occur

Those who are successful will progress quickly, either as individual contributors or following a management path.

We’re looking for someone who: πŸ§ πŸ’šπŸ₯‡

  • Has 5+ years relevant experience in designing and implementing industrial process automation and control systems
  • Consistent track record of working on and collectively delivering sophisticated projects.
  • Understanding of renewable energy concepts, trends, and economics.
  • Ability to work fluidly and effectively across business, operations, engineering, and industrial teams.
  • Excellent and clear communication skills for team-based working and external parties.
  • Can work both independently and collaboratively, as needed, to achieve your mission.
  • Be a highly motivated, proactive and passionate person.
  • Feel drawn to the company mission and vision, and excited to be part of our culture.
  • Is a self-starter who thrives in constantly evolving environments, ideally with early-stage start-up experience.

It would be beneficial to be: 🧠πŸ₯ˆ

  • Holds a MSc degree or higher
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish)


  • High-impact mission and purpose-driven team / culture
  • Competitive salary
  • Equity in a fast growing start-up
  • Working from one of the most incredible places to live!
  • Monthly team lunches and socials
  • Enhanced parental leave

Location 🌍

Mallorca, Spain (GMT +1) – It doesn’t get any better!

Our Values πŸ™Œ

We focus on impact – we work on problems that have the biggest impact.

We innovate to better serve our planet – we believe innovation is crucial in tackling climate change.

We act with integrity – do what’s right, even when it’s hard.

We are passionate and win together – we know that success is a result of great teams, positive energy and collaboration

What if you’re a partial fit? 🌱

We prioritise grit, positivity, and the willingness to get stuck in, and encourage you to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match this job description.

Equal employment opportunity 🌈

XFuel is an equal opportunity employer: we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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