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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire ARM

We are looking for an experienced principal board design engineer to join Arm's Hardware Platform team. As part of the Solutions Engineering Group, the team is based in Cambridge, UK, working at the forefront of embedded design focusing on prototyping Arm's latest IP products.

We develop physical hardware development platforms, based around Arm's custom system-on-chip (SoC) and FPGAs.

The platforms are used for software development and validation activities for both our external partners/customers and our internal development teams.


The specification, development, and commissioning of new hardware platforms. Leading the PCB development, including schematics, and commissioning. Support the NPI process including management of external contractors and manufacturing support. Growing and coordinating the team to deliver to schedule. Working closely with the program team, competency in planning and scheduling tasks, to meet project timescales, is also required.

Required Skills and Experience

Essential Skills & Qualities

  • Experience in leading multifunctional teams
  • Excellent communications & interpersonal skills with a desire for learning and self-improvement
  • Comfortable working with outsourcing companies
  • Detailed knowledge of embedded system board design, designing with complex LSI devices such as FPGAs, demonstrating an understanding of various high speed IO interface standards such as PCIe and DDR, PCB stack-ups and topolgies
  • Excellent written and spoken English; ability to write coherent documentation
Desirable Skills and Qualities

The following skills are not essential for this role, but experience in any of the following areas would enhance the application:

  • A broad knowledge of EDA tools for schematic entry PCB layout and signal integrity analysis
  • Experience in using Cadence CIS, Mentor PADs Layout, Allegro PCB design suite and Hyperlynx tools
  • Embedded software knowledge to test and debug the design with a creative and structured approach to problem-solving.
  • RTL skills in Verilog or VHDL
  • Use of a UNIX environment and shell programming/scripting in e.g. Tcl, Perl, Python etc
  • Programming languages such as: assembly language (ideally Arm assembler), higher-level (e.g. C), object orientated (e.g. C++)
In Return:

You will expand your board level design expertise, producing high quality PCB designs incorporating Arm IP and be challenged and work with advancing technologies. Working alongside many other engineering teams including software, SoC implementation and verification you will be involved in deep technical discussions, working with top class multifunctional engineering teams. Utilising your experience and skills to encourage collaborating with external ODMs, contractors, building relationships and partnerships.