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Important: All applicants must be able to obtain Security Clearance minimum 5 years UK residency

Working: Possible Flexible and some remote working potentials.

Want to join a company with over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and delivering highly bespoke simulator solutions?

Join a reputable business who's most recently been named as an Award winner (Gold Award) in MoD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme!

Join a team at an exciting time, at the start of re-defining their systems, with the opportunity to influence and shape the product!

The Opportunity

  • Perform requirements analysis and requirements derivation to generate understandable, and robust firmware requirements from inbound (user and systems level) requirements. In doing so, provide feedback to the systems team regarding poorly written, ambiguous, or unverifiable inbound requirements.
  • Produce high quality and robust Firmware designs and architectures to meet the Firmware requirements and Interface specifications.
  • Produce design, development and implementation documentation including specifications, reports and proposals of a quality commensurate with its end use.
  • Produce documentation to show requirement traceability including verification methodologies.
  • Accurately estimates work of self and others; identifies cost-effective solutions in terms of both development time and materials; delivers predictably and increases team's ability to do the same.
  • Ensure that the Firmware development process is conducted in accordance with the Firmware development plan.
  • Requires only general direction to perform effectively; is not subject to supervision or close management.
  • Generate inputs required for product level design reviews.
  • Reviews and signs off significant technical documents; will often chair technical reviews for significant deliverables.
  • Provides specialist knowledge and support to the wider engineering team; recognised as a domain expert inside the company, and possibly with external bodies.
  • Mentors and coaches less experienced engineers; shares knowledge willingly and constructively.
  • Proposes and champions ideas for improvement that support innovation and make the engineering organisation more efficient.
  • Actively look for opportunities to improve processes used in the Firmware development and propose changes. Implementing these changes where appropriate.
  • The role may involve line management responsibility.
  • Manage security of information as defined in the Security manual.
  • Where requested provides feedback on firmware development status and cost to complete to the Project Manager and/or Engineering Project Lead (or equivalent)
  • Undertake the role of firmware lead, where requested. In this role, technically manage a team of firmware engineers ensuring they have clear objectives with agreed realisation dates.

Essential Role requirements

  • Willing and able to obtain, and maintain, SC security clearance.
  • Willing and able to obtain, and maintain, DV security clearance.

Qualifications / Skills required

  • Degree in an engineering, mathematical or science-based subject or equivalent experience.
  • Fully Proficient in the full life cycle Firmware development demonstrated on more than one project.
  • Fully Proficient in Firmware development using VHDL.
  • Has a variety of engineering methods and techniques; applies and adapts these as necessary to create solutions.
  • Proven experience with Engineering design methodologies. For example, the 'V' Model - Requirements, architecture, detailed design, Implementation, Integration, Test, Validation & Verification.
  • Ability to design for synchronous and asynchronous systems. For example, System Synchronous, Source Synchronous and Asynchronous systems.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to a team of Firmware engineers in the design and development of FPGAs.
  • Thorough experience of using Xilinx, Lattice, Altera or Microsemi FPGAs and their associated development tool chains.
  • Proficient in Verification.
  • Good knowledge of FPGA EDA tools and tool flow.
  • Proficient in the use of industry standard communications protocols associated with communication interfaces (UARTs, USARTs, SPI, I2C, TCP/IP, UDP).
  • Ability to read, interpret and understand hardware schematics.
  • Experience of version control, change control and bug tracking tools and systems.


  • Experience of/exposure to best practice firmware development processes/lifecycles.
  • Experience of/exposure to continuous integration and automated test tools and frameworks.
  • Exposure to coding standards for defence, space or air worthiness techniques and standards such as MISRA.
  • Experience of DOORS and Enterprise Architect.
  • Experience in Digital Electronics and Digital Logic Design.
  • Experience in developing military equipment.
  • Experience in developing UK High Grade Crypto products.

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