Digital Hardware Engineer

  • Location

    Crawley, West Sussex

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    £50 - £56 per hour

  • Contact:

    Nick Wallwork

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

  • Duration:

    7 Months

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To become a key part of a team with a proven track record for delivering hardware for a wide range of land, sea and air based defence related products, developing bespoke hardware solutions for Customers or standard reusable solutions for Product Lines and variants thereof.

Projects involve using the latest industry class development tools for FPGA and SoC hardware technologies. Work is carried out to a structured hardware design process.

The role will offer experience over a number of different product areas, encompassing everything from product design and development through to larger scale platform integration and will be focused around the core skills associated with a Digital Hardware Engineer, including the following: hardware architecture, requirements specification, schematic capture, design, firmware (FPGA / VHDL) development, hardware integration, verification, validation and design assurance activities.

The key focus will be the profitable delivery of the projects / products, whilst allowing for the increase in capability of skills from suitable candidates. This will also require the technical management of Subcontractors.

Key Responsibilities:

* Decomposition and interpretation of system requirements & algorithms
* Digital design, primarily electro-mechanical
* Hardware Verification
* Hardware Integration
* Test, measurement, debug and verification (digital)
* Technical Management of Subcontractors
* Design Assurance (Complex Electronics)
* Technical assistance to production

Skills/Proven Ability


* Digital electronic design
* Implementation of complex designs
* Knowledge of Processing Units
* Electro-mechanical design including Power switching & control, Cabling and enclosure wiring
* An excellent understanding of the fundamentals of High speed digital design
* A working knowledge of Microprocessors, programmable devices, DSP, FPGA, memory
* Knowledge of PCB design constraints
* Cadence Design Entry HDL for schematic capture
* Technical Management of Subcontractors


* Knowledge of Firmware design, simulation & test
* A working knowledge of Signal Integrity Analysis
* Team leadership / Work package management
* Design for manufacture / test / support
* Knowledge of Agile techniques / Lean Engineering
* Appreciation of the fundamentals of analogue, RF, electro-mechanical and mechanical engineering

Experience Required


* A proven & demonstrable record of Digital Hardware design activities with relevance to the role
* Experience in the Technical Management of Subcontractors.
* Working in and or / leading small development teams
* Knowledge of the relevant markets: defence, security and aerospace


* Knowledge of DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware
* Product development experience for commercial markets

Qualifications Required:


A relevant degree or equivalent in relevant engineering discipline (Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic, or Communications), supported by 5+ years of relevant experience.


* IET Chartered
* A Masters or equivalent in relevant specialisation