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FPGA Engineer

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Senior FPGA Engineer

Location: Newport

Duration: 6 months

Rate: £452 per day Umbrella or £341.66 per day PAYE

The Senior FPGA Engineer is responsible for demonstrating that the developed product meets all specified product and customer requirements, by:

  1. Analysing requirements, specifying and documenting the FPGA solution and work breakdown
  2. Preparing FPGA architectural and detailed designs and documentation
  3. FPGA design generation and implementation
  4. FPGA design verification
  5. Integration of FPGAs onto the target platform
  6. Providing FPGA technical support
  7. Controlling and reviewing work of the members of their team (where a team exists)
  8. Supporting the company FPGA development process and procedure updates

  • All FPGAs are designed, developed, integrated and tested in accordance with Clients Defence and Space standards; all supporting documents are produced in accordance with Clients Defence and Space standards.
  • Appropriate processes and methodologies are used to design and deliver allocated FPGA development work packages meeting cost, time and quality targets, agreed with their development team leader.
  • Technical design decisions are made within the context of known practices, established precedents and acquired technical expertise. The cost/benefits of design possibilities are understood, and that judgement calls can be made based on them.
  • The provision of technical guidance to fellow team members in at least one major tool or technique used by Client.
  • Success of both internal and external design reviews and project reviews throughout the development life cycle.
  • The support of the design and development of critical components where decisions may have a significant impact on project timescales.
  • Customer liaison, by representing Clients Defence and Space on project related technical matters at Stakeholder meetings.
  • Design and Development by taking a technical role as a Prime on a critical component where necessary.
  • Report to Team Leader or Prime as appropriate.
  • Technical interface to Customers.
  • Effective collaboration with other engineering disciplines to agree specifications and to carry out integration and test.
  • Co-ordinate own time management with regard to project task milestones
  • The focus of the job is Operational - delivery of project funded Work Packages.
  • Analytical - To identify and isolate errors in the FPGA or integrated target platform, their likely causes and solutions.
  • Ingenuity - To work on his/her own on a complete FPGA design from concept to delivery.

Proven Ability / Key Skills


  • Proven ability of FPGA design & implementation for communications equipment or equivalent
  • Proficient in the use of VHDL
  • Excellent FPGA development process knowledge
  • Proficient in the use of at least one simulation tool
  • Must be a knowledgeable engineer, fully versed in design methodologies for their field able to work on their own, but providing regular reporting
  • Proficient in the use of at least one FPGA synthesis tool
  • A good understanding of requirements capture, and of work package definition and estimation
  • Must have recent design knowledge of devices from the following suppliers:
    • Altera
    • Microsemi
    • Xilinx


  • Recent knowledge of using several of the following tools/development environments:
    • Altera Quartus II
    • Mentor ModelSim
    • MicroSemi Libero IDE
    • Microsemi Libero SoC
    • Xilinx Vivado


Due to the sensitive nature of the product all applicants must have worked within the Defence / Military industry within the last 12 months or be capable of obtaining Security Clearance (SC level minimum).