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Principal FPGA Engineer

Ref no. BHN547224
Location Enfield, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

Our client are a leading radar systems manufacturer currently seeking an experienced FPGA design engineer to join their rapidly growing team.

Key skills required for this role



Extensive FPGA design experience

Job description


The Principal FPGA Engineer is responsible for the decomposition of top level system or product requirements into an implementable FPGA architecture. The Principal Engineer is responsible for FPGA developments from preliminary specification to verified design running on the target hardware. The Principal Engineer provides expert knowledge of electronic design, test and certification of systems based around advanced FPGAs. The Principal Engineer will also, in conjunction with the FPGA Engineering Manager, provide coaching, leadership and guidance to other Design Engineers.


  • To use good engineering practice to produce Firmware for new, innovative and profitable products and solutions for the business.
  • To support and enhance existing Firmware in accordance with business and commercial requirements.
  • To be responsible for defining requirements for a feature/bug fix up to full system level; design and document a solution that meets the requirements; and, implement, test and verify the design meets the requirements with supported test evidence.
  • To undertake design, implementation and debugging of VHDL based FPGA hardware.
  • To undertake design and development of test benches and vectors to verify VHDL based FPGA.
  • To write technical documentation including requirement specifications, test specification and functional description.
  • Will be expected to take responsibility of multiple projects/work packages. This will involve scoping the task and defining resources together with estimated time scales. Project ownership will involve monitoring project progress and reporting to stake holders.
  • To be responsible for building a Software/Firmware package for release; including: configuring the release, raising the appropriate documentation and chairing the release meeting.
  • Technical liaison within and outside the business with customers, suppliers and collaborators on Firmware related matters.
  • To be able to use test equipment such as: oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, signal generators, etc. to test hardware on the bench running your implemented Firmware and verify it operates as expected.
  • Mentoring of junior members of the team and providing construct feedback in code/document reviews.
  • To conduct appropriate Design Reviews of FPGA design and VHDL implementation.
  • To undertake system design at the highest level and creation of suitable documentation to allow implementation of system to take place.
  • To write technical documentation including requirement specifications, test specification and functional description
  • To provide in house training on FPGA design, techniques and tools.
  • To provide a leadership and supervisory role for more junior engineers.
  • To take part in higher-level product definition and design review activity, providing expert input from an FPGA perspective.


  • Degree qualified in a relevant sbject or with equivalent, relevant experience.
  • Extensive experience working on FPGA designs.
  • Experience working on systems containing multiple FPGAs.
  • Proven track record of analysing system requirements at the highest level and decomposing them into a suitable implementation for a product.
  • Proven track record of producing designs on time and within budget.
  • Experience working on Radar or related DSP applications desirable but not essential.

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