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Firmware Engineers (all levels)

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Ref no. BHN547488
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Open

Job summary

Position subject to security clearance and proof of 5-year UK residency.

Key skills required for this role

Firmware, FPGA, Xilinx, Altera, VHDL, System Verilog, Hardware


Position subject to security clearance and proof of 5-year UK residency.

Job description

We are looking for a wide range of Firmware Engineers at various levels to join Leonardo in Newcastle. Leonardo are a world-class defence Technology Company. We develop cutting edge Radars for the Eurofighter Typhoon and SAAB Gripen fighter jets, as well as Maritime and Airborne surveillance systems. We are also investors in innovation, undertaking all our own research to fuel our future products. We are recruiting talented, motivated engineers to join our growing Electronics team.

What you will do:

This is an exciting opportunity for you as an engineer to bring your skillset and knowledge to a fast-paced, dynamic and forward-thinking working environment. You will be involved with FPGA firmware development across the Radar and Advanced Targeting Line of Business. The key duties of the role will be design and development of firmware designs, managing development activities through the project and engineering lifecycles and delivering the final solution.

You will also work as part of a larger, multi-disciplinary team focused on delivering Firmware solutions to Radar or Advanced Targeting projects.

As a Firmware Engineer you will be responsible for;

  • Hardware requirements capture and management.
  • Concept development for complex functions and systems.
  • FPGA design and analysis.
  • Production of material for design reviews.
  • Development of test planning, integration and design verification.
  • Ensure that all firmware designs follow the company firmware process.

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo's future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

What we are looking for

You will ideally have experience in the following areas;

  • First or second degree (BSc, BEng, MEng, MSc, PhD, EngD) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (preferable) or related science (eg Physics).
  • Experience using FPGA technologies from either Xilinx, Intel (Altera) or Microsemi (Actel) and their tools.
  • Knowledge of verification techniques using either VHDL or System Verilog / UVM.
  • Ability to analyse system level requirements and derive detailed Firmware requirements.
  • A methodical approach to the full firmware design lifecycle, working to a structured firmware process such as RTCA DO-254 or similar.
  • Experience of de-bugging firmware designs and supporting verification and integration at hardware and system level alongside Software and Electronics Engineers.
  • Experience of making technical decisions and mitigating technical risk for Firmware design activities.
  • Familiarity with Xilinx Vivado is an advantage, but not vital.
  • Familiarity with Mentor Graphics FPGA development tools including HDL Designer and ModelSim / Questa is an advantage, but not vital.

What we can offer you:

  • Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options
  • Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite
  • Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.
  • Network groups : To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for
    • Carers (employees who care for someone who is either older, disabled or seriously ill)
    • Enable (supporting people with disabilities)
    • Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce)
    • Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals)
    • We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).
  • Training : Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses
  • Continuous Learning : You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring
  • Investors in People : We are proud recipients of the
  • Investors in People Silver Award
  • Employee Assistance Programme : Providing free and confidential mental health support
  • Annual leave: We offer 25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays and 12 flexi days

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