Satellite Digital Electronic Lead Hardware Engineer

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
21 Aug 2020
18 Sep 2020
Clearance Level
DV, None / Undisclosed, SC
Job Type

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019 it generated revenues of € 70.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

About the Skynet 6A Project
Airbus Defence and Space provides a range of space-based services to customers worldwide including supporting the UK Armed Forces, and its NATO Allies. Airbus has owned and operated the Skynet military communications system, providing 24/7 services across the world for more than 15 years on behalf of the UK MOD.

In July 2020, Airbus Defence and Space signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to extend and enhance the Skynet fleet. The project involves the development, manufacture, cyber protection, assembly, integration, test and launch, of a military communications satellite, Skynet 6A, planned for launch in 2025.

This contract for 6A demonstrates the strong working partnership we have with UK MOD, built on the success we have jointly achieved on the Skynet 5 system since 2003 and continues our long tradition as the UK national milsatcom end-to-end services provider. We are now actively recruiting to grow the Skynet 6A delivery team and have a number of vacancies across a diverse range of disciplines.

Job Description:

We are seeking keen intellects to join our multi-disciplinary team in developing a new generation of digital satellite payloads. The successful candidate will be immersed in a flight programme with access to experts in all disciplines needed to design complex global communication systems. Excellent team-working, decision-making and analytical skills will be needed to explore the boundaries and contribute to the system architecture in this challenging and responsible role.

Business Area Description:

The Processor Systems team are world-leaders in digital signal processors for modern communications satellites. Our products fly in a range of missions from Low Earth Orbit satellite constellations to space observatories beyond Earth orbit. We are currently expanding to meet increasing demand for more advanced technologies both on national programmes, such as Skynet 6A, and for customers globally.

Tasks and Accountabilities:

In this role you will have the opportunity to be responsible for all phases from early concept definition through to hardware integration and operational support.

Key activities of the team will include:
- Concept feasibility and generation of new ideas,
- Development of digital processor architectural design and specification, flowing down from customer requirements,
- Digital signal processing algorithm design, simulation and analysis,
- Laboratory processing of new processor designs,
- Supporting customer reviews.

Skills and Experience required:
- Excellent analytical skills required
- Ability to coordinate and communicate with a team on complex technical projects
- Systems Engineering

And experience in any or all of the following:
- Understanding of Secure communication systems and / or Protected waveform
- Digital signal processing algorithms (DSP)
- Software modelling and digital hardware emulation
- FPGA design

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to
us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what
you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

We value the strength that diverse perspectives bring to our business, so if you require
any reasonable adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process please discuss
this with the recruiter who contacts you.

The successful candidate will need to be eligible to gain UK SC Security Clearance to
undertake the role.

In return we can offer a competitive salary with annual profit share; an ever growing list
of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and
shared parental leave and strong career development options across our transnational,
market leading company.


We are 5 mins walk away from Stevenage train station (step free and lift access), easily
accessible by road and bus, car parking on site, cycle racks. Close to many amenities
- High-street shops and supermarkets
- Restaurants and eateries
- Gyms, Swimming pool and Parks
- Cinema, bowling and Recreational facilities

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.


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