Principal Hardware Engineer

23 Sep 2020
21 Oct 2020
Clearance Level
Job Type

Leonardo is a global leader in defence electronics and delivers mission critical systems for situational awareness, electronic warfare and surveillance across land, sea and air. The Radar and Advanced Targeting line of business, based in Edinburgh, is uniquely positioned as one of the world's top manufacturers of radars, lasers and infra-red countermeasure systems.

This role for a Principal Hardware Engineer primarily involves development of the next generation of technologies within our Electro-Optic Research and Technology Division. The role offers the opportunity to lead development of electronic hardware within a wider multi-discipline engineering team. The work will span the engineering life-cycle, taking projects from initial concept creation through design and development to integration, test and verification.

Great work life balance.

Life shouldn't be all work and no play. That's why we offer brilliant benefits like half days on Fridays, flexible hours, gym memberships, and many other incentives to make life great. Not to forget, our award-winning pension scheme.

Note, that due to the nature of the tasks involved, you will have to achieve full SC security clearance, and may need to satisfy further UK eyes only and ITAR conditions.

Key Responsibility Areas

As a Principal Hardware Engineer, you will be responsible for leading a small team of electrical engineers. In doing so, you will be responsible for:


  • Product development, covering the full life cycle from requirement capture through prototyping, schematic capture and simulation, supporting PCB Layout and manufacture, to build, test and qualification.
  • Liaising with external project customers, partners and suppliers.
  • Working as part of a multi-discipline Integrated Project Team, you will be liaising and building strong working relationships with other functions.
  • Develop junior engineers within the team by sharing your experience through coaching and formal review of their work.
  • Reporting to project leads on matters such as progress against schedule, and timely identification of emerging technical issues.


Is there room to grow?


We encourage our Engineers to find and follow their passion. We offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and professional growth. Your career will be massively varied. Join us, and you will be constantly reinventing and developing your technical skillset from one project to the next. Learning on the job isn't just a benefit - it's a must.


Where is our Edinburgh site?


The Leonardo site is at Crewe Toll in the North West of Edinburgh, a 10-15 minute bus ride from the city centre. You will be working within a vibrant capital city, with excellent transport links and walking distance to various key destinations. Free parking is provided on site.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

In order to be considered for this role you will have previous experience working within a similar Hardware role and level. You will have a 2:1, or better, in a relevant science-based honours degree in Electronics Engineering, or related science.


You will ideally have experience in the following areas;

  • Wide electronics design experience across a range of fields including analogue, digital / FPGA, power supplies, PCB design, high speed digital interfaces, EMC / EMI.
  • Team Leadership.
  • Full Lifecycle / Design Process.
  • ECAD design tools, e.g. Mentor Graphics or similar.
  • Analogue circuit simulation techniques, e.g. LT Spice or Simetrix.
  • Writing hardware requirements specifications, test requirements specifications & production test procedures for electronic boards.
  • System level design verification / qualification, with fault finding experience and investigation capabilities to establish root cause and corrective action. Areas of expertise are required in EMC and at edges of the environmental envelope.
  • Creating/modifying electrical designs for a military avionics environment, particularly working with stress and thermal engineers to address vibration & temperature requirements
  • Previous experience working on electro-optic systems, e.g. lasers or imaging systems, is desirable but not essential.

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