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Lead Firmware Engineer

Closing date
8 Jul 2021

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Clearance Level
Aerospace, Defence, Engineering, Information Technology
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Would you like to work on systems for Fast Jets, Helicopters & Drones, in the Defence and Aerospace Industry?

We design complex digital FPGA based systems that form part of self-protection systems for these platforms.


You may design digital hardware in industries such as Finance, Medical, Energy and Automotive, but you have skills we are looking for.


Join us and help deliver these systems.


What you will do


You will work with the support of some of the most skilled people in their field.
You will use world-class tools & facilities to deliver Firmware architectures that meet challenging future customer requirements for self-protection systems.

This role may even take you across the UK or abroad for technical reviews.


What we are looking for

You will typically have an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or Mathematics


We need someone with considerable experience designing Firmware architecture using FPGA technologies and tools from either Xilinx, Intel (Altera) or Microsemi (Actel). Experience of fast interfaces such as PCIe, Ethernet, JESDC is also required.

You need to be able to use advanced verification techniques such as VHDL or System Verilog / UVM; familiarity with Model Based Engineering using Matlab and Simulink tools is also an advantage

Your analysis of system level requirements allows you to derive detailed Firmware requirements.
You then follow a methodical approach to the full firmware design lifecycle, working to a structured firmware process such as RTCA DO-254 or similar.
We need you to have the confidence and experience to steer the Firmware aspects of any design and to provide technical knowledge, mentoring and assistance to other engineers as required.
Providing budget, cost and schedule input to proposals and chairing design reviews and assessments are also part of this role.

We will support your personal development with training and help you to work towards professional accreditation if you wish.
We work in a modern, flexible environment, and will accommodate your personal needs wherever possible.



Additional Information


Due to the nature of our work, you must have 5 years UK residency
In addition you must be capable of achieving full SC security clearance with access to UK Eyes Only and ITAR export control information.


Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.

The company employs around 7,000 people across the UK with sites based in Basildon, Bristol, Edinburgh Lincoln, Luton, Southampton and Yeovil.

Leonardo offers a funded benefits package and flexible-working conditions. As one of the UK’s leading engineering companies, you have the opportunity to work alongside leading experts in their field and to take on some of the sector's most challenging engineering programmes.

Find out more about Life at Leonardo.

Find Us
+44 (0)1268 823400
Sigma House
Christopher Martin Road
SS14 3EL
United Kingdom
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