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Senior Digital Electronics Engineer

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8 Jul 2021

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Aerospace, Defence, Engineering, Information Technology
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The Opportunity

We are looking for Senior Digital Electronics Engineers to join us at Leonardo. Leonardo is a world-class defence technology company in Edinburgh. 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 team.

What you will do:

As a Senior Digital Electronics Engineer you will be responsible for designing high speed digital Printed Circuit Boards that utilise the latest FPGA, Microprocessor and high speed interconnect technologies.

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.

A career for life: Such a variety of new projects is maybe the reason we have such an incredibly low staff turnover. Many of our people stay for careers that span decades. We see these people, our silver-haired heroes, as living proof that we're a great place to work. This experienced team is also a human encyclopaedia of technical know-how. What better way to learn and develop than by surrounding yourself by the very best, and most experienced, in your field.

What we can offer you

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. Here are some other benefits we can offer you:

Annual leave of 25 days plus bank holidays
Free parking
Award-winning pension scheme, including an attractive employer contribution
Flexible working and additional flex-leave schemes to give you the time and flexibility you need to enjoy a balanced life
Salary sacrifice schemes
Onsite Occupational Health Service to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and keep you safe at work
Restaurant facilities, including a coffee shop and restaurant
Employee discount schemes for you and your family, including retail, cinema, hotel bookings and vehicle benefits
Family friendly policies
Learning & Development - we will assess your development needs in line with the role you wish to perform, to allow you to further develop your knowledge
Access to thousands of online courses via Coursera
Career breaks - where appropriate, we support you to pursue other interests outside the workplace
Positive support for the Reserve Forces, including additional time off for Reservists.

As a Senior Digital Electronics Engineer you will report to the Lead Digital Hardware Engineer; you will be responsible for:

Designing high speed digital Printed Circuit Boards that utilise the latest FPGA, Microprocessor and high speed interconnect technologies
Supporting throughout the full hardware lifecycle from requirements analysis; through design, and unit test; to integrating hardware with the target system; and lastly to acceptance test and delivery to customer
Fully documenting and recording your work products; keeping them under configuration management, and providing plans and progress reports
Working within a multi-disciplined team of engineers to solve real integration problems on complex systems

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.

Job Security - In the UK, Leonardo is the largest inward investor in the defence sector, the largest Italian inward investor in the country overall, and one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the MOD. We won't shy away from saying that we're hugely successful at what we do. Not only does that help defend national security, it gives you job security too.

Where are we based? - 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. Although there will be a requirement to be based in Edinburgh we are also open to discussing the opportunity to be based from home some of the time.

Analysing system level requirements documents and understanding their application to Hardware designs
Schematic Capture using Mentor Graphics Dx Designer or equivalent
Hardware design of complex FPGA based designs is essential
Design of high speed serial communication links and knowledge of associated protocols and architectures
Hands on experience of Hardware, Firmware & Software Integration of Micro Processor Based designs onto hardware platforms is essential
A methodical approach to the full hardware design life-cycle, working to a structured hardware process
Debugging, testing and verification of new designs and supporting their commissioning and integration into the target system
Ability to liaise with suppliers of key components and assemblies
Ability to communicate effectively across different disciplines both verbally and in written form
Ability to work on own or as part of a team to resolve technical issues
Ability to schedule work and manage time in keeping with project timescales and budgets


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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