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Lead Hardware Specialist

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We are looking for a Lead Hardware Specialist to join us at Leonardo in Edinburgh. You will provide you with the opportunity to work on cutting edge technology. Leonardo is 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.

As a Lead Hardware Specialist you will be working on complex PCB designs including analogue electronics, digital design (including PCBs for FPGA) and high speed digital including Ethernet. Your work will be across all the major RF sub-systems, as part of a small multi-disciplinary team focused on future-looking projects. You will provide key technical support across all aspects of the product lifecycle, from concept to production including peer reviewing the work of others.

Please note, in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for SC UK Security Clearance. Applicants holding dual nationality (where one of the nationalities is British) may be considered.

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:

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
Access to thousands of online courses free of charge via Coursera
Onsite Occupational Health Service to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and keep you safe at work
Restaurant facilities, including a coffee shop
Employee discount schemes for you and your family, including retail, cinema, hotel book
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
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
Project work at Leonardo is based on both internally funded products and directly funded work with deliverable's to key customers within short timescales. If successful, you will be joining a dedicated multi-disciplined Integrated Project Team with a full and stretching workload - with huge potential for personal growth and professional development.

As a Lead Hardware Specialist you will be responsible for the design of circuits and sub-systems as part of a small development team. This may include:

Hardware requirements capture and management
Concept development for complex circuits and systems
Circuit design and analysis
Production of material for design reviews
Technical support to sub-contracts
Development test planning and design verification
Mentoring and supervision of more junior team members
Peer review of other designs
Acting as a recognised expert in one or more specialisms

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 skill set from one project to the next. Learning on the job isn't just a benefit it's a must.

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.
You will have experience in the following areas:

Proficiency with design of complex mixed signal PCBs
Broad experience of electronics design across a range of domains e.g.: power supplies & filters, precision analogue electronics, mixed-signal design, FPGAs, high speed digital interfaces, design for EMC
Experience across the engineering lifecycle - design, documentation and in the lab
Effective team worker with good communication skills
An aptitude for problem solving and driving difficult issues to conclusion.
Experience using one or more of: Matlab, Spice, Mentor DxDesigner, Hyperlynx, Keysight SIPro/PIPro.

It would be desirable to have:

Experience of budgeting, project planning and reporting

Skills in more than one of the following areas:

High speed backplanes
Low noise power supplies
Mixed signal designs using high speed DAC, DDS, ADC or similar
Non-linear circuit simulation
Component selection
Design for manufacture
Design for test
Sub-system or system level integration, test and debugging
Domain knowledge of radar or similar RF systems


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.

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