Firmware Engineer

Ultra Electronics
London (Greater)
23 Feb 2019
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Ultra Electronics, Communication & Integrated Systems (Ultra CIS) is one of the larger UK based Ultra businesses and is operationally run as four business units: Information Assurance, Secure Communications, EWST and Surveillance & Security Systems. These business units are underpinned by a shared services structure which incorporates finance, HR, operations and communications. Across Ultra CIS we provide encryption, network protection, automated payments, tactical and commercial communications and telemetry systems, covert and mobile surveillance systems and situational awareness technology to defence, public sector and commercial customers worldwide.

Job Purpose:

FPGA design and implementation of complex functions and algorithms for use in secure communication products within the Ultra Communications and Integrated Systems business.

Scope / dimensions:

As a Firmware Engineer you will join a multi-disciplinary team responsible for technical aspects of large and complex design tasks. The team size will range from small teams of 2-3 Firmware Engineers to teams of up to 10.

Key Responsibilities:

* Carry out firmware design and development in VHDL, targeting the FPGA elements of complex real-time embedded systems.

* Develop appropriate firmware architectural solutions to efficiently meet the requirements of complex communication systems.

* Author high quality firmware requirements based on user needs and system artefacts to enable effective development and testing.

* Work within multidisciplinary teams during integration to de-bug and test Firmware on hardware platforms.

* Produce high quality design, development and implementation documentation including specifications, reports and proposals to support the objectives of the business.

* Follow development processes, while being able to appropriately question and suggest change in support of continuous improvement.

* Perform duties according to the security manual to ensure that information is handled in line with government guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


* Fully Proficient in the full life cycle of Firmware development using VHDL.

* Applies and adapts a variety of engineering methods and techniques as necessary when creating solutions.

* Experience using FPGA toolchains, ideally targeting Xilinx parts.

* Proficient in Verification, Integration, Test, Validation & Verification.

* Proficient in the use of industry standard communications protocols associated with communication interfaces (UARTs, USARTs, SPI, I2C, TCP/IP, UDP).


* Experience in Digital Electronics and Digital Logic Design.

* Experience in developing military equipment.

* Experience in developing UK High Grade Cryptographic products.

* Experience using DOORS.

* Experience designing to meet DO-254.


Degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related discipline, or equivalent industrial experience.


Peer relationships -
Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can be candid with peers.

Functional/technical skills -
Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Problem Solving -
Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at first answers.

Learning on the fly -
Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.

Listening -
Attentive to others; hears people out and accurately restates opinions and views of others even if disagrees.

Written & Verbal Communications -
Is able to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.

Planning -
Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; develops schedules; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

Perseverance -
Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.

Customer Focus -
Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot acknowledge or respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please assume you have, unfortunately, not been successful

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