Principal Hardware Engineer (Electrical)

Ultra Electronics
London (Greater)
31 Oct 2018
19 Nov 2018
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:
Hardware Engineering of high grade cryptographic equipment.

Scope / dimensions:
Responsible for multiple, large and complex design tasks; these will often be multi-disciplinary. Has limited or no line management responsibility.

Key Responsibilities:
• Provide specialist knowledge and support to engineering team.
• Apply diversified engineering knowledge to quickly trouble-shoot difficult problems.
• Interact with customers and other external bodies.
• Identify and drive for most cost-effective engineering solutions; balance various diverse quantities in supporting this calculation (NRE, UPC); is innovative in this regard.
• Propose improvements in tools and techniques that support innovation and make the engineering organisation more efficient.
• Conduct appropriate research and apply existing and emerging technology to practical developments.
• Recognised as a domain expert inside the company, and possibly also with external bodies.
• Mentor and coach other engineers; share knowledge willingly and constructively.
• Review and sign-off significant technical documents; chair technical reviews.
• Explain technically complex concepts clearly to less technical/involved parties, applying strong presentation skills where necessary.
• Manage security of information as defined in the Security manual

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• Experience in high speed digital designs that include processors, programmable devices and some analogue circuits.
• Must be able to estimate time and effort required and deliver projects on time and to the required quality.
• Must have worked on complex electronics designs and multi-layer PCBs.
• Competent with schematic capture and understands how to constrain layout using rules/classes/groups.
• Experienced in use of advanced SPICE techniques to ensure circuits are modelled against variable parameters.
• Familiar with how to operate spectrum analysers, EMC receivers, vector network analysers.
• Can optimise for low power, low noise, or tight performance across tolerance.
• Can quantify at design time expected performance and high risk areas.
• Uses appropriate simulation and prototyping techniques to ensure confidence in released designs.
• Competent in EMC and TEMPEST test techniques and methods.
• Can optimise PCB stack-up design.
• Understands electronic assembly failure modes and investigatory techniques.
• Determines verification test requirements and devises appropriate test plans.
• Can work with the drawing office on PCB layout and the mechanical team on enclosure designs.

• Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or equivalent and extensive experience in Hardware Engineering or equivalent engineering discipline.
• Ability to obtain SC Clearance.

Integrity and trust
Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.

Intellectual horsepower
Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.

Drive for results
Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

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.

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; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.

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.

Timely Decision Making
Makes decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and under tight deadlines and pressure; able to make a quick decision.

Decision Quality
Makes good decisions (without considering how much time it takes) based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; most of his/her solutions and suggestions turn out to be correct and accurate when judged over time; sought out by others for advice and solutions.

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

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.

Interpersonal savvy
Relates well to all kinds of people – up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organisation; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high tension situations comfortably.

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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