Software recruitment

With the emergence of IoT, Industry 4.0 and advanced technological breakthroughs across industries including aerospace and defence, automation and robotics, medical, power electronics, automotive, supply chain, eCommerce and retail, the need for software engineers and developers is rising rapidly and looks set to continue to increase as the global tech demand continues to gather pace.

Working in partnership with our global clients including SMEs, manufacturing companies, governments, law enforcement, defence and intelligence agencies, major retail start-ups, our passionate team provides world-class permanent, contract and interim recruitment solutions that support:

Embedded Software Engineers - Functional Safety Specialists - Functional Safety Specialists - Web Based Developers - Full Stack Developers - Back End Developers - Middleware Developers - Front End Developers - Java Developers - Java EE Developers - Python Coders and Developers - Low-Level Software and Driver Developers - UX and XI Developers - UX/UI Designers - Agile Leaders - Prince 2 Software Project Managers - Database Developers - Mobile and App Developers (iOS/Android) - Graphics Developers - Data Science - DevOPs - CRM/ERP/SAP/MES Engineers - Security Developers - Penetration Testers 

As many of our highly-experienced software consultants come from relevant backgrounds including defence, IT, electronics, engineering and manufacturing, finance, research and development we pride ourselves on our in-depth understanding of the constantly changing software development landscape as well as the skills, experience and personal attributes required for specialist roles. 

Industry accreditations including RECISOliP and IoD. Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus, Working knowledge of ISO 27001, Jonathan Lee Recruitment accredited to ISO 9001.

For more information, please call Tim Parkes on 01384 446145.

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Lead DevOps Engineer

We are currently recruiting for a permanent Lead DevOps engineer for an automotive OEM. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, design and implementation of modified or new software products and applications using platforms, such as Odoo, K2 and SharePoint. Responsibilities Build business solutions using Odoo, SharePoint & K2. Integration of SAP Products. Deploying software tools, processes and metrics. Development of Databases such as SQL/MySQL Leading a team of two developers Required Qualifications and experience Significant experience of using an object oriented language Development in Sharepoint, Odoo and K2 Five or similar. Experience of Python, HTML, JavaScript, C#, .Net and other development languages. Experience of working with Azure DevOps or GitHub This is an excellent opportunity for a Senior or Lead DevOps Engineer to develop their career working for an exciting company. In return for your experience, this company will offer you: Salary up to £53,000 Flexible working opportunity. Bonus scheme Bupa Health cover Interviews for the Lead DevOps Engineer will commence as soon as possible. If you are interested in this position, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Norwich

Embedded Development Engineer

Embedded Software Development Engineer £ Competitive plus benefits 2 Positions Greenford Our Client are a World-leaxding eBikes developer based in near London. An Embedded Software Development Engineer is required to improve existing software designs to upgrade a current product, followed by the designing and implementation of future generations of software solutions. Candidates with experience of embedded software applications and firmware algorithm development would be well received. Due to increased workloads this company, an award-winning personal mobility manufacturer based in Greenford, requires a proactive Embedded Software Development Engineer to the designing and implementation of future generations of software and electronic solutions. As an Embedded Software Development Engineer you will be required to: Support and improve existing embedded (HW&SW) designs for the range of ebikes. Develop, prototype and test embedded software and electronic developments Work with the integration team to ensure optimal integration into ebikes. Provide development support for test fixtures Help improve design practices and processes within the business The Embedded Software Engineer should have the following skills or experience: Ideally degree qualified in related subjects (software / firmware engineering) Strong background in embedded software applications Use of TI or Silicon Labs processors and IDE's Firmware algorithm development and BLE Embedded electronics design Electric motors/inverter drives experience advantageous Windows based test tools This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with general software fault finding and testing to develop your career. In return for your experience, this Greenford based personal mobility manufacturer will offer you: £ Competitive Pension A choice of working hours, including a 9-day fortnight (i.e. every other Friday off) Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you have experience as an Embedded Software Development Engineer and you want to be considered, please apply today. If you have any questions about the Embedded Software Development Engineer role, please contact Tom Duckett at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446163. Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Greenford

Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing Technician – Electronics Defence and Space Permanent – Attractive – Bedford Area A Manufacturing Technician is required to join the Engineering Team within a market leading Innovative Technology Company that specialise in Electronic Systems primarily within the Aerospace Defence and Space sectors. The Manufacturing Technician will be involved with products for the electronic warfare, military communications, aerospace, commercial wireless, and telecom industries. The successful Manufacturing Technician will be responsible to oversee the production onsite and ensure that the manufacturing processes are efficient and to the quality level expected by our customers in accordance with H&S standards. The successful Manufacturing Technician will have good attention to detail and able to improve production processes to maximise efficiency. Manufacturing Technician – Key Responsibilities Ensure all processes and equipment are up to date and maintained Updating detailed operating documentation Servicing and maintenance of key equipment Identify new equipment to fulfil manufacturing requirements Transfer equipment, product, and processes from other facilities Carry out manufacturing process experimentation Produce manufacturing process documentation Produce guidelines for equipment Provide training on use of new equipment and processes Ability to explain complex issues to non-specialists Gain acceptance of optimum solutions through sound arguments and reasoning Technical Skills and Experience required for the Manufacturing Technician Relevant technical and engineering qualification Apprentice or engineering trained ideally Experience within a technical manufacturing and production environment Knowledge of electronic manufacturing processes Understanding of Electronic products and technology Good level of IT literacy and experience Experience of using statistical software packages Experience of using CAD software would be advantageous Excellent planning and organisational skills Good written skills and the ability to communicate at all levels Able to work as part of a team An enthusiastic approach to work with a can do attitude **Security Clearance will be required for this role due to the sensitive nature of the products and therefore only applications from candidates able to obtain this will be considered** If you feel you meet the requirements for the role of the Manufacturing Technician, then apply directly or contact Peter Heap at Jonathan Lee Recruitment. Either Direct Line 01384 446102 or Email suitable MS Word CV’s to Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Bedford

Customer Support

Customer Support - Borehamwood - Technical Manufacturing - £30,000 to £35,000 p.a This is an exciting new position to join a Customer Support team centred around a unique innovative electronic manufacturer based in the Watford area. In the Customer Support team your responsibilities include: Improving the customer experience and creating engaged customers. Build a sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between the company and customers. Logging customer requests, questions and complaints via a variety of support channels. Processing, in collaboration with other departments, customer support tickets related to products and services. Keeping track of customer expectations and recurring issues. Generating leads and identify potential up/cross-sell opportunities. In the Customer Support team you will require the following Qualifications/Experience: A good degree or similar qualification/experience in a technical field or a related subject is required. Customer Support experience (required). An interest or technical background in electronics would be advantageous. We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated candidate. IT knowledge (required). Demand for this role will undoubtedly be high and interviews will be arranged very soon. If you are interested in the Customer Support opportunity please apply today. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Oliver Smith at Jonathan Lee Recruitment on 01384 446104 or email Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Borehamwood

Senior or Principal Firmware Engineer - Basildon

Senior/ Principal Firmware Engineer Basildon (After 1 year in Edinburgh) Permanent £ Competetive *** UK EYES ONLY *** Due to the nature of the client's work for the UK MOD you MUST be a British Citizen at the point of application *** Our client has a growing Electronics, Systems and Software engineering capability in the UK supporting customers in the Aerospace & Defence industry. We are looking for a Firmware Engineer (VHDL/Verilog) to support the growth of this team. Job Description Role Overview: The Senior / Principal firmware engineer would be responsible for design and development of Firmware designs using VHDL and verifying designs using VHDL or System Verilog. Job Responsibilities: The firmware engineer would work closely with Systems, Hardware and Software teams to provide firmware solutions and solve integration problems on complex systems. Creating innovative and robust VHDL-based designs Documenting and recording deliverables Verifying firmware designs Ensuring configuration management/keeping designs under revision control Providing progress reports Skills, Qualifications and Experience required: Mandatory At least 5 years' experience of developing firmware using VHDL or Verilog Experienced with Mentor Graphics FPGA development tools including HDL Designer, ModelSim / Questa and Precision Familiar with Xilinx / Intel (Altera) / Microsemi (Actel) ISE design flow and third-party synthesis tools Ability to analyse system and / or hardware level requirements and derive detailed Firmware requirements De-bugging firmware designs and supporting integration & verification at hardware and system level A good understanding of firmware version control and revision control software Ability to coordinate day to day technical activities, liaising closely with the Project Engineering Lead / Lead firmware engineer & other disciplines Excellent communication (oral & written) & interpersonal skills Experience in writing technical reports/ documentation Desirable Development of real-time, embedded, safety-critical firmware, preferably in accordance with RTCA/DO-254 DAL A or B Experience of firmware requirements capture and requirements management tools Relevant experience in the Aerospace or Defence industry Experience of embedded processor cores (e.g. ARM) in FPGA designs Independent verification using VHDL or SystemVerilog / UVM Qualifications 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in Electronics Engineering or another STEM-based subject UK citizenship is mandatory to be able to clear the background checks and obtain SC clearance Current valid SC clearance would be an advantage If you are eligible to apply (British Citizen) and meet the skills criteria then please apply now, or send your CV and a covering email to now Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Derby

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer Welwyn Garden City Competetive Salary ***Important - All candidates MUST be eligible for UK Gov Security Clearance at the time of application*** Our Company We have been at the forefront of innovation in the satellite communications industry for two decades, offering to all its stakeholders unrivalled expertise to design, develop and operate state-of-the-art solutions and systems, world-wide. Our portfolio of services and technology know-how covers the entire spectrum of any satellite communication project, from market opportunity sizing and end-user requirements down to ground network development and operations. To both commercial and defence related domains, we also offer unique understanding and insight to enable a more user-friendly and accessible use of satellite communication resources. Innovation and ingenuity are the guiding principles of anything we do for our customers. Working with us requires a high level of dedication and personal motivation, commitment and a drive to continually seek to improve things but the results our Group has consistently achieved over the years, at personal and team levels, are outstanding and make us a great place to work. Job Description We develop software and products inspired by our expertise in satellite communications and network management and, as part of a team, on behalf of our satellite network operator/service provider and satcom equipment manufacturer customers. There is an opportunity to join our software team as a Senior Software Engineer, providing a lead role in specification of software requirements, software architectural and detailed design and implementation of real-time satcom system software. Within the system and software scope, development tasks are similarly varied and include embedded software defined radio for signal processing, Graphical User Interfaces for satellite network management tools and Automated Test Software. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in an Agile software development environment with high productivity open source tools for development, build, deployment and test (e.g. GitHub, Jenkins, Cucumber etc.) as well as using modern cloud based technology and scripting languages such as JavaScript and Python. Key Responsibilities Development of real-time and embedded software systems across the whole lifecycle, from requirements, design and implementation through to validation and deployment. Production and maintenance of software components for customer and in-house real-time satcom system tools Project leadership to other members of the team, including software development skills mentoring/coaching. Contribution to best practice and improvements both within our company and within our customers in the software product development lifecycle. Managing software design and development activities for the project team including task effort and cost estimation for the whole based on previous experience and lessons learned. Skills, Character and Experience Able to demonstrate a real enthusiasm for software and computer systems, and what these can do for others Have an interest in improving the system development lifecycle and efficiency of the pipeline to create robust software for a real purpose in an industrial environment Ability take responsibility for delivering personally and on behalf of others; able to function and communicate effectively within a team and with other personnel Excellent communication skills with ability to produce and present clear, concise and unambiguous presentations and documents Essential Graduate with good honours degree in maths, science (including computer science) or in an engineering subject but with extensive experience in software development Security Cleared or ability to be Security Cleared Experience in leading, mentoring and coaching teams to promote best practice software engineering standards and techniques. Ability to apply object-oriented principles to information and software design; ability to work with abstract concepts, express and communicate them through documentation Strong software development skills across the lifecycle, including ability to construct distributed and cloud-based systems and RESTful interfaces Extensive experience of UML including use case analysis, OO design, behavioural modelling and using OO design tools (e.g. Enterprise Architect or similar) Ability to program in Java or Python, or in another OO language Strong experience and awareness of software deployment in operational environments and the resolution of software problems in these environments Desirable Experience of working in space/satellite industry and understanding of satellite radio communications systems and management Experience in a Model Based System Engineering Environment and use of SysML to carry out requirements analysis and traceability as well as system architectural design and interface definition Understanding of IP networking and network protocols as well as service/network management principles Ability to develop GUIs through appropriate scripting languages (JavaScript, xml etc.) Understanding of Relational Databases and experience in developing queries to databases Development of embedded software or VHDL on Xilinx platforms Experience in using MATLAB and Simulink to design or analyse Digital Signal Processing Systems If you are interested in this opportunity and meet the minimum Security Requirements and Technical Requirements then please apply now! Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Welwyn Garden City

C++ and JS Software Developer

C++ and JS Software Developer Job Type: Permanent Location: Elstree, London Salary £40-£50000 p/a Our client develop a product which can sense and detect acoustic and thermal data from istallations or assets which are geographically hard to reach, and where RF signal or wired solutions would not work. They are a tech-passionate organisation and they like all of their engineers to share this passion, not just for digital or software based technologies but also for how software, AI and data mining casn support systems where software and electronics won't work. Subsea, Metals recycling, Military and many other applications for this technology exist, and they require adept software engineers to support the digital back-end of their devices. The Role Reporting to the Head of Software, you will be developing and enhancing applications based on unique Distributed Acoustic Sensors (DAS) and Distributed Temperature Sensors (DTS) technology. These sensors are used in a variety of challenging environments requiring near real-time processing and visualization of data streams of up to a few hundred MBps. Responsibilities include: Proposing, developing, coding, implementing, validating, and documenting novel software solutions in accordance with the Company's quality standards Supporting timely and efficient products transfer from development to production Providing customer support, investigating issues and implementing bug fixes Improving, in collaboration with peers, the development of in-house processes and skills The Candidate We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated polyglot candidate with the following technical skills: C++, JS and NodeJS (required) Source code control and bug tracking tools (required) LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C# (nice to have) Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have the following attributes: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills Ability to manage time and work to deadlines Interest in improving user experience and development of user interfaces. Ability to collaborate with peers to achieve the Company's objectives Excellent presentation and communication skills Qualifications A good degree or similar qualification/experience in computer science, engineering, physics or a related subject is required. Optical fibre sensing experience is not essential but an interest or technical background in the subject area would be advantageous. The Package An attractive and competitive package is being offered. This will include private medical insurance, group life assurance and an attractive pension plan. If you are interested in this opportunity please apply now, or email for further information now! Your CV will be forwarded to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, a leading engineering and manufacturing recruitment consultancy established in 1978. The services advertised by Jonathan Lee Recruitment are those of an Employment Agency.

Permanent / Borehamwood


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