Senior or Principal Firmware Engineer - Basildon

  • Location


  • Sector:

    Aerospace, Defence, Software

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    Market related

  • Contact:

    Tim Parkes

  • Contact email:

  • Contact phone:

    01384 446145

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Senior/ Principal Firmware Engineer

Basildon (After 1 year in Edinburgh)


£ 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:


    • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

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