Principal Electronics Design Engineer

Job Description

A senior role in design with responsibility for the delivery of innovative and cost effective design and test solutions, on time and on budget, which meet or exceed customer requirements.

Establish/negotiate and fully document clear technical requirements through liaison with internal and external stakeholders
Actively participate in the planning and resource estimation for new projects
Liaise throughout the project with customer and suppliers as required
Take ownership for technical risk management and mitigation. Proactively alert peers, project teams and management of any risks and potential mitigation actions
Create design concepts, schematics and associated specifications, review packs and validation strategies
Carry out verification and validation testing, and support factory acceptance testing
Ensure all design changes are fully documented, approved, correctly released and appropriately stored/archived
Conduct peer reviews and support formal design reviews
Carry out electronics cooling simulation modelling (training provided where necessary)
Conduct DFMEA (design failure mode effects & analysis) reviews
Work closely with production engineers to ensure design is optimised for manufacture
Ensure that all design work is cost optimised in accordance with product BOM cost targets and development labour budget
Identify and implement opportunities to improve design process robustness/efficiency
Ensure lessons learned are captured and applied
Provide support as required to junior designers and sub contract designers
Be on hand in Production during prototype builds to ensure that any issues are swiftly resolved
Proactively alert management of any potential cost/time savings (or overruns) that may impact project margin.

Qualifications, Experience And Skills:

Electronics related degree – significant demonstrable experience may be considered in lieu
Highly proficient in the design and layout (ideally using Altium) of innovative, high-reliability, power-efficient electronic circuits for use in demanding environments
In depth understanding of the principles of designing for success in EMC testing
Experience of designing PCB assemblies with JTAG interfaces
Experience of electronics packaging design
Experience of working with various micro controllers and associated micro code
Experience of designing for test
Experience of designing functional test and establishing and documenting test coverage
Experience of analogue circuit design for sensors and interfaces
Able to identify and assess power/battery solutions for demanding environments
Able to estimate work effort with reasonable accuracy, and finish on time without close supervision
Pro-active problem solver and out-of-box thinker
Attention to detail and a ‘right first time’ approach
Willingness and desire to acquire new skills and invest in professional self-development
Excellent communications skills with proven ability to engage and build strong working relationships in a team environment
Act at all times in accordance with terms and conditions described in your contract of employment
Comply with Health and Safety and Environmental policy
Carry out any other duties that might reasonably be requested


Experience of electronics cooling simulation software (ideally SolidWorks Electronics Cooling)
Knowledge/experience of designing Intrinsically Safe circuits
Practical LabView experience
Experience of working with C++ and/or C for microcontrollers
Practical exposure to software programming
Knowledge or proven ability to interpret defence standards
Experience in a fast-paced Aerospace or Defence Quality manufacturing environment desirable.

SECURITY – All candidates must be in a position to obtain UK security clearance to SC level

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