Senior FPGA Firmware Engineer - Cross Domain

Employer
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Location
Manchester, UK
Salary
Unspecified
Closing date
14 Oct 2022

Job Details

The Cross-Domain (XD) team deliver high performance appliances for the Defensive Cyber market. We develop from a blank sheet with security as a primary consideration, designing the whole appliance from high performance C++, embedded software, FPGA firmware (VHDL), custom PCBs, power distribution, and thermal management. All of which has to deliver a reliable, supportable, and maintainable capability for our customers.

JOB ROLE

A Senior Firmware Engineer within the XD team can expect to be involved in the full lifecycle of product development, from concept, design, through delivery, and into support. We predominately use Intel (previously Altera) FPGAs, with code developed using VHDL. As this is predominately an active hands-on role, solid experience with VHDL is a must, as is a familiarity with at least 1 modern FPGA tool chain (ideally Intel but could be Xilinx, Achronix, or similar). As with most current FPGA designs, we make significant use of the provided embedded blocks within those FPGAs, so any experience in integrating with these would be highly valuable.

As with most senior engineers, you would be expected to lead small teams of 1-3 junior engineers, and provide support and mentoring through their activities.

The BAE Systems Digital Intelligence Cross-Domain product team consists of circa 50 people predominately based in our Gloucester office, and sits within the wider products group of approximately 200 engineers. As an integral part of 3500 strong BAE Systems Digital Intelligence capability in the UK, we look to recruit good engineers to help meet our customer’s needs. In return we offer engaging technical challenges to solve, a collaborative and trusted work environment and the opportunity to develop a career that can encompass the full range of the company’s activities, form product development, research, technical consultancy, business consultancy, and customer engagement.

Due to the nature of our work in Cross-Domain, candidates must hold, or be eligible to gain UK security clearance and meet nationality requirements. Additionally, we cannot offer regular remote working, but do provide a flexible working environment that respects the needs of our people’s personal lives.

How we will support you:

  • Work-life balance is important; you’ll get 25 days holiday a year and, via our flexible benefits package the option to buy/sell and carry over from the year before
  • Our flexible benefits package includes; private medical and dental insurance, a competitive pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, taste cards and more
  • You’ll have a dedicated Career Manager to help you develop your career and guide you on your journey through BAE
  • Don’t know a particular technology? Your learning and development is key to your future career
  • You’ll be part of our bonus scheme
  • You are welcome to join any/all of our Diversity and Support groups.  These groups cover everything from gender diversity to mental health and wellbeing.

About BAE Systems Digital Intelligence:

We help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cyber-crime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.  We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes. 

Our success is down to our people. The changing nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the brightest talent to help us fulfil our ambitions. As an experienced professional, we’ll entrust you with responsibility; this means that you’ll have client contact, variety and support from day one.

We'll encourage and support you to develop your skills and reward you as you grow. Whatever your area of expertise, you'll be much more than just a job title; you'll be an integral part of the business where your individual contribution makes a difference every day. Great minds deserve great rewards, so we also offer a very competitive salary and benefits package.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. Staying competitive in today’s global marketplace requires an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. We also welcome discussions about flexible working.

Security Clearance

Only those with the permanent and unrestricted right to live and work in the UK will be considered for a position within BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Due to the nature of our work, successful candidates for this role will be required to go through Government SC clearance prior to starting with us. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance

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Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day. By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential. 

About BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals.

Division overview: Government

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Government contracts are an area we have many decades of experience in. Our Government business unit houses four of our critical client groups: UK National Security, Global National Security, defence and central government. Government and key infrastructure networks are critical targets to defend as the effects of these networks being breached can be devastating.

As a member of the Government business unit, you will defend the connected world and ensure the protection of nations. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.

Company

BAE profile imageBAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

Why work for us
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence plays a significant role in keeping our country safe and it is something that we’re extremely proud of. We’re a team who enjoy making "things" and understanding how technology works. We are a diverse group of experts who are working at the forefront of technology, exploring how we can solve some unique challenges in support of our customers and their critically important National Security work.

Training and development
We offer a blend of professional and technical training and learning on the job, while being supported by the very best in the industry to make sure you hit the ground running. We empower you to take responsibility, with the ability to work on cutting edge, industry-leading technology projects, where you make a real difference. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career. While your career is your own, you will be encouraged and supported to attain industry-recognized qualifications.

Graduate schemes
We run three graduate programmes: engineering, project management and consulting. Our engineering programmes require a 2.2 degree (some require 2.1) in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject. The project management and consulting programmes require a 2.2 degree from any discipline. The graduate programmes are designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed. Initially, you will be part of our future talent community and be assigned a career manager, who will support and guide you throughout your career with us. All of this is designed to complement your career development, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.

What we are looking for
We’re looking for people who are hungry for a technical challenge, want a noble and rewarding mission, enjoy making things or understanding how technology works, who want to develop their skills and enjoy solving complex problems. In particular, we’re looking for:

  • Graduates typically in the fields of cyber/tech/computer science, electrical and electronic engineering, physics, mathematics (we also offer consultancy graduate programmes, which are open to any discipline)
  • Software developers/engineers, electronic engineers, DSP engineers, FPGA developers, front-end developers, consultants etc.

Locations
Our clients span multiple technologies, platforms and media across the globe. With office locations around the world – there's probably an office near you

Number of employees
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4800

Positions recently recruited for
Software engineers/developers, electronic and electrical engineers, roles in digital signal processing FPGA, computer vision scientist. We are looking to significantly expand our wireless and cross-domain capabilities. Roles recently fulfilled are our "wireless product engineer (physics, maths, compsci and EEE)" and "engineering and physics" graduate roles

Desired degree disciplines/class
The majority of our graduate programmes will accept a degree grade of 2.2 in a relevant tech/cyber or STEM subject. Also some roles require 2.1 in physics, mathematics, computer science, electronic and electrical engineers or 2+ years industry experience as one of digital signal processing FPGA developer, software developer, front-end developer or electronic engineer

Pre-requisites
Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
www.baesystems.com/en/cybersecurity/careers

Closing date
All year round

Contact
Tel +44 (0)3301585268
E-mail harry.evans@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com/en/cybersecurity

Find Us
Website
Telephone
+44 (0) 3301585268
Location
Waterside House
170 Priestley Road
Surrey Research Park
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7RQ
United Kingdom

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