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Posted December 05, 2017 | Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Does Brexit mean Texit?

Recently industry leaders from many of the key technology companies in the UK gathered to debate this topic “Does Brexit mean Texit?”

It is fair to say that this is certainly a hot topic in the industry at the moment, caused by the uncertainty of not actually knowing what Brexit will mean for our technology industry. The threats seem quite clear: reduction of international or foreign investment into the industry (at least until the picture is more certain), lower availability of the people needed to staff our technology firms, reduced opportunity for collaboration between our university R&D functions and European counterparts, to name a handful of the threats highlighted.

But wait! Education, funding and talent pipeline have long been challenges for the UK tech industry. What has people most perplexed is that Brexit makes the landscape even harder just at the point that many feel the UK industry was getting on top of, or at least making ground in all three of these areas.

What concerned me more than these issues was the seeming reluctance to think beyond Europe and to think beyond some of the short term pain. There are numerous issues faced by the tech industry that it can continue to resolve whilst Brexit unravels, gender imbalance would be a clear obvious one. The UK has a terribly low representation of women in the industry compared to many other countries. Education would be another, as we have far too few home grown students being attracted into Electronic Engineering. Expanding our horizons further afield may be the biggest opportunity open to our industry in the UK.

The tech industry is a global industry and we in the UK often voice concerns that we are outplayed by others. Look at Israel, a country that has forged strong links with Silicon Valley in the US and been very tactical about the technology it invests into. Or South Korea that has an infinitely higher level of investment into its Technology Industry than the UK does, even though South Korea and the UK are similar sized countries.

In truth businesses are and will just get on with what they have to do to react to the issues they face, whether that is Brexit or some other global or local issue, simply because they have to in order to survive. Business is often about survival of the most adaptable and I have hopes that the brilliant tech companies and tech community in Britain can and will adapt.

This industry matters! There are over 1 million people employed in the Electronic Engineering industries in the UK throughout over 45,000 companies. These jobs and companies are high value and pay good tax to the UK government.

It is not all bad though. The weak pound has helped companies that are exporting to look more attractive and it has encouraged companies to take a more global view rather than just focus on Europe as a market, and let’s face it the tech industry really is a global industry. Some argue that membership of the EU has stunted UK tech industry’s growth, as rules on State Aid to industry limit government intervention, whereas this is not the case in other parts of the world. Whilst there is uncertainty relating to one market there are plenty of other opportunities to hunt for. Some are quick to point out that we don’t have to give up Europe to work with the world and that doing both is still possible, even that taking a more global outlook could be positive for the long term future of the tech industry in the UK.

Regardless of Brexit the industry still faces challenges of overcoming issues around education, funding and talent pool. The real challenge is working out how to resolve these and become even more competitive in the global market. TechWorks stated mission is to “strengthen the UK’s Deep Tech capabilities as a global leader of future technologies”. The route to this has definitely become more challenging with Brexit but I have high hopes that the brilliant minds and businesses we have growing here in the UK can look beyond Brexit to thrive and prosper. I sincerely hope that Brexit does not mean Texit rather it is forcing the opportunity to reinvent and rethink our industry and to truly position our tech industry as a global player.

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Posted September 22, 2017 | Electronics, Recruitment Industry, Software | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Across Glasgow, Edinburgh & more…

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! These vacancies are situated across Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh and range from a System Environment Technician to join our multinational electronics client to a position with our Glasgow based client who is looking for a Unity Developer to take on a short-term contract. Take a look below and find out if we have the role for you…

 

icon-electronicsAutomation Test Engineer

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting an Automation Test Engineer for a rapidly growing business offering market-leading technology and services to the legal profession around the world. The Test Team is new and small and requires an enthusiastic and Experienced Test Automation Engineer to bolster the capability of the team. Reporting to the Test Manager you will work closely with a remote SW Development Team on leading edge court reporting products. Due to the remote working, the ability to communicate well is very important. Sounds good? Click the link above for full details.

 

icon-electronics System Environment Technician

We’re looking for a System Environment Technician to join the system environment team of our multinational electronics client’s Imaging Division based in Edinburgh. The team is responsible for the maintenance and development of automated benches used in the validation and characterisation solutions for CMOS Imaging and Time of Flight sensors. To apply for this role, you should have multiple competencies in the Application fields: mechanical and automation development, electrical wiring and validation of automated systems (electronics boards, mechanical benches, lighting systems, software). Click above to find out more and apply today!

 

icon-electronics Unity Developer

Our innovative client is looking for an experienced Unity Developer to work with us on the development of exciting mobile applications and games. Your primary initial focus will be the development of an innovative new lifestyle/healthcare app which combines mixed reality technologies with information and video accessed via an external server. You will be supported in this role by a dedicated backend developer but will be solely responsible for the software development of the main application. Click above to find out more and apply today!

 

icon-electronics PHP Developer

Are you an experienced developer looking to take your next leap forward? Our client is growing their team of award-winning mobile app and digital solutions developers, based in Edinburgh. They are focused on delivering outstanding native mobile apps and web-based digital solutions. Want to know more? Click above for full details!

 

icon-electronics PCB Design Engineers

We have some brilliant new opportunities for PCB Design Engineers to work with our market leading client focused on R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. Successful candidates will quickly grow to be a key member of the design team and will be directly involved with the development of opto-electronic packages and circuits for data rates of 10Gb/s and higher. We’re looking for someone with industry experience of one or more of the following EDA tools; Cadence (preferred), Mentor Graphics, Zuken. If this sounds like it could be the role for you then click the link above to find out all the details and how to apply.

 

icon-electronics SSD System Architect

Enigma People Solutions is delighted to be recruiting an Edinburgh based Software Engineer to work within my client’s SSD system development team. Working with other system architects, firmware and hardware engineers you will develop new algorithms and architectures enabling our client’s enterprise-class SSD products to be faster, cheaper, use less power and have greater endurance. Click the link above to find out full details and how to apply.

 

icon-electronics RF Photonic/Electrical Engineers

We are recruiting RF Electrical Engineers for a market leading, Edinburgh based client, focused on the R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. Successful candidates will quickly grow to become a key member of the development team and will be directly involved in the design and development of optoelectronic packages and circuits for data rates of 10Gb/s and higher. Check out the full details and how to apply by clicking above.

 

icon-electronics Senior iOS Developer

We’re looking for passionate Senior iOS Software Engineers with demonstrable experience in developing quality high performing mobile applications, utilising agile methodologies, latest techniques, and best practices. Our client is an award-winning mobile app and digital solutions agency based in Edinburgh city centre. With a team of 30+ mobile specialists, developing native and Xamarin based mobile products along with web-based backend systems for enterprise clients internationally. Sounds like you could be the person for this role? Click above and find out more.

 


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Posted August 29, 2017 | Electronics, Recruitment Industry, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Find our Full Business Sentiment Survey Infographic Here!

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As you may know, we recently partnered with TechWorks to produce our Business Sentiment Survey – the purpose of this being to find out how businesses within the UK electronics industry are feeling about the next 12 months; considering the turbulence that may have been experienced as a result of a variety of economic factors including the budget, the UK General election and Brexit – to name but a few!

After collecting and analysing the interesting range of information we received back from our participants, we have collated this into one easy to digest infographic which highlights the key insights from our survey.

If you want to find out exactly what businesses within the UK electronics industry think about their prospects for the coming months with regards to sales patterns, recruitment trends and future skills demand then look no further!

All you need to do is hit the download button below, you’ll receive our Business Sentiment Survey Infographic for FREE and you’ll be on your way to further understanding the electronics landscape within the UK. Simple!

 

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Posted August 23, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Across Glasgow, Edinburgh & more…

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! These vacancies are situated across Scotland, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Livingston and range from an immediate Firmware Engineer opportunity with a brilliant R&D and optoelectronics manufacturing client to an experienced Social Media Manager for Scotland’s largest digital agency.

Take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established international business. If you’re a bright, motivated Senior Software Engineer who can assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications, then we want to talk to you! Our client is based in Glasgow and offers an informal, flexible and friendly working environment with competitive remuneration and benefits. Click above to find out more!

 

icon-electronicsFirmware Engineer

We have an immediate vacancy for a Firmware Engineer for an outstanding Livingston based, market leading client focused on the R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. As part of the Firmware team, you will be working on the design and implementation of embedded software for optical transceivers. Other responsibilities will include design, development and debugging of system test software. Sounds like it could be for you? Take a look above and find out how to apply.

 

icon-electronics Social Media Manager

An excellent opportunity for a Social Media Manager with minimum three years experience to join Scotland’s biggest digital agency. Fancy being responsible for developing and delivering exciting, dynamic social campaigns for some of the UK’s best-known brands? Or maybe you’d like to work as part of an integrated content team; managing social media consultants and devising strategies encompassing creative content, community management, paid social and influencer outreach to deliver meaningful results for your clients? Then this is the role for you! Click the link above to find out all the details and apply today!

 

icon-electronics RF Photonic/Electrical Engineers

We are recruiting RF Electrical Engineers for a market leading, Edinburgh based client, focused on the R&D and manufacture of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centres. Successful candidates will quickly grow to become a key member of the development team and will be directly involved in the design and development of optoelectronic packages and circuits for data rates of 10Gb/s and higher. Check out the full details and how to apply by clicking above.

 

icon-electronics Firmware Engineer

We have another opportunity for an experienced Firmware Engineer to join our clients growing technology business that produces new product concepts and prototypes in the Electronic Monitoring market. As a result of current success and the upcoming start of major new projects, there is a push to increase the company’s R&D capability to continue developing novel features and cutting edge new products – there’s not a better time to join this business! Based in Fife, your role will be focussed on the firmware development of new products, translating demonstration and prototype code into production firmware. You will play a leading role in designing and deployment of substantial software components and system architecture. Click the link above for full details and how to apply today!

 

icon-electronics Project Manager

We’re currently on the lookout for an ambitious Digital Project Manager/Producer to take on a dynamic role, working closely with clients as well as managing the internal teams to develop games based elearning and mobile solutions. To be considered for this role, you’ll need to be fluent in many aspects of digital – creative, content, functionality, and technology – not just the ability to manage quality, timescales, and budgets. Ideally, you’ll have 2-3 years digital agency experience where you will have built up the necessary production and project management skills and been exposed to all aspects of the project lifecycle. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a rapidly growing industry at the leading edge of games based learning. So far, so good? Click the link above, find out all you need to know and apply today!
   
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Posted August 02, 2017 | Electronics | No Comments »

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping

One of the most exciting stages of an engineering project is when the hardware arrives in the lab for the first-time ready for commissioning before integration testing. You will have been planning for this day for a long time (hopefully) as the cost of identifying and correcting errors later on in the production run only increases. This typically can mean long hours for all the engineers on the project so, how can we try and reduce this time and minimise the issues which may arise?

3 Key Considerations:

1. Think what you will test from day one

The aim of the testing is to ensure you are delivering a safe system which meets the user’s specified requirements. Before we can focus on the higher level functional requirements, we need to ensure the underlaying hardware is correct. To correctly perform this testing, we will need to generate several test plans (functional, hardware etc) which address what is to be tested and how.

This test plan will detail the requirements and how we intend to verify them. It will also define the expected results (do not forget tolerances) otherwise, how else can you be expected to know if it performs as required or not?

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping

Generating these test plans early will ensuring we have provided sufficient test points in the design required to perform the testing.

2. Think about what to include in the design

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping 1

During the design of the hardware, several design features and functions may need to be included to allow testing of the board with greater ease. The most simple and often implemented test provision is placing test points on all voltage rails. Being able to monitor the outputs of clocks and resets is also important, for this reason, it is good practice to place test points on the reset line and correctly terminate an unused clock buffer and add test points allowing the clock to be probed with ease. Many modern high-performance devices also have on die temperature diodes which can be used during your testing to determine the junction temperature of the die is acceptable, provided you can access these points.

3. Simple RTL

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping - Simple RTL

If you have a complicated design at both the hardware and FPGA level it can be best to develop a more simplified cut-down version of the RTL to aid in the testing of the board and the interface between the FPGA and the peripheral. This is especially the case if you are designing high-speed interfaces. This cut down RTL could be used in conjunction with chip scope to capture data and block rams which have been pre loaded with data patterns to act as stimulus. This can especially be the case when using ADCs and DACs connected to an FPGA the reprogrammable nature of the FPGA should be utilized to the maximum to develop designs which will allow parametric testing of the ADC and DAC, for instance, Noise Power Ratio, Spurious Free Dynamic Range and effective number of bit calculations. You should also aim to capitalize on the resources provided by the FPGA especially system monitor and XADC which can be very useful for monitoring the voltage rails on die and hence helping verify the power integrity analysis

Here are a few extra considerations you might want to make to ensure things run as smooth as possible:

  • Accessibility of test points and debug headers to ensure you can actually access them. If they are on power lines, ensure they are protected in case of shorts.
  • How you can test the board on its own.  Will you need any special type test equipment to enable you to test it? When will it be available?
  • JTAG and boundary scan technology should also be considered to provide a virtual bed of nails to test the interconnects between devices on the board.

Once you get the hardware in the lab,the testing is generally split into two sections the first section is checking the hardware integrity i.e. can it be powered on safely and is it suitable for further testing? During this stage, you will check the board has been manufactured and populated correctly, that the voltage rails are safe to turn on and then will come the moment of truth when you have to apply power to the board for the first time. This is always a nerve wracking moment…

Once you have applied power you will be looking at the current drawn against your projections, are the clocks at the correct frequency, is the jitter acceptable? does the protection circuitry (over voltage / under voltage), resets and sequencing function as desired. This is the basic engineering tests that will be your first priority, however; you will soon progress to wanting to test the more complex interfaces and then the performance.

Some of these may be able to be tested via JTAG / Boundary scan however it is only really testing at speed that you can relax a little (you can never truly relax even after all the qualification testing). It is, therefore, a great idea to have developed some simple test code for your FPGA or microprocessor to prevent you having to debug both the FPGA/Microprocessor design and the board design. I am sure we have all spent many hours looking into is the issue with the board, FPGA, processor or even worse the ASIC.

Once you have completed the integrity checks you can then proceed to test the functionality and working out what changes you need to make to the next iteration if any.

What if it does not go to plan? The first thing to do is not panic, for many issues, you will probably not be the first person to face this issue(s) though it may feel like it. Revisit the design schematics, layout and read the data sheets and any errata’s again or give me a call.

 

This blog was originally written by Adam Taylor, engineering leader and world recognised expert in FPGA / System on Chip and Electronic Design. You can find this and loads more at Adiuvoengineering.com


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Posted June 29, 2017 | Electronics, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & the West (29/06/17)

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from Business Development Manager at Eyecademy, a successful data science, analytics and business intelligence to a Digital Project Manager at an innovative and creative organisation.

So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Business Development Manager 

We’re looking for a Business Development Manager to join our successful Glasgow-based client, Eyecademy – the data science, analytics and business intelligence services provider. If you have a proven track record of profitable sales delivery,  a minimum of 3 years sales experience and are able to demonstrate knowledge of the B2B marketplace then this could be the role for you! Click above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Digital Project Manager

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Digital Project Manager to join our client’s innovative and creative team. Our client designs and builds innovative strategies, products and campaigns that transform businesses and change peoples’ lives for the better.  Their unique collaborative model enables them to deliver game-changing results by integrating many disciplines, technologies and partners. The role will see you take on the delivery of complex, technical solutions and manage the activity of a talented team of strategists, UX experts, developers, designers and marketers as well as managing day-to-day communications with the client. Sounds like it could be for you? Click above to find out more.

 

icon-electronics Front End (React) Developer

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious front-end web developer to join a thriving and creative team developing React applications for their e-learning platforms. If you are passionate about both existing and future web development techniques with a drive to continuously self-improve, then this role could be for you! You will become part of a team of front and back-end developers, where you will work on supporting and enhancing their platform and other associated projects. Our client is one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. Click the link above for full details and to find out how to apply.
icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established, thriving business. The successful candidate will assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. If you’re enthusiastic and motivated with an ability to work in a team environment whilst being comfortable managing solo projects, this could be the role for you. Take a look at the full details above.

 


 Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted June 16, 2017 | Electronics, Software, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & the West (16/06/17)

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from a Front End (React) Developer at one the fastest growing digital learning companies in the UK to Senior Software Engineer at a thriving international company. So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics PHP Developer 

We’re looking for a skilled PHP Developer who has experience in mentoring other developers, has proven development skills in a Remote/Agile environment and displays a strong initiative. Our client is extremely well known for their restaurant reservation and table management software and are leaders in their sector, with customers in 61 countries around the world. This senior position will see you mentor others, plan and develop code whilst collaborating with other team members such as designers, sysadmins and product managers. If this sounds like it could be the role for you, click the link above for more details.

 

icon-electronics Front End (React) Developer – E-Learning

This is a great opportunity for an ambitious front-end web developer to join a thriving and creative team developing React applications for their e-learning platforms. If you are passionate about both existing and future web development techniques with a drive to continously self-improve, then this role could be for you! You will become part of a team of front and back-end developers, where you will work on supporting and enhancing their platform and other associated projects. Our client is one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. Click the link above for full details and to find out how to apply.

 

icon-electronics E-Learning Developer – Adobe Suite

We’re looking for an innovative and enthusiastic e-learning developer to join our client, one of the fastest growing and most creative digital learning companies in the UK. This role will see you take on responsibility for the development of exciting and engaging digital learning solutions using a range of eLearning authoring tools. If you have a minimum of 2 years experience in developing e-learning and have knowledge of eLearning authoring tools, such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline 2 and Articulate 360, then take a look at the full details above and get in touch!

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established, thriving business. The successful candidate will assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. If you’re enthusiastic and motivated with an ability to work in a team environment whilst being comfortable managing solo projects, this could be the role for you. Take a look at the full details here.

 

icon-electronics Microsoft Stack Web Developer 

Our client, one of Scotland’s largest and well-known digital agencies, is looking for a range of mid to senior level developers to join their rapidly expanding team. To be considered for this role, you will need to have experience of Microsoft .Net technology stack, a working knowledge/experience of developing web based solutions and an eagerness to learn and progress. Take a look at the full job ad to find out all the details.

 


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Posted June 13, 2017 | Electronics | No Comments »

Our New Power Electronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

We have recently taken on a new project with an exciting, well-funded start-up business based in Edinburgh. Their ambition is to revolutionise the way in which electrical grids operate globally. To achieve this goal, our new client has set out to put together three new teams that will be challenged with bringing their solutions to life. Enigma People Solutions is proud to showcase these brilliant new vacancies below:

 

Simulation Technical Team Lead

 Your Role

A new R&D engineering team is being established to continue development of this project along with the existing core team. Simulation forms a core piece of all aspects of the R&D works, and as the technical leader of the simulation team you will be a key resource for all teams within the project. Reporting to the CTO you will manage the culture, providing assistance and direction through the design, testing and analysis process for the simulation team. You will also manage the technical development and support of all simulation environments over a number of different platforms. Find out more about this role by clicking the link above.

 

 Electrical Engineering Technical Team Lead

Your Role

Reporting directly to the CTO you will take a technical leadership role over a new R&D engineering team being established to complete this project along with the existing core team. As the technical team leader of the electrical and hardware aspects of the project you will manage the team culture, providing guidance and assistance through the design and analysis process. You will also manage the technical development and delivery of all physical design aspects of the project, all the way through to full commercialisation. Find out more about this role by clicking the link above.

  Systems Engineering Technical Team Lead

Your Role

Reporting directly to the CTO you will take a technical leadership role over control systems aspects of the project. As the technical team leader, you will manage the team culture, providing guidance and assistance through the design and analysis process. You will also manage the technical development of the monitoring, processing, software and control aspects of the project all the way through to full commercialisation. Find out more about this role by clicking the link above.
 

 

For any further information about this role or how to apply, contact matt@enigmapeople.com or call directly on 0141 332 4422.


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Posted June 02, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow and the West

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from Content Producer at an exciting digital practice at the forefront of their industry to Senior Software Engineer at a thriving international company. So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …

icon-electronics Content Producer

We’re looking for a skilled and experienced content producer to join our client’s award-winning Glasgow-based digital practice. If you’re a fantastic copywriter who has a keen interest in all things digital then this could be the role for you. Take a look here to find out more.

 

icon-electronics Product Owner

This is a great opportunity to join a successful and established business as their Product Owner. Our Glasgow-based client is seeking an organised, articulate and talented Product Owner to lead the planning and development of their digital products. If you have experience successfully delivering and developing digital products, have a natural understanding of UX and a desire to drive the business, click above to find out the details.

 

icon-electronics Microsoft Stack Web Developer

Our client, one of Scotland’s largest and well-known digital agencies, is looking for a range of mid to senior level developers to join their rapidly expanding team. To be considered for this role, you will need to have experience of Microsoft .Net technology stack, a working knowledge/experience of developing web based solutions and an eagerness to learn and progress. Take a look at the full job ad to find out all the details.

 

icon-electronics Voice Application Developer

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join an industry leading voice development team to deliver a range of innovative projects on platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Our client is a multi-award-winning digital practice, working with cutting edge technology and at the intersection of user-centric design. Click above to find out the full details.

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer 

We’re currently looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our client’s strongly established, thriving business. The successful candidate will assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. If you’re enthusiastic and motivated with an ability to work in a team environment whilst being comfortable managing solo projects, this could be the role for you. Take a look at the full details here.

 

 


 Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted May 18, 2017 | Digital Media, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & The West

Enigma People Solutions is working on a variety of brilliant and interesting vacancies at the moment! All of these vacancies are situated in Glasgow and the West and range from Laser Engineer at an exciting company at the forefront of their industry to Voice Application Developer at an award winning digital practice. So, take a look below and find out if we have the perfect role for you …
icon-electronics Laser Engineer

We’re looking for an experienced Laser Engineer to join our Glasgow based client’s multi-award winning team. Specialising in the development and manufacture of complex, bespoke, state of the art laser solutions to a range of specialist labs/departments and industries, our client’s diverse team work in an innovative and dynamic environment to produce high-quality products. If you’re looking for a challenging role, working with a team at the top of their industry, this could be for you!

 

icon-electronics Voice Application Developer

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join an industry leading voice development team to deliver a range of innovative projects on platforms including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Our client is a multi-award-winning digital practice, working with cutting edge technology and at the intersection of user-centric design.

 

icon-electronics Senior PHP Developer

We’re currently looking for a Senior Developer to join our unique client’s in-house apps and services development team. If you’re looking for a varied and interesting role working with multinational B2B clients, in a multi-disciplined team made up of developers, strategists, designers and client services then get in touch!

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

We’re currently looking for a bright, motivated Senior Software Engineer to assist and lead in the development of embedded and web enabled software for industrial applications. Our client offers an informal, flexible and friendly working environment with competitive remuneration and benefits. Think this is for you? Take a look at the full details and find out how to apply by clicking on the link above.

 

icon-electronics .Net Umbraco Developer

Are you a .Net Umbraco developer who has experience working on web projects? We’re looking for a .Net Umbraco developer to join our client’s Glasgow-based digital agency. If you’re keen and enthusiastic, with an ability to self-motivate and work within a team then this could be the job for you! Working with a range of brilliant clients, this digital agency offers a variety of benefits including a fantastic team and the option for professional growth.

 

icon-electronics Front End Developer

Our client has a position available for a talented Front End Developer to work within their Digital Proposition Development team. The is a great opportunity to play a key part in shaping company digital business, responsible for building brand new products and services from scratch. Take a look at the full details by clicking the link above.

 


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Posted April 11, 2017 | Career Advice, Electronics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

This article was published on Jaapson Blog Centre and originally written by Jacob Beningo

Having the right tools for the job is critical to success in embedded development. But in the hands of the improperly skilled, even the right tools can yield a disastrous outcome. Firmware engineers require seven essential skills to succeed in today’s rapid-paced development environment.

Skill #1 – Debugging

According to the 2015 UBM Embedded Marketing Study, debugging an embedded system was the greatest challenge facing developers and managers, surpassing even the challenge of meeting project deadlines. Undoubtedly the increasing complexity of embedded systems and the time spent debugging is a major driver to delivering on-time. Having skills to debug a real-time embedded system quickly and efficiently can have a direct impact on time-to-market and development costs, which is why mastering debugging skills is critically important for an engineer to be successful.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #2 – Real-Time Language Skills

Despite all the press about how cool and suave makers and hackers are, I would bet that the majority lack the programming language skills necessary to launch a real-time embedded product. Firmware engineers that learn the nuances of C or C++ and can apply those skills will be more successful. Skilled language developers will know which constructs are safe, buggy, or can be applied under the given system constraints. Mastering programming language skills is a MUST for firmware engineers looking to have long-term success.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #3 – Understand Hardware at the Component Level

Firmware developers may find it tempting to focus only on skills that directly relate to developing software and completely ignore the hardware. Many companies today even push their engineers into nice little boxes of skills and job responsibilities, so why not just focus on your primary area of expertise? But at some point during every project, all the little niches need to come together for developers to integrate and debug the system. Firmware engineers who can hold their own in software and hardware will be better able to function and lead the integration effort and in the end will appear more valuable to management and the team. Plus, it’s always fun when a hardware engineer points his finger at the problem and says it’s the magic black software box to be able to respond “The pull-up on the bus looks a little weak for this architecture …. have you checked that?” or something to that effect.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #4 – Healthy Skepticism

Healthy skepticism is probably more of a mindset or an attitude than a pure skill but nonetheless, for today we will consider it a skill that needs to be mastered. All of us human engineers, at some point in our careers, we will select a component or a library or make a decision that will come back to bite us. From that point forward, when any component, library, or the like makes big promises we suddenly treat it like the plague and our response is blown way out of proportion. Practicing healthy skepticism should allow a developer to say I’ve been burned in the past by this, I don’t believe this, but I’m willing to evaluate, analyze and form an opinion based on engineering data rather than a personal, past experience. Healthy skepticism can help an engineer see the currents of change and determine when it makes sense to jump on board with a new technology, process, or platform.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #5 – Ability to Self-Market

The firmware engineer who can market themselves will gain many advantages over a peer who can’t. Marketing skills such as resume development or interview skills are not taught to engineers at the university. Instead, engineers have to learn these skills on-the-fly in the field. The engineer who can promote and market himself will get the job, the raise, and the extra perks.

Firmware engineers need to learn and understand that they aren’t just in the software business. They also need to gain marketing skills if they are to maximize their success (whatever their definition of success may be).

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #6 – Communication

When I was an entry-level, green engineer I used to hide behind email for as much communication as I possibly could. But email can be a difficult communication medium because it is so interpretive. It conveys no tone of voice and no facial expressions and so it is easy for the reader to read-in hostility or an issue where none exists. The reader’s mood can easily turn a friendly email into an unfriendly one. On more than one occasion I was called to the managers’ office to discuss “that email” I sent to so-and-so that was considered inappropriate. Email is convenient, fast, and sometimes curt but verbal and face-to-face communication leaves far less to be interpreted.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #7 – Organization

The ability to organize software and create beautiful architectures is important to an embedded software engineer, yet the real skill of organization is undoubtedly just being able to find what you need when you need it. The problem with a messy desk and tools scattered everywhere is that things shift and get lost, and time gets wasted looking for them. A two-minute search for that paper, module, or probe can break a programmer’s train of thought and cause a context shift that requires fifteen minutes before the developer is back in the groove. Disciplined organization is a skill that is so essential yet so uncommon among many of the engineers I see and interact with.

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Conclusion

There are any number of possible skills that can assist a firmware engineer in being successful. These seven are certainly essential although maybe not immediately obvious. What other skills might a developer need?


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Posted April 03, 2017 | Electronics | No Comments »

Our Latest Electronics Vacancies

Enigma People Solutions is working on a number of exclusive opportunities in the Electronics industry across Scotland and England. Take a look at our latest electronics vacancies and find out if we have the perfect opportunity for you. Click on each vacancy below for further information on the company and role:

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icon-electronicsWest Lothian

 

icon-electronicsHampshire

 


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Posted January 31, 2017 | Electronics, Recruitment Advice, Software | No Comments »

10 Pro Tips for Hiring and Managing Remote Engineering and Design Teams

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This article was originally published on RocketSpace.

Remote work and flexible hours are increasingly popular in the startup world, but many founders have little experience implementing these policies. At the same time, startups can experience massive cost and time savings from hiring an international team that works throughout all 24 hours of the day (thanks to timezones) and does so at great rates.

Su Yuen Chin, co-founder of on-demand tech talent platform MomoCentral, is a serial entrepreneur who’s had her fair share of startup failures. What she learned from five startup failures, though, was how to build a team. When she realized she and teammates had a knack for building remote teams in particular, they founded MomoCentral, focused on helping founders build and manage remote engineering and design teams. In a recent RocketSpace workshop, Chin shared advice for founders looking to build effective remote teams.

Here are the top ten pro tips we extracted from her workshop:

  1. Know your hiring goals.

Are you hiring for a short-term project, such as an HTML email design task or the building of an Android app prototype? Or are you looking for long-term assistance on the main product? Communicate your goals so you can hire and manage accordingly.

  1. Conduct task-specific interviews.

For developers and designers, a portfolio is essential, but not enough to make a hire. Test basic knowledge and give applicants mini-tasks, such as redesigning a popular product’s reservation flow or coding a user registration system. For administering coding tests, Chin recommends HackerRank or Codility.

  1. Get to know everyone’s past experience.

Once your remote team is in place, make sure you understand each teammate’s past experience. With remote workers, it can be tough to have those data points, since everyone’s far away. Office banter and one-off conversations are less common. If a teammate worked on a machine learning project five years ago, though, and that becomes a company need in the coming years, you’d want to know who you can turn to.

  1. Have one key point of contact for each team and employee.

It’s never good to have too many cooks in the kitchen. Make sure remote teammates know who specifically they report to and enforce that process. A designer, for example, should only be taking direction from her manager — not even the CEO should be able to assign projects directly to her. That just creates confusion and leads to messy outcomes.

  1. Mitigate timezone issues.

It’s a misconception that real-time communications are necessary in business. Yes, the occasional emergency pops up, but most of the time, autonomy can work. It’s largely an issue of trust: Do you trust your team to get the work done? Chin suggests having a higher frequency of touch points with new hires — such as daily or multiple times daily — until that trust level is built. Then, 1-3 times weekly can save everyone time. Set these rules together based on team needs.

  1. Ask about infrastructure issues.

Not all countries have reliable Internet and electricity access so consider infrastructure issues in various regions of the world. Ask applicants about anticipated outages. For example, one MomoCentral teammate in Pakistan gets a “Power Outage Schedule” from the government, which details when his power will be down each day of the week, such as 1:00-3:00pm daily. International teammates in similar situations may face bad Internet connectivity, power outages, road traffic congestion, security firewalls, military lockdowns, or political situations that limit availability or ability to travel. Ask about these potentials and also ask for the teammate’s Whatsapp number. Even with Internet or electric outages, they may have access to 3G and thus be able to communicate via mobile apps.

  1. Use task management software.

In lieu of real-time communication, use task management software like Asana or Trello to assign and track tasks. Chin suggests using a Kanban board with the process flow of:

Assigned, but not started

Work in progress

Ready, awaiting QA/ feedback

Done

  1. Share wireframes, mockups, and a prototype.

Communicating a vision is already difficult. Doing so with a remote team is that much more difficult. Have wireframes, mockups, and a prototype ready so that you can communicate exactly what the team will be building. For prototyping, Chin suggests Invision App and Proto.io.

  1. Ask developers to commit code daily.

With any development team, especially a remote team, managers should have easy access to source code to see if the code is looking good. This also protects the business from the unlikely event that the developer disappears one day. Use a code revision system like GitHub or BitBucket from day one and ask developers to commit code at least daily so that no code is lost.

  1. Build a strong company culture.

Founders fear that building a strong company culture with remote teammates will be difficult, but Chin says her team is able to make it work by personalizing the work experience. “Invest in your team,” she says. Beyond having virtual stand-up meetings that keep teammates on the same page, reward great work with unique prizes. Sponsor GRE examinations, gift textbooks and online courses, buy developers an extended monitor, and send gifts for big life moments, such as the birth of a child. “If they’re a gamer, get them a Razer mouse,” she suggests enthusiastically. “It doesn’t cost much… but it means a lot, because it shows you care for them.” In a world of long-distance work relationships, every piece of personalization matters. Don’t make these personal moments a company policy, though, or else employees come to expect them, and they’re not as special!

 

[This article was originally published on RocketSpace and was written by Erica Swallow, find her on Twitter. To view the original article, click here.]

 


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Posted December 12, 2016 | Career Advice, Electronics | No Comments »

Top Tips to Become a Successful Analog/RF IC Design Engineer

Abhay Dixit Principal Engineer/Manager at Qualcomm tells us what it takes to become a successful Analog/RF IC Design Engineer.

This can be broken down into key technical skills and key qualities of a good Analog/RF IC Design Engineer.

Key Qualities:

  1. Razor sharp Focus:  Analog/RF is a BIG world, it’s good to have knowledge about various disciplines in this field, but you must be an expert in one of the slices of this field. Razor sharp focus is required.
  2. Organize yourself: You need to be disciplined in this task, read lots of ISSCC, CICC papers, analyze them & understand what works and what does not
  3. Quality matters: Analog tasks and teams demand quality, you can’t finish tasks by putting more headcount. Quality matters, not quantity. Same goes with designs. Some of the great circuits have handful of transistors (5-8) interconnected in brilliant fashion.
  4. You need to love what you are doing, not just do it for the sake of social pride!!
  5. Analog Design is both an Art and Science. Art is all about creativity and science is all about insight. Analog design needs both.

Essential Skills:

Analog field can be broadly classified into 3 segments

  • RF world ; where you will design wireless circuits like LNAs (Low Noise Amplifiers), PAs (Power amplifiers), mixers, oscillators, PLLs etc. You will design narrow band high-Q circuits.
  • Baseband signal processing analog; where you will design broadband analog circuits. These circuits usually comprise of interface ICs like high speed SerDes, data converters, precision op-amps, filters, band gap reference circuits, oscillators, PLLs etc..
  • Power management design; where you will design power management IPs like voltage regulators, DC-DC converters, band-gap circuits, low drop out regulators, battery chargers etc..

You need to define your slice & get real world practical skills (not just theoretical knowledge). You must be familiar with block level designs as well as top level integration to effectively deliver the design as an IP (Intellectual property block)

Knowledge of following design topics is a must no matter your slice:        

  1. Small signal analysis
  2. Current references & voltage references
  3. Single stage & multistage differential amplifiers
  4. Op-amps & OTAs
  5. Frequency response of amplifiers
  6. Stability analysis of amplifiers
  7. Noise analysis
  8. Some device physics knowledge
  9. Knowledge of spice simulator tool & techniques to perform analog and mixed signal circuit simulations
  10. Last but not the least “art of analog layout design”; circuit design is 50% job. You tape-out GDS, so the remaining 50% layout & physical verification work is critically important for the success of your design in Silicon. Learn how to do systematic layout, symmetry requirements, common centroid & inter-digitating techniques, off-set cancellation, noise prevention & floor planning of your design.

This is a long list. If you are a student or beginner in this field it will take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to appreciate & get insight into some of the skills. To be an expert in your chosen slice it will take delightful 10,000 hours of practice. But remember journey is important not the destination.

Here is what our living analog guru Dr Willy Sansen has to say about analog design ” Analog design is not possible without insight. This is not the case in general for electronics.  Insight lets the designer strike the right compromises among the endless number of specifications. Analog design requires compromises. So does life! On the other hand, making compromises is fun. It gives one a feeling of power. Analog design, with its compromises, leads to greater insight. It generates intuition, which is essential in order to be efficient for the next design.”

Some good reference books

  • Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits by Dr Behzad Razavi
  • Analog Design Essentials by Dr Willy Sansen
  • CMOS Circuit Design, Layout & Simulation by R. Jacob Baker
  • The Art of Analog Layout by Alan Hastings

Finally a good analog designer always follows the “KISS” principle…which means “keep it simple stupid”…this applies in real world & real world is analog…

Good Luck!


This article was written by Abhay Dixit Principal Engineer/Manager at Qualcomm, and originally appeared on LinkedIn. Follow @abhayconnect on Twitter.


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Posted November 28, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas to Market – The Presentations

One of the biggest problems in design is trying to figure out what to design, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

This was the topic of discussion at our recent Design: Taking Ideas to Market conference, which featured two industry expert key-note speakers.

In his presentation, Grant King, Engineering Design Director at Wide Blue Technologies, spoke about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients. He focussed on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title was centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship.

Our second key-note speaker Lynne Cadenhead of Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland, is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up her own games company. Lynne shared her unique expertise in developing a design idea and turning into a viable business.

Watch both Grant and Lynne’s exclusive presentations, by filling in a few details below: 

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“Design: Taking Ideas to Market” was the first in a series of events which Enigma People Solutions and Technology Scotland will be running for the Electronics Design Industry in Scotland. Enigma People Solutions is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in the Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor industry. We feel privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s electronic technologies, from companies specialising in the design of medical devices, to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, and smart sensors. We are deeply passionate about the success and potential of this industry in Scotland. We were pleased to see a clear demand for this type of event, which allowed the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas, and we look forward to holding our next event.

Collaborators

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation developing the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland. We bring industry, academia, and other institutes together to form technology clusters that develop products and services utilising Advanced Materials, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and beyond.

Technology Scotland | Design: Taking Ideas to Market - The Presentations | Enigma People Solutions

Sponsors

Scintilla IP is a UK and European Patent Attorney firm based in Glasgow, Scotland which specialises in electronics, software, telecoms and the physical sciences.

Scintilla IP | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Space Solutions is the leading independent expert in office design. They create intelligent and inspiring design and build solutions to help Clients get the best return from their work space – minimising costs and maximising productivity.

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Posted November 16, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas To Market – Conference Highlights

Enigma People Solutions, together with Technology Scotland, held the first “Design: Taking Ideas to Market” conference on Tuesday 1st November. ‘Design’ itself covers a broad range of industries; however, the common goal is always to create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred, and that provide a range of ground-breaking solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The electronic design engineering industry in Scotland does just this. It has the potential to be a world leader in the electronics design field and a successful producer of high-end electronic technologies, with many international companies working in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry all successfully operating out of Scotland.

Attendees to the industry event heard from two leading keynote speakers from industry, discussing the key themes of the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.

Grant King of Wide Blue Technologies, presented “How do you know what to design in the first place?”, an insightful view into one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

Lynne Cadenhead of Nano-lit Technologies & Chairman of Women’s Enterprise Scotland offered her expert business advice from her vast knowledge and experience. Lynne shared insights of working with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and managing two early stage technology venture capital funds, serving on over 30 boards and started up her own games company.

We were pleased to see attendees take the opportunity to probe further with a lively Q&A session with each speaker. The networking portion of the evening also proved to be a highlight, with many making new connections or catching up with old ones.

The video below shows some highlights of the event:


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Enigma People Solutions is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in the Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor industry. We feel privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s electronic technologies, from companies specialising in the design of medical devices, to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, and smart sensors. We are deeply passionate about the success and potential of this industry in Scotland. We were pleased to see a clear demand for this type of event, which allowed the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas, and we look forward to holding similar future industry events.

Collaborators

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation developing the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland. We bring industry, academia, and other institutes together to form technology clusters that develop products and services utilising Advanced Materials, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and beyond.

Technology Scotland | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Sponsors

Scintilla IP is a UK and European Patent Attorney firm based in Glasgow, Scotland which specialises in electronics, software, telecoms and the physical sciences.

Scintilla IP | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Space Solutions is the leading independent expert in office design. They create intelligent and inspiring design and build solutions to help Clients get the best return from their work space – minimising costs and maximising productivity.

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Posted November 08, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Electronics Vacancies in Glasgow, Livingston & Edinburgh

Enigma People Solutions is working on a number of exclusive opportunities in the Electronics industry across the central belt of Scotland. As one of the few recruiters in the country specialising in sourcing skilled engineers, managers and technicians specifically for this industry, we have acquired a wealth of experience and expertise in matching skilled individuals to the right company.

Our clients range from international manufacturers to local design teams, with vacancies across Edinburgh, Glasgow & Livingston. Click on each vacancy below for further information on the company and role, they are listed by city.

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Posted September 06, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

Enigma People Solutions is working on a number of exclusive optoelectronics vacancies based in Scotland’s Capital City. Click each vacancy for a full job description and details on how to apply!

Optical Design Engineer

Optical Design Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

 

Optoelectronics Engineer

Optoelectronics Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

 

Photonics Engineer

Photonics Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

If you have any further questions speak to our Electronics Recruitment specialist Matt Golebiewski:
0141 332 4422
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Posted September 06, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas to Market

Enigma People has teamed up with Technology Scotland to bring you the first event of their new design-focused Special Interest Group: ‘Design: Taking Ideas to Market’.

Building on a long tradition of innovation, entrepreneurialism and commercialisation, the design, technology and creative sectors have been identified by the Scottish Government as some of Scotland’s key industries. ‘Design’ itself covers a broad range of industries; however, the common goal is to create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred, and which provide a range of ground-breaking solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

In this event, attendees are invited to hear from two leading keynote speakers from industry: Grant King of Wideblue, and Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

There will also be the chance to network with Scotland’s design industry over an evening wine reception. Each speaker will share their experiences of working in product design across different sectors, both in Scotland and abroad.

Key themes will include the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.

Date:

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 from 17:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

Location:

The Scotch Whisky Experience – 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE – View Map

Agenda:
  • Welcome & Networking: 5pm
  • Opening – Technology Scotland: 5.30pm
  • Opening – Enigma People Solutions: 5:45pm
  • Key Note Speaker – Grant King/Wideblue – 6pm
  • Key Note Speaker –Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland – 6:30pm
  • Elevator Pitch – 7pm
  • Elevator Pitch – 7:05pm
  • Wine Reception, Finger Buffet and Networking – Until 8:30pm

This is a free event, however, please book your place via the Eventbrite page.

Speakers
Grant King, Design & Development Director, Wideblue

“How do you know what to design in the first place?”

In his presentation, Grant will speak about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients.

In addition, he will focus on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title is centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship. With such a large number of product and business opportunities emerging, Grant will address one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

Biography:

As Wideblue’s Design and Development Director, Grant is responsible for implementing the industrial design, product design and engineering development required to take a customer’s technology from concept to commercialisation.  Grant has over 30 years of experience in designing and developing products for the computer, electronics, photonics and telecoms industries.

Prior to helping found Wideblue, Grant created and ran Polaroid’s European Design Centre, leading the technical team that created Polaroid’s first hand-held digital imaging and printing system.

Sarah Morgan, Founder & CEO, Nano-Lit Technologies

An entrepreneur and business strategist with a background in industrial design, product development and sociology, Sarah’s first company, eenamaria, brought quality fashion accessories to a global market. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications and venues, and she was twice nominated for the Fashion Group International ‘Rising Star’ award.

Now a lecturer in Product Design, and CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a nano-technology lighting company, Sarah’s work has been named as one of Scotland’s most innovative spin-out companies.

Nano-Lit was founded in 2013 and leverages Sarah’s thesis work in LED lighting applications and knowledge of lighting and manufacturing to commercialise a nascent technology – Quantum Dots.

Its goal is to achieve a fully manufactural material that emits light and can be formed for use in products, positioning them at the forefront of using light to improve people’s well-being.


About Technology Scotland

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation focusing on the development of the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland.

We provide an independent voice for the KET communities in Scotland and promote our member’s diverse range of technologies for the benefit of the industry and wider economy.

With these values at our core, we work to bring together industry, academia and government in technology clusters that develop new products and services utilising KETs. We deliver a range of services to help members increase their global competitiveness and act as a conduit to and from the Technology Advisory Group within Scottish Enterprise.

Please email emma.dixon@technologyscotland.scot with any enquiries.


About Enigma People Solutions

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in Electronics Design.

We have a proven ability to fill the most challenging technology vacancies, for both contract and permanent hires across Scotland, the UK, and internationally.

We work actively with businesses and design teams of all sizes in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry, counting Alstom Grid, ST Microelectronics, Horiba, PureLifi, SKF Condition Monitoring Centre (Livingston), indie Semiconductor and Cadence among our clients.

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Posted July 21, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Latest Electronics Vacancies in Scotland

We are working on a whole host of new and exclusive Electronics vacancies across Edinburgh and Livingston. Click each vacancy for a full job description and details on how to apply!

Verification Engineer:
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Principal Analog Engineer:
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If you have any further questions speak to our Electronics Recruitment specialist Matt Golebiewski:
0141 332 4422
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Posted June 16, 2016 | Career Advice, Electronics | No Comments »

Are You an Analog Engineer Looking For a New Challenge?

Are you an Analog Engineer? Are you looking for a new challenge and want to relocate into the UK or within the UK? Then this is for you!

Enigma People Solutions is looking to fill a number of Analog Engineer positions with our clients in Edinburgh. We have multiple roles ranging from graduate to senior/principal engineer positions.

Edinburgh as a tech hub is enjoying a significant growth and now is the time to take advantage of it! If you would like to be part of a large electronics community where new solutions are developed every week and healthy competition provides excellent soil for your career growth, please take a look at our brand new exclusive vacancies:

We have worked with many multinational electronics companies who have chosen to set up design teams in Edinburgh (indie Semiconductor, Dialog Semiconductor, Broadcom, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, Sandisk, ST Microelectronics, and Selex Es to name a few). The industry has the potential to be a world leader in the electronics design field and a successful producer of high-end electronic technologies.

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To find out more about working in the Scottish electronics market contact Matt on 0141 332 4422 or email matt@enigmapeople.com.

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Posted June 01, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Has Silicon Glen Reinvented Itself?

 

In a recent BBC article “Whatever happened to Silicon Glen?” it is argued that the Electronics Manufacturing industry in Scotland “continues to decline”. Whilst yes there has been a decline of exports, and closures of business such as Texas Instruments, we argue it hasn’t simply declined, rather it has shifted – successfully toward Electronic Design Engineering.

In our 2012 blog “The State of Electronics in Scotland”, Ben Hanley, one of the directors of Enigma People Solutions, spoke about the industry:

As long I have been involved in recruitment, which is now over 15 years, I have seen a decline in Engineering in Scotland. What has stayed relatively steady of late and may even be showing signs of uplift is Electronic Design Engineering.

The BBC article agrees there has been a shift:
“Silicon Glen’s workforce may have plummeted from its peak at nearly 50,000 jobs, but Electronics and information technology have infiltrated so many other sectors that it is reckoned more than 80,000 people can now be considered digital.”

Silicon Glen hasn’t melted away as some would claim, rather it has reinvented itself as robust Electronic Design Engineering industry, as part of the wider highly successful technology industry in Scotland. From a recruitment perspective, it’s clear that the industry faced significant challenges in terms of shortage of talent, resulting from the decline of Electronic Manufacturing, the associated “brain drain” and then the recession preventing businesses from hiring graduates and allowing them to gain commercial experience.

However, in more recent years, Electronic Design Engineering, particularly in Edinburgh, has risen with the potential to be a world leader in the Electronics Design field and a successful producer of high-end Electronic technologies. This is thanks to a number of key reasons; the calibre of Design Engineering teams who call Scotland home, a focused investment in graduates and the ability to recruit non-EU candidates. The shift from Electronics Manufacturing to Design Engineering now means the Scottish Electronics industry accounts for 14% of our national GDP and 430,000 jobs. Scotland’s Optoelectronics research is ranked 5th in the world research with more than 450 dedicated researchers working in this field. International companies working in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry, such as Broadcom, Dialog Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Cirrus Logic, Allegro Microsystems, Analog Devices and indie Semiconductor all successfully operate out of Scotland.

Graduates

Demand for graduates is at its hottest for years. The recent ScotlandIS Digital Technology Survey found businesses are confident in their growth, with 9 out of 10 businesses expecting sales to increase over 2016. The same report states “graduates will once again be in high demand, with 74% of businesses expecting to hire people who have recently completed their studies.” There has been a complete turnaround of investment of skills, particularly for the Electronics industry in Scotland. Edinburgh University’s internship programme was oversubscribed by companies and all students in the Electronics fields have been offered internships.

CEO of indie Semiconductor, Donald McClymont, said “My personal pet theory is that the Scottish University system tends to produce well rounded, mature individuals who are capable of working in a team and taking responsibility, and can do so with social ease” – Which is why he chose to expand his Electronics Design team in Edinburgh alongside their headquarters in California.

Ability to recruit non EU candidates

Last year the Government agreed to loosen the restrictions on work visas for the UK tech sector, which was widely welcomed by the industry, helping to ease the pressures of the skills gap.  Previously we found many businesses were unwilling to take the necessary steps to sponsor work visas from outside the EU, believing it to be a difficult process. The closure of post graduate visa schemes meant the UK suffered from a bizarre scenario where our universities are full of PhD and Masters students from outside of the EU that were unable to receive sponsorship to work in the UK once they graduated. One industry in particular we have gladly seen a willingness to employ non EU based staff is the Electronics industry, with a number of our clients sponsoring work visa’s or taking contractors from abroad.

Today’s Electronic Design Engineering sector has emerged from the rise and fall of “Silicon Glen” and continues to put Scotland on the map. As one of the few leading recruiters dedicated to the Electronics sector in Scotland, Enigma People Solutions is proud to support the growth and development of world class companies present here. To find out more about our services, contact Director Ben Hanley on 0141 332 4422 or bhanley@enigmapeople.com.

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Posted September 03, 2015 | Case Studies, Electronics, Software | No Comments »

Psymetrix / Alstom Group

Psymetrix is an Edinburgh based company who digitally track the flow of energy across the national grid, making energy more efficient. They first approached us as an 8 person company with a strong and experienced core team. Their ambition to grow combined with a number of placements we made with them, led them to be acquired by global electronics company Alstom Grid. The Alstom parent company already has an internal recruitment function but this had no penetration into the Scottish market and so struggled to find specialist key personnel. They were able to attract graduates and internal candidates but local talent with specific key skills to help build and lead the functions of the expanding team were a significant challenge for them to meet. Enigma People Solutions had worked with Psymetrix and shown an understanding of the skills required by the business. Alstom Group have retained the contract we held with Psymetrix to help source the next group of team leaders and senior technologists for the business, namely Head of Development, Head of Software Testing, Senior Java Developer, Senior Firmware Engineer in order for the business to continue growing.

Our strategy

Whilst these were essentially contingency recruitment assignments, search and selection actions were required in order to hone in on the specific key skills. We searched universe lists, target companies and application development environments that would most likely provide the right skills.

Challenges faced

The Head of Software Testing was a critical role. Up until recent years software testing was carried out by the development teams or off shored abroad, leading to a vast underinvestment in this skill in the UK. During the recession, many SME software houses that would have provided experienced testers were cutting costs and cancelled test teams. There were fewer development projects, businesses were downsizing and so there was little need for dedicated, separate testing teams. In addition to this, testers in Scotland typically come from large financial corporations, whose environments and applications were not a suitable training ground for the skills required by Psymetrix. The culmination of this and the current high demand for software testers means available individuals with the skills are few and far between which made this an extremely challenging role to fill.

Our solution

Persistence was essential to succeed. We conducted some deep research into the specific skills required and selected only eight companies across the central belt of Scotland that would have talent which matched the client’s requirements. Five individuals were identified as key people of interest and were discretely approached. Three were unavailable however two candidates were progressed through to interview and one was eventually selected and received an employment offer by the client.

Sadly, this offer was turned down by the candidate due to a counter offer which presented a greater opportunity. Knowing this is common in today’s market we returned to the initial three candidates who were unavailable during the first screening process. They were again discreetly approached and one was now open to having discussions regarding the role. Once introduced to the client, this individual also received an offer. This however was also turned down in favour of another role. Understanding the competitive nature of offers and counter offers, we continued our search. As it turned out one of the original candidates we had identified was now also available and was introduced to the client. This resulted in the candidate accepting the offer and successfully filing the head of software testing vacancy.

 What was successful/innovative about our solution

The client used three agencies to help fill this role and we were the only agency to present candidates that were of interest to the client. It is clear that the initial research and understanding of the vacancy and systems was key to success on this assignment. We identified the best talent for the role on three occasions, where each met the client’s needs and expectations and offers were made. Our tenacity, persistence and ability to keep the lines of communication open with unavailable candidates proved to be very valuable expertise in successfully filling the vacancy.

 The results

Given that we were in effect competing against the internal recruitment team, parent company Alstom’s internal employee transfer options and two other recruitment agencies, we are delighted to have placed three of the four key roles, Head of Development, Head of Software Testing, Senior Java Developer as well as a test engineer with the client.

This is testimony to our willingness to complete the job rather than just walk away when a quick win does not materialise. This effort to build the relationship with the client has led to Enigma being made sole supplier to Psymetrix in Scotland and we have been co-opted onto the Alstom Grid preferred supplier register along with only 2 other agencies. This effectively turns the Psymetrix account from what was expected to have 20 vacancies in 2014 to one that has from 120 to 150 permanent vacancies in 2014 throughout Psymetrix and its parent company Alstom Grid.

Supporting testimonial:

Lachlan Macpherson – Development Team Leader – Psymetrix Limited

“Due to the nature of our growing team, it is important to get the key positions right and build from there.

In my dealing with Enigma People Solutions, I have seen both sides of the business. They were instrumental in successfully placing me in my current role and also have been successful in providing me with opportunities that I have had open in my capacity as a recruiter. I can say that Ben and his team are always professional but friendly and approachable. They work hard to understand what it is you are looking for and, in the case of providing candidates, will only put forward the candidates that are suitable. They always focus on providing the right solution for both the candidate and the recruiter to ensure the best outcome.”

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Posted August 12, 2015 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland, Women in Technology | No Comments »

Women in Engineering: Interview with Mairi Torrie

With the role of women in engineering proving to be a hot topic in the technology industry recently, we spoke to Mairi Torrie, Project Manager and Principal Engineer at indie Semiconductor – a fast growing fabless semiconductor company that designs and manufactures custom, microcontroller-based chips. Having attended state school in the North East of Scotland in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mairi may have been an unlikely candidate for a career in engineering. However, with a very successful career spanning over 25 years in Scotland’s engineering industry Mairi helps us understand the challenges facing women in the industry and how to overcome these.

Women in Engineering: Interview with Mairi Torrie | indie Semiconductor | Electronics Scotland

Mairi Torrie, Project Manager and Principal Engineer at indie Semiconductor

  • Can you give an overview of your career post university and how you got to where you are now?

After obtaining my undergraduate degree I chose to work for GEC and studied part time for a masters degree whilst working for them. I learned a lot but decided that after 3 years it was time to move on. I chose a new opportunity with a very small company. I went from a company with 10’s of thousands of employees to one that had 11 employees. That gave me some very good experience of working in a small company and a small team which I enjoyed. This experience helped me get my next job with more experience of different tools, skills and a broader range of the design lifecycle. I joined VVL, an Edinburgh University spin out specializing in camera imaging technology, which was later acquired by STMicroelectronics. VVL was a team of 37, joining when it was still quite small meant that I was able to be involved in all aspects of the design and silicon bringup process. When ST acquired us, that opened up many new opportunities – I travelled to work with people in other countries, I moved out of pure design to be technical team lead and design team leader. ST was particularly supportive of me, and of other women, in that role.

After 16 years essentially in the same company (VVL and ST) I moved to a new opportunity at SKF, the world’s largest bearings manufacturer, to work as a Project Manager in their condition monitoring centre. This gave me exposure to a new environment and new challenges.

After a very productive and enjoyable 2 years there, I was approached by a former colleague from ST, with the opportunity to join an interesting startup headquartered in California, who was looking into setting up a design centre in Edinburgh. As I had shown in the past, I like joining new innovative projects and so the opportunity to be in at the start of something new was too attractive to turn down.

I was the first of the team in Edinburgh to start working for indie in 2013, initially as a contractor, then as a permanent member of staff when the design centre opened with 2 other core team members. I am excited to be part of a fast growing company. Next month we are moving into a bigger office that will accommodate a design team of up to 20 people. indie is growing fast and shipping millions of chips each year into applications ranging from automotive and medical to industrial and consumer, so the work is varied and interesting.

  • What first interested you about STEM subjects and how did you find you perform in these?

I had always enjoyed puzzles and this led to me enjoying maths and physics at school. My teachers made the STEM subjects interesting and relevant and helped me see how they related to every day life. They could see my talent in the subject and encouraged me to attend a 5th year promotion for women in engineering where we learned how this can be an ideal industry for girls. Before that I had never thought about a career in engineering but it inspired me to look into it. As part of this promotion, I applied to several companies asking for sponsorship and was invited to interview with a few. I accepted an offer from GEC Ferranti (now Selex). They sponsored me through university (the only female student out of 12 that they sponsored), and gave me a summer job working in different groups within the company, gaining valuable industry experience from the age of 17 onwards.

  • What obstacles, real or perceived, did you have to overcome?

At secondary school I had to get my Dad to convince the school to allow me to do O-grade technical drawing and engineering science. Up until then only boys had been allowed to do that – equally only girls were allowed to do home economics.

Upon entering University I was disappointed to be told by a senior lecturer that I was taking a space that could have been given to a boy, that the degree would be no use as I would “just go off and breed”. When I performed well I was told I did “not bad, for a woman.” That just made me more determined to succeed and I won a first year engineering prize, which surprised some of my classmates.

In my first job full time at GEC I was the only woman out of 71 in the department, where everybody assumed I was the administrator just because I was female. The people that treated me with the most suspicion and negativity were some of the more senior, older engineers. My contemporaries and those younger tended to be more used to and accepting of women in the engineering workplace.

I am pleased to say that this has changed for the better in recent years and women in engineering are now treated equally.

  • What is your take on the reason behind such low numbers of women working in the tech industry and the low number of girls coming into the tech industry?

I hear often that there is a continued push to encourage girls to take on the STEM subjects but I also hear that girls are outperforming boys in these subjects. What disappoints me is that there are so few women then entering the engineering profession. I think all children are interested in and excited by engineering and science and the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a fantastic example of this. It is just for some reason there is a gender stereotype that means that girls are less exposed to it.

I feel that generally engineering is misunderstood and misrepresented in the UK. In other countries engineers are seen to have the status of a professional like a doctor or lawyer, but this is generally not the case in the UK. There are other countries that are ahead of the UK in terms of equality in society in general. Engineering is often wrongly perceived to be hands on with machinery but actually most of my time is spent in the office, sitting in front of a computer screen. It is a wide and varied profession with a range of opportunities in different area disciplines. I have chosen to do electronic engineering where you have the opportunity to innovate, design, explore, and problem solve – no two days are the same. Whilst you have the opportunity to create and innovate you do so as part of a team, with support. For me designing something for a customer is like solving a puzzle. It is really a thrill to design something, see it go into production and see it being used whether it is a phone camera or a sensor for a huge bearing.

  • What advice would you give to girls/women now?

Have a thick skin. Although it is has lessened now, there are still people out there who think engineering should be for men only, so learn to handle that. There is still the perception that, as a female engineer you have to be that little bit better to be treated equally, but don’t let people’s perceptions put you off – just like male nurses or primary teachers shouldn’t let gender stereotypes influence their careers.

  • How can we encourage girls/women into the industry?

Sell the industry better and make it clearer what working as an engineer is really like. If you want hard hats and machines, it can be that. However, it can also be sitting at a computer designing or coding in a fun environment, with flexible working and career progression. This is a great industry for women, there are career choices that allow you to continue to develop and work structure can be flexible, which does work well with a family. There are opportunities to travel, progress, and take on leadership roles, stay technical or move on to project and people management. In my experience, women that are attracted to engineering tend to be organised, logical and problem solving, utilizing softer skills to handle customers or managing engineering teams and projects.

I think it’s important to continue the current initiatives which do a fantastic job in raising awareness and continue promoting the industry to school girls (and boys). I also think that it is helpful for women who are working in the industry, such as me, to go into schools and show young girls that there is absolutely no reason why they can’t have a career in engineering.

Women in ICT and Digital Technologies sector – Scottish Government and SDS study

With this in mind, The Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University have been commissioned by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to undertake a survey to understand the gender imbalance in the ICT and Digital Technologies sector in Scotland. 

The survey seeks the views of anyone in Scotland who is currently working in the sector, who manages or recruits those in ICT roles, or who teaches or studies on a relevant college or university course through a short questionnaire. It will remain open until 28 August.

The survey can be accessed here: https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/WomenInICT.aspx.

Other resources

IEEE Women in Engineering

Women’s Engineering Society

Equate Scotland

Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology



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Posted July 31, 2015 | Electronics, Scotland | No Comments »

Edinburgh’s Electronics Research and Design Market

Whilst the technology market in Scotland has plenty of successes to celebrate, the electronic engineering sector, in particular, is still struggling to attract talent and reach its potential to become a global leader in electronic research & design.

Edinburgh has the potential to be an Electronics Design Hub.

Edinburgh has the potential to be an Electronics Design Hub

The growth of the technology sector has seen demand outstrip supply for technology professionals and salaries skyrocketing as a result. The Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs found growth in permanent and temporary placements was led by Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, with Edinburgh recording the sharpest rise in starting salaries. The bank said the figures suggest Scotland’s economy was continuing to show moderate growth, with figures published recently by the Scottish Government reporting Scotland has outperformed the UK with above trend growth in Q1.

Edinburgh as a tech hub is enjoying many recent successes; however, the capital is home to an electronics design hub which is still struggling to attract talent. As a result, figures show the computer, electrical and optical products category, which takes in electronics manufacturing, suffered a 7.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter fall in output. With many multinational electronics companies who have chosen to set up design teams in Edinburgh (indie Semiconductor, Dialog Semiconductor, Broadcom, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, Sandisk, ST Microelectronics, and Selex Es to name a few), it has the potential to be a world leader in the electronics design field and a successful producer of high-end electronic technologies, however, suffers from a number of challenges.

The law on immigration and the ability to hire technical talent out-with the EU is an area which has had a big impact on this sector. What we have found in particular with our electronics clients is, in order to supply their demand for engineers we have had to work particularly hard at sourcing candidates from further afield. The Universities in Scotland do a great job in equipping young engineers with necessary skills however too few graduates don’t stay or develop their careers in Scotland. Many are either not EU nationals and therefore cannot stay in the UK without employment sponsorship or those that are, are attracted to technology hubs down south. What the industry needs now is to attract these engineers back to Scotland, be open to hiring talent from the EU, and from further afield.

As one of the few Scotland-based consultancies specialising in electronics vacancies we support the growth of the industry and help business access available talent and skills. We are proud to be working exclusive new electronics vacancies, for a number of fantastic high growth companies that are at the forefront of technology today. See below for the latest opportunities in electronics, and apply online now. For more information on any of these roles contact Ben Hanley on 0141 332 4422 or email bhanley@enigmapeople.com.

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