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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.

 


 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 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.

 


 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 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:

icon-electronicsGlasgow

 

icon-electronicsSouth Lanarkshire

 

icon-electronicsEdinburgh

 

icon-electronicsWest Lothian

 

icon-electronicsHampshire

 


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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.

Space Solutions Office Design | Enigma People Solutions | Design Taking Ideas to Market


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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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About Us

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.

Space Solutions Office Design | Enigma People Solutions | Design Taking Ideas to Market


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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.

icon-electronics Glasgow

 

icon-electronics Livingston

 

icon-electronics Edinburgh

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If you have any further questions speak to our Electronics Recruitment team on 0141 332 4422 or email us at  hello@enigmapeople.com


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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
matt@enigmapeople.com
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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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We’d like to thank our sponsors for helping us host this event:

Scintilla IP - Specialist Patent Attorneys in Electronics & Software

Scintilla IP – Specialist Patent Attorneys in Electronics & Software

 

Space Solutions - The Leading Independent Expert in Office Design.

Space Solutions – The Leading Independent Expert in Office Design.

This event is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – #IAD2016. Click here to find out more.


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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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Digital Design Engineer:
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Firmware Engineer:
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Hardware Engineer:
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If you have any further questions speak to our Electronics Recruitment specialist Matt Golebiewski:
0141 332 4422
matt@enigmapeople.com
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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.

Electronics Vacancies Scotland | Enigma People Solutions | Are You an Analog Engineer Looking For a New Challenge?

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.”

Looking to recruit technical talent? Give us a call on 0141 332 4422 or email Director Ben Hanley – bhanley@enigmapeople.com and we would love to help!



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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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Posted July 06, 2015 | Electronics, Scotland | No Comments »

Enigma: At the Forefront of Electronics

The effects which the latest technology trends, such as 3D printing and wearable technology, are having on our everyday lives are exciting and profound. Enigma People Solutions feels privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s technology, in fast paced industries which affect the way our world works today and the way it will look and work in the future. With clients ranging from companies specialising in the design of medical devices to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, smart sensors, as well companies committed to the provision of greener energy.

 

Enigma: At the Forefront of Electronics

image: Haris Awang

 

Some of our favourite technologies that clients of ours are working on include:

Visible light communication –  one of our clients is leading the field in the use of the visible light instead of radio frequencies for wireless communication. Their goal is to create high-speed wireless access that offers substantially greater data densities than Wi-Fi along with security properties that eliminate unwanted external network intrusion. Their expectation is that combining lighting and data services will offer reduce costs, infrastructure complexity and energy consumption.

Laboratory equipment  – another client, a global developer and manufacturer of high quality, robust and innovative automated laboratory equipment for both the academic and industrial sectors of pharmaceutical and biotech research. Our client’s focus is to reduce material handling costs and put the discovery tools back in the hands of the scientist. The ability to combine cutting edge science with first rate engineering, enables this company to design and develop unique and novel products. We are excited to see the range of skills used by this company including product design conceptualization, prototyping, mechanical and software engineering to final manufacture and sale. As with many companies in this sector close relationships have been formed with academia and pharmaceutical companies to understand the technological needs of industry and to provide solutions to optimise workflow and reduce costs.

Our client working on power system solutions develops solutions that are used by power system operators and planners worldwide for improving power system security, securely increasing power transfer levels and tracking power system performance, including dynamics, model validation, tuning of power system stabilisers and more.

In short, this company is forging new ways to monitor and reduce power usage and wastage providing this with real green credentials. What has excited the people we have placed with this client is the thought that they are doing their bit to conserve energy and reduce energy wastage and in doing so making a real impact on the world today.

These technologies are fast changing the world that we live in and as always it’s an exciting time be a part of this industry. Although we are excited to see what the new trends like wearable tech and 3D printing will bring to the industry we wondered what other technology products or innovations inspire and excite you?

Do you agree that these new technologies will radically revolutionise how we live our lives? That they will continue grow to allow small UK firms to compete on an international level?

If working with these innovative and exciting technologies is what inspires you, then get in touch (hello@enigmapeople.com) and find out how you can play your part in the industry.

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Posted June 01, 2015 | Electronics, Events | 1 Comment »

Register Now for the Scottish Device Developers Conference

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We are days away from the Scottish Device Developers Conference, the UK’s number one event for developers of intelligent systems and devices. We are excited to be a part of the rare event for Scotland’s technology industry focussing on electronic design, embedded hardware and real-time software. Attendees will enjoy a day of technical workshops, presentations and meet with experts in the field.

This is the second year the event will be running in Scotland, with the recent Cambridge and Reading events, currently in their 5th year, receiving excellent feedback!

“An enjoyable and useful event…”

I thought the event yesterday was great and well worth me taking a day out to attend…”

You can also read up on the recent Cambridge event in Embedded Computing Design, providing greater insight of what can be expected on the day!

The Scottish leg of the conference road-show will be Thursday 4th June 2015 at McDonald House Hotel in Uphall, Livingston, and promises a number of local, national, and international exhibitors including:

Abelon Systems – “Designing Embedded Systems for Harsh Environments”

Solid State Supplies – “Machine to Machine Communication – IoT in The Real World”

SDC Systems – “Latest in Version Control Technology and How it can Assist in Migration to Git based Development”

Click here for a full list of presentations

Click here for a full list of exhibitors

That’s not all!

More exciting things to look forward to on the day include:

The exhibition and technical presentations are free to attend, although there is a small charge for places on the half-day technical workshops.

Please visit www.device-developer-conference.co.uk for more information and to register your place today!

As one of the few specialist electronics recruitment consultancies in Scotland we are proud to support this event and to help the electronics industry come together for a relaxing and enjoyable forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and expertise. We are looking forward to exhibiting on the day and meeting the experts in the field.

Hope to see you there 🙂

The Scottish Device Developer Conference

The Scottish Device Developer Conference

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Posted March 30, 2015 | Electronics, Events, Software, Technology Industry | 2 Comments »

The Scottish Device Developers’ Conference

The Scottish Device Developers' Conference

The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual event for embedded systems engineers, realtime software engineers and similar hi-tech developers that are working in the field of intelligent systems and devices.

The conference is free to attend for engineers and developers; this includes the exhibition and technical presentations (you can register here). This year’s conference will include two streams of technical presentations from industry experts, a series of half-day technical workshops and an exhibition of embedded systems hardware, software, debug tools, display technologies and similar industry related products and services.

“We are pleased to announce our support for this important industry event,” said Ben Hanley, Director at Enigma People.

“The Scottish region is very strong in the field of embedded systems development and realtime software; whether it is for the energy sector, the banking sector or even communications, it employs a lot of very talented people. In this respect, a conference where developers can come together to explore new technologies and learn from industry experts provides an important opportunity for the region.”

“We are very pleased to have the support and sponsorship of Enigma People,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Their support is helping us create a really worthwhile event that busy engineers and developers will find productive. The conference is shaping up really well, and promises to be an informative forum where developers can learn about new technologies, meet industry experts, develop new skills and discover new technologies.”

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About The Device Developers’ Conference

The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2015 event will take place in May and June, in Cambridge, Reading, Warrington and Uphall (Scotland).

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information and to register for the event visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html

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Posted January 27, 2015 | Case Studies, Electronics, For Freelancers | No Comments »

SKF Scotland’s Search for Engineers

SKF Condition Monitoring Centre (Livingston) Scotland is a world leader in handheld vibration data collection technology for condition monitoring, supplying the major Original Equipment Manufacturers in this market. The company designs, develops and manufactures mobile industrial computers and application specific data collectors/analysers in the noise and vibration measurement field. Their experience in designing to Intrinsically Safe (IS) requirements has given the company a market leading position in IS data collector design. In order to enhance their team, SKF had a requirement for a number of hardware engineers, hardware test technicians, and project managers. With there being so little of this talent available in the market they had to find a mix of permanent employees and contractors.

Our strategy

Enigma People Solutions worked a mixed strategy including vacancy advertising and extensive UK wide and international search. Our process was to throw out the search to cover most of northern and western Europe. We really had to work hard to search internet groups, job boards, and utilize our networking contacts across Europe to identify and attract relevant candidates to the roles.

Challenges faced

The electronics market in Scotland is experiencing a “war for talent” as we see more companies preparing for growth, therefore requiring a significant number of available talented engineers. From a recruitment perspective it’s clear that the industry faces a significant challenge in terms of shortage of talent. The past 15 years have seen a decline in Engineering in Scotland.

Perpetuating the problem is that with the decline, and more importantly the perception of decline, there has been a “brain drain”. Scots looking for work have moved away, and other nationals being educated in Scotland have moved away. Many of our clients have found that “available engineer” is a lot easier said than found and there is a real struggle to find the available talent.

Our solution

Our solution was to dedicate the time and focus required for such a broad set of searches to cover most of Northern and Western Europe. We were competing against other agencies to fill these vacancies and believe our success lay in going out internationally rather than concentrating on the scarce local talent. The difference was that we understood that the candidate market is now international, if not global. We previously sourced an English candidate who was working in Ireland, a Spanish candidate living in Dublin and a Hungarian candidate living in Sweden to fulfil highly specialist technical roles for SKF. Our experience tells us that we need to go further afield to find the talent that this industry requires.

The results

We identified eligible candidates from Russia, Romania, Scotland, England and Poland who submitted to interview stage for the various roles. By pulling in candidates from further afield we were able to satisfy our client demands.

Our extensive search capabilities resulted in successfully filling the hardware technician vacancy, one permanent project manager vacancy, and also a contract project manager vacancy, all from out with Scotland. SKF Condition Monitoring Centre’s recruitment drive in January 2014 therefore resulted in 60% of their agency hires being made by Enigma People Solutions.

Supporting testimonial:

Mark Sansom – Engineering Manager – SKF Condition Monitoring

“SKF Condition Monitoring in Livingston requires highly specialist hardware and electronic design experts to help us deliver key projects to clients.

Often these rare people need to be sourced from outside of the local market. We have found Enigma People Solutions to be adept at understanding our needs and presenting candidates that are of interest. In identifying candidates internationally from locations such as Sweden, Italy and Ireland Enigma People Solutions has demonstrated a capacity to reach candidates that are instrumental to our business that we would otherwise not know of. This has been of significant value to us and has enhanced our capability to deliver complex solutions to our international clients.”

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Posted January 26, 2015 | Case Studies, Electronics | 1 Comment »

indie Semiconductor’s Expansion into Edinburgh

Californian based indie Semiconductor is a $10 million global company who selected Edinburgh as the ideal location to expand their design team. The fast growing company chose to join the rich and innovative technology community present in Scotland’s Capital city, with the ambition to build a centre of expertise for complex chip design that they, and Edinburgh, can be proud of.

What attracted indie to Edinburgh in particular, was the engineering capability of the talent here. They wanted to hire Scottish engineers who they felt would fit the innovative and self starting culture which the company can attribute its success to. Totalling a team of around 40 people when they first came to us, indie are going through an aggressive planning and growth phase between Scotland and California. In this they face two challenges: recruiting in a US market where the war for technology talent is further perpetuated by them being co-located with 2 of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, and also, in Scotland where their company brand was unheard of and therefore, difficult to attract local talent.

indie engaged Enigma People Solutions to carry out our recruitment marketing services, tap into our established networks, raise awareness of their brand in the market and help grow their team in Scotland and California. Working closely with both the CEO and the VP of Sales & Marketing, we enhanced the existing marketing strategy through a combination of content creation, social media marketing and market research, resulting in an overall increase in their employer branding and attractiveness to potential candidates. By promoting their brand via marketing channels in the US and the UK, and engaging with local industry partners such as Scotland IS and Talent Scotland, we were able to effectively ‘sell’ indie to the available talent pool and source potential candidates.

indie Semiconductor's Expansion into Edinburgh    indie Semiconductor's Expansion into Edinburgh

The senior management members of the team were keen to carry out in depth, exclusive interviews to allow potential candidates and the industry, insight into the company’s creation, their working culture and the technology expertise of their products. The consultative element of our service allowed indie access to our expert knowledge of the Scottish electronics market, key industry information and industry contacts, including local university contacts, trade bodies and technology hubs in the area. We acted as a close recruitment partner for indie, providing candidate sourcing and pre-screening of candidates that applied through a variety of channels including direct applications, through the indie website, advertised response, search and selection activities and word of mouth. We managed the interview process, arranged interviews and assisted with the management of the offer process for selected candidates.

The skill sets which indie are recruiting for are scarce in the market and in high demand across various industries. The combination of increased employer branding and our recruitment efforts resulted in over 30 applications direct to their (newly created) website in November 2014, only one month after we began with working indie. The ability to attract this number of candidates in a relatively short amount of time is rare for the electronics market in Scotland, where recruitment processes can take several months to go from candidate attraction to hiring.

So far, indie has added 10 new hires in 3 months across California and Scotland. They have doubled the size of the design team in Edinburgh in the past 4 months and will continue to grow. Candidates are attracted to indie from various channels and those interviewed have had the opportunity to meet with many of the design team in Edinburgh, as well as being introduced to senior technology team members in California for subsequent interviews.

The culture at indie is very much ‘making chips and having fun’. They are a forward thinking technology company who encourage their engineers to take ownership of the products, interact with customers directly and gain experience in multiple disciplines, giving them much more variety across the business than they would at larger semiconductor companies. As a company whose President & Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Technology Officer both obtained their Ph.D.’s from the world-renowned Caltech university in California, indie is an extremely exciting and innovative company to work for and it seems this has been recognised by the local technology community. Invest Edinburgh, in highlighting Edinburgh as a world influencer in science and technology, published an article on indie’s expansion into Scotland. Local students have recognised indie as an exciting opportunity where they can kick start their careers, with them having the most applicant interviews of any of the Edinburgh electronics companies during the recent Edinburgh University Industrial placement programme.

indie can now be highly regarded, as exciting new employers to work with in the electronics market in Scotland, and are clearly in demand by the talent here. The ongoing nature of the recruitment market service means whenever indie are ready to recruit again they have an existing credible presence in the market and can effectively attract top technology talent who are very aware of their brand and fit the unique company culture.

To speak to us about our recruitment marketing service call Ben Hanley for a chat on 07768174270.

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Posted December 09, 2014 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland | 2 Comments »

Making Chips and Having Fun

I recently spoke with Scott Kee, Chief Technology Officer at indie Semiconductor about how they built their highly successful multi-million dollar global semiconductor company. In part 2 of the exclusive interview, Scott delves deeper into the technology behind the company and some of their current projects: 

Describe some of the projects you are currently working on as a company. What are the challenges involved?Scott Kee - Chief Technology Officer - indie Semiconductor

Project 1: indie is currently designing a highly integrated chip that will integrate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) into a single device. Right now there are a lot of electronic systems interested in adding communications capability without otherwise changing the basic functionality of the system. A typical example might be a medical test for a given condition. Providing a BLE chip which is very integrated and very low cost will allow the medical application to add communications to a Smartphone. Doing this design is challenging because we have to pick a single process technology and integrate everything – processor, memory and radio – all into it. Everything we do has to be considered in the context of both die area and power consumed, so it’s challenging on multiple levels.

Project 2: indie is building a new chip to form the heart of a consumer product that is part of the food and drink industry. The chip has to be very low power, as it has to be always on, activated by a sensor that detects when a human wants something from it. It has to turn on a powerful heater and LED lights but also has to handle cryptographic functions to ensure the authenticity of its supplies. Data on usage must be stored and then uploaded when it “docks” with its container. The whole assembly has to fit within a very small housing so the chip and its package is only 3x3mm. Creating something like this is a challenge not just from the design perspective but also in terms of the architecture of the system.

Where do you see future markets or growth for indie
Semiconductor? How do you see the market growing?

I see a very large amount of market growth for what we are doing in general. Not just for the semiconductor market specifically, but market growth for the medium-to-high volume customised system-on-chip market.

Unless you have a very well oiled engineering process flow to make such chips, then you either have a team that is incapable of doing it or you have a team which cannot do it on the fixed cost model that is required.

For us, we don’t have a hard time finding customers. In terms of various kinds of designs that are out there, I’m almost agnostic to what we design. I believe we can do just about anything. What makes indie special is the business model of how we put chips together and how our engineering flow is, rather than any particular product area. With that said, we do various communication products and there are certain things we do well mostly because we have done them in the past. For example, we have a lot of radio expertise, as a lot of us have been radio designers in the past as well. But basically whatever the customers need then that is what I want to make.

I do find that I enjoy bringing in techniques that are more advanced than what would typically be applied in the customer’s field. Due to our experience, we know a lot of the advanced techniques that are out there and a lot of the customers just don’t get somebody with those capabilities ever coming to talk to them. So sometimes we go to the customer and they think they want something and then we say ‘that’s not what you want, here is this technique over here, we can do that for you and it will be better.’ It’s consultative, part of our added value. We can bring the advanced knowledge of system on chip; not just bolting chips together, we actually bring some cleverness to it as well. In the markets we are competing for, sometimes that cleverness is lacking.

indie Semiconductor presents excellent opportunities for engineers looking to take ownership, build capabilities and create fun stuff. Being a flat organisation, it allows engineers to have a full visibility into everything that is going on, gain experience across multiple disciplines and be involved in the full life cycle of a product they helped build.

Scott tells us “The distinction between a design engineer on the implementation side or the technical marketing product specification side of things is less clear in our company as people get to be involved in both.”

“A lot of engineers never actually get to hold in their hand the part their design ended up in. For engineers who like to see the customer side of the product and are interested in taking ownership of the product, you get to see the whole thing.”

If you would like to join the indie Semiconductor team in Edinburgh or Southern California then contact Ben Hanley on + 44 141 332 4422 or email indiesemi@enigmapeople.com.

Click here to read part 1 of Scott Kee’s interview. 

Or if you want to know about indie Semiconductor’s expansion into Edinburgh, read our exclusive interview with CEO Donald McClymont.

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Posted November 17, 2014 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland | 5 Comments »

indie Semiconductor’s Technology Tale

With over $10 million in global semiconductor sales and a growing design team in Edinburgh, indie Semiconductor is a Californian company coming to Scotland with a bang. After getting to know their CEO Donald McClymont and find out why they chose Edinburgh, I wanted to find out more about the technology behind the company and how they came to be, so who better to speak to than Chief Technology Officer, Scott Kee.

As CTO, Scott is responsible for the technology decisions and the direction that the company takes. He is a skilled software, analogue and digital engineer, meaning he is involved in all aspects of the designs that indie Semiconductor does. With an impressive background, he is one of two indie semiconductor founders who obtained their Ph.D from the world-renowned Caltech University in California.

Chief Technology Officer, Scott Kee - indie Semiconductor

Hi Scott! Firstly tell us how you got into electronics and how you got to where you are now?

Growing up I was just a natural engineer, I guess. I was the kind of guy who liked to take things apart and put them back together again, mostly back the way I took them apart but not always. I come from a family of engineers so it was natural I suppose. I liked to take apart electrical stuff, I like music a lot, so amplifiers and guitars, plus I like computers, so both those things combined together pushed me in that direction. Went to school, liked it, and then kept going.

I went to University of Delaware, which was an interesting school at the time because they were attempting to make an ambitious leap from a mid level school to a top-tier school and so they hired a bunch of young engineering professors who were looking for research assistants. There was a great mix; you got these young guys who were really ambitious with lots of great interesting ideas and the sort of older crowds from the traditional days who were more interested in mentoring students and taking them under their wing. It was the perfect combination for me so I decided to go there.

One professor I had been working with at Delaware had got me involved in what was almost borderline applied physics more than electronic engineering projects, which made me an interesting candidate for a group at Caltech. There I met indie Semiconductor co-founder Ichiro Aoki. (This is actually company number 3 for Ichiro, who had founded his first highly successful electronics company whilst still in school in Brazil). Ichiro and I worked well together as engineering buddies.

The work we were doing in school was quite compatible with starting a company, making cellular phone power amplifiers far cheaper and at lower manufacturing costs compared with competing technologies at the time, and in theory could increase integration with other parts of the cellphone, reducing not just cost but size too. We wanted to strike while the iron was hot so we recruited Donald, who at the time was VP of Marketing for Axiom Microdevices (a multimillion dollar electronics company later acquired by Skyworks), and took it from there. We kept adding more customers and adding products and here we are.

Our very first customer as AyDeeKay (indie Semiconductor’s original company name) was actually Ichiro’s previous Brazilian company, and their product is still selling today.

Following this success, what advice would you give to young aspiring engineers? What opportunities are there for them at indie Semiconductor?

It depends on what they are looking for. When I was an engineer all I wanted to do was learn things, build more capabilities and create fun stuff. In terms of what opportunities there are in our company then we’re a flat organisation; everyone, not just the engineers, has full visibility of everything that is going on. The distinction between a design engineer on the implementation side or the technical marketing product specification side of things is less clear in our company as people get to be involved in both.

You find that if you are an engineer in our company, you have more ownership of the product, you’re more likely to be interacting with the customer directly and you are going to be experiencing multiple disciplines, not just one. Participating in multiple disciplines is down to your abilities and your interest but you are at least going to be in much more variety than you might in a larger company where you may be pigeon holed into one particular little work area.

It would be highly attractive for me as a student/ young engineer. It’s sort of down to your personality – how much do you like to see how things are done? A lot of engineers never actually get to hold in their hand the part their design ended up in. For engineers who like to see the customer side of the product and are interested in taking ownership of the product, you get to see the whole thing.

I have found the engineers here are often better rounded, which is compatible with what we are looking for. We are trying to get people to understand how the systems are put together, generate their own specs, directly speak to customers and find out what they want and well-rounded engineers are ideal for that.

Because of the opportunities available in south California, a good percentage of engineers there tend to get specialized; they tend to be better at working in large teams, having somebody tell them what to do and following instructions. Which means that if you hire them in then they wouldn’t be quite right for a company which likes you to work independently and use your initiative. We have been impressed with the quality of engineers here in Scotland for these reasons.

The design team is in Edinburgh with the head office in California. How do you envisage the Scotland team and the US team working together as the team gets bigger?

So far it’s been easy as the disciplines have been split but it’s unlikely that will continue. Right now the bulk of the digital design expertise is in Edinburgh and we are building out our CAD and EDA expertise here too. The genesis of the design centre here was the personal contacts with digital engineers in the area. We needed digital engineers, so that was the solution to the problem and I am glad we have come here and met some very talented people.

In terms of the interaction, we run a large amount of small projects compared to some other companies where you may have a team of say 30 people all working on one project and it’s tightly coordinated. It works pretty well, the chips individually might have a smaller group of people working on them and even those tasks can be segmented fairly easily.

Time Zone is tricky however a large portion of our time is between 5pm and 6pm calls to handle the cross Atlantic difference, a lot can be done via email or various other electronic means, however it hasn’t been a problem so far I have to say.

So tell me what do you love most about being in Scotland?

I like the city, Edinburgh. I like to walk around, it’s very much a walking around city. The verticality is impressive, walking down to the medieval part of the city is great and people are nice here. You can go into the pub and people will just talk to you, it’s a friendly city. The atmosphere here allows you to sit around, meet people and talk. The food’s good too, I can eat a large amount of haggis.

So there you have it, a closer look behind indie Semiconductor’s technology tale. If you would like to join the indie Semiconductor team in Edinburgh or Southern California then contact Ben Hanley on + 44 141 332 4422 or email indiesemi@enigmapeople.com.

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