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Posted November 27, 2018 | Electronics, Industry Interviews | No Comments »

[Interview] IC Design – John Gough

We’re chatting to John Gough, director of West Coast Semi Design, this week. With many years of experience working within the semiconductor industry in the UK and more recently China, we thought we’d ask him about his career journey, his thoughts on the industry and his advice for pursuing international engagements.

Hi John, thanks for chatting with us. Firstly, could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I graduated in 1984 with a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. I started my working life as a Design Engineering graduate at National Semiconductor in Greenock, working my way through the system to become a Design Manager at both National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments (TI). I laterally took on the role of Technologist at TI for two years before the design centre was closed in 2016.

Just under one year ago, I set up my own company called West Coast Semi Design, in Glasgow. I have a client based in Shenzhen, China, and we are presently designing a power management chip for them. All of my team are also previous Texas Instruments employees, who I have worked closely with in the past.

You were a lecturer at the University of Glasgow for a while, could you tell us what that was like and why you decided to move back in to the corporate world?

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience; I had always wanted to try lecturing as my previous job at TI allowed me to present one hour seminars at various universities in Scotland to promote analogue and mixed signal IC design to undergraduates. I taught 4th year Control Engineering and I also had to prepare lab experiments and tutorials. It was something completely different but seeing “the penny drop” with students is what really motivated me and made the job very enjoyable. I made some very good friends at the university, which of course makes collaboration between industry and academia all the more tangible.

I decided to move back to industry because, although I really enjoyed teaching, I realised I really missed the coal face and being at the customer facing end of IC design. I had the privilege of working with a company called PCS Semi for a short period and jointly we worked together on cultivating the close relationship I now have with my client in China (the President of the company is Roy Jewell, who I feel I would like to mention).

Has there been anyone/anything that has influenced your career choices?

When I was a teenager at school I always enjoyed science fiction, and in those days electronics was a young science. I really enjoyed building electronics kits and had wonderful support from my parents, who worked extra hours to pay for home correspondence courses for me in electronics whilst I was still at school.

What challenges have you had to overcome in your career?

One thing you can guarantee is that there are always many challenges in the job. There are the obvious technical challenges; from designing smaller and smaller devices with improved performance to reduce overall system cost; all the way through to working with major OEMs in developing design specifications and schedules that can meet their challenging needs, as well. However, there are additional challenges, such as managing a proper work-life balance, which I found particularly difficult when my children were young.

What are your views of the semiconductor market in Scotland?

In terms of semiconductor manufacturing, we have seen this move East over the past few decades to the extent that silicon fabs in the North are extremely rare. On the other hand, IC design is buoyant, with major design houses based in Edinburgh and Glasgow showing a very positive trend in hiring and expansion. We are also seeing smaller start-up companies joining the fray and this is testimony to the excellent skillset we have here in Scotland, both at the senior and graduate level. So I would say the future for the semiconductor industry in Scotland is looking very bright indeed.

What excites you about the semiconductor market at the moment?

More and more emphasis is being placed on power delivery and efficiency in portable and mobile applications. There is also great growth in emerging markets such as Asia, with which West Coast Semi are actively engaged right now. Customers are looking for innovative and cost effective solutions that also help them to place themselves at the leading edge of their markets. To be able to influence this and be relevant in the industry is very exciting.

What do you think makes a great tech company?

A company that allows its employees the freedom to be creative and innovative, as well as a fun place to be has to be high on my list; along with every employee being made to feel they are playing their part in making the company successful.

Can you tell us a little about West Coast Semi Design’s involvement with Desay?

Desay is our client at the moment. So we are presently engaged in a design project for Desay that will enable the company to have a presence in the power pack market in China. We work very closely with the design team in Shenzhen and also participate in cross design and layout reviews. Furthermore, we are planning on opening a larger R&D centre in Glasgow in the not too distant future, in collaboration with Desay.

Working with a Chinese company, what is your vision for technology globalisation?

The growth in connectivity speeds now allows remote design to be done for any company, anywhere in the world. The barriers that prevented long distance networking are being addressed through much more efficient network speeds that increasingly make the world a smaller place.

You have worked for a US company, how does that compare?

Desay appreciate the fact that the design expertise they are looking for exists within West Coast Semi Design. As such, they are very much hands off because they trust us to deliver what they need and they are also very supportive in providing the tools required to do our job, in a very expedient manner. I have seen, on the other hand, some companies, due to size or financial infrastructure, take a long time to make things happen for the engineers at the coal face, which can lead to frustration in the field.

With Desay, we have a great relationship with the CEO and senior VP of our division, who move very quickly to support us in order to maximise the value of the experience that we bring to them.

With first-hand knowledge of the Scottish Higher Education system, where do you think Scotland fits in its ability to nurture future talent for the UK tech industry?

In terms of the emerging new digital media companies, Scotland is already proving its value; as can be seen by the talent that flourishes here already. In terms of IC design, there is a lot of research amongst local universities in the area of efficient DC-DC convertor architectures for use in future electric vehicles, as well as wireless charging for automotive batteries.

What do you think it is about Scottish Educated Engineers that makes them so attractive to global electronics companies?

I believe that in Scotland universities still teach the classical analytical approach to analogue design but there are challenges. I think it’s important that people from industry liaise well with universities to help shape what we view as important for undergraduate study, that will be relevant to the demographic that exists in Scotland.

Universities are still seemingly encouraging overseas students to do masters degrees and PhDs but current immigration policy makes it difficult to retain this talent in the UK. How do you solve the problem of not enough people/talent in engineering? 

Actually when I was lecturing in UESTC in Chengdu, the UK wasn’t the most popular place for post grad studies. Most students were applying to US universities as the interest appears to be in in AI and Software. One of my students has come to Glasgow to do a PhD and another went to Edinburgh to study AI. In fact, the final year number of students studying VLSI (which was not my subject) was 23! So I think there is a view that IC design is not where the growth is, and instead it’s in autonomous cars, planes etc.

We should focus on home-grown students and canvas universities to find good candidates that we can sponsor and nurture. Unfortunately, the number of students keen on IC design seems to be decreasing but I think it’s up to us as employers to reignite that interest and show there is talent and opportunity here in Scotland.

Do you think academic and industrial collaboration in Scotland is sufficient? If not, how might this be improved?

There are strong companies that do encourage this, for sure. When I was at TI, this was a big part of our planning; and when I was a manager there that’s what I tried to do also. As I mention above, you cannot beat going to universities and lecturing to 1st and 2nd year students (4th year is almost too late) and find keen, early students that can be trained in a very exciting discipline, with plenty of exposure to a design environment. At TI, we took on students from 2nd year and it was quite successful. For our new company that will also be the plan, in order to have a healthy mix of youth and experience.

What opportunities do you see for people coming into the semiconductor market: are there more jobs available, is it challenging, is it a good market to be getting into?

Although we are based in Glasgow, the market is worldwide. We are developing devices for the growing China market and the expertise that’s offered in Scotland is what is making this possible. We cannot be complacent however, in that we are very aware that these skills are also being developed elsewhere and so we need to always remain ahead of the curve in innovation, passion and desire to be successful.

What advice would you give the tech industry in Scotland on pursuing international engagements, like the one you have with Desay?

China is the place to engage with. They appreciate and respect design experience and a track record. So it’s important when engaging companies over there that we have something to show and something we know they need.  In fact there are many small design start-ups all over China, however they lack experience. They usually get funding partly private and partly state. So it’s really a matter of finding a niche for our expertise and engaging with China OEMs to develop an understanding of the ecosystem of the market and target the key players. This is in fact our strategy right now to further our business.

What’s one key piece of advice for people to navigate the industry?

Don’t be afraid to take risks, don’t be frightened to fail, explore, experiment and never give up when the unexpected arrives.


Enigma People Solutions is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in photonics, electronics, semiconductor, and software in Scotland. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422/0131 510 8150

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Posted August 28, 2018 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Photonics, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Interview – Part 1] Optical Design – Duncan Walker

It’s often that we only see the surface of what Scotland’s technology industry has to offer. This is especially true of the Enabling Technology sector, which actually boasts 10% of Scotland’s exports.

Shining a light on the deep technology industry, we recently spoke to Duncan Walker, of Walker Optics, to find out more about optoelectronics, globalisation and hidden technology.

Hi Duncan, thanks for chatting with us. Firstly could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am a freelance optical designer and I’ve been doing it for about 10 years now. It basically means that I provide all design services to a whole range of companies and businesses who need it. Usually, I work a mixture between longer term contracts, often with larger organisations, and one off projects with smaller companies that don’t necessarily have the optical expertise in house and don’t have the requirements to have it in full time, so they make use of someone like myself for a project that requires optical design for their systems.

What does an Optical Design Engineer actually do?

Optical design is really about taking the light from a source, whatever that is, to a detector. For example, it covers a whole range of requirements. There’s a whole area of illumination Optics when you’re collecting light from the light source, whether it’s a light bulb, an LCD or a laser and you need to then get that into a certain form, like an angular distribution or a spot at a target plane. At the other end there’s imaging Optics, which is essentially a camera. When you’re trying to take and a get a good quality image of something, you’re using Optics.

Is that similar to Photonics then?

It’s a subset of Photonics, I would say. Photonics in itself is an enabling technology, which most of us are unaware of just how much we are actually using it. Optics is within that, so Photonics covers everything, like how you build a laser, an LED, a light source, a detector, and the Optics within that is how you get the light from one place to another.

That’s pretty cool.

Yes, I mean that’s one of the interesting things about Photonics and Optics to me; it’s very rare that you go out and buy something you can say ‘that’s an optical system’. If you’re buying a camera then yes but most of us don’t even bother buying cameras these days; we’ve got a smartphone and they have cameras built into them and as such, Photonics has become very much a hidden technology. It’s in an awful lot of things that we use; it’s used to manufacture a lot of things that we use on a regular basis but most of us have absolutely no idea just how dependent we are on Optics and Photonics.

What are your views of the Optoelectronics market, in particular in Scotland?

In general, the Optoelectronics market at the moment is strong and growing. It is, as I said earlier, a hidden technology. A lot of people are not aware of just how much we use it and the number of applications and number of ways in which it’s been used is increasing dramatically at the moment. One example that I often quite like to use is that in the banking bust of 2008, everything took a dive. Optics and Photonics was flat, maybe increased a little, and again dropped a little. By and large, it was flat for a couple of years but has since increased at rate of 5% to 10% a year. That’s primarily because people are finding that there’s more and more things that require Optics and Photonics. You just have to look at your mobile phone, for example, the typical mobile phone today has a camera in it. That’s Optics. It’s got a display on it which is basically mediated by Optics. A lot of the processing in your phone is carried out by lasers. The new facial recognition approach that Apple and others have started to adopt are using lasers to do that. Increasingly, your phone is becoming a more and more complex Optics and Photonics device but that’s not something that you and I, on the whole, regard it as but it is.

Do you think that the industry benefits from using ‘hidden technology’ or do you think industry would benefit from being highlighted and more well-known?

That’s a very hot topic within the Optics and Photonics community at the moment for a couple reasons. As an industry, it’s a lot more fragmented than others. For example, Optics and Photonics in the UK brings a similar amount into the UK economy as pharmaceuticals. However, where pharmaceuticals is dominated by a few very large companies, household names that everybody knows, Photonics is a lot more fragmented. There are a lot more small companies doing various bits and pieces around Photonics and Optoelectronics. As previously mentioned, it’s very rare that there’s a product which you could hold up and say this is an Optics product. You build the product and say ‘this is a medical product and but it’s got Optics inside’ or ‘this is a communications product and it has got a lot of Optics inside’. The industry as a whole is struggling with how to make ourselves more visible and make people much more aware of just how fundamental Optics and Photonics are today. We need to be confirming this in conversations with government and others. It’s a very important discussion to have and we do need to be better at as an industry.

I noticed on your website that you worked in Germany for a while, how does the UK market compare to Germany’s?

Certainly in the Optics and the Photonics market, Germany is the biggest contributor in Europe by a distance. I think that follows on from a couple of strengths within the German system. Technically, they tend to be more thorough and they’ll go into things in an awful lot more detail and work it out in advance.  Part of that is because, in Germany, an Engineer is regarded as a highly skilled worker with an equivalent social status in rank to what we would consider the professions in the UK, so like a lawyer or accountant.

In the UK, there is the idea that anybody can call themselves an Engineer, so when you’re trying to encourage people to move into the industry to get involved in design, they perhaps feel like those jobs are not as high status as a career in law or accountancy.

On the flipside, in Germany, they can be a bit more rigid in the way they do things. There’s a lot less challenging from junior Engineers. If you have a certain level of authority or position within a company, junior Engineers tend not to challenge someone superior in the same way that might be encouraged in the UK. So there’s probably more flexibility in the UK but on the whole I would say the disadvantages of the UK approach outweigh the advantages at the moment.

So what in particular excites you about the Optoelectronics market in the UK at the moment?

I think the Optoelectronics market is a global market. I think to just constrain a business to a particular geographic region, in today’s world, is not necessarily a recipe for success. Obviously, if you work in retail you very much have to deal with local markets and local demands but when designing and making products for global distribution, you must think in terms global markets. I think that Optoelectronics is very much that way. Think about some of the major companies like Leonardo or Thales, they are multinational companies with a very strong Scottish presence and they are primarily exporting. In general in the UK, that is true of the Optoelectronics market as a whole, optoelectronic companies are exporting. So to think locally in that respect is a mistake but to think within the local environment, in terms of the availability of expertise, is critical.

One of the nice things about being in Scotland is that there’s a very strong university base. These universities have strong areas of expertise in the broader Optics and Photonics areas and therefore there’s a steady stream of graduates who have those skills and have the potential to move into those markets. It also creates an environment where start-ups are founded and nurtured, continuing to build the environment at university level is critical. I think that’s partly why people and companies come to Scotland. It’s why the likes of Thales and Leonardo have strong bases in Scotland because they have strong links with the universities, graduates and links to the research so that base feeds a level of expertise.

Do you think there’s currently a good flow and a good number of people coming through these courses?

The short answer is no. If you go to any forum where there’s a gathering of project managers from the big companies, the single complaint they always have is there is just not enough expertise around. And that’s partly because again it’s hidden technology. A lot of people applying to university are not aware of the opportunities in Optics and Photonics. It stems from what I was talking about earlier, the problem in the UK that numerous graduates tend to look to the finance market or law, Engineering is the second best idea, which is a UK problem.

When I say there’s a shortage of experts, it’s not just a UK problem; it’s a worldwide problem. You can go to any conference anywhere and you’ll get the industrialists talking about it; they’ll say there’s just not the expertise in the Optics and Photonics area to meet the increasing demand.

So in that respect then what do you think makes a great tech company?

In the technology world, as with any product, there is a whole balance of things that need to go into making a successful product. The danger for technology companies is that we’re all technology enthusiasts and we get very excited about what the technology can do or might be able to do it or how far we can push it, that sometimes we lose sight of our goals. What makes a great technology company is probably identifying where the market need is, preferably before anybody else does, and then developing the technology to meet that need and knowing when to stop. I think the trap a lot of start-ups fall into is that they keep fiddling with the product. There are times you just have to stop and say “right this is a product, I’m going to go and sell this for a while. I’ll keep developing the next generation but I don’t need to have different variants for different customers because that way I’m never going to make profit.”

You need to have a product that you can turn out consistently and so good tech companies need to have the flexibility to change direction but they also need to stop in the design process at sensible moments, otherwise the whole the market may move on and you end up missing out.


Enigma People Solutions is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in photonics, electronics, semiconductor, and software in Scotland. Check out our blog for the latest in the technology industry. You can get in touch with us hello@enigmapeople.com or call us on 0141 332 4422/0131 510 8150

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Posted June 13, 2018 | Career Advice, Electronics, Recruitment Advice | No Comments »

Our Latest Vacancies: Electronics, Photonics, Semiconductor, Software

Are you an Engineer with keen interest and involvement within the Electronics industry?

We’re currently working on these exciting engineering vacancies for some of our emerging technology clients, situated across the central belt of Scotland. From working on Electronic Board Design to building World Leading Security Systems, your next career move could just be one of the fantastic opportunities listed below.

 

Electronics and Production Engineer

Stirling, £45,000

We are delighted to have been exclusively retained to search for an experienced Electronics and Production Engineer, for a world leading security systems design and manufacturing company.

This role requires someone with broad electronics experience and will interest someone who wants to be responsible for their own future rather than sitting as part of a large company or team. On offer is the opportunity to become a director of the company over the next 2-3 years.

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Java/Android Developer

South Lanarkshire, £35,000

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting a permanent Software Developer for our dynamic smart technology software client based in East Kilbride. Our client designs and sells leading edge solutions into transport, payment and associated sectors.

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Systems Engineer

Edinburgh, salary negotiable.

We are on the hunt for an electronic engineering professional to join our client’s expanding systems engineering team in Edinburgh. The client is recognised world-wide as providing state-of-the-art motor control integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, commercial and computing applications.

The successful candidate will support the corporate sales growth objectives by:

  • Performing analysis of new product performance.
  • Providing in-depth, technical analysis reports of new products.
  • Analysing customer issues and influencing technical/engineering decisions, including future product development decisions.
  • Supporting ongoing business.

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Lead Hardware Engineer

Edinburgh, competitive

We have been exclusively retained to recruit a Lead Hardware Engineer for our international technology client. Our client is a well-established and well recognised international technology business with an established and growing R&D function based just outside of Edinburgh.

On offer is the opportunity to take a technical leadership role within an international technology business that is highly respected, treats its staff very well and delivers outstanding products into its key markets.

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Senior FPGA Engineer

Edinburgh, up to £47,000

We’re looking for a Senior FPGA Engineer for our international technology client. Our client is a well-established and well recognised international technology business with an established and growing R&D function based just outside of Edinburgh.

Objective of this position is to design and develop embedded software/FPGA solutions for new retinal imaging product development and existing retinal imaging product improvement as part of a multi-disciplinary R&D team.

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Junior Embedded Software Engineer

Edinburgh, up to £30,000

We are seeking an embedded software engineering professional to join our client’s expanding team in Edinburgh. The client is recognised world-wide as providing state-of-the-art motor control integrated circuits for automotive, industrial, commercial and computing applications.

In this position, you will be part of a growing and dynamic team that primarily focuses on developing mixed-signal embedded software in motor control integrated circuits for industry leading customers. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the latest trends in automotive motors control performance requirements, architectures and implementations.

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Junior Hardware Engineer

Edinburgh, up to £26,000

We’re looking for a Junior Hardware Engineer to fulfil the position of electronic board designer, joining our client’s Imaging Division, based in Edinburgh.

This position requires a junior electronics engineer to work as part of the overall System Environment team to define and develop robust and flexible hardware solutions to match product needs and support internal and external customer requirements.

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

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Posted May 29, 2018 | Electronics, Recruitment Advice, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Calming the perfect storm: 6 reasons for exclusivity

In this blog we discuss how to:

  • Make the hiring manager’s life easier
  • Ensure a more thorough screening process
  • Make it easier to recruit from target source companies
  • Improve candidate control

Finding and attracting top-tier technology talent can be fraught with difficulties.

In specialised technology skill areas there can be so few candidates available that organisations just cannot reach and attract the skills they need. Pressure on overworked senior and principal engineers can become unbearable as they juggle their own deliverables alongside training and developing more junior engineers. Add to this the extra burden of time reviewing and interviewing candidates and you have a perfect storm of time pressure that we see all too often with clients that are trying to deliver to customers, develop their products and recruit all at the same time. The immense workload can lead to the risk of flight of existing key employees to less stressful environments.

Many companies feel they increase their chances of finding the right candidate by placing the vacancy with a number of recruitment agencies. This can be a mistake. If the recruitment process is not slick and speedy then by the time you do find the ideal candidate and make an offer, those candidates are often no longer available.

When you have more than one agency competing to get to a finite resource first, the effects on how your vacancy is perceived by the industry and your target candidates can be very damaging for you as an employer. Once a potential candidate has been spoken to more than once about a vacancy, they can get the impression that you are desperate, or that everyone is being spoken to about the same vacancy. This can be highly off-putting especially when the candidate has highly sought after niche skills or expertise. Meanwhile the competing agencies can quickly become disillusioned and drop your vacancy down the priority list and leave you with an unresolved problem.

Companies that use recruiters must now understand that to get commitment, full commitment must be given, and that means working exclusively with one, specialist, high quality recruiter on each assignment.

Here are some great reasons why:

Commitment

Recruiters who work on a contingent basis will work energetically for a short while but as they do not have your full commitment, they may quickly lose interest in a vacancy and move on to the next client whose vacancy is easier to fill. On the other hand, an exclusive recruiter will be fully committed to finding you the right candidate, even if it’s a difficult vacancy to fill. Along with this, exclusive recruiters search for and approach passive candidates that contingent recruiters do not have the time or resources to find.

A more thorough screening process

Due to the full commitment you have from an exclusive recruiter, each candidate on the recruiters shortlist will have been through a more thorough screening process. Working closely with an exclusive recruiter allows the recruiter to gain a better understanding of your business and requirements of the role, meaning that they are able to screen a candidate on not only their experience but also how they would fit within the company culture and more. This screening process takes time but an exclusive recruiter is willing to invest that time to ensure that only candidates who are the best fit make your shortlist.

Makes the hiring manager’s life easier

As a hiring manager, you have to review a multitude of CVs submitted by a number of competing contingent recruiters, meaning you have less time to deal with other work-related responsibilities. Due to the screening process in an executive search, mentioned above, a hiring manager’s workload is reduced as they only have shortlist of qualified CVs to get through.

Confidentiality

Sometimes, it’s important to keep your job opening private for whatever reason, working with one exclusive recruitment agency will better ensure confidentiality.

Easier to recruit from target source companies

In the technology market, it’s not always easy to find the right candidate. A lot of the time, candidates are passive so they’re already content in their jobs and aren’t necessarily looking for a new role. When this happens, it’s sometimes essential to recruit from direct competitors; working with one exclusive recruiter can help you to do this. It takes more time and finesse to reach these passive candidates in a way that avoids gaining a reputation as a poacher; in these scenarios it’s the recruiter’s job to put a buffer between your company and your competitor in order to circumvent such situations.

Improve candidate control – your candidates won’t be submitted to other companies

Not only are you exclusive to your executive recruiter, they’re also exclusive to you! Contingent recruiters will sometimes present their good candidates to numerous clients at once, which can result in a talent bidding war and you losing out on an ideal candidate as a result. Whereas an exclusive recruiter will only submit candidates to your company and work to ensure top talent accept your offer over any others.


Enigma People is an award winning recruitment search consultancy. Did you know:

  • Our average retained search shortlist contains 4 CVs
  • 86% of CVs we send to clients are selected to interview, meaning more than 4 out of 5 of our CVs sent are selected for next-stage interviews
  • 100% of the placements we made in 2017 for our Electronics clients are still in the role we placed them in!

If you would like to work with us on retained search basis, or otherwise, please contact Ben Hanley on 0131 510 8150 or bhanley@enigmapeople.com

 

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Posted April 23, 2018 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Recruitment Industry, Scotland, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Business Confidence Survey Results 2018

Following the success of our Business Sentiment Survey in 2017, this year brought us another fantastic opportunity to learn about what’s currently going on the technology sector.

Our Business Confidence Survey 2018, in conjunction with TechWorks Hub, intended to find out how businesses, within the UK, presently view the electronics industry and what they predict for 2018. We wanted to know which challenges businesses were currently facing and your responses certainly didn’t disappoint.

After collecting and analysing the wide range of information we received back from our participants, we were really intrigued by the data we collected. We have collated this data into an infographic for easy interpretation, which can be found below:

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The results

Enigma People Solutions Director, Ben Hanley, gives us a run down on the most surprising and interesting data we collected, sharing his own opinions and predictions about the electronics industry.

Expectations

“12% are very pessimistic about the next 12 months. What’s interesting about this figure, is that 100% of the businesses that participated reported an increase in sales in 2017. Whilst you would assume that an increase in sales would indicate industry optimism, it is clear that a significant number of respondents are pessimistic. This could be owing to Brexit and the current talent shortage within the electronics industry. It’s very interesting to see that companies in the UK are not feeling as optimistic as we thought.

44% of respondents are pessimistic about the next 12 months. I suspect, partly, that this figure, again, plays into the Brexit conversations that people are currently having and the fact that people just don’t yet know how Brexit is going to fully impact us.  I’d really need to do a more in depth study in this area, so that we can assess the needs of the industry to overcome such pessimism.”

Recruitment

“71% are likely to hire graduates. This figure appears to confirm what we thought we knew; it seems to suggest that there is going to be a lot of pressure on recruitment over the next year or so, not that we’re complaining! It’s really fantastic to see such high percentage of businesses looking to recruit within the next 12 months. I think that it’s great that as many as 71% are likely to hire graduates. In the past, when I have spoken to our clients and attended industry events, I have been informed that there is already a real struggle to find graduates. In recent years, we have found that University students are already snapped up by the time they are entering 4th year, due to their 3rd year projects, which involve working at a company, so from these courses very few graduates are available. We’ve even seen instances where employers have hired university students in 3rd year, before they’ve even graduated. If this is consistent across the graduate sphere for our market, it’s going to be extremely important that we continue to encourage people into the courses and make sure that those courses are fit for purpose, in order to deliver properly qualified graduates to the market. As well as this, we need to ensure that these graduates come from the UK, or at the moment EU. Having really highly skilled international graduates from UK universities are no longer an option, as Highly Skilled Migrant Worker visas no longer exist; which is a significant contributing factor towards the current talent shortage.

73% of respondents said they were likely to hire mid career professionals, 57% likely to hire senior managers, 46% likely to middle management. There is a clear pressure to hire experienced people. Unfortunately, if there are no new incoming experienced individuals, there will be a tightening in the market. This means businesses will need to turn to recruiters in order to meet demand, which is good for Enigma People in one sense but it does highlight talent shortage as a clear challenge within the industry.”

“61% of respondents expect employee numbers to increase in 2018. Again, I find this a little contradictory. I believe that businesses now recognise that there’s going to be a struggle and a lot of their time and effort will have to go into recruitment. At this stage, it’s really important for companies to present their culture and their values, as well as the work they do in a consistent, favourable light in order to attract top talent.”

“62% of respondents are predicting that there will be a significant increase in demand for Design Engineers. This is consistent with what we have seen over the last little while but it highlights a big problem. Design Engineers are arguably key to what many of these companies do, and if they do not have the option to build up their R&D teams across the UK, due to talent shortages, they will most likely build them up somewhere else; which will have a massive effect on the electronics industry within the UK. Being able to solve these issues is critical to the industry.

The fact that 44% predict an increase in demand for Validation and Characterisation Engineers over the next 12-24 months, suggests to me that new products are being developed, new systems and new designs being implemented, which need to be validated and characterised. This usually ties in, in terms of economics of scale, with the recruitment of new employees and also project life cycles, so that could be really important. It may suggest that we’re likely to see an uplift in contract opportunities for people with this, and similar, skill sets. The number of Embedded Software Engineers is also predicted to increase over the next 12-24 months, with 1 out of every 2 of our participants suggest that there’s going to be an increase here. This, again, points towards an increase in projects and design.”

Challenges to overcome

“The challenge for us as a recruitment business and the challenge for our market is finding those talented, highly-skilled candidates; because I’m sure if businesses were able to find the talent they require, then they would be much more optimistic.

Certainly from some of the events I have attended and been involved with, it’s been clear that there are a number of challenges within the industry. Brexit and the lack of knowledge of how that’s going to play out, potentially plays a role in the pessimism we have observed around the industry. Many in the industry point to the visa system, in Germany, as a model to consider. It would allow companies much more freedom to attract and hire international talent. I, for one, would like to see a return to the highly skilled migrant visa and certainly much more availability of visas for those with the technical skills, to help make the UK’s companies competitive on an international and global scale. Being able to find talent for these businesses is going to be key and critical to the continued success of the electronics industry, within the UK.”

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Posted February 10, 2018 | Electronics, Scotland, Technology Industry | No Comments »

10 On The 10th – Top 10 Electronics Vacancies

Enigma People Solutions is proud to be a key supplier to many of the leading Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor companies in the UK.

The UK’s electronics industry contributes £80 billion to the economy and is the bedrock of the UK’s Tech Sector.

We are seeing high demand for skills and numerous and exciting developments in the sector.

Don’t miss out on the brilliant opportunities we have got for you!

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

Does Brexit mean Texit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Latest Vacancies Across Glasgow, Edinburgh & more…

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

 

icon-electronicsAutomation Test Engineer

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

 

icon-electronics System Environment Technician

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

 

icon-electronics Unity Developer

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

 

icon-electronics PHP Developer

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

 

icon-electronics PCB Design Engineers

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

 

icon-electronics SSD System Architect

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

 

icon-electronics RF Photonic/Electrical Engineers

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

 

icon-electronics Senior iOS Developer

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

 


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

Find our Full Business Sentiment Survey Infographic Here!

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

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

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

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Our Latest Vacancies Across Glasgow, Edinburgh & more…

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

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

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

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

 

icon-electronicsFirmware Engineer

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

 

icon-electronics Social Media Manager

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

 

icon-electronics RF Photonic/Electrical Engineers

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

 

icon-electronics Firmware Engineer

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

 

icon-electronics Project Manager

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

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping

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

3 Key Considerations:

1. Think what you will test from day one

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

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

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping

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

2. Think about what to include in the design

[Guest Blog] Key Considerations for Your Hardware Prototyping 1

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

3. Simple RTL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

icon-electronics Business Development Manager 

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

 

icon-electronics Digital Project Manager

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

 

icon-electronics Front End (React) Developer

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

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

 


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

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

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

icon-electronics PHP Developer 

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

 

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

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

 

icon-electronics E-Learning Developer – Adobe Suite

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

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

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

 

icon-electronics Microsoft Stack Web Developer 

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

 


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Posted June 13, 2017 | Electronics | No Comments »

Our New Power Electronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

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

 

Simulation Technical Team Lead

 Your Role

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

 

 Electrical Engineering Technical Team Lead

Your Role

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

  Systems Engineering Technical Team Lead

Your Role

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

 

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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.

 

 


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

Our Latest Vacancies Throughout Glasgow & The West

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

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

 

icon-electronics Voice Application Developer

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

 

icon-electronics Senior PHP Developer

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

 

icon-electronics Senior Software Engineer

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

 

icon-electronics .Net Umbraco Developer

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

 

icon-electronics Front End Developer

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

 


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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

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

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

Skill #1 – Debugging

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #2 – Real-Time Language Skills

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #3 – Understand Hardware at the Component Level

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #4 – Healthy Skepticism

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #5 – Ability to Self-Market

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

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #6 – Communication

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Skill #7 – Organization

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

7 Essential Skills for Firmware Engineers

 

Conclusion

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


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Posted April 03, 2017 | Electronics | No Comments »

Our Latest Electronics Vacancies

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

icon-electronicsGlasgow

 

icon-electronicsSouth Lanarkshire

 

icon-electronicsEdinburgh

 

icon-electronicsWest Lothian

 

icon-electronicsHampshire

 


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

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

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This article was originally published on RocketSpace.

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

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

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

  1. Know your hiring goals.

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

  1. Conduct task-specific interviews.

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

  1. Get to know everyone’s past experience.

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

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

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

  1. Mitigate timezone issues.

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

  1. Ask about infrastructure issues.

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

  1. Use task management software.

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

Assigned, but not started

Work in progress

Ready, awaiting QA/ feedback

Done

  1. Share wireframes, mockups, and a prototype.

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

  1. Ask developers to commit code daily.

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

  1. Build a strong company culture.

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

 

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

 


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

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

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

Key Qualities:

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

Essential Skills:

Analog field can be broadly classified into 3 segments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some good reference books

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

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

Good Luck!


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


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

Design: Taking Ideas to Market – The Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collaborators

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

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

Sponsors

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

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

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

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

Design: Taking Ideas To Market – Conference Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

The video below shows some highlights of the event:


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

Collaborators

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

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

Sponsors

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

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

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

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Posted November 08, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Electronics Vacancies in Glasgow, Livingston & Edinburgh

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

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

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Posted September 06, 2016 | Electronics | No Comments »

Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

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

Optical Design Engineer

Optical Design Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

 

Optoelectronics Engineer

Optoelectronics Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

 

Photonics Engineer

Photonics Engineer | Latest Optoelectronics Vacancies in Edinburgh

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

Design: Taking Ideas to Market

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

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

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

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

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

Date:

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

Location:

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

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

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

Speakers
Grant King, Design & Development Director, Wideblue

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

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

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

Biography:

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

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

Sarah Morgan, Founder & CEO, Nano-Lit Technologies

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

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

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

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


About Technology Scotland

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

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

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

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


About Enigma People Solutions

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

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

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

Design: taking ideas to market | Enigma People Solutions | Electronics Design

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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