Principal Digital Design Engineer

Digital Design

Ref: 1249Monday 18 January 2021

Highly competitive + excellent benefits package

Enigma People Solutions is excited to have been engaged by a world leading international Semiconductor Design client to search for a talented Digital IC Design Engineers to join product development teams within our client’s Audio R&D division, responsible for developing industry leading mixed-signal SOCs for consumer mobile audio markets. You will be joining an existing development team, contributing to a global operation working at the forefront of technology. This role can be based in our client’s Edinburgh or Newbury offices.

Specializing in low power ICs for audio and voice signal processing applications, our client’s products span the entire audio signal chain, from capture to playback, providing innovative products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and emerging smart home applications.

This is a great opportunity to work with gifted engineers operating at the forefront of bleeding-edge technology! Our client offers a unique environment where contribution is highly rewarded and career development is supported. The culture suits highly organised, self-motivated, strongly analytical problem solvers who can work with a sense of urgency and thrive in a dynamic environment whilst retaining a keen sense of humanity, collaboration, openness and support of colleagues.


  • Lead a team of engineers with responsibility for the delivery of complex mixed-signal products and IPs
  • Design and develop new digital circuit architectures on advanced process nodes with an awareness of competing solutions and commercial pressures
  • Make a significant contribution to all phases of the project from business and resource planning and market definition through to development and product delivery
  • Responsible for contributing to the growth of the group including the recruitment, mentoring, review and supervision of junior engineers.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s, Master's or Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering and/or equivalent with an extensive demonstrable background in digital CMOS circuit design
  • Implementation of complex digital circuits and sub-systems in RTL using Verilog / SystemVerilog
  • Digital system-level design and knowledge, including use of standard bus protocols, bus architecture design and chip-level clock and reset architecture
  • Verification of block-level digital designs
  • Deep understanding of synthesis and timing analysis of digital circuits; collaboration with DFT and Place and Route team
  • Strong lab and silicon validation skills; Experience of chip bring-up and debug from design perspective
  • Leadership and mentoring of less experienced colleagues
  • Good interpersonal skills, share technical expertise and knowledge, contribute to design reviews, work effectively to resolve conflicts

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience working within UVM based verification environments
  • Scripting and automation of design tasks
  • Experience of targeting industry standard FPGA platforms
  • Audio DSP filter design and signal analysis techniques
  • Integration of micro-processors into a system, including bring-up of embedded software
  • Board level interface standards and interface design
  • Clock recovery and/or clock generation circuits
  • Project leadership and supervision of digital/mixed-signal design teams


Our client offers a comprehensive benefits package as well as a very competitive annual Bonus Plan, which forms part of your overall reward and currently pays out twice a year, on a six-monthly basis, subject to company performance. Other benefits include:

  • Smart Pension (up to 6% matched)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle to Work
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Income Protection
  • Annual Health Screening
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Advantage Employee Discount Scheme

In addition, dependent on your circumstances, our client can offer financial relocation assistance up to a specified capped amount and/or immigration advice from an external Immigration Adviser and financial assistance towards your immigration costs.

For more information, submit your CV or get in touch with Dan on 0131 510 8150 or