Principal Engineer System Design - Chip Lead (Edinburgh, Scotland)


Ref: 1319Tuesday 26 October 2021

Highly Competitive Salary

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting a Principal Engineer System Design - Chip Lead  for one of our most outstanding clients that is an international designer of mixed signal semiconductor solutions with a growing design presences in the Dresden, Germany and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Our client's design team develops custom automotive centric ICs using ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers and integrate Analog and mixed signal, RF and Power Management IPs bringing a complete solution to an international customer base. You will join a small team of highly competent engineers that are creating brand new designs to implement the advanced sensing, connectivity and control required to enable modern automotive applications.


Job Responsibilities:

You will manage product requirements, system level architecture as well as validation and test strategy. Your responsibilities will include the following key tasks:

  • Review, interpret, analyse and challenge customer product requirements specifications (PRD) and applicable industry standards.
  • Create internal ASIC system specifications as well as test plan and specifications for system level test, DVT, ATE etc.
  • Take ownership of the full IC development and be responsible for all the technical aspects of the design working within a core project team. Assign technical tasks to project team and ensure efficient execution. Manage junior staff member work and lead technical decisions.
  • Define overall system architecture, functional block partitioning, interface requirements, target power budget, SW/HW partitioning.
  • Create system models such as MATLAB Analog, Digital models capturing key impairments and Signal/Noise Level plans to ensure performance compliance. Analyse design sensitivity to impairments, document potential areas to focus during design phase.
  • Close collaboration with other design team members including application, software, lab and AT test engineers.
  • Interact with end customer to provide IC expertise, support System Integration on customer platform, performance validation and compliance.
  • Test, characterize, and de-bug designs in the lab as necessary.
  • Help improve the design quality, flow, processes for first time design success and high yield manufacturability (DFM). Willingness to lead some task force to improve design flow.
  • Report to Management status, risk and progress.



To be of interest you must love working within a small entity where everyone makes a difference to the company success. CreativityOwnership and Excellence are highly valued.​​

  • Master´s degree (or equivalent, e. g. Diplom) in Electrical Engineering with 10+ years of experience designing custom ICs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of BCD (Bipolar, CMOS, DMOS) silicon process technologies involving high voltage and Automotive ISO specifications.
  • Knowledge and experience designing power related circuits such as switch mode power supplies, battery chargers, LDOs as well as USB and other high-speed transceivers a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of transistor-level analog circuit simulation tools and front end environments with extensive experience with Cadence Virtuoso.
  • Experience with system modelling tools such as MATLAB, Simulink, Mathematica etc..
  • Demonstrated knowledge of implementation of mixed-signal IC design and layout.
  • Knowledge to derive pre-silicon verification test plans and target spec for IP owners.
  • Demonstrated ability to characterize and troubleshoot IC designs in the lab.
  • Outstanding cross-functional communication and leadership skills, fluent in English.

​Work Location: Dresden (Germany) or Edinburgh, Scotland.