Senior/ Principal Hardware Engineer


Ref: 1281Sunday 15 November 2020

Enigma People Solutions is excited to have been engaged by an engineering solutions company with a proven track record that serves the product lifecycle needs of high technology companies to search for a talented Hardware Engineer.

Our client is one of the largest engineering service providers that cater to diversified verticals. With its local-global model, our client combines physical proximity to the customer providing domain knowledge and ease of interaction; along with delivery from low cost locations that also provides easy resource ramp-up.

The successful candidate will be responsible for design, commissioning and test of high-speed digital electronics hardware, i.e. Printed Circuit Assemblies (PCA’s) on complex systems.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Creating high-quality and robust digital electronics designs
  • Documenting and recording deliverables
  • Supporting integration & verification activities at hardware and system level
  • Keeping designs under configuration control
  • Providing progress reports

Skills, Qualifications and Experience required:


  • Design of high-speed digital electronics using the latest FPGA and/ or microprocessor devices and high-speed interconnect technology
  • Proficient in schematic capture using Mentor Graphics DxDesigner or similar tools
  • Experience of high-speed serial communication interfaces/ protocols (e.g. PCIe, Ethernet/ IEEE802.3, etc.) and high-speed bus architectures (e.g. DDR3/4)
  • Use of high-speed digital design techniques such as signal termination, controlled impedance, matched tracking, ground/ power planes, decoupling, etc.
  • Functional simulation & timing analysis /constraints at circuit level
  • Experience of PCB layout, working closely with and providing guidance to PCB layout engineers on high-speed digital designs
  • Hands on experience of integrating hardware, firmware & software on FPGA and microprocessor-based PCA’s
  • Ability to analyse system requirements and derive detailed hardware requirements
  • Experience of debugging & testing new hardware designs
  • Previous experience of the full hardware design lifecycle and presenting designs for peer and formal design reviews
  • Self-motivated, with an aptitude to problem solve and drive difficult issues to conclusion
  • Ability to coordinate day to day technical activities, liaising closely with the lead engineer/digital hardware lead & other engineering disciplines
  • Experience of liaising with Manufacturing/ Production colleagues and external suppliers of key components and assemblies
  • Excellent communication (oral & written) & interpersonal skills
  • Experience in writing technical reports/ documentation


  • Relevant experience in the Aerospace or Defence industry
  • Experience of signal integrity & power integrity analysis at board level
  • Knowledge of FPGA/ Software coding languages (VHDL, C, Assembler)
  • Experience of hardware requirements capture, requirements management tools and formal verification of hardware requirements
  • Experience of supervising other digital hardware engineers, planning and managing work for yourself and a small team


  • 2:1 honours degree or better in Electronics Engineering or related STEM subject
  • UK/ EU citizenship is mandatory to be able to clear the background checks and obtain SC clearance
  • Current valid SC clearance would be an advantage