Senior/Principal Firmware Engineer


Ref: 1280Sunday 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 Firmware 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 and development of Firmware designs using VHDL and verifying designs using VHDL or System Verilog and work closely with Systems, Hardware and Software teams to provide firmware solutions and solve integration problems on complex systems.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Creating innovative and robust VHDL-based designs
  • Documenting and recording deliverables
  • Verifying firmware designs
  • Ensuring configuration management/keeping designs under revision control
  • Providing progress reports

Skills and Experience required:


  • Degree or equivalent in Electronics Engineering or another STEM-based subject
  • At least 5 years’ experience of developing firmware using VHDL or Verilog
  • Experienced with Mentor Graphics FPGA development tools including HDL Designer, ModelSim / Questa and Precision
  • Familiar with Xilinx / Intel (Altera) / Microsemi (Actel) ISE design flow and third-party synthesis tools
  • Ability to analyse system and / or hardware level requirements and derive detailed Firmware requirements
  • De-bugging firmware designs and supporting integration & verification at hardware
    and system level
  • A good understanding of firmware version control and revision control software
  • Ability to coordinate day to day technical activities, liaising closely with the Project Engineering Lead / Lead firmware engineer & other disciplines
  • Excellent communication (oral & written) & interpersonal skills
  • Experience in writing technical reports/ documentation


  • Development of real-time, embedded, safety-critical firmware, preferably in accordance with RTCA/DO-254 DAL A or B
  • Experience of firmware requirements capture and requirements management tools
  • Relevant experience in the Aerospace or Defence industry
  • Experience of embedded processor cores (e.g. ARM) in FPGA designs
  • Independent verification using VHDL or SystemVerilog / UVM


  • 2:1 honours degree or better in Electronics Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics
  • 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