Digital Hardware Engineer

Digital Hardware Engineer
£ Negotiable

As the European number one in defence electronics and the world number two in defence radio communications, Thales is a leading name in the global defence and security markets. In addition to equipping over 40 naval forces across the globe, we have a proud 125-year heritage here in the UK. Today that is represented in our key role delivering the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and our provision of advanced radio equipment to all of the Royal Navy’s surface combatants.

Primary Purpose of the Job

To become a key part of a team with a proven track record for delivering firmware for a wide range of land, sea and air based defence related products, developing bespoke hardware solutions for Customers or standard reusable solutions for Product Lines and variants thereof. 
Projects involve using the latest industry class development tools for FPGA and SoC hardware technologies. Work is carried out to a structured hardware design process.

The role will offer experience over a number of different product areas, encompassing everything from product design and development through to larger scale platform integration and will be focussed around the core skills associated with a Digital Hardware / Firmware Engineer, including the following:  FPGA / VHDL hardware architecture, requirements specification, schematic capture, design, Firmware (FPGA / VHDL) development, hardware integration, verification, validation and design assurance activities. 
The key focus will be the profitable delivery of the projects / products, whilst allowing for the increase in capability of skills from suitable candidates.

Principal Relationships

  • The primary focus of role will be the project or product line team, with day to day line management conducted through either the Digital Hardware Team Leads or the Product Line Managers (PLM) within the ISR business:
  • Line management by ISR Digital Team Lead
  • Routine tasking by work package, product line or project managers
  • Working closely within an integrated project or product line team

Key Tasks

  • Decomposition and interpretation of system requirements & algorithms
  • Design and develop firmware using Hardware Description Languages or High Level Synthesis Languages
  • Simulation and analysis
  • Verify firmware using Hardware Description languages or Hardware Verification Languages
  • Integration of firmware on the target hardware
  • Test, measurement, debug and verification (digital)
  • Design Assurance (Complex Electronics)
  • Technical assistance to production



  • Digital electronic design in hardware development language (VHDL)
  • Implementation of complex designs
  • DSP techniques
  • Simulation of designs
  • Implementation of algorithms
  • Knowledge of RF processing techniques
  • An excellent understanding of the fundamentals of High speed digital design
  • A working knowledge of Signal Integrity Analysis
  • A working knowledge of Microprocessors, programmable devices, DSP, FPGA, memory
  • Knowledge of PCB design constraints

CAD tools:
        Cadence DE HDL for schematic capture
        Mentor HDL Designer for VHDL entry

  • Matlab
  • Mentor Graphics ModelSim for Verification
  • Xilinx Vivado / ISE


  • Knowledge of FPGA architectures
  • Knowledge of Xilinx 7 series, Ultrascale +
  • Knowledge of Verification Methodology: UVM
  • Knowledge of scripting languages: TCL, PERL, Python
  • Team leadership / Work package management
  • Design for manufacture / test / support
  • Knowledge of Agile techniques / Lean Engineering
  • Appreciation of the fundamentals of analogue, RF, electro-mechanical and mechanical engineering
  • CAD Tools
  • Altera Quartus II

Experience Required


  • A proven & demonstrable record of Digital Hardware and / or Firmware design activities with relevance to the role
  • Working in and or / leading small development teams
  • Knowledge of the relevant markets: defence, security and aerospace


  • Knowledge of DO-254 Design Assurance Guidance for Airborne Electronic Hardware
  • Product development experience for commercial markets

Qualifications Required

A relevant degree or equivalent in relevant engineering discipline (Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Electronic, or Communications), supported by 5+ years of relevant experience.

IET Chartered
A Masters or equivalent in relevant specialisation

Personality / Behaviours

  • A good team player with good communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Flexible and able to work with minimum supervision


Together We believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. If you have a need for flexibility then please discuss with your Resourcing Business partner.


Job reference information
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Reference 45326372-R0017031