FPGA Design Engineer

  • Location Stevenage
  • Salary Competitive Salary & Benefits
  • Hours Full-time
  • Contract Permanent
  • P8140S
  • Closing date 21st Mar 2021

Are you passionate about the defence world and advanced technology?

Would you like to develop your skills in a highly challenging environment? If so…
The Opportunity

FPGA’s are a crucial element in many of our subsystems and our FPGA designers play a key role in successful product development. MBDA has a wide product portfolio needing FPGA designs, including Seekers, Actuators, Datalinks, Telemetry Units, Launchers and Test Equipment.

You will work in technology areas that include image processing, signal processing, embedded processors, safety and security to name but a few.

As a leading edge technology company, we need to maintain a diverse skill set, which offers great opportunity for individual growth and diversity. The work is challenging but incredibly rewarding.

What are we looking for?
  • Ideally we are looking for candidates that are degree qualified (or equivalent) with significant experience.
  • Competent VHDL skills.
  • Competent verification skills where SystemVerilog would be an advantage, but not mandated.
  • Candidates will need to demonstrate a proven track record of designing for Xilinx, Intel or Microsemi devices and mastery of associated tool chains.
  • An agile team player with good verbal and written communication skills capable of operating in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Candidates with a desire to deliver and an eagerness to learn and develop.
  • Candidates with an ability to technically lead small teams would be an advantage, but not mandated.

What’s in it for you?
  • An opportunity to tackle technically demanding projects, develop new skills
  • Opportunity to show that you share our key values of Innovation, Commitment, Integrity, Passion and Team Spirit
  • Join a team full of desire and ambition to be the best we can.
  • You will be part of a successful team working at the forefront of technology, developing new and innovative concepts for future products
  • You will be involved in the design, development and proving of key MBDA products throughout the product lifecycle from concept to in service support.

What would you get?
  • *Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *paid overtime (subject to level) *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

The Role
  • Architecture and Requirement definition. Working with hardware and system engineers to define the FPGA needs.
  • Design implementation and test.
  • Prepare and efficiently maintain design and test documentation.
  • Peer review support. Through sharing with others we grow as a team.
  • Integration support. Working with systems, software and hardware engineers to ensure product performance. It only works when it works together.
  • Preparing the future. Working on research topics to secure the technology of the future.

What's Great About the Team?
  • The FPGA team is a collocated team of focussed and skilled individuals who strive to deliver to the highest possible standards; enjoying the exchange of knowledge and ideas in order to continuously improve themselves, both as individuals and as a collective.
  • The team is constantly stretching the boundaries of the technology in response to ever-growing demands for higher capability within our missile systems. We must also be agile in response to changing project demands, often needing to deliver specific features in support of key activities such as trials.
  • The FPGA team is a group of dedicated and adaptable engineers who rise to challenges and take great pride in what they do.

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements. MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK’s work-life balance organisation.

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MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms.


We share a unique responsibility that brings purpose to everything we do.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides better, smarter and more effective defence capabilities to our home nations and their allies. Whether you are Lead Engineer or Business Support Officer, your work is vital in ensuring that our armed forces have the equipment they need, when they need it.
" At MBDA you always have to bear in mind that we are all a part of a very important process that defends our freedoms. "

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With over 60 years combined experience through our predecessor companies and over 10,000 employees across Europe and the USA, we are trusted suppliers of missile and missile systems to the defence sector.

We work with purpose, knowing that every advancement provides smarter and more effective equipment for the armed forces over land, sea and air.


We value difference.

Our work has a far-reaching impact, and we all make a difference every day. Our values-led culture welcomes a diversity of skills, experience and perspectives, where everyone has the opportunity contribute, grow and succeed.