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FPGA Design Engineer

Competitive Salary & Benefits
Closing date
12 Jun 2021

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Design, Electronics
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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, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with 10,000 employees working across France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United States. It has three major aeronautical and defence shareholders - Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%) - and is the first truly integrated European defence company. In 2013, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced about 3,000 missiles and added 4 billion euros of new orders to the order book which now stands at 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

MBDA was created in December 2001, after the merger of the main missile producers in France, Italy and the UK. Each of these companies contributed the experience gained from fifty years of technological and operational success. The restructuring of the industry in Europe was completed with the acquisition of the German subsidiary EADS/LFK in March 2006. This further enriched MBDA’s range of technologies and products, consolidating the Group’s world-leading position in the industry.

MBDA is the only Group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems to meet the whole range of current and future operational requirements for the three armed forces (army, navy, air force). Overall, the Group offers a range of 45 products in service and another 15 in development.

The Group has demonstrated its ability to bring together the best skills across the whole of Europe and as a result has been chosen to lead a series of strategic multi-national programmes. These include the six-nation Meteor air superiority weapon, the Franco-British conventionally armed cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, and a family of air defence systems based on the Aster missile for France and Italy (for ground and naval based air defence) and for the UK (naval air defence for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers).

The mastery of cutting-edge technologies is not only an advantage for MBDA in successfully developing and producing new products. It is also a means of guaranteeing customers that innovations can be made to existing products during their life span in order to meet constantly changing specifications arising from increasingly complex engagement scenarios. It is precisely this combination which makes MBDA the defence sector partner of choice in many countries around the world.

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