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Embedded Software Engineer

Malvern, Worcestershire
Closing date
17 Dec 2021
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We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic Embedded Software Engineer to develop software for cutting edge electronics systems.

You will be solving technically challenging problems and may work on a variety of projects, from rapid developments with tight time-scales (a few days/weeks) to full scale system developments (1+ years). You will work closely with specialists from across a number of disciplines which may include; RF, electronics and FPGA design, digital signal processing, secure products, navigation products and cryptography. You will also work throughout the engineering lifecycle, applying rigorous engineering practices; analysing, designing, implementing, testing, supporting and maintaining solutions that solve the mission-critical problems of our customers.

Key Accountabilities:
• Responsible to Project Design Authority for software development and related software engineering activities.
• Produces written documentation (including presentation material) of technical work in accordance with Project requirements

• Rapid learning of current technologies in support of research and products.
• Innovation in the application/integration of digital hardware technologies to build novel embedded systems
• Communicating ideas with multiple stakeholders and customers, at all levels, technical, non-technical and management.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
• Willingness to apply for DV clearance
• Degree in a computer science, engineering or maths subject or demonstrable equivalent experience
• Ability to develop in C++.
• Experience of working in a rigorous engineering environment using configuration management and change management processes and tools.
• Knowledge and experience of the specification, design and implementation of complex software solutions.
• Experience of developing for embedded platforms, including interfacing to on board FPGAs.
• Experience using software design, development environment and test tools such as Enterprise Architect, Visual Studio, etc.
• Experience of designing software using UML.
• Excellent verbal and written technical English communications skills.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:
• Innovative
• Self-starter, shows initiative
• Offers solutions to problems
• Enthusiastic team player
• Driven to deliver great results
• Strong risk awareness
• Quality conscious
• Able to follow processes and procedures

Desirable Experience:
• RTOS for embedded platforms
• Assembly language programming
• Development on SPARC or ARM processors
• Understanding of encryption algorithms
• Implementing to applicable coding standards
• High assurance software development (safety and/or security)
• Developing software security solutions such as optimised cryptographic algorithms etc.
• Working on mixed software/FPGA systems
• Hardware design, implementation and debugging
• Data/memory management
• Optimisation of hardware interfaces for software performance.
• Supporting tools such as Matlab for solution modelling and verification
• Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
• Skilled in other software languages and frameworks e.g. C#, Python, MFC
• Working in an Agile development team

Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.


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Our Company

QinetiQ is a company of scientists and engineers committed to listening, understanding and responding to our customers' needs. This enables us to use our depth of experience and our unique science and engineering expertise to equip them with powerful solutions to their most pressing challenges.

What we do

We offer our customers world-class expertise in advice, services (particularly test and evaluation) and innovative technology-based products. We deploy our scientific and technological knowledge, proven research capabilities and unique, purpose-built facilities to provide both services and products that meet the needs of a wide range of global customers. We operate primarily in the defence, security and critical national infrastructure markets.

Technical and Engineering Roles

Our engineers, scientists and consultants provide world-class, independent technical advice, guidance and thought leadership across a broad spectrum of subjects from algorithms and lasers to cyber security and human performance.

Our People

QinetiQ is a company of over 6,000 people dedicated to being on the side of their customers. They are pragmatic and hugely experienced, looking always for enterprising, agile ways to create real benefit and added value. They are also natural collaborators, adept at making vital connections through forging industry partnerships and harnessing the best talents within the supply chain. It is these qualities, demonstrated every day by our employees, mean that QinetiQ can be trusted as a partner to enable, assure and protect our customers' interests.

Why work for QinetiQ Inc.?

We know our greatest asset is our people. To attract and engage the best employees we need to provide them all the support they need to enjoy work, develop their skills and realize their full potential.

We understand that our people want diversity in their careers, so we offer a flexible working environment, enabling you to work on a variety of projects, with the freedom to innovate and try new things. We constantly encourage people to think outside the box, to always look for enterprising, agile ways to drive change to drive real benefit for our customers. Collaborating with and learning from our world-renowned experts makes QinetiQ Inc. an exceptionally rewarding place to work; no two days are the same.


We want our employees to share in our company’s success, as we wouldn’t be able to deliver for our customers without them. Through our Rewarding for Performance program, which includes an All Employee Incentive Scheme, we ensure there is a clear link between the contribution you make and the reward you receive.

Wherever possible, we look to offer adaptive working  in terms of offering part time roles, flexible hours and a choice of work location.

Our people have access to a great range of flexible benefits.

Join us

At QinetiQ, you’ll find a dedicated and talented group of people who enjoy their work and take pride in their accomplishments. We solve some of the world’s most complex defence and security challenges.

As a member of our team, you’ll have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology and some of the industry’s most brilliant minds.
Be a game changes in tomorrow’s innovation and start a career with purpose – join our team!

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