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Principal Firmware (VHDL) Engineer

General Dynamics UK
Hastings, East Sussex or Hybrid Working (Home & Onsite)
£50,000 to £65,000 dependant upon experience + flexible benefits
Closing date
8 Dec 2022

Job Details

Do you have hardware engineering experience, and are you seeking a new job in Hastings? General Dynamics Mission Systems UK is looking for a Principal Firmware Engineer, and the role comes with an attractive salary of between £50,000 to £65,000 and benefits package.


In this senior technical role, you will work primarily on defense products and contracts.


The role involves a range of activities, including:

  • Firmware development and verification, primarily VHDL, of complex systems and functions
  • Adherence to RTCA/DO-254 and other applicable standards
  • Lead internal and external firmware design reviews throughout the development life-cycle
  • Support system architecture discussions where the firmware is a key component of the system


To apply, you should be able to demonstrate engineering and domain experience across a number of the following areas:

  • FPGA design and implementation for complex functions, primarily using XILINX SoCs and MicroSemi FPGAs
  • Using VHDL
  • Using simulation tools and the generation of verification test benches
  • The XILINX Vivado and MicroSemi Libero toolsets, and supporting tools


If you’re looking to impact and create change positively, you will be rewarded with an excellent salary and benefits package for your inclusive and committed approach.


To apply for this inclusive and collaborative Principal Firmware Engineer job in Hastings, please contact General Dynamics UK today.


General Dynamics Mission Systems engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to execute missions across all domains of operation successfully. We believe in maintaining a diverse workplace, including beliefs, cultural background, job experiences, thoughts, and ideas. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we welcome you to join our inclusive team!


We are a Disability Confident Employer, as such we offer an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.
Please email if you would like your application to be considered under the DC Scheme.

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We are one of the UK’s leading defence companies and an important supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence. What sets us apart is not only our 60+ years of experience, but our commitment to providing an innovation-driven workplace for some of the best and brightest minds in the UK defence industry.

GD 1

We have established a worldwide reputation for excellence in delivering multi-domain C4ISR solutions, Armoured Fighting Vehicle capability, and next-generation avionics systems.

Our colleagues innovate on a daily basis to meet our customers’ unique mission and land systems requirements.  While each individual brings their unique and valued expertise, personality, interests and perspectives to the organisation, one thing unites us all – our ongoing commitment to excellence, community, and teamwork.

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General Dynamics UK is part of General Dynamics Corporation, one of the top five defence companies in the world. General Dynamics, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide. The Company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems; armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.

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In the UK we are structured around two main businesses:

Land Systems and Mission Systems. 

Our solutions include:

  • Avionic systems
  • Bowman
  • C4I systems - Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information
  • Digitised training solutions and services
  • ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance) systems
  • Modelling, simulation and experimentation systems
  • Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV)
Company info
(0) 1495 787 200
Unit 1 and 3
Oakdale Court
Oakdale Business Park
South Wales
NP12 4AD

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