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Firmware Engineers - Multiple Roles and Levels

General Dynamics UK
Hastings, East Sussex
Dependant on experience, plus flexible benefits and bonus
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

Job Details

General Dynamics Mission Systems engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of more than 13,000 top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defence and scientific arenas. In the UK, we are leading the way in avionics and communication systems. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.

General Dynamics in St Leonards-on-Sea currently provide avionic mission computing systems for a wide range of military fast jets, helicopters, and UAV’s.  Recent success has resulted in General Dynamics developing the next generation of Advanced High Performance, Safety Critical Mission Computer Systems to meet the needs of latest platforms in development by several aircraft manufacturers. These Mission Computing Systems provide the functionality that integrates aircraft systems, sensor systems and weapon systems with the information and control systems required by the aircrew to meet the demanding operational needs of these aircraft.


Working as a key member of our Firmware Engineering team you will help to develop a range of product solutions to meet the needs of new and advanced avionic and maritime platforms.

The successful candidate will be assigned to one of our avionic or maritime product development teams and be involved in activities across the product development life-cycle.  This could include:

  • Analysis of customer requirements
  • Creating & modifying firmware designs and architecture
  • Use of simulation tools to generate verification test benches
  • Participation in design reviews
  • Configuration control


You will ideally be qualified in hardware, electronics or an electronic systems engineering discipline. Some experience in the defence, avionics, aerospace or naval systems industry would be preferred but is not essential.

You will have experience is some of the following:

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

Professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng or equivalent) is desirable, but not essential. General Dynamics Mission Systems actively support employees in attaining CEng status.

Additional information

Starting salary for these positions will vary dependant upon the experience of the successful applicant.  We have positions for Firmware Engineer, Senior Firmware Engineer and Principal Firmware Engineer.

To be successful in these roles we are looking for individuals to be based from our site in Hastings.  Some working from home will be possible, however we are ideally looking for a minimum of 3 days per week working on site.

We pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose, offering impressive benefits: 

  • A compressed nine-day fortnight and compressed hours - which means every other Friday off. 
  • A personalized career development plan, alongside regular progress reviews - supporting and valuing your progression within the Company. 
  • A flexible working environment where your contributions are recognized and rewarded with flexible benefits 

We believe in maintaining a diverse workplace - inclusive of 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. For more information on the Disability confident scheme in General Dynamics click here.

All successful/appointed applicants must be able to obtain a level of UK Security clearance that is appropriate for the role and undertake suitable Right to work checks.


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.

GD 2

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.

GD 3

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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