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Senior Embedded Software Engineer

Date: 23-Sep-2022

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Job title: Senior Embedded Software Engineer              

Location: Ashford, Kent                       

Company: QinetiQ Target Systems

Salary: Competitive

Hours: 37 hour per weeks, flexible hybrid working


About the role

We are currently recruiting a Senior Embedded Software Engineer to join our Engineering team in QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS). QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state of the art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems including the world leading Banshee target.


QTS targets are used to enable realistic weapons test and evaluation and operator training in over 40 countries worldwide with QTS providing a complete managed service in over 15 of these countries.


What will I be doing?


Reporting to the Software Engineering Manager, you will be designing and assisting in guiding the development of the embedded software systems on the various projects relating to unmanned air vehicles, ariel targets, surface / marine targets and related technologies.


Duties will include:


  • Embedded software system design from requirements to production release
  • Detailed embedded real time software design to support both new and legacy products both air and ground based systems
  • Production and maintenance of design records in accordance with internal design procedures & ISO 9001
  • Project management
  • Field services and trials support (domestic and overseas)
  • Fault diagnosis of the embedded systems, both software and hardware
  • Provide technical support for internal and external customers for the embedded systems portfolio
  • Provide input to the companies continuous improvement program
  • Contribute to the technical direction of product design
  • Mentoring and assisting in the training of more junior software engineers
  • Acting as technical lead for small projects requiring multiple software engineers     


Some travel to Europe may be required


What do I need?


You will have a degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field, experience in the design of electronics products and at least 8 years’ experience in a relevant embedded engineering design environment.


We also ask that you are competent in technical writing, are interested and willing to handle a diverse portfolio of projects and assignments and have a genuine interest to work with product realisation.


The ability to obtain SC clearance is essential.


We also ask that you:


  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are creative and pragmatic  
  • Have strong time management skills
  • are an expert with demonstrable experience in the following areas;
    • Real time systems for both bare metal and RTOS
    • C programming for embedded systems
    • Version control systems such as git
    • Coding standards & good design practices, experience of MISRA desired
    • Software testing, verification & validation as well as white & black box
    • Low level drivers to interface to hardware such as UART, CAN, A/D etc.
    • To review & critique embedded hardware designs from a software use perspective
    • To read & understand datasheets of components such as processors and interface chips, UART, I2C, CAN, A/D etc.
    • Project management, understanding the life cycle of a project
    • Have or be able to quickly attain good levels of product knowledge
  • Are self-driven and able to deliver
  • Have structured and documented work methods


Knowledge in the following areas is desired:


  • C++ programming for embedded systems
  • Programming for test applications in C# within visual studio..
  • MATLAB – Simulink, State flow & Coder
  • The use of electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyser
  • Practical PCB and harness assembly skills that can be used in development activities
  • Bill of Material creation and maintenance
  • Aviation and or maritime systems


What else do I need to know?


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 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, ample holiday entitlements, generous contributory Pension and the ability to purchase discounted Health Cash Plans, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance, plus much more. 

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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