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Embedded Senior Software Engineer

Date: 02-Nov-2022

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

We are looking for a Senior Embedded Software Engineer to be an implementation lead in developing 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:

The Implementation Lead is also a subject matter expert who supports the Design Lead in design decisions and ensures the implementation is aligned to the design and is realisable within the target constraints as well as being responsible for input of Enterprise Architect model design, test artefacts, etc.

  • Responsible for reviewing Sprint Goals prior to Sprint Backlog refinement, discussing any issues with the leadership team to resolve any issues
  • Responsible for Sprint Planning and ongoing backlog refinement for the features they are leading
  • Responsible for trying to maintain Sprint Backlogs for future Sprints (i.e. beyond the next one)
  • Responsible for ensuring that estimates are three-point, have been developed with the team/person doing the work
  • Provides task management for the resources working on the features they are leading
  • Responsible for early identification and resolution of Feature Team members' issues,
  • Responsible for ensuring deliverables are on-time and are production quality

• 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:
• 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.