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FPGA Engineer

Airbus Defence & Space
10420282 XX EN EXT 3
Contract Type
Defence & Security, Engineering
To be discussed with the Recruitment Business Partner
Expiry Date
An exciting opportunity to join us as an FPGA Engineer in Newport.

Job Description

The FPGA Engineer is responsible to the Head of Hardware Engineering for executing allocated FPGA Work Packages within agreed cost, time and quality constraints. In this position you will be responsible for demonstrating that the developed product meets all specified product and customer requirements, by;

  • Analysing requirements, specifying and documenting the FPGA solution and work breakdown.
  • Preparing FPGA architectural and detailed designs and documentation.
  • FPGA design generation and implementation.
  • FPGA design verification.
  • Integration of FPGAs onto the target platform.
  • Providing FPGA technical support.

This position can offer you:

  • Challenging tasks in a company with some of the most innovative cyber security technology and services
  • Integration into an international network of cyber security experts across and outside of Europe
  • Participation in Europe-wide projects as prime supplier
  • Exciting development opportunities and perspectives within Airbus as a global player
  • An attractive company pension scheme
  • Airbus Group success share scheme
  • An extensive range of additional benefits, such as car options, travel insurance for the whole family, child care vouchers, etc.
  • Flexible working hours


Tasks you can expect to undertake in this role will include;

  • All FPGAs are designed, developed, integrated and tested in accordance with Clients Defence and Space standards; all supporting documents are produced in accordance with Clients Defence and Space standards.
  • Appropriate processes and methodologies are used to design and deliver allocated FPGA development work packages meeting cost, time and quality targets, agreed with their development team leader.
  • Technical design decisions are made within the context of known practices, established precedents and acquired technical expertise. The cost/benefits of design possibilities are understood, and that judgement calls can be made based on them.
  • Success of both internal and external design reviews and project reviews throughout the development life cycle.
  • The support of the design and development of critical components where decisions may have a significant impact on project timescales.
  • The focus of the job is Operational - delivery of project funded Work Packages.
  • Analytical - To identify and isolate errors in the FPGA or integrated target platform, their likely causes and solutions.
  • Ingenuity - To work with autonomy on a complete FPGA design from concept to delivery.

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.



As the successful candidate you must have the following;

  • Experienced engineer with good FPGA development process knowledge
  • Experience of FPGA design and implementation
  • Recent design experience of devices from Altera / Microsemi / Xilinx
  • Excellent communication, both oral and written
  • Proficient in VHDL; a simulation and FPGA synthesis tool


Recent experience of using at least one of the following tools/development environments:

  • Altera Quartus II
  • Mentor ModelSim
  • MicroSemi Libero IDE
  • Microsemi Libero SoC
  • Xilinx Vivado

Must have existing UK SC security clearance, or be capable of attaining UK SC clearance

This role is based at Airbus Defence and Space offices, Newport, South Wales, with occasional requirements for business travel within the UK and abroad. Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking. We value the strength that diverse perspectives bring to our business, so if you require any reasonable adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process please discuss this with the recruiter who contacts you