AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019 it generated revenues of € 70.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.
About the Skynet 6A Project
Airbus Defence and Space provides a range of space-based services to customers worldwide including supporting the UK Armed Forces, and its NATO Allies. Airbus has owned and operated the Skynet military communications system, providing 24/7 services across the world for more than 15 years on behalf of the UK MOD.
In July 2020, Airbus Defence and Space signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to extend and enhance the Skynet fleet. The project involves the development, manufacture, cyber protection, assembly, integration, test and launch, of a military communications satellite, Skynet 6A, planned for launch in 2025.
This contract for 6A demonstrates the strong working partnership we have with UK MOD, built on the success we have jointly achieved on the Skynet 5 system since 2003 and continues our long tradition as the UK national milsatcom end-to-end services provider. We are now actively recruiting to grow the Skynet 6A delivery team and have a number of vacancies across a diverse range of disciplines.
We are looking for a Firmware Engineer to join Airbus Defence and Space in Portsmouth. You will join our Modem team within the UK Modem Delivery group and report to the Head of Modem System Engineering.
You will help develop new features and performances for a Software-Defined Radio using System-on-a-Chip technology. While you will be initially focused upon use within a single satellite communications system, it is the intent that the techniques and technology that are developed will be reused to create a product that can be sold in multiple systems.
Because of this, the role has long-term stability and will be central to an important product-line providing industry-leading products to the market. This position is an excellent platform for building a fulfilling career, with many options and scope for additional responsibilities and promotions through the life of the programme and products.
It is expected there will be considerable learning during the course of the project and product. The team has a long tradition of supporting the development of its members, involving them in the development of the products and this is reflected by our very high levels of engagement.
You will need to be able to gain UK SC Security Clearance to undertake the role.
Tasks and Accountabilities
Design, implement and test the firmware elements of a product in response to requirements set by the systems team
Resolve technical needs, supporting the integration of this product into systems
Focus on embedded firmware (though we are willing to bring you up-to-speed if you have a willingness to learn this skill)
Be open to learning and applying new skills, tools and technique
Your role could involve very occasional travel within the UK and worldwide.
Comfortable designing, implementing and documenting Firmware to customer needs
Working knowledge of Xilinx FPGA technologies (including Vivado) and VHDL design lifecycle
Some experience with Matlab, Simulink of SysML or UML
Any experience working in an Agile or Scrum environment would be beneficial
What we can offer
In return we can offer a competitive salary with annual profit share; an ever growing list of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and very strong, very real strong career development options across our transnational, market leading company.
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.
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