Principal RF Hardware Engineer

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK), [000337]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

Leonardo is a world-class defence technology company in the heart of Edinburgh. We create cutting edge Radars for the Eurofighter Typhoon and SAAB Gripen fighter jets, as well as Maritime and Airborne surveillance systems. We are also investors in innovation, undertaking all our own research to fuel our future products.


What sort of work would I be involved in?

You will be responsible for designing RF and Microwave circuits with very high performance levels. The types of circuit we work with are various receiver architectures, Phase-locked loops, Direct Digital Synthesisers, and general RF circuit design primarily using commercial components on microwave PCBs. We use a combination of the latest cutting-edge RF components and also tried-and-tested design approaches. The work involves extensive use of computer aided design tools, and also practical construction of lab prototypes.  We work with a variety of active and passive components, mostly surface mount devices of RF and microwave PCBs.


Great work life balance.

Life shouldn’t be all work and no play. That’s why we offer brilliant benefits like half days on Fridays, flexible hours, gym memberships, and many other incentives to make life great. Not to forget, our award-winning pension scheme.


  • Full hardware lifecycle for our products: from system concept, through detailed design and prototyping, test and verification, system integration and support in production.
  • Creating high quality and robust designs, for fully documenting and recording your work products, keeping them under configuration management and providing plans and progress reports.
  • Carrying out all detail design activities from requirements capture to design verification; ensure design reviews are completed successfully; prepare robust manufacturing data packs; provide technical support to sub-contracts and engineering interface with manufacturing.
  • Working closely with Systems, Test and Electronics engineers you will be solving real integration problems on complex systems
  • Dependent on your interests and experience, you will be required to supervise a small team, taking responsibility for planning and managing the workload for both yourself and the team and ensuring robust engineering solutions are in place.


Will I have a specific role or can I move around?

We encourage our Engineers to find and follow their passion. We offer fantastic opportunities for learning, development and professional growth. Your career will be massively varied. Join us, and you will be constantly reinventing and developing your technical skillset from one project to the next. Learning on the job isn’t just a benefit – it’s a must.


Where is our Edinburgh site?

The Leonardo site is at Crewe Toll in the North West of Edinburgh, a 10-15 minute bus ride from the city centre. You will be working within a vibrant capital city, with excellent transport links and walking distance to various key destinations. Free parking is provided on site.


In order to be considered for this role you will have previous experience working within a similar Hardware role and level in design of RF/Microwave circuits and sub-systems. You will ideally have a 2:1, or better, in a relevant science based honours degree in Electronics Engineering.


In addition you will ideally, however not essential, have;

  • Understanding of Radar Systems or Radar Receivers. This would include current practical experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Frequency synthesiser design, Receiver architectures and design, General RF and microwave PCB-level design with COTS active and passive components.
  • Previous experience of working with some of the following: DDS, PLL, DAC, ADC, high dynamic range / low noise design, phase noise.
  • Knowledge in at least one of: AWR Microwave Office, Keysight ADS, Matlab, CST.


Note, that due to the nature of the tasks involved, you will have to achieve full SC security clearance, and may need to satisfy further UK eyes only and ITAR conditions.

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