Principal FPGA Engineer (Cyber Security)

Newport, United Kingdom (UK), Airbus [10445416 MF EN EXT 3]

Field(s) of expertise
Cyber Security Electronics Engineering
Job type

About this job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal FPGA Engineer within Airbus Cyber Security in Newport, South Wales.

The Principal FPGA Engineer will report to the Head of Hardware Engineering for performing allocated FPGA Work Packages within agreed cost, time and quality constraints.

This position can offer you:

  • Challenging tasks in a company with some of the most creative 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
  • Flexible working hours

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.


  • All FPGAs are developed following our Clients standards
  • Technical design decisions are made within the context of known practices and acquired technical expertise
  • Success of both internal and external design reviews and project reviews throughout the development life-cycle
  • The support of the design of essential components where decisions may have a significant effect on project timescales
  • Analyse requirements, specifying and documenting the FPGA solution and work breakdown
  • Prepare FPGA architectural designs and documentation
  • FPGA design generation and implementation and verification
  • Integrate FPGAs onto the target platform• Provide FPGA technical support
  • Collaboration with other engineering disciplines to agree specifications and to manage integration and test
  • The focus of the job is Operational – delivery of project funded Work Packages
  • Technical leadership – to be provided to the FPGA Engineering function and to subordinate engineers
  • To lead teams of up to 8 FPGA Engineers
  • Improve FPGA Engineering processes – looking to identify process problems and suggesting improvements

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.


  • Essential Experience
    • Have experience of FPGA design and implementation for communications equipment or equivalent
    • Have excellent FPGA development process knowledge
    • Are an experienced engineer, versed in design methodologies for their field able to work on their own, but providing regular reporting
    • Have team leadership experience, including the control of work, the allocation of work packages and their delivery
  • Have recent design experience of devices from the following suppliers: Altera, Microsemi, Xilinx,
  • Desirable to have recent experience of using several of the following tools/development environments: Altera Quartus II, Mentor ModelSim, MicroSemi Libero IDE, Microsemi Libero SoC, Xilinx Vivado
  • Essential Skills
    • Are proficient in the use of VHDL
    • Are proficient in the use of at least one simulation tool
    • Are proficient in the use of at least one FPGA synthesis tool
    • Must understand requirements capture, and of work package definition and estimation

Because of the nature of work undertaken, these positions are required to meet special nationality rules and therefore these vacancies are only open to sole British Citizens. If you meet this criteria you will also undergo security clearance vetting, if not already security cleared to a minimum SC level.

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