Senior Hardware Design Engineer

Date: 3 Apr 2024

Location: Wappenham, NTH, GB

Company: our team

Building the people that build the world.

With platforms in HVAC and Detection and Measurement, SPX Technologies builds innovative solutions that enable a safer, more efficient, sustainable world.  Through our RiSE talent development framework, we Reach, Identify, Strengthen, and Engage our employees to support them in their continued development.  We’re a global company of problem solvers, collaborators, and innovators, and our businesses build solutions that impact the world. 


As part of Detection and Measurement, Enterprise Control Systems (ECS) is a leading supplier of long range data links that support real time high resolution video transfer between air and ground users.   In creating products like RF inhibitors and specialized equipment for military and security purposes, we protect ground forces and infrastructure around the world.


How you will make an Impact (Job Summary)
SPX is a diverse team of unique individuals who all make an impact. As a Senior Hardware Design Engineer for CommTech (Enterprise Control Systems & TCI), you will play a crucial role in New Product Introduction (NPI) and Sustaining Engineering for products within our Battlespace, Datalinks and SMS markets.  

You will be joining a small dynamic team continually designing and developing world beating products. As a Senior Hardware Design Engineer you will be expected to join our RF and Hardware group and be involved in the full product lifecycle including requirements, design, test, release and support of new digital, analogue and RF designs.  

This is an opportunity to work in a fast paced but rewarding environment on RF Technologies across a number of exciting markets including defense and aerospace.

What you can expect in this role (Job Responsibilities)
While each day brings new opportunities at SPX, your core responsibilities will be:
1.    Design including but not limited to;
•    Design of electronic circuits, subsystems and systems of varying complexity crossing analog, digital and RF (desirable) domains.
•    Complete electronic design including;
o    Schematic capture.
o    Layout capture
o    Footprint/symbol creation
•    Maintenance and update of Altium Library and templates
•    Scoping of new systems and technologies both for feasibility and product design.
•    Managing of external design houses and resource as required

2.    Technical Support and Testing 
•    Production and Manufacturing assistance as required.
•    Trouble shooting of hardware and system issues seen from all areas of the business
•    Self testing and troubleshooting of your own design and development work.
•    Testing, troubleshooting and updating of existing design and development work produced by other engineers for our products.
•    Complete Design Reviews
•    Verification of designs against requirement Specifications
•    Mentoring of lower grades assigned to your design function as and when needed. 


3.  Documentation and Communication including but not limited to;
•    Provide task time estimates and risk considerations to the project manager and/or RF and Hardware group manager.
•    Weekly standup meeting to communicate previous weeks achievements and current weeks priorities. 
•    Organise and lead technical projects including being the lead of Preliminary, Interim and Critical Design Reviews as dictated by company procedures
•    Participate in Design Reviews and Project meetings being led by others.
•    Contribute to department processes and procedures
•    Creation of design pack documentation
•    Creation of User Information and manuals when required. 
•    Assisting Principal Design Engineer and Project leads with project plans.
•    Collaboration and communication with full engineering team including interacting with other Engineering disciplines to achieve department targets.

What we are looking for (Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education)
We each bring something to the table, and we are looking for someone who has:
Required Experience 
•    Solid experience in an equivalent role
•    The following skills and experience will be required. Candidates are not expected to have experience in all areas;
o    Digital circuit design including micro-processors, FPGA’s and associated high speed peripherals.
o    Analogue circuit design such as power supplies.
o    RF circuit design 
o    Layout experience.
o    EMC and CE marking experience. 
o    Design for IPC
•    Practical experience of PCB bring up and test
•    Self-motivated and enthusiastic. 
•    Strong team player with good interpersonal skills. 
•    Ability to work in a team and interact with other Engineering disciplines. 
•    Ability to produce results under pressure
•    Good analytical skills. 


Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
•    Extensive experience in an equivalent role. 
•    An understanding of products aligned with CommTech’s portfolio.
•    Experience with Altium Designer
•    The following skills and experience would also be beneficial;
o    Basic embedded firmware skills used to exercise and test hardware designs.
o    Experience of designing electronic circuits and sub-assemblies for use in military or airborne applications. 
o    Experience of designing for and test/verification MIL-STD’s and DO160.
o    Test and verification using tools such as JTAG Boundary Scan Testing
o    Experience of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, analysers and signal generators. 


Education & Certifications
•    Required is a Bachelors degree in Electronics or related subject (or work experience equivalent to)
•    Masters in Electronics or related subject is desirable.

•    British Citizen or ability to obtain required security clearance.

Travel & Working Environment
•    Travel unlikely
•    Onsite working including working from home policy.


How we live our culture

Our culture is at the center of what we do and, more importantly, who we are.  Our core values set a standard for how we manage ourselves, and our Leadership Model sets the standard for how we engage with each other.  Whether you are an individual contributor or you lead a large team, each of us leads at SPX.  


What benefits do we offer?

We know that the well-being of our employees is integral. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive and performance-based compensation packages and bonus plans
  • Educational assistance, leadership development programs, and recognition programs  


Our commitment to embrace diversity to build a culture of inclusion at SPX

We value different backgrounds, experiences, and voices at SPX, and we are committed to challenging ourselves, openly communicating, and striving to improve every day.  We believe in creating an inclusive work environment where everyone has a voice and is encouraged to realise their fullest potential.