New Malden, England
Vacancy Type

Role Overview

Join Our Vibrant & Growing Engineering Team

Want to join an international and growing development team that has the highest standards of technical and product design expertise, coupled with a focus on developing staff, recognising and celebrating success and a great working environment?

The Sperry Marine Engineering Team based in New Malden in the UK and Hamburg in Germany, have responsibility for the development and maintenance of Sperry Marine’s wide product portfolio, and ambitious development roadmap.

We are a truly multidisciplinary team, with engineers from electronics, software, mechanical, system engineering and system test backgrounds all working in integrated teams to develop best in class products and solutions. 

To support our ambitious roadmap and growth plans we are actively increasing the size our teams, creating a great opportunity for a skilled Principal FPGA Firmware Engineer to join us!

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Support the Chief Hardware Engineer and work in the Hardware team to develop FPGA firmware for new products
  • Be main expert in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in the Hardware Team.
  • Work on product developments to optimize and add new functionalities
  • Support the Embedded Software team and the System test team
  • Participate to Embedded Software development
  • Responsible of maintenance of FPGA toolkit (Vivado)
  • Participate to the design of filters and high speed ADCs


What do you get in return?

Sperry Marine offers you a career in an international business with many interesting global projects.

When you join the Company, you’ll also enjoy a range of attractive employee benefits:

  • Competitive salary with annual reviews.
  • Option for a compressed working pattern (alternate Fridays off)
  • Hybrid Working Policy
  • Up to 8% contributory pension scheme.
  • Up to 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Medical Healthcare Cover (dependant on level of role)
  • Ongoing training and development
  • A range of other benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Bike Scheme, EV Car Scheme, Annual Leave Purchase Scheme and more.

Skills & Experience

Skills and Capabilities

  • Experience is required in working with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in the context of firmware development and good knowledge of signal processing principles.
  • Must have good working knowledge of Image Processing techniques.
  • A working knowledge of High Speed ADC and DACS interfaces
  • A working knowledge of RF transceivers
  • Should be confident specifying (or designing) filters
  • A requirement for VHDL. Knowledge of Verilog is preferable.
  • Software languages, C (or C++) is preferable, additional languages considered useful.
Tool Chain Experience
  • Experience with Vivado is required and Xilinx (AMD) preferred
  • Familiarity with any other FPGA vendors' tools is a positive.
Systems Knowledge
  • Understanding of microprocessors, System on Chip (SoC) architectures, ARM microprocessors, and AXI bus interconnect.
  • Experience with memory interfaces, SDRAM and/or DDR.
Design Techniques
  • Knowledge of: Synchronous design, Finite state machines (FSMs), ADCs, DACs, FIFOs, DSP, data streaming, pipelining.
  • Asynchronous interfaces.
Scripting Languages
  • Knowledge of one or more of Bash, TCL, or Python.
Operating Systems
  • Experience with both Linux and Windows operating systems is important
  • Networking Protocols and Device Drivers:
  • Familiarity with networking protocols is preferable.
  • Good understanding of device drivers to facilitate integration within various systems.
  • Appreciation of circuit design and interfacing hardware within the context of overall designs.
  • Good experience of debugging using eval boards or other techniques.

If you meet some but not all of the above criteria then we still want to hear from you, as we have a number of opportunities available and we may be able to match you to another role!

About Us

With over 100 years of history and expertise in navigation, we have established our self as a major global provider of navigation solutions, including radars, compass systems, steering systems, speed logs, integrated bridge and control systems. We take pride in our commitment to provide 24/7 support to all of our customers.

Our company grows because of our employees' dedication and commitment to achieving our mission, something we always remember. In return for working for us you will have access to a benefits package that provides you with flexibility to balance your professional career with your personal life, health & well-being benefits, discount schemes, pension benefits and investment in your future development.

We are committed to equality and diversity in our workplace. Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to an individual’s protected status, including race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, religion or belief, creed, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic.

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