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Interoperable, ultra-low profile, high-gain satcom on the move


PCB Layout Engineer (Contract)

A highly motivated individual with a keen eye for detail is required to join a rapidly expanding project team to take responsibility for in-house PCB design and layout activities for the company’s Phased Array Antenna products. This will include undertaking designs for current projects and feasibility studies to de-risk future product designs. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic London-based technology company developing innovative, world class products into the aerospace, maritime and land mobile industries.

The PCB Layout Engineer will be part of a multidisciplinary team working with Hardware, Mechanical, ASIC, Manufacturing and Product Engineers across a range of technologies from RFIC evaluation boards, power converters, impedance-controlled, mixed signal processor boards to multi-gigahertz RF Antenna Designs. This is an exciting opportunity to grow as an individual and develop leading edge technical skills across a broad range of technologies.

Look up and lock on to a bigger future, fast

As the original disruptors in solid-state satcom-on-the-move antenna, Hanwha Phasor is rewriting the book on phased arrays. It’s one of the toughest challenges in satcom. And, so far, we are the only team to demo multi-axis capability in real world conditions.

Now we’re closing in our goal: active electronically-steered antennas (AESA) for super-fast, super-reliable connectivity—GEO, of course, but LEO, MEO and HEO too.

Our inventive combination of digital and analogue architectures enables highest performance gain for lowest power and lowest profile, while our modular approach enables configurable apertures for the full range of enterprise customers on the move – in the air, on land or at sea.

Backed by Hanwha Systems, the Korean technology giant with a growing presence in global satcom, we are attracting formidable partners: we have appointed a world-class, global manufacturing partner, and two of the world’s best FABs are working on our chips.

So, what does that mean for you? All the fast-paced opportunity you’d expect from a challenger, plus the systems, processes and investment you’d want from an established industry leader.

Technical responsibilities

  • Take ownership of complete PCB CAD designs (Altium) from requirements capture, mechanical definition, layer stackups, symbol and footprint creation, supporting schematic entry, capturing design rules though to the design and delivery of complex mixed-signal analogue, digital, RF, power PCB layouts, data pack generation to deliver production quality, right-first time PCB Designs.
  • Work in collaboration with the other members of the development team, specifically Hardware, Mechanical, ASIC and Systems Engineers, Antenna Designers and NPI Manufacturing Engineers to ensure effective support of the existing development programmes.
  • Symbol and component creation, design checklists and Manufacturing Data Pack generation
  • Ensure the PCBs are designed for EMC, Environmental and other regulatory approvals in line with best practise and meet the requirements for volume manufacturing (DFT/DFM).
  • Pro-active approach, self-motivated with the ability to deliver quality products on time whilst ensuring DFX (Design for Excellence – DFT/DFM).

Organisational responsibilities

  • Contribute to the company’s long-term goals by delivering right first-time PCB designs and participating in process improvement programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on-time and build good working relationships with cross-functional team members and external departments, acting as a technical lead when required.
  • Contribute to hardware design reviews when appropriate to ensure PCB requirements are met.
  • Provide time and effort required for layout activities for input into the project planning process.

Essential qualifications and skills

  • HNC, HND in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering or related field or comparable professional experience.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a relevant industry working on complex PCB CAD designs for products in the data communications, automotive, aerospace or defence sectors.
  • Experienced with one or more schematic/layout toolchains such as Altium Concord (Essential), Mentor, CAM350, GCPrevue. Knowledge of import/export for ECAD/MCAD collaboration.
  • A strong background in Altium Designer and Altium Concord Component Vault, lifecycle management, schematic and PCB templates, obtained from industry experience.
  • Significant PCB CAD design experience in applications including analogue, digital, power and high-frequency RF layouts in one or more of the following fields: telecoms, aerospace, wireless, microwave for both commercial and/or defence equipment.
  • Experience of multi-layer PCB designs involving high-speed layout techniques, routing of controlled impedance traces, layout of mixed signal (Analogue, Digital, RF) and power circuits, power planes including construction of conventional and micro-via technology stackups.
  • Familiar with the placement and layout of PCBs involving SMT and through-hole components, passives, QFNs, QFPs, BGAs, SOICs, etc, thermal management and technologies such as MCUs, FPGAs, Ethernet Switches, Flash Memories, SRAMs, Ethernet PHYs, CAN and RF features.
  • Good understanding of the layout constraints for high current point of load power supplies, current return paths, grounding options and thermal management.
  • A good understanding of the design processes and best practices for PCB Layout.
  • A solid understanding of the PCB fabrication processes (conventional and sequential lamination), aware of the latest technologies, material selection, stack-ups, buried and blind vias etc.)
  • PCB design for EMC. DFM/DFT for volume manufacture.
  • Good communication skills and team working. Self-starter. Flexible can-do attitude.


  • IPC CID Certified. An understanding of IPC standards.
  • A good understanding of the PCB development process for high-reliability environments, namely aerospace, marine or automotive products.
  • Knowledge of the product approvals process to meet CE, EN and the relevant product approvals (emissions, susceptibility, environmental) for the Aero (DO-160G) and marine markets.
  • Knowledge of flexi and flexi-rigid PCB designs.

All the benefits you'd expect from an industry leader

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Contributory pension
  • Life insurance at 4X annual salary
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days' holiday (plus recognised public holidays) and holiday purchase scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Training – continuing professional development to enable our people to succeed
  • Private Medical Insurance (PMI)
  • WeCare – access to 24/7 online GP

Overseas candidates welcome, generous relocation package

  • Sponsorship available on some roles – check vacancies
  • Visa application support and advice for you and your dependants
    • Full access to immigration consultant to assist with application process
    • Visa fees paid in full for employee + up to three dependants
  • Immigration health surcharge (IHS) covered for employee and up to three dependants for the length of the visa
  • Interest-free loans for employees with no prior UK residency – to help with essential purchases on arrival
  • Ongoing advice, support group and buddy scheme with other employees who have recently moved to the UK

London Technology Centre:

  • Based in modern, open-plan offices in the vibrant area of Hatton Garden, with great views of the City of London from several spacious balconies with outdoor seating.
  • Excellent transport connections: Farringdon, City Thameslink and Kings Cross St Pancras overground stations within walking distance; Chancery Lane and Farringdon tube stations within a five-minute walk.
  • Showers, cycle racks, lockers and a coffee shop on site. Workspace networking and social events throughout the year.
  • With the City, Covent Garden and Embankment close by, there's plenty to do at lunchtimes and after work.
  • Leather Lane street food market is right on our doorstep, with the usual chains close by.

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