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


Principal Systems Design Engineer (Ku/Ka band)

Hanwha Phasor, the inventor of the ultra-low profile, active electronically steered phased array antenna for mobile satcom, is looking for an ambitious principal systems design engineer who wants to make his or her mark on next generation product. For us, this lies in the new frontier of flat panel antennas: inflight connectivity.

Low earth orbiting constellations are being commissioned from 2025 and this product must meet new and significantly higher bandwidth requirements than our existing product can, primarily in aero but with land and sea satcom connectivity in our sights.

The successful candidate will be required to take responsibility for devising fundamental architecture for a product that will be a world first.

While we have already pushed the boundaries of our current product’s architecture, you will help us make a yet bigger technology leap, designing an AESA which builds upon our world-leading dynamic beam tracking, while providing very wide instantaneous signal bandwidth.

This is a unique challenge in system architecture, algorithm development and understanding of the end-to-end satellite system.

In return, you will become the ultimate design authority for the world’s first flat panel antenna for aero markets.

There is an open and collaborative culture at Hanwha Phasor with numerous subject matter experts with whom to explore and develop concepts and solutions.

A framework for the system design is in place; while system integration and feature development work, plus the algorithms that lie at the heart of the product’s scalability, can be absorbed into your design from the current generation of product.

To put your name on a 250 MHz “up/down”, modem-agnostic, multi-orbit, multi-beam flat panel antenna with an easy GUI interface for communications on the move, you will work with colleagues from the best aerospace, defence and electronics names internationally.

These include some of the most gifted radio experts around at our headquarters in central London, plus top-notch colleagues in Cambridge working at the cutting edge of chip design, where our ASICs Centre of Excellence is based.

The successful candidate will be part of dynamic engineering team developing state-of-the-art technology that will revolutionise the way mobile communications are deployed for a market that stands to grow exponentially in the next 10 years.

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

  • Work with the Product Engineering Director to develop existing system architecture designs and derive new ones to meet future product requirements.
  • Act as system design authority
  • Deliver system-level modelling and analysis to predict performance to system requirement specifications, on your own and by leading others.
  • Own system-level requirement specifications, working with the wider engineering team to capture and derive the requirements flow-down from product level to engineering functions.
  • Produce documentation, specifications and reports to an excellent standard to support quality assurance.
  • Characterise, analyse and provide insight on system performance for key RF and digital parameters.
  • Provide insight and innovative solutions to technical challenges encountered during system integration and characterisation – problem-solving abilities are key.
  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring in areas of specialist expertise.
  • Understand customer needs to support design decisions and interpret the impact of customer requirements on system-level specifications.
  • Lead customer engineering liaison and delivery of customer design activities, managing possible risks and opportunities when required.
  • Support the wider technical deliverables required for product development, such as lifecycle management, methods development, peer reviews, procurement support and lab testing.

Organisational responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in systems engineering as part of a multidisciplinary product engineering team developing a technically advanced phased array satellite communications antennas.
  • Apply best practice systems engineering methodologies and tools to translate customer product requirements into system and sub-system specifications.
  • Work with other team members to perform cost and performance trade studies to ensure the optimal design solution.
  • Develop models to predict system-level performance, carrying out our impact analysis for sub-system specification variations.
  • Coach and mentor less experienced systems engineers to enhance our systems engineering discipline
  • Identify and implement continuous improvements associated with the product development lifecycle. Author and maintain processes as required.

Essential qualifications and skills

  • Postgraduate engineering or undergraduate engineering degree
  • 12+ years in systems, RF and antenna product design
  • Experience of design and integration of Ku or Ka band electronically steered phased array antennas.
  • Proven innovation in RF and/or antenna design.


  • Experience developing product for the commercial aerospace sector.

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.

For further information on how to future-proof your satcom solution, contact us here