Firmware Development Engineer Ref. 906

Technology & Innovation

This role is available full-time for 37 hours per week or part-time with a minimum coverage of 22 hours - Flexible or compressed working patterns available

This role is based in the office

Are you interested in developing innovative communication systems? Do you want to be part of a team who come up with creative solutions whilst enjoying solving technical problems?

The role

As a Firmware Development Engineer, you will use your skills and experience to develop embedded software to produce new communication systems and will be joining a team of engineers working on new product developments in radio and control systems.

Your existing knowledge of embedded software development and electronics will help you to program our complex products. You'll enjoy working with engineers from other disciplines to develop system and we will support you with getting involved in system design, software architecture, and coding whilst working on your own personal development.

More About You

To apply for this role, you will already have,

  • Significant experience of coding experience in standard languages such as C/C++/Python/React.
  • Experience in software development for embedded platforms, bare-metal, RTOS or Embedded Linux.
  • The ability to turn customer requirements into embedded software designs.
  • The ability to debug complex systems with software and hardware tools.

To strengthen your application, it would be beneficial if you also have,

  • Knowledge of how to develop robust systems.
  • Experience in software defined radio or digital signal processing.
  • Knowledge of interfacing to FPGAs or other custom electronics.
  • Experience with the Git version control tool, preferably using Bitbucket.
  • The ability to architect complex software applications.
  • An understanding of the security aspects of software development.
  • A degree in software or electronic engineering or relevant experience.

Your Personal Skills

You will be the type of person who,

  • Enjoys coming up with creative solutions.
  • Enjoys solving technical problems.
  • Enjoys working with other capable engineers, combining your collective knowledge to produce better results.
  • Is keen to learn and continually improve both technical and non-technical skills.
  • Can adapt to solve novel issues and come up with new solutions.

Putting your skills to use

Using your diverse range of skills you will,

  • Work on the end-to-end development of new products.
  • Be involved in proving designs by implementing tests and performing code reviews.
  • Support products and investigate reported defects.
  • Contribute to project planning and meetings.

What we Offer

Now that we’ve explained a bit about what you will we be doing, here’s what we can offer you,

  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service.
  • 8 Bank Holiday days off in addition to your annual leave.
  • 2 ½ additional days leave (set dates through the year).
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu. Your salary is for your contracted hours.  If you work more, we believe you should be rewarded for that.
  • Lots and lots of training.  This can be anything from a ½ day internal course to a distant learning degree.  If it’s relevant to your career, we will aim to support you.
  • Our Pension scheme is Alpha.  It’s competitive.
  • Sports & Social Society. Whether its classic cars or baking, golf or crafting, we have a society for you.
  • On site nursery (subject to availability).
  • 3 days paid leave a year to support a registered charity of your choice.
  • Free parking.
  • Free onsite gym, open 24 hours a day.
  • Relocation Package*
  • Affinity Groups – whether you are disabled, LGBTQ and/or from an Ethnic Minority. We provide an inclusive environment and support for everyone.


We are HMGCC, the engineering specialists at the heart of the UK’s national security.

We work with the national security community, UK government, academia, private sector partners and international allies to bring engineering ingenuity to the national security mission, creating tools and technologies that drive us ahead and help to protect the nation.

We invest in our people, not only with training but also support throughout your career with us; to allow you to reach your full potential at work, as well as enjoy the work/life balance many aspire to.

To find out more about us and if we’re right for you, please visit our website.

Equal Opportunities

Inclusion & Diversity really matters to us. It's not just about hitting targets or visible differences.

HMGCC are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities or who are neurodivergent.

We’re not looking for any one type of person. We’re looking for talent from all different backgrounds to join our organisation, where we genuinely respect and value each other's differences, as well as our similarities. It makes us even better at what we do.

We are proud to offer candidates the opportunity to apply through the Offer of Interview Scheme. The scheme ensures eligible candidates are selected for an interview as long as their application meets the minimum criteria for the role. To find out more and how you can apply under this scheme, please see the inclusion and diversity information on our website.

Apply now

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Our Recruitment Team will process your application once the role has closed and everyone will get a response.

Please note dependent on the recruitment requirements, we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date. 

*if you are relocating to the area then we can discuss the possibility of a relocation package

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.