Lead Antenna Design Engineer Ref. 893

Full Time

This role has full-time, part-time and flexible working patterns available.

Can you design, build and test Antennas for modern communication systems?
Keen to build your skills and develop your career in engineering?

You’ll bring your technical knowledge and ideas to create and maintain antennas to solve a range of challenging engineering problems, to meet the needs of customers at home and overseas.

On the job training is provided, and a portion of your time will be dedicated to innovation and research.

Joining one of our product development teams, you’ll work on hardware products and solutions to protect national security. You may not know all the details yet, but you soon will.

No two days will be the same, one day you could be modifying an existing design to introduce a new requirement, the next you could be collaborating with a multidiscipline team on designing the next set of products and systems.

More About You

To apply for this role, you will already have:

  • To have a number of years experience of designing and testing bespoke antennas to meet specifications and standards.
  • To have experience of using network and spectrum analysers plus other test equipment and measurement systems used in antenna design.
  • Experience of RF design using software simulation tools, e.g. HFSS, CST etc.
  • The ability to work independently to solve complex antenna related problems.

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

  • Relevant work experience or relevant Degree, such as RF engineering, RF communications, maths or physics.
  • Experience of antenna construction and good skills with hand tools.  
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary engineering team to deliver solutions to engineering problems.
  • Experience of leading a technical team.

Your personal skills

You will be someone who:

  • Is keen to learn and continually improve both technical and non-technical skills.
  • Is enthused by working with other capable engineers, combining your collective knowledge to produce better results.
  • Likes seeing things through to the end. You have the drive and commitment to finish projects to a high standard.
  • Enjoys the challenge of thinking of innovative solutions to hard problems. You are not constrained by convention.
  • Can manage your own workload and can adapt to changing demands on your time.
  • Puts plans in place to make improvements.
  • Works with customers to clearly understand their desired outcomes and expectations.

Putting your skills to use

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the full process. You’ll use your skills and experience to create a wide range of designs and systems whilst working with a variety of customers and design engineers. You can be creative, working in your own way towards delivery. All we ask for in return is that you have a willingness to learn.

Using your diverse range of skills, you will:

  1. Design, develop and document antennas to appropriate standards, in line with HMGCC’s engineering policies, processes and procedures.
  2. Design solutions that meet our customers’ needs.
  3. Verify designs by creating and implementing verification tests and carrying out peer reviews.
  4. Support products and investigate reported defects.
  5. Contribute to project planning and meetings.
  6. Undertake elements of line management and departmental administration as agreed with team management.

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 individuals 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.

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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.