Senior FPGA Engineer

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Surrey, UK/Remote
Added: April 23, 2024

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the On-Board Data Handling team. Engineers at SSTL have involvement on a mission right from concept through to launch, commissioning and operational life; a true cradle to grave experience, and will give you the chance to see your work in Space in a rapid timescale! This key role will often sit within the core team of a satellite mission interacting with other technical leads across multiple disciplines to generate the technical solutions for innovative projects.

Key Tasks

  • Act as OBDH Subsystem Lead and Work Package Manager in Space Projects
  • Identification and flow-down of spacecraft system requirements to the spacecraft OBDH system
  • Delivery of a OBDH system solution that meets these requirements with defined company processes
  • Management and verification of these requirements
  • Ownership of the OBDH system and all aspects feeding into and of it
  • System / subsystem level interfacing and trade-offs
  • Manage the technical solution, supporting design engineers
  • Management and delivery of satellite OBDH systems work packages including budget and schedule
  • Interface with internal and external customers
  • Authoring of technical documents (including interface level FMEA, development/test/verification plans, procedures and technical descriptions)
  • Minor updates to circuit designs (changing obsolete parts, incremental performance improvements, ECN generations, etc)
  • Design, implementation and verification of FPGA’s in VHDL
  • Support product development if required
  • Typical OBDH System Equipment in a spacecraft defined as follows: On-board Computer, Data Recorder, and Payload Interface Unit

Previous Experience

5 years plus OBDH System Engineering experience in a systems / OBDH electronics role, ideally in the Space or Aerospace industries but not essential

Qualifications Knowledge & Skills

  • BTEC / Degree in Electronics or equivalent
  • Good understanding of digital electronics
  • Knowledge of FPGA design in VHDL
  • Knowledge of Lab Test Equipment
  • Recent experience with schematic capture and simulation software (ie/ Mentor Graphics, OrCAD PSPICE, etc.)
  • Self-motivated and able to manage a package of work
  • Excellent inter-personal skills - both written and oral communications; ability to interface with customers and technical representatives
  • Good organisation skills and able to prioritise own workload
  • Creative problem solving
  • Flexible & adaptable to changing priorities
  • Ability to work simultaneously on a variety of projects
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint particularly)
  • Able to demonstrate company mindsets and behaviours; Be accountable, Drive & delivery, Communicate effectively, Self-manage effectively, Work as one team


SSTL prides itself on being a super flexible company. The role is based in our Head Office in Guildford but we fully support hybrid working and a range of flexible working options.


Our comprehensive benefits package includes; 32 days Holiday plus Bank Holidays, Pension Scheme with Life Assurance, Private Medical & International Travel Insurance, Annual Bonus Scheme, Share Incentive Plan, Enhanced Maternity, Paternity & Shared Parental Pay for new parents, , High Street Discount Scheme and many more!