Entry Level
Graduate Firmware Engineer
APD Comms

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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Principle Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coding of individual software modules or programs as required.
  • Performing software testing at component, integration or system acceptance levels.
  • Designing solutions in conjunction with other members of the team.
  • Taking part in reviews of software items at all stages of development.
  • Exploring and recommending new technologies to deliver functional enhancements and ensure future capabilities of the product.
  • Working closely with colleagues to share expertise and find creative solutions to problems.
  • Work within APD’s Quality guidelines.
  • Self-evaluation of performance to assist in personnel appraisal scheme.
  • Highlighting deficiencies in or improvements to company procedures and standards to improve efficiency of operation.
  • Provision of a degree of troubleshooting and consultation to the support team.
  • Any other reasonable duties as requested to maintain the effective and efficient running of the department, our customers and APD in general. 

Key Attributes

  • Ability to contribute to multiple projects and situations simultaneously.
  • A sound methodical approach to software development.
  • Creative, analytical mind and ability to learn rapidly.
  • Ability to work within, contribute to and collaborate with a team of professionals.  
  • Ability to work within a strict Quality environment.
  • Commitment to technical excellence.
  • Interest in technology and appreciation of wider industry trends.
  • Ability to create and sustain effective long term working relationships.
  • Willingness to work in a flexible manner according to the needs of projects.
  • Excellent overall communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong listening skills and ability to take direction effectively.
  • Professional appearance and approach.
  • Ability to articulate ideas effectively to a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to display pragmatism to ensure company objectives are fulfilled.
  • Ability to contribute to the resolution of ambiguous situations in a calm and professional manner.

This is a demanding, challenging and responsible, technical role with an opportunity to make a significant contribution in a fast-moving, mission critical environment.


Mandatory skills and experience:

  • Excellent software engineering skills
  • Full software lifecycle knowledge (customer requirements capture, specification, design, code, test, support), ideally understood across different methodologies
  • Good level of knowledge of the programming language C
  • Knowledge of working with low level hardware
  • Engineering or Computer Science degree


Desired skills and experience:

  • Exposure to agile software development methodologies
  • Knowledge of modern programming languages and in depth understanding of object orientated design and development
  • Knowledge of formal design and requirements techniques
  • Knowledge of communication protocols
  • Experience with embedded linux
  • Experience with RTOS
  • Customer facing problem solving experience
  • Understanding of formal testing techniques
  • Knowledge of hardware and infrastructure
  • An appreciation of requirements of safety critical systems
  • Understanding of different testing strategies and automation techniques
  • Appreciation of the rigour involved in working in an environment that is certified to ISO9001, ISO20000 & ISO27001

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