Careers

Overview

Ocean Signal operates within the ACR group. This group has over 250 employees and 3 world class R&D centres. We are continually developing business opportunities with over 150 active global customers and represented in over 30 countries. Partnered with key organisations around the globe the group has a proven leadership pedigree in the Maritime, Aviation, Land and Military markets for over 50 years. Ocean Signal is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of Satellite and Terrestrial Emergency Rescue Beacons based upon VHF/UHF, Iridium, DSC, AIS, GNSS and battery technologies; supplying products throughout the world to four main markets: – Commercial Marine, Leisure Marine, Governmental/Military and Land/Recreational.


Electronic Design Engineer

Position Summary

 

To work with the Principal Engineer & Chief Technology Officer on technical ideas/solutions to support the Business Unit roadmaps.

Proven experience in the Design & Development Analogue, Digital and Micro Controller circuitry & PCBs for medium volume production. An emphasis on designing for Lithium/Alkaline battery powered devices.

To evaluate competitors’ products and prepare draft product specifications for future new products.   To provide technical support to the R&D engineers and the project teams as and when necessary, particularly during the project Feasibility & Concept phases, at design reviews and when technical issues occur.

Developing ‘white papers’ to support R&D feasibility studies and concept development. Developing papers to lead, influence and steer the development of International & National Specification Standards.

Job Responsibilities

 

  • Implement new research initiatives into products and solutions in support of the company three-year/five-year plans through in-house, outsourcing or collaborative ventures as appropriate.
  • Assess new technologies and techniques relevant to current or planned company products and make recommendations for inclusion in future design and development or cost reduction programmes.
  • Assess competitor products and produce reports on their cost base, technical performance, novel features, benefits and compliance with international standards.
  • Assist the PE & CTO by providing technical expertise as maybe required from time to time, to support new product development programmes and help resolve technical problems. In particular act as an ‘assessor’ during design reviews and related activities and provide advice, guidance and assistance to help resolve any technical problems that may occur.
  • Manage all aspects of the research activities assigned to you including costs and timescales.
  • Ensure that all electronic designs that you are responsible for are ‘fit for purpose’ and meet relevant Safety, Reliability, Approval standards and costs by means of Design Reviews, Risk Assessment, Examination and Testing.
  • Control the design status of any tasks for which you are responsible by the generation and maintenance of the relevant Project Documentation and Reports.
  • Provide support and assistance to Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Quality in areas where your expertise is of benefit.
  • Assist the CTO in the effective running of the OSL & ACR engineering team to deliver approved new product development programmes on time and to support and resolve production problems on existing products.
  • Assist the CTO in the development of concepts, plans, specifications and ideas for new products that may in time become approved projects for the engineering teams.
  • Assess and respond to customer enquiries and invitations to tender for new and derivative products.
  • Development and introduction of production test tools
  • Liaise with internal and external customers and suppliers including Sales and Marketing as necessary to fulfil the above tasks.
  • Ensure that you operate in accordance with Company Procedures and the approved Quality System and document all work activities within your remit.
  • Ensure that safe working practices are strictly adhered to in a safe working environment, in accordance with the statutory provisions of current Health & Safety legislation.
  • Self-motivated/self-starter with the ability to work across multi-site/multi-cultural teams.
  • Ensure and enforce health and safety regulations
  • To perform such other duties commensurate with the position that may be requested from time to time by the Senior Management team.

 

Education Requirements

  • BS Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • 4+ years of electronic engineering work experience.
  • Background in avionics or marine electronics would be an asset.
  • Lean product development experience preferred.

 

Experience Requirements

Experience of developing ‘white papers’ to support R&D feasibility studies and concept development. Developing papers to lead influence and steer the development of International & National Specification Standards.

 

Skills and Competencies Requirements

  • Knowledge of the Design & Development Analogue, Digital and Micro Controller circuitry, switch mode PSU & PCBs for medium volume production. An emphasis on designing for Lithium/Alkaline battery powered devices.
  • Experience in embedded firmware development or .NET environment is advantageous.
  • Experience of the Design & Development of discrete and modular VHF/UHF RF circuitry 500 KHz up to 9GHz (PA, PLL, CDMA, and Receiver design) would be advantageous.
  • SMT soldering skills down to 0402
  • Competent with Schematic and PCB layout in packages such as Altium and PADS
  • Competent with LabView
  • Competent in Word, PowerPoint and manipulating data in Excel.
  • RF simulation software tools Microwave Office advantageous.
  • Proven experience and record of delivering targets within a production environment
  • A passion and motivation to continuously improve the production, processes, systems and work practices
  • Excellent spoken and written communication in the English language, as well as the ability to raise action points with clarity and confidence in the presence of Senior Management.
  • Ability to motivate co-workers and colleagues.
  • Operate in a logical and systematic manner and applying sound judgement.
  • Organisation and efficiency.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Numerical skills, ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and calculus.
  • Communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Team working skills.
  • Reasoning ability define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • A track record of working with Senior Management teams and meeting established deadlines for Production milestones are essential.
  • Self-motivated/self-starter with the ability to work across multi-site/multi-cultural teams.

Junior Electronic Engineer

Position Summary

To work with the Chief Technology Officer on technical ideas/solutions to support the Business Unit roadmaps.

Experience in the Design & Development of Analogue, Digital and Micro Controller circuitry & PCBs for medium volume production. Discrete and modular VHF/UHF RF circuitry 500 KHz up to 400MHz (PA, PLL, CDMA, and Receiver design) advantageous.

To provide technical support to the other R&D engineers and the project teams as and when necessary.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the Principal Engineer & Chief Technical Officer by providing technical support as maybe required from time to time, to support new product development programmes and help resolve technical problems. In particular provide assistance to help resolve any technical problems that may occur.
  • Manage all aspects of the research activities assigned to you including costs and timescales.
  • Ensure that all electronic designs that you are responsible for are ‘fit for purpose’ and meet relevant Safety, Reliability, Approval standards and costs by means of Design Reviews, Risk Assessment, Examination and Testing.
  • Control the design status of any tasks for which you are responsible by the generation and maintenance of the relevant Project Documentation and Reports.
  • Provide support and assistance to Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Quality in areas where your expertise is of benefit.
  • Assist the Chief Technical Officer in the effective running of the OSL & ACR engineering team to deliver approved new product development programmes on time and to support and resolve production problems on existing products.
  • Development and introduction of production test tools
  • Liaise with internal and external customers and suppliers including Sales and Marketing as necessary to fulfil the above tasks.
  • Ensure that you operate in accordance with Company Procedures and the approved Quality System and document all work activities within your remit.
  • Ensure that safe working practices are strictly adhered to in a safe working environment, in accordance with the statutory provisions of current Health & Safety legislation.
  • Self-motivated/self-starter with the ability to work across multi-site/multi-cultural teams.
  • Ensure and enforce health and safety regulations
  • To perform such other duties commensurate with the position that may be requested from time to time by the Senior Management team.

Education Requirements

  • BS Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Electronic engineering work experience.
  • Knowledge of avionics or marine electronics would be an asset.
  • Lean product development experience preferred

Skills and Competencies Requirements

  • Knowledge of the Design & Development of analogue & digital circuits, switch mode PSU & PCBs for medium volume production. An emphasis on designing for Lithium/Alkaline battery powered devices.
  • Knowledge of discrete and modular VHF/UHF RF circuitry 500 KHz up to 400Mhz (PA, PLL, CDMA, and Receiver design), or embedded firmware development would be advantageous.
  • SMT soldering skills down to 0402
  • Experience with Schematic and PCB layout in packages such as Altium and PADS
  • Experience with LabView
  • Competent in Word, PowerPoint and competent in manipulating data in Excel.
  • Proven experience and record of delivering targets within a production environment
  • A passion and motivation to continuously improve the production, processes, systems and work practices
  • Excellent spoken and written communication in the English language, as well as the ability to raise action points with clarity and confidence in the presence of Senior Management.
  • Operate in a logical and systematic manner and applying sound judgement
  • Organisation and efficiency
  • Problem solving skills
  • Numerical skills Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and calculus.
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team working skills
  • Reasoning ability define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • A track record of working within project teams and meeting established deadlines for Production milestones are essential.
  • Self-motivated/self-starter with the ability to work across multi-site/multi-cultural teams.

Software Engineer

Position Summary

As a world leader in land and marine search and rescue beacon technology, we are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated software engineer to work as a member of our R&D team in Kent. The role will primarily be centred around PC testing and configuration applications along with the development and maintenance of product firmware. There will also be an element of research into new technologies looking at ways to continually improve our products though the addition of innovative features and improvements in performance with an eye on reducing cost.

Job Description

Reporting the Lead Software Engineer as a Software Engineer, you will be primarily responsible for maintaining and developing PC applications to perform production tests on the products, configuration of the products and tools to simplify testing, verification, and validation during the R&D process. The roll will also include the need to both develop and test product firmware for use in safety critical applications; this will require a sound understanding of both low-level bare metal and RTOS development on ARM 32-bit microcontrollers. The continued development of mobile and tablet apps on both Android and iOS platforms is envisaged as such apps start to play a larger role in both the production environment and the end user experience in the coming years.

Reporting directly to the CTO there will be occasions where the roll will include research into new technologies, devices, and standards. An educational background which involved research and report writing would be beneficial.

Essential Skills

  • PC application development in C# using Microsoft Visual Studio including interfacing with test equipment using APIs both through DLLs and CLI.
  • A firm understanding of the principles of version control (a knowledge of GIT would be preferential).
  • Writing and interpreting software requirement documents and verification / validation documents.
  • Experience of reading and interpreting datasheets and standard specifications for both development purposes and type approval testing.
  • A solid grounding in C/C++ and experience of bare metal and RTOS programming including low level control of peripherals using DMA and other such techniques to meet often stringent timing requirements while maintaining minimal power consumption.
  • A high level of self-motivation and an ability to figure out how things work and how they could be improved without too much reliance on input from other people.
  • An educational background that involved some level of research and report writing.
  • A rudimentary knowledge of electronics and schematic diagrams.

Desirable Skills

  • PC application development in QT/C++.
  • Experience working within the FreeRTOS scheduler.
  • Experience developing makefiles and using the GCC/GDB toolchain.
  • Experience using the Eclipse IDE and Segger programming tools.
  • Experience with production test tools for use in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience developing mobile apps in iOS or Android (both would be desirable).
  • Experience using scripting languages such as Python or Perl.
  • Experience using Excel to manipulate data for modelling various scenarios.
  • Some knowledge of databases and accessing cloud services such as AWS.
  • A knowledge of RF modulation techniques and how to implement them though software.
  • A rudimentary knowledge of software defined radio principles and techniques.
  • An understanding of the underlying principles behind DevOps.

The successful candidate will likely have a university degree or equivalent that involves software engineering principles. This could be either wholly software based or as part of an electronics-based qualification. They will need the ability to figure stuff out and get things working using equipment like a logic analyser or oscilloscope. They are likely to have spent time on home projects involving app development and playing with hardware such as Arduino or Raspberry pi. They are likely to be the sort of person that will have dabbled with Linux and built simple mobile apps just because they enjoy doing such things. If that sounds like you, and you’re looking for a cool job in R&D then this could be the roll for you.


Please contact Ocean Signal at jobs@oceansignal.com with your CV if you are interested in any position