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nCipher Security

Lead Hardware Engineer

As a Lead Hardware Engineer at nCipher Security, based in our fantastic Cambridge Office, you'll be working within a collaborative Security Product Engineering team, and playing a leading role in the road-mapping, design, implementation, test and review of new hardware platforms.

Lead Hardware Engineer, nCipher Security, Cambridge

nCipher Security empowers world-leading organizations by delivering trust, integrity and control to their business critical information and applications. 


Our cryptographic solutions secure emerging technologies – Cloud, IoT, Blockchain, digital payments – and help meet new compliance mandates. Using the same proven technology that our customers depend on today to protect against threats to their sensitive data, network communications and enterprise infrastructure. We deliver trust for your business critical information and applications, ensuring the integrity of your data and putting you in complete control – today, tomorrow, and at all times.


A Lead Hardware Engineer role has arisen at nCipher Security based in our fantastic Cambridge Office. The purpose of this role is to work within a collaborative Security Product Engineering team, and to play a leading role in the road-mapping, design, implementation, test and review of new hardware platforms.


Key Responsibilities and Activities

  • rapidly develop technical domain and product knowledge
  • provide architectural and strategic input to the development of the product roadmap and ensure solutions meet future product requirements
  • work collaboratively with Product Management and other stakeholders to establish and agree high level needs and priorities for product hardware platforms
  • plan work collaboratively with the whole Engineering team to ensure that dependencies and planning commitments are understood and observed
  • carry out the hardware design, prototyping and validation activities associated with Agile product development
  • regularly prototype, integrate and demonstrate hardware platforms as part of “system demos”
  • drive enhancements to the way that our products are designed and  maintained
  • continuously develop your personal skills in collaboration with your line manager


Skills and Experience

  • at least 2+ years of demonstrable experience leading the design of high performance embedded systems
  • at least 7+ years of demonstrable experience of high speed digital design on high performance embedded systems
  • experience developing products with 32 or 64 bit processors, DSP's, FPGA's, ASSP's and high speed memory devices
  • the ability to analyse complex technical problems and offer innovative, reasoned and practical solutions to demanding requirements
  • experience with high speed interface technologies, DDR3, 4, LP, PCIe, SAS, 10G Ethernet
  • experience with microcontroller development and efficient low power design techniques
  • extensive experience of professional  ECAD systems – ideally Altium
  • appreciation of the fundamentals of: analogue, RF, electro-mechanical and mechanical engineering
  • experience of signal integrity analysis, design for EMC, safety and relevant regulatory standards
  • experience of design for manufacture, test and support
  • good understanding of Engineering standards and processes
  • able to achieve at least Baseline Security Clearance
  • ideally, experience of design and implementation of hardware architectures for security products
  • ideally, an appreciation of developing physical tamper solutions, including security analyses


Values & Behaviours

  • excellent relationship building and teaming
  • a focus on continuous self-development
  • results oriented, process oriented and pragmatic
  • an innovative and creative approach, unafraid to explore novel solutions


Key Relationships

People are really important to us, so we’ll need you to develop excellent working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and team members, especially:  Product Management; Engineering Management; Security Engineers;  Software Architects and Engineers and IVVQ Engineers.


Essential Qualifications

Degree qualified, or equivalent, in a relevant technical degree or postgraduate qualification

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