Job Title

Embedded Software Engineer


Blackbushe, Yateley, UK

reporting to

INS Manager


To support the INS Group with creating, maintaining and delivering Inertial Navigation System software solutions, meeting internal and external customer requirements through all stages of the development lifecycle.



1. To take a holistic view on the INS software integration with respect to both internal related products, internal related software and customer solutions / applications. This is to be achieved by liaising with Engineering, Project Managers, Field Engineers and Customers and documented as functional requirements accurately documented using corporate templates.

2. To undertake software development assignments in accordance with the defined and agreed specification, ensuring the full development lifecycle is followed and the INS Group Manager and other stakeholders are kept up to date on progress.

3. To take shared responsibility for management of the internal feature request and issue tracking database by reviewing new requests, targeting to release versions and prioritising development and testing.

4. To take shared responsibility for creating and maintaining documentation relevant to the design and development process, this will include: specifications, designs, test plans and release notes

5. To participate in project reviews and to ensure any remedial actions are documented and completed in a timely manner.

6. To code robust algorithms using suitable data structures based on mathematical principals and functions provided by Principal Engineer / Algorithm Engineer

7. To conduct embedded software testing and system trials to ensure the design is fit for purpose and meets the specification. Any issues relating to functionality or operational effectiveness must be resolved satisfactorily. This may be done in an office setting or at the Plymouth trials facility.

8. To resolve issues found during the integration phases of the firmware, hardware and software modules which could be at the development testing or system test stage, either by working autonomously or with members of other teams. Test failures must be accurately recorded in accordance with Company procedures.

9. To develop and maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of current industry embedded firmware / software technologies and their application to future Sonardyne products and systems.



1. To understand, apply and promote a ‘safety first’ culture, personally and amongst all direct reports, ensuring strict compliance with both Sonardyne and Customer policies, procedures and practices relating to Health, Safety and Environment, including the completion of risk assessments, workplace inspections, wearing of PPE, complying with Safe Working Instructions, undertaking training and communication, incident investigations and ensuring timely identification, escalation and resolution of any aspects that could adversely impact  employees health & safety or others, as a result of Sonardyne work activities

2. To ensure awareness, understanding and adherence to all Company Policies and Procedures including Health & Safety, Anti Bribery, Code of Conduct/Ethics, ISO – QMS, Financial, Commercial, Operational and Employment related

3. To contribute to the Sonardyne continuous improvement process through the presentation of corrective actions, suggestions, or initiatives, focussed on increasing efficiency, productivity, technical advancement, customer satisfaction and employee morale etc within the Marketing team or Companywide  

4. To maintain an update technical and professional job competencies (qualification, knowledge, and personal skills), through continuous personal development  including formal training, self-directed learning, use of professional workshops, membership of professional bodies, literature reviews etc

5. To keep up to date with Company organisation and structure, technology, products, applications and customers, through attendance on training events, personal liaison with internal commercial, technical and business support staff and awareness of general Company internal communications

6. To establish, maintain and promote effective internal working relationships across the Company through the demonstration of positive two-way communications, planning, and collaborative working style  



Team: A member of the INS team comprising of the INS Group Manager, INS Principal Engineer, 1 Senior Embedded Software Engineers, 2 INS Systems Engineers, Junior Engineer and Senior Navigation Algorithm Developer.

Customers: Oil and Gas, Oceanographic, Survey companies and ROV/AUV manufacturers

Travel: Occasional UK and International travel. In a typical year this may involve a number of offsite visits to the Plymouth trials facility.


competency rEQUIREMENTS



– Educated to degree level i.e. BSc/BEng or equivalent qualification in a related discipline; such as Electronics, Physics or Computer Science. Educated to A Level or above in Maths

– Strong analytical and debugging skills

– Proven experience in the development of quality solutions to tight timescales

– Strong C and/or C++ skills in an embedded, multi-threaded POSIX RTOS environment(s) (e.g. Blackberry QNX, Greenhills Integrity, RTEMS, Xenomai, etc.)

– Experience in maintaining existing code bases by implementing new features and bug fixes taking into account of existing customer use cases

– Experience of hardware/software interfacing, particularly digital electronics

– Experience of Low-level communications e.g. TCP/IP, RS232/485, USB

– Competence in the use of algorithms and data structures


– Development experience using MATLAB
– Windows development experience (Visual Studio .NET; C#, Lua, etc.)
– Exposure to different development methodologies
– Embedded Webserver
– Project management skills
– FPGA design and interfacing
– Relevant experience of development of complex, technical applications



– Excellent time management skills with the ability to work on multiple issues/designs in parallel
– Strong communicator both written and verbal
– Flexible approach
– Team player
– Highly self-motivated
– Good planning and organising skills, including work organisation e.g. prioritising and multi-tasking
– Personal drive and determination to achieve often against tight deadlines


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