Job Description

Renishaw’s Encoder Products Division (EPD) designs and supplies cutting-edge position feedback technology to the world’s precision measurement, automation, and manufacturing industries. It is highly likely that something you own contains a part or device that was manufactured with the help of one of Renishaw’s encoder products.

EPD is made up of engineers, scientists and technicians all working together to produce market leading products for sale around the world. We start with cutting edge optical, algorithm and circuit design, developing our own ASICs and sensors where required; we then use innovative mechanical engineering to turn our core technology into a range of desirable products for our broad customer base.

Working closely with colleagues in our manufacturing division, we develop manufacturing and assembly processes and software to deliver quality products by the hundreds of thousands that in turn, perform reliably and repeatedly to sub-micron accuracies for our customers.

A position has become available for a Lead FPGA Design Engineer to join a talented multi-disciplined team at the forefront of new product design and research and development projects. The primary focus will be leading digital logic design projects targeting FPGAs but a sound appreciation of all aspects of high-speed design (both analogue and digital) is essential. There will also be a need to interact with and mentor other engineers, graduates and apprentices within the group.


  • Drive the development of new precision measurement products, working with project managers and product managers to define agreed product specifications and deliver designs to meet those specifications

  • Lead engineer on FPGA designs leading a team of FPGA design engineers to successfully deliver quality FPGA designs on time to market.

  • Work within a multi-disciplined team to assist with the optimisation and the interaction between Electronic, Mechanical and Software components in all designs, whilst gaining an appreciation of metrology (the science of measurement)

  • Deliver designs that meet targets for product performance, quality, cost and timescale and which are suitable for transfer to production, considering design for assembly and test

  • Understand and comply with the company’s new product introduction process, working with cross-functional teams to optimise the release of new designs to production

  • Work on multiple projects simultaneously and allocate time appropriately, in collaboration with the project manager, in order to meet deadlines for delivery

  • Keep abreast of current technology and develop innovative processes and design solutions which can be patented by the company

Key requirements

  • Degree in electronic engineering, physics or similar

  • Minimum 5 experience in FPGA design lifecycle including:

    • Architecting FPGA designs.

    • VHDL knowledge – Ideally including recent experience with Intel (Altera) FPGAs.

    • VHDL module verification (e.g. OSVVM) including continuous integration techniques.

    • Implementation and verification of FPGA designs on hardware.

  • Practical understanding of microcontrollers, embedded software and signal processing techniques

Desirable requirements

  • Knowledge of C, C++, assembly language or other embedded software languages

  • Experience of Verilog, LT SPICE, Matlab, Simulink, VUnit, Python, OSVVM, Aldec ActiveHDL and Intel (Altera) Quartus, Git Version control, Azure DevOps

  • Demonstrable expertise in electronic design including high speed, low power circuits and electromagnetic compatibility; capable in both analogue and digital domains

  • Knowledge and experience of safety and reliability standards including IEC61508

Person specification

The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding FPGA design fundamentals, an enquiring mind and be open to discussing new developments, provide support to other staff and be enthusiastic and knowledgeable in developing new products for this exciting area.


When you join Renishaw, we're committing to your future career. That's because we believe in developing our people's skills and promoting them internally. We also offer a benefits package that's highly desirable; including a 9% non-contributory pension, discretionary annual bonus, *subsidised onsite restaurants and *coffee shops, free parking, *car sharing scheme and *24 hour fitness centres. (*not available at our Castle Donington, Exeter, York & Edinburgh sites).

We also want to promote a healthy work-life balance as much as possible, so we have introduced a Homeworking policy which allows for a combination of home and office based working depending on the nature of your role. We also offer a variable working programme, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Life Assurance policy of 12 times annual salary, Cycle to Work scheme, enhanced maternity pay subject to qualifying criteria, the option to join BUPA Renishaw health trust and an Employee Assistance Programme for employees and family.

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At Renishaw we believe that our success is powered by welcoming a workforce of diverse and talented people. Through encouraging an inclusive culture, where all our employees are free to be themselves, we can achieve our core values: Innovation, Inspiration, Integrity, and Involvement.
If you are excited about the role but feel as though you don’t meet all the requirements, we would encourage you still to apply. You might just be the right person for this role or another opportunity at Renishaw.
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Employment Type:


Time Type:

Full time

Requisition Number:

R6346 Lead FPGA Design Engineer (Open)


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