Job Description


Renishaw’s CMM and Gauging Products Division is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to develop and maintain software-based algorithms that control the EquatorTM and future generations of gauging systems, so they perform high-speed, high accuracy data acquisition. Our customers rely on the equipment as an integral part of the quality-assurance element of their manufacturing processes.

The role would suit an engineer with knowledge in automation, mechatronics or robotics who also has software skills, or a computer scientist who enjoys problem solving and has an interest in such engineering disciplines.

Through on-the-job training and experience, the successful candidate will learn about the principles of operation of Renishaw’s sensors and actuators, and will use that knowledge to design, implement and maintain innovative algorithms in real time software, predominantly in C++, and see them used by the company’s customers worldwide.

Key duties

  • Develop real-time software to control automatic machinery and acquire data from associated sensors. Optimise the software to achieve cutting-edge system performance.

  • Understand existing algorithms and how they influence system performance and make improvements where necessary.

  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams developing new sensors and actuators to optimise the partitioning of designs between hardware and software. Develop software to interface to such devices and develop new algorithms to make best use of them.

  • Write and maintain tests to confirm the correct operation of the software.

  • Write design documentation of a high standard.

  • Liaise with application engineers and product-support engineers to maintain an awareness of the in-field use of our products, and use that knowledge to diagnose and fix issues, and to propose innovative approaches to customer needs.

Essential requirements

  • A degree in engineering, computer science or a related discipline.

  • A genuine desire to write high-quality software for use in an engineering environment.

  • Experience of writing real-time software in a high-level language.

  • A genuine interest in developing and using your knowledge to solve problems in an innovative way.

  • The ability to work in a team and to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.

  • Good working knowledge of engineering maths and how to use that knowledge in a software environment.

Desirable requirements

  • Experience of writing software in C, C++ and C#.

  • An understanding of real-time operating systems and how they can be used to write multi-process or multi-threaded applications.

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft’s Component Object Model and Active Template Library.

  • A track record of writing object-oriented real-time code or an awareness of how to use object-orientated principles when writing real-time code.

  • An established interest in writing software for automation, mechatronics or robotics applications.

  • A clear understanding of the role of design in software engineering.

  • An understanding of electronics and mechanical engineering.

  • An understanding of software-development processes such as change management and version control.

Person specification

The role requires someone who can work well in a team, sharing responsibilities and communicating clearly. Success in the role will require self-motivation, enthusiasm, clear thinking, willingness to own tasks, ability to work quickly and accurately, attention to detail, as well as the ability and willingness to learn.


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 hybrid working 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, Health Cash Plan, 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.
We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments to make interviews and jobs more accessible. Should you have any difficulty during the recruitment process, or require any reasonable adjustments please contact the recruitment team on 01453 524600 or recruitment@renishaw.com.

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Employment Type:


Time Type:

Full time

Requisition Number:

R6693 Senior Software Engineer (Open)


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