technical lead – firmware  

Technical Lead – Firmware 

Location: Belfast

By 2035, it is estimated that a colossal 1 trillion connected devices will be live across the globe. This introduces a new, complex web of security threats to people, lives, and connected cities.

 At ANGOKA, we are focused on the security of critical machine-to-machine (M2M) communications particularly across Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. Our ground-breaking, quantum-safe solutions offer device identity protection, communication integrity and data provenance by creating trusted connections, even over untrustworthy networks. 

“Smart”, innovative systems that are not trustworthy will fail to gain the confidence of users and will not be adopted commercially.  Fortunately, commercial deployment and the consequent social and economic benefits of these systems can be unlocked by ANGOKA’s high-grade, quantum-safe cyber-security solutions.  

Why join our talented team:

As we continue to create breakthroughs at the forefront of technology, we are looking for a Technical Lead – Firmware to join some of the industry’s brightest minds dedicated to developing hardware and software authentication and encryption solutions. As Technical Lead Firmware, you will lead and manage the Firmware team and report directly to the CTO. 

This is an excellent opportunity to work with various stakeholders and be involved in multiple strands across the business. This role offers the opportunity for significant professional development in a fast-paced industry, and would be ideal for an experienced professional looking to advance their career as a Technical Lead in a fast-scaling start-up.

You will also have the rare opportunity to work on projects with cryptography, quantum safe computing and a vast range of technology, from autonomous vehicles to drones. With the predicted rise of connected technology, the opportunities are endless!

What you will do:

  • Lead and manage the firmware team, including scaling out the team and building future teams
  • Create and manage the development of ANGOKA’s firmware architecture and design
  • Managerial activities, including but not limited to: daily stand-ups, feedback and performance reviews, team development, and recruitment
  • Lead and manage the firmware design and development to a production ready level
  • Manage and approve ANGOKA’s firmware logical and functional specifications and design documents
  • Liaise with the CTO and other technical leads on the firmware roadmap and the product roadmap
  • Create and manage the development of the firmware technology roadmap
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to determine firmware requirements and deliver high-quality technical analysis, reports, and presentations
  • Regularly report to the CTO on the firmware unit performance, roadmap progress and the unit’s future needs
  • Liaise and agree with the CTO on the annual budget for firmware unit
  • Work with the product and engineering team on developing and managing Product Lifecycle (PLM) and cost modelling
  • Lead and manage the various stages in the accreditation of ANGOKA’s security solutions by national and international standards and government bodies
  • Collaborate with the CTO and other technical leads in developing future ANGOKA security products and solutions
  • Provide guidance and technical mentorship to the firmware team
  • Advise on technical challenges and issues to the product team, senior management and technical leads
  • Attend and deliver talks at industry events relevant to ANGOKA

What we are looking for:

  • 12+ years of practical firmware experience
  • Strong and demonstrable experience in developing C for embedded systems
  • Strong knowledge and experience in developing for bare metal and RTOS
  • Solid experience of firmware development and architectural design
  • Demonstrable experience as a Technical Lead and managing a diverse team of firmware engineers
  • Degree in engineering, computer science or electronic engineering
  • Experience of working with common microcontroller and microprocessor families and relevant compilers
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to present and communicate complex technical concepts and information to peers and senior management

Nice to haves:

  • A Masters or doctoral degree in electronic engineering, computer science or a related discipline 
  • Experience programming in C++ and/or Python 
  • Experience of interfacing to industry standard secure elements e.g. HSMs & TPMs 
  • Knowledge of cyber security
  • Relevant experience in any of the following areas:
    • Aerospace
    • Unmanned aerial systems
    • Autonomous vehicles
    • Telecoms, particularly 4G

ANGOKA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and experiences. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. At ANGOKA, all our hiring decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports and represents our diverse society.




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