Ultra Electronics - USSI Senior RF Engineer in United States

Job Description

Ultra Electronics, Communication & Integrated Systems (Ultra CIS) is one of the larger UK based Ultra businesses and is operationally run as four business units: Information Assurance, Secure Communications, EWST and Surveillance & Security Systems. These business units are underpinned by a shared services structure which incorporates finance, HR, operations and communications. Across Ultra CIS we provide encryption, network protection, automated payments, tactical and commercial communications and telemetry systems, covert and mobile surveillance systems and situational awareness technology to defence, public sector and commercial customers worldwide.

Job Purpose:

  • To conduct Radio Frequency Engineering activities to ensure products are designed to meet the requirements of our customers

Scope / dimensions:

  • The Senior RF Engineer will work within specialised teams, each with up to ten Engineers of various disciplines, furnishing expert RF knowledge for projects that are typically several million pounds in value. Each project is likely to last for some years, from quotation until completion of production and the Senior RF Engineer will contribute expertise at each stage.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the design, development and support our RF products.

  • Has a variety of engineering methods and techniques; applies and adapts these as necessary to create solutions.

  • Will be involved in more than one project at any one time; multi-tasks appropriately to serve needs of all projects.

  • Liaises with customers as required.

  • Accurately estimates work of self and others; identifies cost-effective solutions in terms of both development time and materials; delivers predictably and increases team’s ability to do the same.

  • Requires support rather than supervision, and only for more complex tasks.

  • Seeks input from peers and manager as required; ensures that work has been reviewed to a suitable level.

  • Present proposals clearly and constructively debates input from others.

  • Provides technical leadership within the team; shares knowledge willingly.

  • Proposes and champions ideas for improvement.

  • Coaches and mentors less experienced engineers on an informal basis.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Is proficient in full life cycle of RF development; adheres to strict engineering design processes.

  • Is proficient in RF system design, for example designing a Line-Of-Sight digital data link

  • Understands the trade-offs that need to be made

  • Can select suitable modules from which to build the system

  • Proficient in component-level design of RF modules, for example:

  • RF power amplifier design up to microwave frequencies

  • RF synthesiser design

  • Familiarity with RF design tools (e.g Keysight ADS)

  • Low-noise amplifier design

  • Receiver design

  • Generates understandable and unambiguous RF requirements based on user and systems level requirements.

  • Generates high quality, robust RF system designs to meet requirements.

  • Integrates RF modules with other system components; contributes positively to identifying to which system component any issues encountered relate to; resolves any issues identified in RF modules.

  • Determines and publishes the appropriate test strategy for RF blocks; ensures that suitable operation is confirmed in accordance with that test strategy.

  • Ensures that all items produced are independently reviewed; engages in the review of items produced by others (including appropriate items produced by other disciplines).

  • Ensures that RF work is configured and controlled appropriately, and promotes collaborative development.

  • Actively looks for opportunities to improve processes used in the RF development; proposes appropriate changes


  • Degree in electronics, engineering, physics, or natural sciences


  • Peer relationships - Quickly finds common ground and solves problems for the good of all; good at both representing own interests and being fair to others; solves problems with minimum fuss; is cooperative and encourages collaboration.

  • Functional/technical Skills - Has the necessary functional and technical skills to do the job at a high level.

  • Problem Solving - Uses rigorous logic and a variety of methods to solve complex problems; seeks input from diverse sources; looks beyond the obvious answer.

  • Standing-Alone - Can work alone on difficult assignments; needs little supervision or direction.

  • Intellectual Horsepower - Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable, and agile.

  • Written & Verbal Communications - Is able to communicate clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.

  • Learning on the fly - Learns quickly when faced with new problems; improves performance on basis of both successes and failures; takes on unfamiliar tasks and makes inroads into them quickly.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot acknowledge or respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please assume you have, unfortunately, not been successful.

Employee Type: Full-Time

Location: UK-Greater London-Greenford-UB6 8UA

Job Type: Engineering

Experience: Not Specified

Date Posted: 9/17/2017