Part-Time Senior Firmware / Software Engineer (embedded C, Audio) (MS0916)




Job Location
- United Kingdom -- England -- South East England -- Buckinghamshire -- High Wycombe

Job Type

07 September 2016

Senior Firmware / Software Engineer (embedded C, Audio)
Part-time, salary dependent on experience, excellent benefits package
High Wycombe, UK, with some flexibility on location

We're looking for a highly experienced embedded firmware engineer to join the R&D team. The right candidate must be technically proficient and able to work closely with our small team of talented and rapidly developing engineers. A crucial element of the role is the ability to mentor staff, review/critique new designs, evaluate existing designs and evolve the development processes. Our vision is to grow our firmware capability to achieve efficient and professional results with processes which are rigorous but not so onerous to take the fun out of the engineering.

The role will involve hands on development work for state of the art midi controllers, synthesisers and audio interfaces (some of which can be undertaken remotely) and regular visits to the office (1-2 days a week minimum) to work closely with the team.

You'll be involved throughout the development cycle and must be able to evaluate new technologies, develop new products and optimise existing products. We’re looking for someone who has a thorough engineering approach, is logical, proactive and innovative. The role will require strong design, test, review and debugging skills. It will be important to integrate effectively with the other team members who are responsible for other disciplines, be able to break projects down into stages with clear deliverables/dependencies and then deliver project work to committed timescales.

You will be part of an energetic and creative team designing industry leading sound recording and music production equipment in an exciting company which is committed to grow and evolve.

An ideal candidate would be able to:

  • lead firmware architectural design and use design tools such as UML
  • utilise strong coding skills in C and 
  • have familiarity with other languages (e.g. C++, Python or ASM)
  • generate automated unit, regression and integration tests
  • develop real-time embedded firmware on small footprint microprocessors
  • write lucid, high performance, maintainable code to a deadline
  • design, test, debug and problem solve in a range of scenarios
  • drive a range of test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analysers
  • show an appreciation of processor architecture, peripherals and related electronic circuitry
  • be flexible, curios, lateral thinking and apply pragmatism
  • display good team working and communication skills both written and verbal
  • adopt/refine new working practices
  • analyse/present trade-offs between cost, quality and time
  • show an interest in audio equipment, synths and music

About Us

We’ll be honest – Focusrite is a pretty great place to work. Incorporating both the Focusrite and Novation brands, we make music easy to make, from bedroom DJs to the greatest show on earth. Everyone who works here has an enormous passion for music: as it says on our website, sound is everything. We take that very seriously – though we have a lot of fun doing it.

As the number one selling audio interface brand worldwide, Focusrite has an illustrious, prestigious, and, let’s face it, cool history. Alongside Novation, the hardware and software that we develop plays an instrumental (see what we did there?) role in shaping the sound of modern music. From amateur to pro, our goal is to help musicians to make their music the very best it can be.

Music has always been an exciting thing to be involved with, and that’s not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means being open to new ideas. Our whole business is structured to let everyone contribute and be heard at all levels, and we make sure it’s a fun place to work. 

Benefits include company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme and share options, (Plus, you get free breakfast and lunch in the canteen. No really.).  Company hack-days, making things easy days, lunch and learns, external visits – we’re all about innovation, fresh thinking and great, great products.

We work hard. We are professional. We select really, really talented people. And we absolutely love our work. So if you think you can bring something new to the mix, we’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.

Contact information

Rob Steed


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