Principal Systems Engineer

Posted a week ago by Genesis Technical Recruitment Ltd

Beamhurst, Staffordshire

Principal Systems Engineer required to join leading off-highway vehicle manufacturer.

The Role:

Reporting into the Lead Systems Engineer, the successful candidate will join a highly focused and passionate team leading the delivery of electrical / electronic engineering across the business. 

The role will be responsible for delivering the design, development and deployment of new electrical & electronic systems into the Excavator product range. 

Working as part of the systems engineering team, you will support the definition, interpretation and development of the customer and system level requirements.

This role will involve architecture design across a range of products with rationalisation and commonality one of the main objectives, whilst pushing new technologies and feature content to enhance and satisfy the customer requirements.

As a Senior Engineer in systems design and integration you will provide technical support to the delivery of the system design. You will evaluate multiple system designs to arrive at a harmonised solution that meets the required project attributes. Additionally, you will be responsible for preparing the system level and module level requirements specifications in conjunction with developing functional designs to demonstrate how the customer requirements will be satisfied through the proposed design.

Your Responsibilities:

General Duties:

Translate the ‘voice of the customer’ (internal and external) into a list of clear concise requirements and deliverables.

Selection of correct hardware platform(s) to deliver the technical solution, considering environmental and cost targets.

Thrive in a fast agile environment, developing prototype solutions to validate proof of concept ideas.

Creation of software architecture to satisfy delivery of the requirements.

Co-ordination of 3rd party support vendors with the creation of requirements and corresponding software architectures.

Ensuring robust and reliable ECU communication protocols are followed in line with industry best practice (SAE J1939, Ethernet).

Be able to read electronic schematic diagrams and their electrical wiring diagram counterpart.

Ensure design for manufacture is considered, both relating to build of the programming and parameter configuration of selected solution.

Have a keen interest in monitoring the health and status of the system, via on board diagnostic protocols or over the air communications.

Work in line with industry standard development techniques i.e., V Model and software development processes.

Consider the implications of writing / modelling software related to the delivery of functional safety solutions and security (cyber/digital resilience).

Prepare test plans to enable successful and robust software validation and verification.

Sound record keeping techniques, of all designs, revisions and related updates.

Drive re-use of components and approaches.

Support of cause-and-effect analysis – risk assessments, FMEA, 8D, Ishikawa/fishbone.

Principal Systems Engineer Requirements:

Knowledge of different CAN bus protocols i.e., CANOpen, J1939, ISO14229, ISO14230

Working knowledge of Software development techniques (V Model and functional safety)

Awareness of security impact to achieve secure and resilient systems (hardware and software)

Experience in the completion of different VnV techniques White/Grey/Black box testing

Knowledge / experience of hardware in the loop (HIL) testing – functional test, fault insertion testing

Knowledge / experience of system integration testing at a vehicle level – does the solution power up, communicate, operate and shut down as intended?

Comfortable working with various electronic lab tools i.e., Spectrum analyser, Oscilloscope, Signal Generators, DC power supplies

A good understanding of design verification processes (DVPSOR)

Comfortable supporting and completing cause and effect analysis – Risk Assessments, FMEA, 8D, Ishikawa/fishbone


Able to convert a list of desirables, into clear concise testable statements (functional requirements)

Sound base knowledge of electronic and software development 

Sound base knowledge of low-level firmware integration i.e., bootloader through to application layer and parameter configuration

Familiar with CAN bus protocols

Happy to use different types of lab equipment to monitor system behaviour i.e., CAN, frequencies, PWM and basic operation

Awareness of functional safety and security impact, on software development

Experience in the use of black box testing techniques

Experience of validation and verification activities

Experience taking electronic systems from concept through to delivery. 

Excellent communication and IT skills


5 years’ experience within Tier 1 or OE sectors (on highway or off highway) within system engineering or software development

Qualified to HND/Degree level in an electronic/software-based technology discipline or equivalent experience.

Validation and verification co-ordination 

Experience of Project delivery 

Understanding of and adherence to quality systems and processes. 

Understanding of FuSa and Cyber techniques (ISO13849 and ISO21434)


In addition to an excellent salary, career progression and development opportunities, our client offers an excellent company pension scheme, medical insurance and dental care schemes, access to the company’s healthy living centre and 33 days annual leave and flexibility around daily start and finish times. 


This vacancy is only available to Candidates with relevant experience as detailed in the job description. Due to volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applicants who do not possess the required skills and experience. Recent Graduates who do not have the required level of industry experience need not apply.

Candidates must be authorised to work in the country where this role is located BEFORE making an application.

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