About the Role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Principle Electronic Design Engineer to join our Engineering Design Group, part of the Engineering Department, located in Teddington, London. NPL are the UK’s National Metrology Institute, providing the measurement capability that underpins the UK’s prosperity and quality of life.

NPL are looking for a Principle Electronic Design Engineer with drive, resilience, and ambition. You will work within the Engineering Design Group involved in design and preparation for manufacturing systems and instruments that are used within the organisation and for external customers. This will be done following NPL processes and policy to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory compliance. As part of your role, you are expected to lead a dynamic electronics design section supporting external clients, as well as NPL teams with queries and give advice as a technical lead.

The Principle Electronic Design Engineer role is challenging and presents a great development opportunity due to the diversity of NPL’s portfolio. Electronic design is paramount to the design and innovation of NPL projects delivered all over the world through engineering excellence.

Role Objectives

Effective team management and leadership offering expertise on electronic engineering design, providing outputs that conform with legislation and regulation.

We are now working in a hybrid way, with a mix of remote and office working. We strive to offer a great work life balance - if you are looking for part time or flexible options, we will try to make this work where business possible. This will be dependent on the kind of role you do and part of the business you work in.
About You

As the Principle Electronic Design Engineer, you will be responsible for the electronics design section workforce management. This will include allocation of electronic design to section members based on competency and requirements. Design of electronic projects in preparation for manufacture within NPL, following process for design reviews and supporting compliance documentation; your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Design of electronic instruments required within NPL defined by the requirements agreed by the Chief Engineers Unit and science teams.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations and NPL policy, following recognised best practice.
  • Conducting Design Reviews using artefacts from multiple sources and making recommendations to the Head of Engineering and/or Chief Engineer for continued operations.
  • Managing the electronic design interfaces with various NPL Groups and external parties to ensure that the electronic design requirements detailed in the statement of requirement for the appropriate contracts are delivered to an appropriate standard to support their respective Science teams
  • Lead the Electronic Design team, being responsible for the line management and technical output. Developing and maintaining good working relationships with stakeholders, operators, and industry partners.
  • Maintaining and designing products and systems safely, following governance processes and preparing for review meetings.
  • Providing electronic design subject matter expert advice in key internal and external meetings.
  • Preparing risk assessments and technical file documentation for conformance and compliance evidence packs.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

  • You will be able to demonstrate familiarity with electrical, electronic and instrumentation design and safety.
  • You will have experience with control and instrumentation and other control systems.
  • You will have experience using PADS, or other ECAD systems.
  • You will be a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or able to achieve professional recognition with a UK Institution registered with the Engineering Council within 12 months.
  • University master’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Good oral communication and writing skills.
  • Able to communicate and engage with NPL staff, suppliers, and customer at various levels.
  • Knowledge of additional requirements for CE/UKCA marking including EMC testing. Assuring designs are compliant with relevant standards and regulations.


It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

  • Have experience working with suitable suppliers for equipment, services, and materials.
  • Ability to provide training and mentoring to junior team members in all electrical systems.
  • You will be qualified to BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.
  • You will have experience of compliance to directives and regulations for electrical safety.
Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical




About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

If you are applying for this position and you have been displaced by the Ukrainian crisis, please apply and email [email protected] or text 07976873073 highlighting you are applying under the "We support Ukraine" initiative - Ukraine employment support - NPL
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