Embedded Software Engineer

Location: Derby
Permanent | 39 Hrs /Week

Brief Description

We are searching for an Embedded Software Engineer who will be responsible for writing software for a range of bespoke products.

Our team:

Our Engineering attitude is confident and “can do” and with solid research and a lot of intuition we nearly always succeed.

Nearly all of our code is written in C, mainly because it’s the most widely available language for the variety of 8, 16, 32 bit micros we use on our boards and we’re good at it! We pride ourselves on efficient reliable software and we mix our hardware and software teams together so that we can get the most out of our micros and we get it right first time. All of our code is collaboratively developed with our peers, so you get to learn from the people that know that technology best.

We are geeks and proud! We love engineering and our lunchtime conversations are made up of 3D printing, power generation, hyper cars (we sometimes get to play with these), electric vehicles (we’ve worked on some of these too) and any other areas of science and technology.

Last year we started developing our Application code using model based design using the Matlab toolchain, allowing us to spend less time on coding and more time thinking about good quality architecture and design and let the tools (when driven correctly) do the coding! Obviously, there’s always plenty of code to be written and we continue to do low and middle level software the traditional way.


You will be a highly motivated and self-managing Embedded Software Engineer with preferably the experience of working in a customer facing, commercial environment. You will have a highly developed, structured approach to design and the ability to compose a design rationale, along with good technical writing skills and a willingness to work within our collaboratively developed software design ethics and style.

The role:

You will be working within the Software Development Team which is part a multi-disciplined engineering team, consisting of Mechanical, Electronic and Firmware Engineers (approx. 60 in total).  New business is primarily focussed in the high performance and luxury car markets; however Pektron designs and manufactures a wide range of products for Gas, Automotive, Safety and Consumer industries.  You will have the opportunity to write software for interesting and diverse projects as well as specify tools, requirements and drive the software discipline within the company, and to be involved in every aspect of the product lifecycle from quotation, concept, design, and validation through to manufacture.

Recent projects include:

Design and manufacture of advanced body control systems including passive keys and active suspension systems for high performance vehicles.

Developing advanced instrument clusters, passive entry systems, body and chassis control systems for major OEM clients in the automotive, agricultural and construction sectors.

Experience and skills required:

Exceptional Fault Diagnosis and Analysis

Embedded Programing in C

Version Control

Static Analysis / Code Metrics

Microprocessors 8, 16 & 32 bit

Low Level Drivers for External Hardware / CPU Peripherals or Embedded Application Development

Communication – Spoken/Written/Technical English must be of a minimum of  IELTS 7 or SELT B1

Additional points that would be an advantage

Knowledge of Real Time Control

Experience of Software Architecture and Detailed Design

Ability to travel freely (some customers are based in US / EU)

Familiarity of working within MISRA C rules

Working experience of AUTOSAR architecture

Programing: Windows/Linux, Visual Basic, C++, high level structured languages

Simple Electronic Design: Analogue / Digital

Control of Graphic Displays

Communications Protocols: Serial, CAN, LIN, Diagnostic, Ethernet

Use Vector Vehicle Networking Tools such as CANoe/CANalyser

Design / Modelling experience (For example: UML, Matlab, Simulink, Rhapsody or Targetlink)

Experience of Graphics Processors & Driving TFT displays

Knowledge of CMMI / SPICE / ASPICE process frameworks

Practical experience of working to ISO26262 ASIL-B or similar

What’s on offer: 

Competitive salaries, yearly pay review, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, pension, free parking, BUPA healthcare, life Insurance, bike to work scheme,  funding for professional training and further education plus support in attaining professional membership and paid membership fees, a 39 hour working week with flexible start and finish times (core hours 10-4). For candidates interested in relocating to the area we can assist with relocation costs and we are able to offer Tier 2 sponsorship for candidates who meet all our criteria.


We are based in Alfreton Road in Derby, easily commutable from the Derby area, Nottingham, Mansfield, Burton, Loughborough, Ashbourne and the Peak District and East Staffordshire.

We have 5 modern, purpose built buildings at our Derby site including state of the art manufacturing facilities and a purpose built Engineering centre to house our Engineering team. Our facilities have been recognised as being one of the most modern and well equipped electronics design, development and manufacturing plants in Europe.

If you are considering relocation, Derby has been rated as the best City in the UK for disposable income and Derbyshire is listed in the top 10 places to live in the UK.

Pektron are one of the largest privately owned electronics manufacturers in the world with over 50 years’ experience delivering bespoke electronics hardware and software solutions to blue-chip companies globally. We are innovators in our field and invest in the best people, processes and equipment to drive technological development and meet our customer’s needs.

At our HQ in Derby we employ 300 staff and operate Engineering, Manufacturing, Design, Testing, Quality and Support functions, whilst our Sales and Technology centre in Detroit supports our customers in the US.

Our group of companies also includes Bee Lighting Ltd who were founded in 2006 and have developed into a leading supplier of design services to the Automotive Lighting Industry. Bee design & manufacture bespoke lighting solutions for some of the most prestigious OEM’s from around the World, taking concepts from initial sketches through to full production designs. Their stylish lighting creations can be found on some of the world’s leading automotive brands.

Based in Redditch Bee employ 50 people, including highly skilled and imaginative Lighting specialists, Electronics Engineers, Design Engineers and Manufacturing staff plus administrative support functions.

To find out more about this vacancy, please call 01332 832424 or email your CV directly using the form below.

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