Electronics Engineer Team Lead
Farnborough area, UK
Full Time.
Travel required: <15%
Reporting to: Technical Program Manager

The Role

We are looking for a high skilled and experienced Electronics Engineer that will lead a
small team in the design, validation and qualification of the electrical system of our in-house developed autonomous underwater drone and its handling system.

Blue Ocean Seismic Services Background

Blue Ocean Seismic Services (Blue Ocean) is an innovative maritime robotics
focussed technology company with significant shareholders including BP and
Our vision is to disrupt the marine seismic industry through the development and
commercialisation of a large-scale autonomous ocean bottom seismic data
acquisition system, driving a step change reduction in the cost, time, HSE risks and
environmental impact associated with acquiring high quality marine seismic data.
These reductions in survey cost make ocean bottom seismic attainable to a broader
range of customers including for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore
wind farm site survey applications. By significantly reducing the carbon footprint of
seismic surveys our technology assists clients in their push towards a net-zero
Blue Ocean’s revolutionary integrated seismic acquisition system is based around
large numbers of intelligent, long endurance, uncrewed underwater vehicles
These Blue Ocean developed UUVs are capable of multiple autonomous seabed
repositions to allow rapid, remote repositioning of deployed seabed receiver arrays
without the need to recover and redeploy by ROV. This, in combination with
automated launch, recovery & handling systems, rapid deployment/recovery, and
intelligent system control, allows for optimisation of seismic acquisition survey
operations and removes the requirement for ROV vessel support.
We are a dynamic, friendly, diverse, and inclusive workplace and welcome all
applications. We consider safety and security a priority.

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • Degree in Electronic Engineering, Physics or equivalent.
  • Extensive experience in the design of complex electronic circuits and/or robotics
    systems (including part selection, circuit design and simulation, PCB layout).
  • Ability to coordinate with 3rd Party electrical design engineering firms to deliver
    PCB products
  • Have a proactive attitude and a professional approach to enable working
    independently with confidence.
  • Be a productive team leader with excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to design and perform testing of components for reliability and
  • Display in depth knowledge of microprocessors, high efficiency step-up and step-down DC/DC converters, A/D converters, control systems (PID), timing systems,
    motor drivers, DC motors, stepper motors, digital encoders, RF systems and of the
    following protocols: SPI, I2C, RS232, RS485, RS422, Ethernet.
  • Ability to design circuits with limited power budgets.
  • Experience in EMI shielding design and noise level reduction on analogue systems.
  • Firmware development experience in C or C++
  • Experience in CAD software related to PCB experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of lab equipment (oscilloscope, function generators,
    mustimeters, spectrum analysers, etc.) and good soldering skills.
  • Excellent applied physics and mathematics skill related to electronic design.

Desirable Qualifications & Experience

  • In depth experience in the design of the electronics for autonomous drones.
  • Experience in the design of digitizers (24 & 32bit ADC), DC motor sizing and
    selection experience.
  • Experience with high accuracy time synchronization systems based on OCXO/
    VTCXO/atomic clocks.
  • In depth knowledge of lithium ion batteries and BMS.

General responsibilities:

  • You will lead a team of electronic engineers to execute complex electronic design
    projects from concept to boards manufacturing, including testing, troubleshooting
    and integration with other subsystems.
  • You will specify subsystem requirements based on high level functional
    requirements, including subsystems power budgets.
  • Evaluate electronic components including sensors, electronic submodules from
    vendors with a focus on PCB design, microcontrollers, data conversion chips,
    passive components, semiconductors.
  • Evaluate and implement best PCB design practices, industry standards and wiring
  • Confirm systems design by designing tests and validation routines.
  • Preparing product reports and recommendations on components, to management,
    for selection.
  • Evaluate and implement DC power control electronics with position feedback,
    communications electronics, data storage electronics.
  • Assist the software team in developing, testing, debugging and programming
  • You will be responsible of providing to the operation and procurement team BOM
    and Gerber files to be sent to third party companies for the manufacturing of high
    quality PCBs.
  • Test and performance evaluation of the timing system.
  • Aid safety officer in compliance with applicable electrical laws and safety best

Specific responsibilities include, to lead the following project components:

  • Are self-driven to deliver high quality electronics design and create innovative
  • Have the skill and the experience to lead a small team of electronic engineers and
    the ability to drive the team to meet the requirements within the approved
  • Are hands-on, curious, self-motivated, and, energised by the opportunity to solve
    complex problems and to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Possess strong communication skills to enable you to co-ordinate well your team
    and to collaborate with the other teams in the engineering department
  • Have experience in bringing designs from concept to fruition and supporting their
    simulation, manufacturing, testing and integration.
  • Are able to produce detailed documentation and put in place systems that would
    allow the team to work with best efficiency.