Head of Hardware Development in Cambridge at Sepura

Date Posted: 9/15/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

As Sepura's Head of Hardware Development based in Cambridge, you will be leading and growing a talented team of Hardware/Electronics engineers working on evolving and building the next generation of radio products and applications, whilst continuing to deliver our currently class leading products

Working in the rewarding field of mission critical communications your hardware deliverables will be used worldwide to ensure secure, reliable and instant communication where it is needed most

You will report into the Operations Director, taking ownership for the following functions/teams' deliverables, processes and people:

  • Baseband
  • RF and Product Conformance
  • Test Equipment Engineering
  • Mechanical 
  • New Product Introduction and Technical documentation 
  • PCB

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and coordinating a talented pool of engineers to deliver innovative solutions, define, and execute on hardware development programmes
  • Guiding and supporting the team in the continuous improvement of our development practices with the goal of continuously delivering and improving to realise the maximum potential of the team
  • Developing and delivering a strategic technological vision for hardware development
  • Working effectively with Product Managers, Product Owners and Project Managers to ensure delivery against agree priorities, meeting current and future user needs
  • Implement mechanisms to monitor, manage and provide progress on all development activities 
  • Accountable for the on time and to quality delivery of hardware development projects
  • Departmental and project budget forecasting, estimation and control
  • Create, implement and maintain a continuous improvement plan for hardware development
  • Ensure that the skills and experience of the hardware team is consistent with the technological and business needs of Sepura for providing quality in present and future products
  • Establish clear organisational structures and succession plans aligned with appropriate responsibilities, accountabilities and personal development for all Development staff in line with any anticipated growth and technology change

A proven track record and role model behaviours will assist you in communicating the business vision and motivating teams to deliver high quality engineering solutions 

Sepura is part of a global organisation and hence occasional travel may be required. Additional duties may arise on a seasonal or ad hoc basis, or as the business requires

Job Requirements



  • Most applicants for this role would have started their careers with a Bachelors University degree, in electronics/mechanical engineering, computer science, or another field of engineering/science


  • A Bachelors University degree, ideally in engineering or computer science, although other formal academic qualifications would be considered based on experience



Hardware Architecture and Development

The candidate will come from a Hardware development background with extensive experience of hardware based development projects

Broad Functional Teams

Experience shall include the supervision of a number of functional teams operating in different hardware domains with different toolsets and capabilities

People Management

A well-practiced people manager with extensive experience of setting goals, managing performance, and motivating teams and individuals to deliver

Team Building

Proven track record of building and shaping teams from scratch, bringing new capabilities into an organisation 


Commercial awareness

Experience of working in a commercially aware environment understanding and applying financial acumen and business cases to drive priorities 

Reasonable understanding of P&L's

Decision Making

Able to demonstrate examples of taking responsibility for making pragmatic business decisions 

Cultural Awareness

Experience of multi-site / multi-cultural operation


Team Leadership & Management

Exceptional team leadership and interpersonal skills are essential including recruitment, mentoring and coaching, performance management, motivation, technical arbitration, workforce and resource planning

The candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record in setting and managing priorities, articulating and gaining engagement for ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences and the ability to motivate in a team-oriented collaborative environment

Process & Tools

A thorough understanding of hardware development processes and tools including elements such as:

  • Version/Configuration Management
  • Defect tracking tools (Jira or similar)
  • Technical Document Mgmt

Technical Knowledge

The successful candidate will have a level of technical knowledge to be able to create, drive, innovate and assess technical solutions across a wide range of hardware technologies, processes and platforms

Innovation and Change Management

A proven track record of innovation in process and technical solutions. Finding creative technical solutions to fast track development, minimising time to market while maintaining and improving quality

Flair for innovative design and a process orientated approach to change management


Proven ability to communicate in a variety of formats at all levels with an appreciation of target audience

Strategy & Planning

Able to create hardware and team development strategies and deliver them through clear plans and efficient execution 


Hardware Architecture

A good understanding of hardware systems and architectures ideally with experience of architecting solutions. In-house development, or third-party decision making

Project Management

Theoretical and practical knowledge of project management principles, techniques and tools, and practical experience in the successful management of multiple inter-related projects


Experience of hardware programme estimation (considering resourcing, task dependencies, tools requirements and risks)



A drive to succeed personally and to motivate others to succeed


Inquisitive nature prepared to challenge conventional wisdom in a constructive manner

Displays a real passion for progress, being innovative and flexible in approaches


Customer focused and motivated to deliver right first time. Producing high quality work within planned timescales and resource

Continuous improvement

Analytical skills to continuously improve (both own, product and team performance)


A real team player who realises that we are at our best when we share information and collaborate

Great at building strong relationships based on trust

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