Senior Hardware Design Engineer

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Country: United Kingdom (GB) 
City: Basildon
Worksite / Location: Basildon 

Job Function: Engineering 
Job Discipline: Electronic Engineering 
Job Family: Engineering 


Yazaki Corporation, a family-owned company, was founded in 1929 as the first Japanese manufacturer of automobile wiring harness systems. Within the automotive business our product range includes wiring harness systems, plug connection systems and electronic systems. More than 284,000 committed and highly motivated employees in 478 locations in 45 countries make us one of the most successful international automotive suppliers. 



We are currently recruiting for several permanent Senior Hardware Design Engineers to be based in our Basildon site, with the opportunity for Hybrid working. The main purpose of the role is to Design and development of electronics and instrumentation for the automotive market on customer requirements under consideration of all engineering specifications, cost, quality, and timing.  Skills required for ACDC and DCDC converter technology.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Hardware Design includes
    • Concept analysis and main component identification
    • Hardware project planning and control
    • Specification writing
    • Block diagram drafting
    • Schematic capture and layout
    • DFMEA analysis
    • Worst case analysis
    • Reliability analysis
    • FMEDA analysis
    • Thermal analysis
    • HW/SW interface management
    • HW/Mechanical interface management
    • BOM cost analysis and optimisation
    • Prototype parts sourcing
    • Management of prototype assembly
    • Prototype debugging and testing
    • Test report writing
    • Managing Hardware acceptance testing
    • Analysis of validation and customer issues


  • Technology Research
    • Identify innovative and cost effective HW technologies that could give EIBU a technological and/or economic benefit.
    • Attend fairs, seminars and conferences as required to keep up-to-date with latest developments within the automotive electronics arena.
    • Write report on technologies




Must have:

  • Extensive experience of designing several power converters (DCDC, ACDC)
  • Excellent knowledge of power conversion for low voltage (<60 V) and high voltage (>60 V to <800 V)
  • Experience in high power conversion units (>2KW), high currents (>100A) and high voltage (>250V)
  • Experience in DCDC control loops.  Experience in real time digital control for switch mode power supplies an advantage.
  • Experience in the automotive industry
  • Good analogue and digital design skills
  • Fluent in schematics capture, layout and simulation
  • Good practical knowledge of EMC
  • Good thermal management skills
  • Good knowledge of electronics components market cost levels (cost conscious design)
  • Good understanding of mechanical packaging for embedded electronics
  • Good understanding of electronics manufacturing (design for manufacturing, design for testing)
  • Full valid driving licence to drive in the UK
  • Fluent in English
  • Right to work in the UK – Valid Passport
  • Ability to travel both in the UK and Overseas, sometimes at short notice


Preferably Have:

  • AC to DC converter design, power factor correction.
  • Experience of designing resonant converter, especially LLC.
  • Experience in designing, specifying and testing magnetic component such as power inductors and transformers
  • Knowledge of communication protocols for the automotive market (e.g. CAN, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet etc.).
  • Knowledge of Mentor Graphics CAD package
  • Experience in OBC, HV DCDC, bidirectional conversion for the automotive industry
  • Practical experience using MATLAB tool chains.
  • Proficient with Microsoft office - Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and advanced Excel


Please note that Yazaki do not offer work permits, visas or sponsorships.


The successful applicant will be offered an attractive reward package and continuous personal development within a global leading organisation.



  • Competitive Salary
  • Pension Scheme
  • Private Healthcare including Medical cash plan 
  • Life Assurance
  • 26 Holidays (Plus the bank holidays)
  • Training and Development Opportunities


At Yazaki, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for everyone regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. 


We are looking forward to receiving your application and getting to know you. Please apply by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. We wish you all the success in your application! 


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