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Principal Electronics Consultant - Product Development

PA Consulting

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

Job Description

Are you a senior Electronics Engineer, excited by the opportunity of working in a multi-disciplinary environment across a diverse range of industries?

Are you seeking the opportunity to take ideas from concept to prototype and to make a difference for PA’s clients?

At PA Consulting Group we have a unique combination of industry expertise and engineering capability. At our dedicated Technology Centre in Cambridge UK, we develop award-winning products and manufacturing processes, helping clients understand and use technology more effectively.

We are looking for a Principal Electronics Engineer to join our growing healthcare and life sciences team at our technology centre in Melbourn, Herts.

Role specifics

As a Principal Consultant (PC) you should combine technology/problem solving skills with project management and commercial awareness. Our principal consultants are leaders in their respective fields and form the foundation of our delivery model. They serve as a deep problem solvers, project managers, sales support and innovators and form the centre of a project delivery team. You can expect a highly variable role with heavy client contact, hands-on project work and creative space to really own the solutions you are delivering.

Our PCs also feature as line and people managers and serve as mentors for junior team members both in a formal (line management) and informal setting.

We are looking for a Principal Consultant with experience working in the healthcare, diagnostics or consumer space to join our growing team, with a proven track record of delivering complex products. The ideal candidate will have experience working with multidisciplinary teams to plan, architect, develop and deliver medical, diagnostics or consumer products.

Our clients need us to work at the cutting edge and you will be ready to help.

The ideal candidate will have industrial exposure as an electronics engineer and will also possess the necessary technical breadth and interest to relish the range of opportunities provided in a consulting environment.

Essential skills we are looking for:

  • Well versed in a breadth of core electronics disciplines including analogue and digital circuit design, power electronics and embedded systems.
  • Experience architecting complex products or devices and working with multidisciplinary teams of electronics, mechanical and software engineers as well as applied scientists.
  • An appreciation of a wide range of engineering and manufacturing principles and the process of transferring a product to market.
  • Confidence presenting and explaining complex engineering concepts to both a technical and non-technical audience.

Desirable Skills:

  • Have a good understanding of the regulatory approach required to design medical and diagnostic devices and the processes and requirements that drive the engineering. This may be from an adjacent high reliability / safety critical industry.
  • It is desirable to have some experience of estimation, planning and project managing of complex projects.
  • It is desirable but not necessary to have some commercial awareness of the challenges facing our clients and experience of business development in healthcare and life sciences.


  • Someone not afraid to be ‘Hands-on’ and work with the team to work through challenges from first principles on the bench.
  • Energy and enthusiasm to take on new challenges in healthcare and life sciences as well as a diverse range of industry sectors, coupled with the ability to innovate and think freely
  • Proven track record of working in technology teams on complex project-based assignments

This is a great chance to use your knowledge of electronics engineering across a wide range of industry sectors and problem spaces.


  • Degree qualified – minimum 2:1 (Electronic Engineering or related subject)
  • Chartered engineer (desirable, but not essential)


  • Degree qualified – minimum 2:1 (Electronic Engineering or related subject)
  • Chartered engineer (desirable, but not essential)

Additional Information

About us:

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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