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Senior / Principle Software Engineer

Full time
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PA Consulting
Consulting & professional services
1,001-5,000 employees
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About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

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.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

About the Software and Control Systems team :

We design and build software for real products and devices. We work in multi-disciplinary teams that specialise in developing these end-to-end products and devices, taking early-stage concepts through to complete product releases - and even to small volume production line scale-up. Our world-class development facilities are based just outside Cambridge, take a tour of the office here.

As consultants, it’s important to us that we deliver high quality software for our clients. We ensure this by focusing on agile methodologies such as Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration systems & Pair Programming throughout our projects.

Some of our core capabilities include:

Software for Real Devices

We are experts in developing best-in-class embedded software and firmware for cutting-edge products and devices across many industries, from small medical devices to large transport networks. For example, we developed the Oakdoor diode to keep organisations safe from cyber attacks. We have been owrking with Ori Biotech to accelerate the development of affordable cell and gene therapies, which is set to revolutionise the healthcare industry.

Cloud Integration and IoT Devices

We design and develop edge-processing software for embedded and bare-metal IoT devices, with cloud-integration as a key feature, to create end-to-end IoT solutions that have real business value. We work closely with our teams of digital engineers and data scientists to extract deeper insights from our data. We helped Water Source create a water purification system that can change the way people around the world access safe drinking water.

Advanced Image processing & Virtual Reality

We have expertise in high-speed image analysis and processing, as well as building systems that capture, interpret and use image data. We have built mixed-reality digital twins to improve how operators visualise information and remotely control hazardous systems. Using Microsoft’s HoloLens, we enhanced training modules for IMI Critical Engineering with augmented reality (AR), to give engineers a real-world experience of the products they’ll be maintaining.

Why do we enjoy developing software at PA? 

  • Working in teams that provide insight into best practice software product development – from button-sized embedded electronics systems through to innovative manufacturing process control. 
  • The freedom to specialise our technical growth in whichever direction we’d like so that we’re always ready to design and build solutions using the best-suited technologies for the problem we are trying to solve
  • Being about to collaborate closely with clients to develop the best solution for their problems
  • Where we can, adding value through our non-software capability. For example, as an expert in applied sciences, communications systems, or medical devices.  

Flexible working - We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.


As an experienced C++ Engineer, you'll be working within collaborative cross-disciplinary teams of software, electronics, mechanical engineers and scientists to build innovative solutions.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Familiarity with the STL

  • Bare metal and/or Linux and real time OS

  • Knowledge or experience of a specific area of interest, for example: embedded software, sensors, IoT, medical devices, robotics, VR/AR

Although we require strong embedded C++ skills currently, we are generally technology agnostic and believe in using the right tool for the task at hand. As such, we welcome people from a broad range of platform/technology backgrounds and who welcome the opportunity to expand their repertoire.

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application

Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.