Principal Software Engineering Consultant (Medical Devices)

The role

Principal Software Engineering Consultant (Medical Devices)

Full time/Permanent

Melbourn, Hertfordshire with travel ~15-20%

Fantastic package including annual bonus scheme, travel allowance, 8% pension, private healthcare and more!

Bringing Ingenuity to Life

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.

With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

Isn’t it time you joined us?

Become part of the Team

We are developing software powering ground breaking new products in areas such as

  • state of the art new manufacturing lines
  • next generation wound care
  • 5G and internet of things
  • transportation systems
  • network security

With exceptional growth in the areas of health care, life sciences, medical devices and diagnostics, the Software and Controls capability is looking to build it’s knowledge base in development within regulated markets.  We are looking for a senior level engineer who has a proven background leading work streams and really driving software development in sectors that have high levels regulatory oversight.  This is an opportunity to work with clients directly, translating their requirements into innovative solutions.  As a Principle Consultant at PA, you are one part developer, one part architect, one part account manager and one part program/project manager; this is a role that truly offers variety and scope. 

Our collaborative cross disciplinary teams of software, electronics, mechanical engineers and scientists are working together to build innovative solutions to some of the most interesting challenges. We use agile tools such as Test Driven Development, continuous integration systems & pair programming to deliver high quality software for our clients and are constantly homing our software development and consulting people skills.

At PA Consulting our Product Design and Engineering function brings…

  • Experience of how to help our clients manage technology and innovate better – because we innovate every day, for a living. 
  • Knowledge of multiple sectors where solutions to our clients’ challenges may already exist – because we work across all major sectors. 
  • Ability to take a product from idea to market quickly and efficiently – because we deploy multidisciplinary teams with world class facilities on a single site. 
  • Commercial understanding to exploit technologies successfully – because we design and improve the businesses that drive these products to profit.

What we're looking for

We expect you will have a combination of:

  • Modern c++ and experience with the STL
  • TDD
  • CI and automation
  • Bare metal and/or linux and real time OS
  • Direct working with clients
  • Design direction
  • Python, c, c#
  • Familiarity with object orientation and/or function design patterns
  • Familiarity with software development practices and tools, such as agile development, version control, software testing, continuous integration and virtualisation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Project management skills
  • The versatility and flexibility to apply your skills to new challenges and solve unfamiliar problems
  • A desire to push for continuous improvement and deliver quality software
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, through pairing and independently  
  • Knowledge or experience of a specific area of interest, for example: embedded software, sensors, IoT, cloud, robotics, VR/AR

This opportunity would suit an experienced developer who is looking for the breadth and variety that consulting can offer, as well as the autonomy and ownership to put their mark on what they deliver.

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.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


We all work best when we feel valued, supported and life feels balanced, so we got the folks who actually work here to design our benefits.

Looking after you and yours

Flexible healthcare plans just for you or your family. Depending on your office location, we offer a range of benefits including dental, eye tests, gym discounts, Cycle to Work, and more.

Finding work/life balance

Now, more than ever, we’re big on flexible working. Whatever the situation at the time, we’ll have an open discussion about what works for you. We’ve also enhanced our parental leave, so you can make more time for what really matters.

Taking a break

Because there’s more to life than just work… All our office locations have competitive annual leave allowances. You can also buy up to five extra days per year.

Personal growth

Learning never stops – it feeds the mind, expands our skills, and strengthens our team. We offer a range of ongoing internal and external training programmes covering everything you'll need to feed and grow your career ambitions.

Planning for the future

Don't worry, we offer all the sensible stuff, including a pension, life assurance, income protection schemes, and PA shares.

Giving back

Take advantage of our great Give as You Earn scheme, or why not volunteer up to three days a year for a charity close to your heart?

A home for everyone

Whether just starting out, or a practised hand, we have active and firm-wide support communities in place to help everyone get the support they need.

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Going further afield

With offices in countries across the globe, as a firm, we’re able to relocate folks who want to move – whether temporarily or permanently. Your starting location doesn’t have to be forever, as your career takes off.


The base office for this role is Cambridge, UK. However, you may sometimes be required to work onsite at client offices, too. You can find out more about our offices and remote working approach on our Locations page.