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Hardware Verification Lead

Department: Hardware

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara

Req#: 5441

Do you love solving challenging problems and delivering high-quality products? Do you detest planned obsolescence of modern consumer goods and want to work on products designed to last for a long time. Do you like to manage projects with lots of inter-dependencies and uncertainties. Then you might be the person we are looking for. 

The Product Integrity Engineering team is responsible for HW verification during new product development. We are looking for a HW Verification lead, who will be accountable for ensuring comprehensive HW validation of a new smart audio products from concept creation all the way to mass production readiness. With deep and wide HW development understanding, you will ensure that the final product design meets and exceeds the quality bar our customers have come to expect. 

Every product we design, every interaction we shape, every decision we make is driven by quality and customer experience. In this role, you can impact both of these areas. You have an eye and an ear for details, are excited about innovative product engineering, are curious about why things work (or don’t), have an analytical mind coupled with a practical approach, excel on efficient project management and commit to mak products just right for the end user. You understand the technologies, capabilities and potential performance limitations of the HW you help develop and make sure it is verified without compromises before release to production. You keep development team honest on current status and issues at hand during each phase of development process. 

You will collaborate with a team of industry-leading innovators across different HW engineering disciplines developing next generation smart audio devices. You will also partner with other functions to support development efforts. 

Your impact in this role will ensure high HW quality of new products, yielding high user satisfaction for years to come.

*Position can be located in Santa Barbara, California or Boston, Massachusetts.  Relocation assistance available*
About You

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

You want to be part of a team.

You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You assume everyone’s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help. Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You’re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over short-term objectives.

You love to listen.

You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You’re passionate about culture and know the power that music, film, podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.

What You’ll Do
  • As a technical lead for HW verification, you will provide enthusiastic and inspirational technical leadership to the product development program team.
  • In this role, you will be responsible for managing the HW verification for a new product through the entire HW development process in close collaboration with other technical teams.
  • Early in the process, you will analyze program HW NUD’s (New, Unique, Difficult), identify and understand gaps in existing test methods/processes
  • You’ll support the creation of product specific requirements and develop the verification strategy for your assigned product. Together with other product development leads you create the test plan inventory, build a test schedule around the HW prototype build plan and synchronize it with other development teams. 
  • You make sure product testing is executed as planned through prototype builds while tracking and managing the HW bug backlog. You make sure no shortcuts are taken regarding HW quality and drive data based process to fix all found HW issues.
  • You effectively communicate HW test results & status within product program ensuring HW related risks are well managed. You also keep management up-to-date on risks and mitigation
  • You work diligently collaborating with our team and growing product HW maturity to mass production readiness. 
  • When product is ready for mass production, you will ensure smooth transition of responsibilities to the Sustaining Engineering team. 
  • You provide guidance and mentorship to other team members. You resolve conflicts with influential leadership.  
Skills You’ll Need
  • Experience creating innovative mass volume consumer products of high HW quality
  • Experience communicating (written and verbally)  and collaborating in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • 8+ years experience in product hardware development with a BSEE, BSME or equivalent experience. 
  • Working knowledge of computing systems including analog/digital electronics. Design or test experience on transducers, audio amplifier hardware, acoustics, wireless communication technologies, AC and DC power supplies, ethernet and signal integrity measurements is a strong plus.
  • Hands-on experience in Python, Java or C/C++ or shell scripting in a Linux environment
  • Ability to think strategically, execute methodically, and act decisively with high attention to detail. Experience with data driven decision making while avoiding paralysis by analysis.
  • Experience dealing with ambiguity and actively seeking clarity to avoid misunderstandings
  • Experience being persistent, resilient and convincing when defining, implementing and executing test strategies and plans under a tight deadline through accountability and personal ownership.  
  • Authorization to work in the USA. Able to travel within the US and Asia.

Nice to have:
  • Demonstrated leadership experience 
  • Experience in audio, smart home or mobile products
  • Background on transducers, audio amplifier hardware, acoustics, sound engineering or wireless communication technologies. Hands-on EE design experience. 
  • Expertise creating scripts using languages like Perl and/or python.
  • Experience collaborating with external ODM/JDM/CM partners from Asia.
  • Experience integrating multiple sub-systems (including SW). 
  • Expertise troubleshooting and debugging wireless and networking systems.
  • Knowledge of quality tools and statistical methods.
More About Sonos

Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want, where they want, how they want.

Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while participating in a culture that values respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership.

Together we’re working to positively impact the world and inspire everyone to listen better—because listening brings people together, builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.

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