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Prototype Engineer

Department: Hardware

Location: Santa Barbara

Req#: 5038

At Sonos we are passionate about inspiring the world to listen better. Whether it’s a new release on Spotify, the latest edition of the Daily, or that award winning series on Netflix, we believe that when people listen better they live better. We strive to bring that mission to life by providing our customers with a best-in-class experience. Experience Planning plays a key role in this work, conducting investigations that progress our experience and differentiate Sonos’ products and services. If you are a passionate explorer who has the desire to change the status quo as a result of genuine technical curiosity, read on.

Creative Technologists are a key component of our Experience Planning (XP) team. The Sonos XP team bridges the gap between Hardware and Software organizations, investigating questions of high ambiguity and subjectivity that impact the Sonos experience. Creative Technologists bring an engineering perspective to the table acting as an equal partner with other contributors on the team. The Creative Technologist will collaborate to assess current and developing technologies that have implications on our business and then scope, build and test functional prototypes to incorporate these technologies. 
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
  • Provide thought leadership that educates Experience Planning partners with regard to technical considerations that drive and inform the group’s work.
  • Scope and build prototypes, in a collaborative work environment, that allows the XP team to vet the feasibility of proposals with users.
  • Work in partnership with the Creative Technologist/SW to help XP understand the technical implications of their work.
  • Partner with Experience Design in developing new experiences, helping them assess the technical feasibility of creative ideas and identify challenges that should/may need to be overcome to achieve them. 
  • Partner with the Portfolio Planning function in XP, advising them on emergent technologies relevant to Sonos’ offering. 
  • Act as a bridge to the development organization within Sonos; connecting XP and its projects to relevant areas of expertise and informing product and technology roadmaps toward future experiences. 
  • Draw upon previous experience to identify pertinent trends and developments in the industry that are relevant to the work of Experience Planning.
  • Utilize creative problem-solving skills and new technologies to make the impossible possible when it comes to interactive experiences. 
  • Research technical documentation, APIs, integration with 3rd party technologies etc. when such knowledge is needed to confirm project requirements, expectations and effort details.
Skills You’ll Need
  • Experience launching projects that demonstrate technical expertise, strategic assessment, and creative thinking.
  • Ability to interface a wide range of electronic components & modules to support rapid development of functional prototypes (weighing tradeoffs and architecting systems to build out new capabilities and user experiences).
  • Experience working with low-level circuit design, construction, debugging, and hacking.
  • Experience writing code over a range of common languages (C firmware up to web/python/java/ObjC), leveraging APIs, and creating custom protocols as needed.
  • Experience prototyping embedded solutions on Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or similar.
  • Proficient with 3D CAD tools, 3D printing, and building small batch prototype development.
  • Ability to collaborate and deliver world class work with designers, product planners, and partners. 
  • Expert organization skills and the ability to work on a variety of priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
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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