Rain Bird Corporation

Rain Bird Corporation


Sr. Lead Firmware Engineer

Join in our growth and help us accelerate our new product introductions. Your experience and leadership are key to taking our development to the next level. Work with an experienced and capable technical team creating the next generation of irrigation devices and connected systems.

As Sr. Lead Firmware Engineer you will lead and manage firmware development activities for multiple projects. Taking projects from cradle to grave from scoping and budgeting through implementation, release and sustaining. While partly an individual contributor role, the Lead will enthusiastically manage a small team and guide each project to success.

This role may be located in San Diego, CA or Tucson, AZ.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading and managing multiple firmware projects
  • Manage Firmware requirements in collaboration with stakeholders; update, and release requirements documents
  • Develop project schedules and budgets based on prior project aggregated data and analysis of planned scope
  • Report status, progress against the plan and activity to project stakeholders
  • Collaborate directly and effectively with multiple other teams including Electronics design, DEVOPS, Cloud software, Product Marketing, Management stakeholders, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Test Automation to assure that product development priorities are completed to schedule and budget, while ensuring quality and product performance requirements are met
  • Product development activities include design and development, rigorous design reviews, excellent documentation, incorporation of lessons learned from existing products, product verification, coordination with quality assurance, and field validation
  • Responsible for keeping excellent, organized project records and documentation. Work with existing product development and release processes but contribute to process improvement through recommendations and experimentation
  • In some cases lead Firmware heavy projects with some aspects in other disciplines such as Electronics design
  • In some cases lead Firmware projects with outside vendor contributions and be the point person for the external vendor and managing the external vendor (in collaboration with their team lead)
  • Responsible for writing high-quality, well-documented, and robust code
  • Participates in sustaining activities for existing products including diagnosis and resolution of defects
  • Initiate and run Firmware project meetings (including regular sprint stand-ups, regular project meetings, design meetings, defect reviews, etc)
  • Understand entire electronic product portfolio, product inter-relationships and maintain working knowledge of all internal codebases
  • Review schematics and provide detailed feedback (contribute directly to schematic and system improvements and drive component selection, particularly microprocessor)

MINIMUM Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical, Electronic, or Computer Science Engineering, related technical degree or equivalent extensive experience
  • 10+ years of experience with embedded C, C++ programming using embedded processors such as ARM core, Atmel AVR, Microchip PIC, or similar processors
  • Experience in use of advanced development/debugging tools; e.g. C/C++ compilers, ICE, JTAG, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.
  • Experience with multi-tasking or multi-threading with and without RTOS implementations
  • Evidence of strong firmware architecture design thinking and ability to clearly document designs
  • Exposure to full product life cycle from concept to production release
  • Track record of innovative and creative thinking used to create effective solutions for engineering and the customer
  • Experience managing development using both waterfall and agile methodologies
  • Track record of managing on time and on budget development projects, effectively tracking spend and progress and actively protecting scope, budget, schedule and quality, getting buy-in for solutions
  • Ability to review and understand digital and analog schematics
  • Excellent English communication (verbal and written) and ability to work both in teams and independently
  • Experience managing 3rd party engineering development vendors (any discipline)

DESIRED Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated vision and ability to create, design, document and communicate architectures and interoperable systems across device and team boundaries
  • Knowledge of assembly language (to analyze compiler output and ISR critical timing)
  • Prior experience with Design for Manufacturability and Design for Testability
  • Experience with unit test frameworks such as CPPUNIT
  • Experience using UML modelling techniques and tools
  • Experience using JSON, FreeRTOS, ThreadX
  • Experience integrating embedded products with IoT infrastructure (Amazon, proprietary or other)
  • Direct experience designing and implementing digital and analog circuitry
  • Experience with Agile software development process (methodology, best practices, tools)
  • Experience using tools and toolchains including IAR, Jira, Jenkins, Perforce, git, CI/CD
  • Substantial experience developing and integrating radio stacks in embedded products. Examples include BLE, LoRa, LoRaWAN, WiFi
  • Demonstrable understanding of the basics of common Internet, IoT and M2M protocols and methods such TCP, UDP, HTTP, TLS, NAT, MQTT, CoAP
  • Experience developing and deploying consumer products or highly reliable systems
  • Working experience with battery operated devices
  • Experience with board bring up, bootloader and OTA
  • Experience in the irrigation industry, understanding of plant evapotranspiration and basics of the related math

Rain Bird Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Rain Bird Corporation

When you think of Rain Bird, the first thing you think of is probably our sprinklers. Our irrigation systems are used by homes, golf courses, corporate campuses, and more all around the world.But those systems don’t just run on their own. They are all managed by sophisticated controllers that are getting more advanced by the day. It won’t be long before homeowners can simply program in their location and what they’re growing, and the system will be able to figure out exactly how much to water and when. Rain Bird takes an active part in the Internet of Things and developing smarter and simpler ways for everyone to control their irrigation systems. We continually develop new ways to interconnect irrigation systems components and to connect the irrigation system to external systems and data. Our goal is to lead the industry in connectivity and control of residential, commercial, agricultural, and golf irrigation. Rain Bird Controllers And The Technology Behind Them Our latest controller, the ESP-LXIVM, won the Irrigation Association’s 2020 New Product Contest in the Landscape Irrigation category. It introduces game-changing technology as the industry’s most advanced high-capacity controller. One major feature is its Integrated Valve Module, or IVM, with Smart Valve technology, which allows for two-way communication between the controller and the valve.The ESP-LXIVM makes use of two Rain Bird technology features: FloManager™ and FloWatch™. These allow the controller to automatically create watering schedules that optimize flow and watering time based on needs and flow capabilities. They also work with Rain Bird’s Weather Stations, which smartly adjust watering based on rainfall, high or low temperatures, and more.Users can take control of their irrigation systems from anywhere with the Rain Bird app. Almost anyone who uses Rain Bird systems can make use of the Rain Bird app to manage their irrigation schedules right from their smartphones. To make things even easier for homeowners, Rain Bird systems can connect to your smart home as well, with Amazon Alexa and Google Home support.Central to all of our developments is the idea of the Intelligent Use Of Water™. We want to conserve water through tools like FloManager and Weather Stations. We also do research on the most effective ways to use water to grow healthy plants. For example, we were able to determine that larger water droplets are more wind resistant and therefore more likely to reach the intended target. The end result is more healthy plant life with less water consumed. How To Become An Engineer At Rain Bird Rain Bird is actively hiring the best engineers in the industry. We’re looking for software engineers, especially those with experience in mobile apps and AWS servers. We’re seeking embedded engineers and firmware engineers. Most importantly, we want engineers who are ready to push the boundaries of what irrigation software can do and implement next-level technology that will help promote the Intelligent Use Of Water.What is it like to work as an engineer at Rain Bird? Everyone working at Rain Bird is intelligent and highly qualified, and constantly encouraging those around them to think harder, learn more, and challenge themselves and others. Our engineers can expect to develop new ideas and run with them. We are all passionate about delivering the highest quality products. Our small, development-driven teams are backed by the security of working for an industry leader with 80 years of growth that has experience turning ideas into reality.If you’re wondering where to work as a software engineer, look no further than Rain Bird. Rain Bird has engineering jobs in Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego, California. Visit the Rain Bird Careers page to learn more about jobs at Rain Bird and current openings.