Associate Director - Firmware Engineering at Illumina (San Diego, CA)

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What if the work you did every day could impact the lives of people you know? Or all of humanity?

At Illumina, we are expanding access to genomic technology to realize health equity for billions of People around the world. Our efforts enable life-changing discoveries that are transforming human health through the early detection and diagnosis of diseases and new treatment options
for patients.

Working at Illumina means being part of something bigger than yourself. Every person, in every role, has the opportunity to make a difference. Surrounded by extraordinary people, inspiring leaders, and world changing projects, you will do more and become more than you ever thought possible.

  • Lead a critical and growing multi-national FW team that's responsible for developing and integrating firmware from the early concept phase through release to manufacturing
  • Develops, redesigns FW functional strategies and provides clear direction for the long-term technical & business plans
  • Ensure budgets, schedules, and performance standards for FW functional area are realistically set and attained. Hold the entire team accountable for architecture and design tasks to ensure timely, on budget completion of project milestones.
  • Having a great degree of influence over extended Embedded Systems functions, and project teams in technical directions, project schedule and deliverables
  • Innovate new ideas from requirements into technical solutions. Provide guidance to team members on implementing solutions into reliable products.
  • Advise on root cause analysis by analyzing information (criticality, impact). Guide investigations leading to mitigations and solutions. Enhance designs, processes, and tools to reduce future defects.
  • Triage and prioritize issues from on-market products. Collaborate closely with leadership from cross-functional teams to deliver products requested. Communicate issues and status to teams.
  • Enable team members to be more efficient by enhancing remote work capabilities
  • Produce professional documentation and presentations.
  • Recruit and retain excellent developers for the company.

  • BSEE, BSCS, or equivalent degree required.
  • 10+ years of experience in developing embedded firmware with hardware integration experience.
  • 3+ years of experience in a management position leading large (15+) teams
  • 3+ years of experience using Agile / Scrum development process
  • Technical leadership skills

  • Complete product lifecycle experience including early concept work and successful transfer of designs into manufacturing.
  • Experience with electrical components such as ADC, DAC, Stepper & DC motors, Image sensors, Ethernet, I2C, SPI, USB, CAN.
  • Understanding of TCP/IP network protocols and programming of network servers and clients.
  • Experience with the GNU software development toolchain including gcc, binutils, and gnumake.
  • Use of source code management (SCM) tools (Git, Perforce, etc.).
  • Familiarity with Linux as a desktop/development environment.
  • *nix Scripting languages such as Bash, Python, TCL.

Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs.


Req# 33334

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact [email protected] To learn more, visit:
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Illumina operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA, Madison, WI, Foster City, CA and San Diego, CA. Illumina was founded in 1998. It has 7400 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 40 open jobs at Illumina, click here.
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