Senior Firmware Engineer

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Employer Provided Salary: 150,000-200,000 Annually
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Who is Flock?

Flock Safety is an all-in-one technology solution to eliminate crime and keep communities safe. Our intelligent platform combines the power of communities at scale - including cities, businesses, schools, and law enforcement agencies - to shape a safer future together. Our full-service, maintenance-free technology solution is trusted by communities across the country to help solve and deter crime in the pursuit of safer communities for everyone.

Our holistic public safety platform is comprehensive and intelligent, providing the actionable evidence needed to solve, deter and reduce crime across neighborhoods, schools, businesses and entire cities. Without compromising transparency or privacy, we are turning unbiased data into objective answers.

Flock strives to offer a career-defining experience where you can also make an impact on your community. While safety is a serious business, we are a supportive team that is optimizing the remote experience to create strong and fulfilling relationships even when we are physically apart. Our group of hard-working employees thrive in a positive and inclusive environment, where a bias towards action is rewarded. 

We have raised over $380M in venture capital from investors including Tiger Global, Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, and Initialized Capital. Now surpassing a $3B valuation, Flock is scaling intentionally and seeking the best and brightest to help us meet our goal of reducing crime in the United States by 25% in the next three years.

The Opportunity

Flock Safety is looking for a Senior Firmware Engineer to become a pivotal part of our Device Firmware Team, a dynamic group renowned for its exceptional engineering talent. We are responsible for all of the code running on thousands of solar-powered devices that are at the heart of our mission, enabling the seamless capture and upload of millions of images and streaming video content to the cloud daily. This role will be focused on developing new connectivity features for existing and next generation platforms. You will work with key internal stakeholders and external vendors to ensure deliverables meet our development and design bar, develop customizations in the drivers and radio layer, and collaborate cross-functionally to deliver quality software and firmware.

The Skillset

We're looking for people with:

  • A Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field with 8+ years experience
  • Proven track record of working with a large fleet of connected devices, a good understanding of different phases of their lifecycle and related challenges
  • Development experience within embedded systems/firmware design at multiple stages of the product life cycle (prototyping, pre-production engineering validation, release and scaling)
  • Experience with modem bring-up within Linux or Android ecosystems
  • Experience with Android Radio Interface Layer (RIL)
  • Experience with LTE, different service providers, e-SIM
  • Experience with Android system architecture (HAL, Android Linux Kernel, Android Build System, etc)
  • Proficient in C and C++
  • Comfortable working in a Linux-based development environment, including custom tooling, containers, Gerrit/Git, etc

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with Qualcomm chipset devices is a plus
  • Experience with customizing “Qualcomm Proprietary” subsystems(BP) is a big plus!
  • Experience with battery-powered/power constrained devices is a plus
  • Experience with ARM Cortex Microcontroller (NRF5x, STM32x, etc.) is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of Linux internals (process scheduler, memory management, concurrency, synchronization, memory allocation, file system, networking, storage, subsystem architecture)
  • Experience bringing up Linux Kernel drivers for common peripheral bus technologies including SPI, I2C, UART, is a big plus
  • Experience with Kotlin and Android apps development

Feeling uneasy that you haven’t ticked every box? That’s okay, we’ve felt that way too. Studies have shown women and minorities are less likely to apply unless they meet all qualifications. We encourage you to break the status quo and apply to roles that would make you excited to come to work every day.

90 Days at Flock

We are a results-oriented culture and believe job descriptions are a thing of the past. We prescribe to 90 day plans and believe that good days, lead to good weeks, which lead to good months. This serves as a preview of the 90 day plan you will receive if you were to be hired as a Senior Firmware Engineer at Flock Safety. 

The First 30 Days

  • Learn about the firmware software development lifecycle and tools, get your development environment set up and your build server up and running
  • Improve observability of fleet LTE behavior by reporting and monitoring network and modem metrics

The First 60 Days 

  • Make improvements to device connectivity (location, carrier, bandwidth, reliability)
  • Contribute to our device e-SIM development efforts

90 Days & Beyond 

  • Identify the gaps in antennas, radio layer implementation, modems and their drivers, and SIM management in the current connectivity solutions in Flock devices
  • Collaborate with partners to establish a connectivity roadmap

The Interview Process 

We want our interview process to be a true reflection of our culture: transparent and collaborative. Throughout the interview process, your recruiter will guide you through the next steps and ensure you feel prepared every step of the way. 

  1. Our First Chat: During this first conversation, you’ll meet with a recruiter to chat through your background, what you could bring to Flock, what you are looking for in your next role, and who we are. 
  2. The Hiring Manager Interview: You will meet with your potential future boss to really dive into the role, the team, expectations, and what success means at Flock. This is your chance to really nerd out with someone in your field. 
  3. The Panel: Learn more about the team, responsibilities, and workflows. You should be prepared to speak about past projects, how you collaborate and communicate with others, and how you live our values. You will meet with several teammates and cross-functional partners. Engineers should expect a technical assessment through coding interviews or architecture discussions. Your recruiter will provide more details to ensure you are fully prepared for your big day. 

The Perks

💰Salary & Equity: In this role, you’ll receive a starting salary of $150,000-$180,000 as well as stock options

🌴Use what you need PTO: We seriously mean it, plus 11 company holidays and your birthday off!

⚕️Fully-paid health benefits plan for employees: including Medical, Dental, and Vision and an HSA match. 

👪Family Leave: All employees receive 12 weeks of 100% paid parental leave. Birthing parents are eligible for an additional 6-8 weeks of physical recovery time.

🍼Fertility & Family Benefits: We have partnered with Maven, a complete digital health benefit for starting and raising a family. We will reimburse $10,000 a year for adoption, surrogacy, or infertility.

🧠Mental Health: All employees receive an annual subscription to Headspace

💖Caregiver Support: We have partnered with Cariloop to provide our employees with caregiver support 

💸Carta Tax Advisor: Employees receive 1:1 sessions with Equity Tax Advisors who can address individual grants, model tax scenarios, and answer general questions. 

💻WFH Stipend: $150 per month to cover the costs of working from home.

📚L&D Stipend: $250 per year to use on Audible, Calm, Masterclass, Duolingo, Grammarly and so much more.

🏠Home Office Stipend: A one-time $750 to help you create your dream office.

🏢Coworking Space: If you’re not local to our ATL HQ, we’ll provide $250 a month to get you set up with an All Access Membership to WeWork (or a local coworking space in your area).

🐾Pet Insurance: We’ve partnered with Pumpkin to provide insurance for our employee’s fur babies. 

Flock is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diverse backgrounds and thoughts and welcome everyone to apply for employment with us. We are committed to fostering an environment that is inclusive, transparent, and collaborative. Mutual respect is central to how Flock operates, and we believe the best solutions come from diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills. We embrace our differences and know that we are stronger working together.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at [email protected]. This information will be treated as confidential and used only to determine an appropriate accommodation for the interview process.

More Information on Flock Safety
Flock Safety operates in the Hardware industry. The company is located in Atlanta, GA. Flock Safety was founded in 2017. It has 800 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as OKR operational model, Team based strategic planning, Open office floor plan, Employee resource groups, Day off for your birthday and Quarterly engagement surveys. To see all 17 open jobs at Flock Safety, click here.
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