Sr. Firmware Manager

| Santa Clara, CA, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 200,000-230,000 Annually
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Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., is one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Talheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ). Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, government, and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top 7 business enterprise in South Korea.


Our mission is to provide affordable and smart energy solutions through technology and innovation to create a sustainable future for the planet. We are expanding our business by offering revolutionary energy systems to residential customers including ESS, MLPE (power optimizers, micro-inverters), EV charging solutions, and Smart IoT with world-class solutions. 



The Senior Firmware Manager will be involved in the firmware design and implementation for renewable energy products such as photovoltaic (PV) inverters, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, energy storage systems, and system communication.


The ideal candidate is both a skilled individual contributor and an adept team leader, especially as we pursue rapid expansion, and should possess expert-level proficiency in writing C software for microcontrollers. We strongly favor candidates with prior experience in power electronics systems, as well as exposure to renewable energy, EV charging, and energy storage.


The responsibilities for this role include developing firmware using C code and ensuring the delivery of high-quality embedded code. Additionally, the candidate will play a crucial role in designing the software architecture.


  • Manage a firmware/software team to develop and validate product firmware.
  • Hire, train, mentor, and manage a team of highly skilled development and validation engineers.
  • Manage team development schedules and resources.
  • Support design reviews and DFMEA activities.
  • Lead your team to build advanced simulation and validation capabilities.
  • Work with cross-functional stakeholders to define and develop internally and externally requested features
  • Develop and debug low-level real-time and low-latency firmware in C.
  • Board bring-up, debug, test, and code optimization.
  • Ability for software integration and troubleshooting.
  • Implement control algorithms for power electronics products.
  • Design and implement protocols for system communications of new products.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams (electrical, mechanical, controls).
  • Write software specifications and design documents.
  • Generate and maintain accurate project schedules and timelines.


  • 7+ years of professional firmware development experience, including leading a team
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent
  • Expertise in Power Electronics
  • Develop, and debug low-level real-time and low-latency firmware in C and software fundamentals
  • Experience with the embedded systems and communication protocols and their drivers
  • Implement control algorithms for power electronics products
  • Ability to debug complex system-level issues and drive solutions


  • Support the development of DFMEA
  • Advanced experience with scripting language (Python, shell)
  • Familiarity with ARM Cortex microprocessor cores


To comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the essential physical, mental, and environmental requirements for this job are listed below. These are requirements normally expected to perform regular job duties. Incumbents must be able to successfully perform all of the functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.


Standing 20% of the time

Sitting 70% of the time

Walking 10% of the time


Pulling up to 10 Pounds

Pushing up to 10 Pounds

Carrying up to 10 Pounds

Lifting up to 10 Pounds

Dexterity (F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)

Typing: F

Handling: F

Reaching: F

Agility (F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)

Turning: F

Twisting: F

Bending: O

Crouching: O

Balancing: N

Climbing: N

Crawling: N

Kneeling: N

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