Director Engineering Firmware
Western Digital 124 reviews - Irvine, CA

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Directs the activities related to the analysis, design, programming, debugging, troubleshooting, and modification of software for firmware (IC embedded code) applications. Oversees programming and/or integration activities involving analog and digital hardware and software operating systems. May have responsibility for the programming of assembly language, machine language and high level languages, including but not limited to C and C . Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Direct reports typically include people managers with subordinates; emphasis is placed on providing overall leadership, coaching, development, performance management and providing global and strategic vision to the team
Recruits, retains and maximizes staff performance by building critical skills; ensures succession and development plans are in place for key positions
Provides input to strategy and operating plans
Responsible for executing and managing the day-to-day operations of his/her team(s)
Recommends changes to operating procedures
Sets and follows priorities from multiple sources.
Interfaces with program managers & cross functional manager toward timely product FW releases.
Makes sure team members follow FW development policy.
Leads and participates in customer design reviews
Primary contact point for organization
Establishes organizational objectives and policies
Directs and controls the activities of the organization
Interacts internally and externally with e4xecutive level management
Mentor subordinate managers
Sets technical direction for the department

B.S. 12 or more yrs experience
MS 10 or more yrs related experience
PhD 8 or more yrs related experience
8 yrs managing employees

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities :
Strong technical skill in troubleshooting and solving interrelated problems with ASIC, servo, read/write, etc
Strong firmware development process skills
Previous use and understanding of assemblers, compilers, linkers, ICE’s etc.
Familiar with test methodologies to mature drive products in most efficient Time to Market (TTM) environment.
Able to drive successful customer qualifications
Understands and accepts priority changes
Highly driven to solve problems quickly. (Understands customer urgency!)
Understands risk/benefit trade-off’s
Results (vs. effort) oriented
Able to read, write and speak English proficiently
Outstanding communication skills both verbal and written to present complex/controversial ideas and recommendations in a clear and concise manner
Skills in counseling, consulting and negotiating to effectively interact with all levels of employees throughout the organization
Able to deal with problems involving several concrete and abstract variables in non-routine situations; ability to walk direct reports through logical thought process to develop sound conclusions and problem-solving
Able to perform substantive analysis regarding complex issues and recommend feasible solutions
Able to create and assess comprehensive reports
Appreciate others’ needs and perspectives; exhibit and promote PAPPII values
Able to maintain effective performance and be flexible and adept at multi-tasking in a business environment that is fast-paced, constantly changing and where situations are sometimes ambiguous; able to help direct reports do the same
Exhibits personal initiative and drive for results; tenacity
Able to provide innovative recommendations/solutions; coaches and guides subordinates to be innovative
Ability to make appropriate judgments about prioritization and correlation between effort and value achieved from the effort; helps direct reports do the same
Political savvy
Strong business acumen
Has self-awareness (realistically appraises own strengths and weaknesses) and focuses on self-development
Excellent project management skills and ability to work to deadlines, often with short notice, while successfully managing multiple business-driven corporate initiatives and management responsibilities\
Applies business analytics to decisions
Proficient using a PC, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet, e-mail

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124 reviews
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