Engineering Manager IV System Design
Western Digital - Irvine, CA

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Reports to the Sr. Manager of Electrical & Systems. Responsible for the electrical & systems design of a Branded Product, working closely with all functional teams within Branded Products (e.g. firmware, electrical, mechanical, program management). Provide technical leadership from systems feasibility to high volume manufacturing. The scope of activities will be broad, ranging from participation and direct contribution in creation of system requirements and tests, product systems specifications and conversion of these specifications into product requirements to participation and direct contribution in all stages of technical review, including extensive technical analysis. Technically communicates with ASIC partners and customers. Leads and Manages a System Engineering Team.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Drive the system design and tradeoffs of new products
Define and review System Architecture and Design for overall Branded Products Systems Architecture and Design.
Evaluate architecture strengths and shortcomings. Investigate, recommend and argue hardware/firmware trade-offs. Determine and document the best implementation option(s) to meet performance and time-to-market needs
Work closely with Lead Architecture/Technologist and Advanced Technology Teams
Conceive, develop and validate new electrical or system features
Determine and document appropriate tests and test environments to meet the expectations that will result in system test processes, including NFR’s
Lead the definition that results in the goodness of a customer experience with our products and as a basis for comparison of future products
Recommend and influence appropriate technical tradeoffs to program management
Participate in the integration of electronics, firmware and mechanical components during the development of new products
Identify and resolve cross-functional development issues
Coordinate Bring-up tasks for a new product (HW and SW)
Work closely with the software development team to define and develop product features
Stay current with industry standards, proposals and proactively ensure that pertinent information is disseminated, evaluated, and when applicable, incorporated into Western Digital designs and engineering practice
Specify and review system design tradeoffs with ASIC suppliers
Provide detailed Engineering assessment of competitive product features
Assist F/A and F/A reporting for FIT and Sustaining Engineering
Create and help resolve ITRs for FIT and Sustaining Engineering
Define test limits. Define and verify the appropriate system formats
Define and approve Test Strategy
Publish documents for Vendor expectations in SDK solution
Recommend hardware and firmware improvements for the power management process
Approve PCBA designs and changes
Provide leadership in the performance of system level and PCBA EVTs, including creating appropriate procedures and executing the testing of them
Mentor, motivate and develop the capabilities of junior and senior engineers and techs
Communicate concisely and clearly and provide status in a timely manner
Support Sales & Marketing as needed (Field, customer calls, customer support)
Travel, as required, to attend pertinent meetings and/or support sales or customer needs

BS 12 or more yrs. related experience, or MS 8 or more yrs. related experience, or PhD 6 or more yrs. related experience
Education and/or experience in digital and/or analog electronic design, imbedded programming (C or assembler)
Experience in Systems Architecture
Network and/or SMB/Server Storage experience desirable
Previous direct experience in one or more serial interfaces, specifically USB, Firewire, SATA, SAS, FC, Gb Ethernet, or similar.
Wireless experience desirable
Relevant hands-on experience in host interface protocol validation and compliance, functional verification, debug, support, and applications in a system environment
Familiarity with Mentor Design tools, like DXDesigner
Experience using Modeling and Simulation tools

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