Technologist Electronic Design
Western Digital - San Jose, CA

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Electrical product development engineer. Work cooperatively in a team environment to take ownership in the development of electro-mechanical sub-systems for hard disk drives. Identity problems, generates alternatives and implement solutions to problems that affect yield, quality, and reliability of the product. Tends to work on specialized technical problems and provides highly innovative yet practical solutions. Anticipates, prevents and identifies problems and risks, generates alternatives and creative solutions and implements them. Typically will work on multiple products/platforms simultaneously. This position takes the engineer through the whole development process from conceptualization, to modeling and performance prediction, design & supplier interface, component qualification and production release. Expectations include developing and implementing new methods of component/system characterization, fixturing and modeling tools. This position also requires mentoring and developing less experienced personnel in new methods and tools.

Identifies and defines technology programs that address strategic technical or company needs. Oversees applied research or advanced engineering in developing new products, materials, or processes. Consults with and provides guidance to other departments and senior management on advanced technical issues. Integrates diverse functions to meet internal technical needs. Is widely recognized as an expert within the industry; has external influence in the direction of the field.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Architects low cost, high throughput electrical process strategies
Develops embedded electronics for disk drives
Follows department processes and guidelines for hardware and firmware development
Provides technical leadership for department in related discipline(s)
Creates process development plans and schedules
Provides leadership to meet company goals and objectives
Works with cross functional teams to develop disk drive features compatible with company objectives
Works with the factory to develop factory processes compatible with company objectives
Finds root cause for disk drives that have failed
Investigates and solves product and factory issues
Initiates and hosts cross functional meetings to resolve development issues
Develops and validates solutions for issues related to disk drive electronics
Documents findings of engineering analyses and investigations
Implements new features for reduced cycle time and improved track quality
Creates design documents pertinent to the various phases of electronic development
Conducts and participates in requirement reviews, design reviews and code reviews
Prepares and delivers presentations for customer, supplier and internal meetings
Recommends solutions and plans to upper management
Promotes department policies
Sets an example of a positive, upbeat, constructive attitude
Trains and mentors less experienced engineers
May participate in the recruiting and hiring process
Stays current with firmware development methodologies
Leads in architecture development and improvement projects
Carries out technical and unusually difficult business related programs by exhibiting outstanding initiative, innovations and consistently applying creative approaches resulting in significant business contributions.
Directs and coordinates activities necessary to complete major projects requiring a wide variety of technical skills.
Exhibits expert skill in applying or matching appropriate technology with business needs.
Demonstrates the ability to foresee strategic and practical company needs.
Domestic and/or international travel may be required

BS 10 yrs. related experience, or MS 10 or more yrs. related experience, or PhD 10 or more yrs. related experience
Understands real-time embedded firmware concepts
Proficient in the design and development of real-time embedded firmware
Understands the hardware, firmware and ASIC development process and is capable of driving improvements to the process
Solve very complex technical problems related to hardware and firmware
Effectively lead complex hardware and firmware development projects
Applies advanced technical expertise to manage complex program(s). Establishes methodologies to be used on projects across disciplines
Leads, integrates and coordinates activities of multiple teams or projects with broad assignment and very significant business impact.
Recommends and implements innovative solutions and methodologies throughout the organization
Has comprehensive knowledge of general business environment/ operations
Establishes budget/costs and understands their implications as they relate to programs and projects.
Anticipates issues from customer’s perspective and take appropriate action and develops rapport across a diverse range of customers and proactively collaborates with customers to anticipate needs.
Anticipates how business program/product strategy impacts customers
Understands priorities and resource constraints of supporting multiple customer environments.
Manages multiple projects that may have interrelated goals, conflict of resources, and spans of organization.
Accountable for program/project budget and deliverables
Understands and demonstrates WD’s Core Values: Passion, Action, Productivity, Perseverance, Innovation, and Integrity.
Conducts business ethically. Maintain confidentiality as required on product plans, customer plans, intellectual property, etc.
Follows departmental and organization policies and procedures
Prepares and presents technical seminars to team members.
Apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, advanced statistical theory, advanced mathematical concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, permutations, proofs of theorems, exponents, and logarithms.
Apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis
Speak, read, and write effective English in a variety of situations including in large groups
Communicates complex technical concepts and their relevance to our business
Write complex technical reports/documentation, organizational or multi-discipline procedures, and business correspondence with good grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure
Use standard and specialized engineering tools and equipment used by the discipline and/or department.
Uses standard office equipment including, PC, monitor, keyboard, mouse or trackball, MS Office, email, intranet, phone, fax, copier, printer
Defines the technical strategy within a discipline.
Participates in defining an organization’s technical strategy.
Participates in the establishment of individual and project goals and knows the business objectives and how goals are aligned and integrated.
Thoroughly understands the practical implications of one’s function on operations or vice versa (e.g. materials availability, volume-manufacturing environment).
Recognized expert within the company and with vendors and clients.
Customizes presentations appropriately to audiences across all levels and business units
Develops and prioritizes goals and workloads to meet project objectives and deadlines

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When it comes to data storage, Western Digital has drive. The company is one of the largest independent makers of hard-disk drives, which...