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Manager, Embedded Software Engineering

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

Manager, Embedded Software Engineering


Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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We are currently seeking a Manager, Software Engineering to join our team.

The Software Engineer Manager directs and manages the activities of a team of engineers within the embedded or application software systems development functions. In this role, one will work with Program managers to allocate appropriate resources, vet schedules, and budgets. One will work with Systems Engineering to ensure performance and technical correctness, help define system architectures and requirements. One will work with one’s staff to ensure on-time delivery of the software with quality and robustness, and to evolve new standards for process and productivity.

Position Responsibilities

Lead, grow, guide, and motivate an experienced embedded software development team to develop software solutions for both our new products and legacy products

Build a strong productive team, foster a positive and supportive work culture, inspire and motivate the team.

Coach and Mentor team, including providing career guidance

Develop and improve software design processes such as CMMI level 3

Recruit and retain talented software engineers

Develops and evaluates software team members to ensure the efficient operation of the function

Ensures and drives consistency and adequacy of software development work across projects

Research technology advances for potential incorporation into AV present and future platforms

Manages planning and implementation of change initiatives; anticipates and mitigates obstacles and business disruptions caused by change initiatives. Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures that affect immediate organization(s)

Develops and gives feedback on schedule, performance requirement, and budget

Maintains technical competence by contributing to project teams as needed

Develop and maintain documentation (ICDs, SRDs, etc.) of architectures, interfaces, and other design decisions for software elements

Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals; provides guidance to team within the latitude of established company policies

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirement

U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related discipline is required or equivalent combination of experience and education

10+ years relevant experience / MS 6+ years’ experience in real-time / embedded application software

5+ years’ successful experience leading a team of 5-10 software developers

5+ years’ experience C++. Object-Oriented Design

Demonstrated success with managing technical issues to closure across various teams to ensure on-schedule delivery with quality.

Aerospace and/or UAV experience including aircraft avionics, payloads, and their interfaces preferred

Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time

Basic electronics knowledge and use of lab equipment is required

Deep understanding of software development process

Expert in software lifecycle development including defining and documenting requirements, object-oriented software architecture and design, programming and testing, and source code configuration management.

Technical knowledge and experience with the following are desired; Serial communications, Network communications, CAN communication, TCP/IP, UDP, FTP, image processing.

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills. Strong listening, questioning, clarifying and summarizing skills to effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group settings.

Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, project management software, and design and analysis tools

Consistently demonstrates the ability to meet engineering schedule demands in a dynamic environment with multiple customers (strong project and time management skills) and is solutions-oriented

Uses vision to think beyond the immediate situation, explore multiple potential paths, and adapt decision-making style based on the situational circumstances

Inspires, motivates and empowers people to deliver organizational goals, while also delivering value back to employees

Brings organizational values to life using personality, uniqueness and the creation of a shared vision

Champions the process of change and promotes a culture of quick adaptation while helping others deal with the effects of change

Demonstrates the ability to develop and maintain internal and external trusting, professional relationships

Experience in autonomous control and navigation of unmanned vehicles a plus.

Windows programming a plus.

Familiarity with Keil, Visual Studio, and CCS a plus.

Familiarity with iMX6/Linux a plus.

Familiarity with ARM processors a plus.

Familiarity with SVN configuration management tools a plus.

Physical Demands

Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment

Required to stand and sit for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to U.S. Government contract requirements will require current U.S. Citizenship.

Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit:

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

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