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Software Engineering Manager: Edge Devices

Company: Instrumental Inc.
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:

About Instrumental:

Instrumental is a global electronics manufacturing optimization platform headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with offices in Shenzhen, China.

Founded by a team of ex-Apple engineers, Instrumental provides a collection of software technologies that enable brands and manufacturers to optimize their manufacturing process to cut waste by orders of magnitude compared to conventional solutions. This waste is non-trivial: 20 cents on every dollar spent in manufacturing is lost to mistakes, experiments, downtime, yield loss, scrap, and returns. Our customers are top electronics companies, including Motorola, Lenovo, Meraki, Bose, and others.

The Instrumental platform collects, intelligently transforms, and contextually presents manufacturing data to technical end-users, enabling them to close loops in their manufacturing process in real-time. Our core technology is proprietary ML algorithms. We leverage these through a clever user interface that enables Instrumentals users to rapidly deploy AI with no code and minimal training. Over the next few years, we will refine and amplify this value, while also moving into new market segments requiring even more investment in core tech.

The Instrumental product requires an engineering leader who prioritizes customer success through the performance and availability of the platform, great application usability, and the continuous delivery of features that unlock customer value.

Summary of Position:

Our Edge Devices team develops systems that deliver our manufacturing optimization platform into factories worldwide. Devices in our distributed fleet display intuitive UIs, provide flexible APIs for integration with other factory systems, capture and upload high-quality data from on-board sensors, and deliver actionable insights generated by our proprietary ML algorithms.

You will lead our Edge Devices team of 4+ experienced software engineers, with the goal to build out and level-up the team as we scale. This is an amazing opportunity to own the in-factory software systems at Instrumental, and to have a significant impact on our fast-growing company.

You will partner with other cross-functional leaders of our Engineering, Product, and Operations teams to unlock new manufacturing use cases and industries, simplify device provisioning and updates, and ensure that our systems are robust, reliable, and secure.

What You Will Do:

  • People Management: Keep our software engineers focused, productive, and growing; plan headcount and drive recruiting to scale the team.
  • Edge Devices Roadmap Execution: Partner with our leadership and Product teams to plan & execute the Edge Devices roadmap.
  • Thought Leadership: Represent our Edge Devices software function internally to our teams & leadership and externally to our customers & partners.
  • Process/Culture Improvements: As someone holding a leadership role in Instrumental, build a culture of speed, innovation, and continuous improvement that the team will be proud of.

    • Track record of building and shipping production software systems for 5+ years -- you're an engineer and a problem solver at the core.
    • 3+ years of management experience, including both early-career and seasoned engineers.
    • Excellent communication skills. You know the right way to communicate with engineers, product, executives, customers, etc.
    • Passion for understanding and solving customer problems. Youre obsessed about the impact our technology has and the value we bring to our customers.
    • Network protocols and common topologies
    • Distributed IoT devices or edge computing
    • Hardware or manufacturing

      Bonus Points if You Have Experience With:
      • Network protocols and common topologies
      • Distributed IoT devices or edge computing
      • Hardware or manufacturing


        At Instrumental, we aim to build a great company that is also a great place to work. We look for diverse teammates with low ego, who are excited about our mission to modernize manufacturing, and who naturally take ownership of their work and build up others. Then we pursue inclusion and equity. To help Instrumentalists grow and thrive, we are also proud to offer the following benefits:
        • Competitive, market-based salary commensurate with experience including stock options
        • Professional development and learning opportunities
        • Stay healthy and happy through our comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance including other ancillary benefits
        • Save for the future with our 401(k) program + matching
        • Take time away from the office through our Flexible Time Off and 70 hours of annual sick pay
        • We are committed to fostering a positive work-life balance culture
        • Be a part of a community and take part in our company and team outings
        • We are a Growth Culture that provides opportunities for career advancement in a fast-growing company

          In addition, we work hard on transparency. For example, youll learn whats going on throughout the company at all-hands meetings every two weeks, and we have regular knowledge-sharing and demo events. You can read about our interview process - its designed to understand what it would be like to work together with empathy, not to surprise you or put you on the spot.

          Not sure you tick all the boxes? We encourage you to apply. We have a culture of learning, and if this job description sounds exciting, wed love to hear from you.

          Instrumental recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, family status, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable Jobble

Keywords: Instrumental Inc., Palo Alto , Software Engineering Manager: Edge Devices, Executive , Palo Alto, California

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