Director of Hardware and Embedded Platform

Swift Navigation

San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 04/21/2021
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  • Company Address: 650 Townsend Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA, 94103

About Swift Navigation

Swift Navigation, Inc. has been redefining GNSS positioning technology since 2012. What began as the industry’s first low-cost, high-accuracy, real-time kinematic (RTK) receiver has evolved into an ecosystem of GNSS positioning solutions for autonomous applications.

Job Description

Swift Navigation provides precise positioning solutions for automotive, autonomous vehicle, mobile and mass-market applications. What began as the GNSS industry’s first low-cost, high-accuracy, real-time kinematic (RTK) receiver has evolved into a Swift Navigation ecosystem of positioning solutions for autonomous applications. From the nationwide GNSS corrections delivered from the cloud by the Skylark™ precise positioning service, the hardware-independent, integrated software solution that is Starling® positioning engine to the centimeter-level accurate Piksi® Multi and ruggedized Duro® and Duro Inertial RTK receivers, Swift Navigation is enabling a future of autonomous vehicles to navigate and understand the world. Learn more online at, follow Swift on Twitter @Swiftnav

Swift is seeking a Director of Hardware and Platform. You will be responsible for managing a small team of Hardware Engineers and a medium sized team of embedded Platform Software Engineers.  


  • Lead, coach, and mentor direct reports to foster personal growth and teamwork
  • Maintain and foster a collaborative but challenging work environment
  • Evangelize and promote engineering best practices by actively reviewing software code, design, and architecture
  • Coordinate software delivery schedules and drive teams to meet committed delivery dates
  • Work with QA and test teams to accelerate software releases
  • Promote software best practices for production software code
  • Manage a team of engineers and team leads who are designing new products and supporting our existing installed product base
  • Manage remote teams in different time zones
  • Ability to manage a small team of hardware, manufacturing, and test engineers
  • Manage all stages of hardware product lifecycle - requirements, design, prototyping, ramp to production, maintenance, end of life
  • Work with product team, engineering software, and manufacturing teams to understand requirements and plan activities
  • Ability to set and keep schedules and project plans for the hardware team

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Knowledge of embedded C / Microcontrollers / C++ / Python
  • Expert at running embedded software in Linux environment
  • Version control tools / git
  • 10+ years of industry experience is required
  • 5+ years managing a distributed software development team
  • Have held a key position shipping a hardware product in production
  • Knowledge of manufacturing, factory processes, and working with contract manufacturers
  • Understand PCB design, electrical engineering schematics, and component selection process, and hardware design validation
  • Experience with board bring-up and software integration processes
  • Working with 3rd party hardware vendors and contractors

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Familiarity with GNSS technology
  • Experience with automotive ASPICE and safety compliance
  • Experience with compliance testing


  • Flexible vacation, competitive salary, employer covered health insurance, 401(k), flexible spending, HSA.
  • Tech talks, mentorship programs, employee events. 
  • Growth and learning opportunities from a tech environment include working closely with an international team of scientists, engineers, platform architects, programmers, executive staff and professionals.


Swift Navigation is a diverse and inclusive team. We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status or other defining characteristics.

Swift Navigation will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of SFPC Art.49

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