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Guangzhou, Guangdong

Principal Systems Engineer

Category | Research & Development Job Type | Regular Full-Time/Part-Time | Full time Remote | No
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The Systems Engineering team is a skilled group that plays a crucial role in creating successful products within the organization. We are considered leaders in Engineering and are responsible for guiding the development of various products and technologies. Our mission includes leading teams through technical decisions, managing risks, developing performance tests, and ensuring timely product launches.

What You Will Do

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iRobot is looking for a Principal Systems Engineer in our Guangzhou office to work with a global team of engineers.   In your role as a technical leader on a consumer robot development team, you are crucial in ensuring the product meets or exceeds customer expectations.  You'll lead cross-functional teams in system and subsystem architectures, requirements generation, design execution, and product validation.  You will use your skills and experience to evaluate tradeoffs and define the best technical path forward. Using the voice of the customer you will generate requirements, write theories of operation, and run trade studies.  You will lead engineers using pragmatic risk management through integration, trouble shooting and test. You'll work on both hardware and software, helping to choose realistic and ambitious product goals while managing technical risk.

To Be Successful You Will Have

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You possess in-depth knowledge in at least one core area (software, mechanical, electrical) and a strong understanding of the other two. You can quickly learn new technologies through self-teaching or consulting with experts. The ideal candidate should be an expert in a relevant technical field related to iRobot consumer products such as DC motors, vacuum/mopping tech, or lithium-ion batteries and have a solid knowledge of other technologies in mobile, navigating, connected robots.

Your expertise includes systems engineering methods and a strong understanding of iRobot product technologies.  You have a very strong technical voice providing guidance through a mix of leadership, collaboration, and consensus. Your experience involves creating consumer products based on customer insights and strong technical leadership.


  • Proven, skilled leadership of cross functional teams having demonstrated ownership of their assignments, a record of meeting commitments, and the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Expertise in one and broad technical knowledge in several of the following topics: Embedded systems, hardware - software interactions and dependencies, interfaces, optical sensors, Wi-Fi, navigation, batteries and power electronics, and motion control.
  • Expertise in many Systems Engineering tools and methods: Use case ideation, requirements development, risk analysis, trade space decision-making, root cause analysis.
  • Experience (8+ years) in new, high volume consumer product development.
  • BS in Engineering or related field.  Deep knowledge in one of the core disciplines (Electrical, Mechanical, Software) and a solid knowledge of the other two.
  • MS preferred.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to learn quickly.
  • Record of working proactively and independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts and trades clearly and concisely to fellow engineers and management.
  • Demonstrated systems thinking.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with a mastery of the English language.

Additional Qualifications and experience of the ideal Candidate:

  • Robotics experience
  • Knowledge of software architecture
  • Knowledge of mechatronic hardware architecture
  • Embedded systems experience
  • High volume manufacturing

In Return You Can Expect

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iRobot is a highly technical environment that moves extremely fast, and our Systems Engineers help drive that. The team members are technical leaders in their programs enabling them to make connections with engineers and operations personnel of all stripes.  Opportunities to learn new technologies, processes and techniques abound.  There is a strong sense of team and camaraderie within the department, and throughout iRobot, which makes for a fun and rewarding experience every day.

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