head of hardware development in Ancona

Ancona, Marche
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job description

The division Technical & Engineering of Randstad Professionals, specialized in research and selection of middle, senior and top management, searches for a a world leader in the business grade broadband access CPE market providing its solutions to the a vast majority of the Telecom Operators active in Italy: 

Head of Hardware Development

The Job

You will drive a skilled group of nearly 10 people bringing your own expertise and also guaranteeing hands-on contribution to day-by-day activities. This position requires the capability to define and maintain tight delivery schedules (roadmaps) and managing at personal and team level extra-time efforts as needed by market and customer constraints. Your team will take care of product development (including PCB layouts, mechanical design and CE mark testings), cooperate with the Product Engineering Team for tuning product industrialization processes and interact with the Technical Support team and Product Managers to match Customers’ needs (eg product validation, roll-out, troubleshooting) as needed and applicable. As Head of Hardware, you will also guarantee appropriate work organization and supervision, optimization of workflows, team’s skills continuous development and will contribute to the definition of the best tools and methods to improve information circulation (within the team) and exchange (with any other colleagues). You will be in charge for the overall system design and will be also involved in the most strategic activities, from product definition to platform selection.


Technical Duties and Skills


  • A keen interest in hardware and system design, highly preferable on networking equipment (eg. xDSL CPEs, Integrated Access Devices, routers)
  • Excellent system-level view and design competencies
  • Responsible for all aspects of the hardware product development cycle, definition, implementation and release to manufacturing
  • Generate clear documentation of designs and their testing procedures
  • Strong understanding of hardware design techniques (including Safety&EMC issues), methodologies, processes addressing real-time systems/applications
  • Expertise on the most relevant chipset architectures  (x86, PowerPC, MIPS, ARM) and technologies (eg. Freescale, Lantiq/Intel, Broadcom, Ikanos)
  • Expertise on high-volume, cost-sensitive hardware projects
  • Good knowledge of broadband access technologies and related design constraints, both copper-based and fiber-based (VDSL, ADSL, SHDSL) and fiber based (GbE, GPON)
  • Good knowledge of wireless technologies (eg WiFi) and related HW design constraints
  • Familiarity with FPGA and CPLD hardware projects using VHDL based development tools (eg. Altera, Lattice, Xilinx tools)
  • Expertise on Power supply design techniques: distributed power supply on PCB board, DC/DC conversion, AC/DC conversion, etc.
  • Expertise on PCB layout of high frequency and high density circuits whit Signal Integrity approach
  • Good approach and familiarity with laboratory instrumentations: oscilloscope, spectrum and network analyzer, signal generator, etc.
  • Good knowledge on constraints put on hardware platforms by data plane L2 and L3 packet processing (parse and classification, policing, switching, queuing, scheduling…) needs
  • Knowledge on embedded software on linux platform in kernel, userspace and shell scripting programming environments is a plus
  • Familiarity with Telephony over IP and relevant underlying/enabling technologies (eg. coding/encoding, echo canceling, SIP signaling, T.38)
  • Familiarity with legacy PSTN voice interfaces and protocols (eg ISDN) is a plus


Experience and Personal skills


  • Educated to University Level / Engineering degree
  • Minimum 12 years of development experience
  • A keen interest in hardware and system design, highly preferable matured on equipment for data networking
  • Minimum 4 years of experience on team management in hardware development
  • Experience in managing development activities through consultancy agencies will be a plus
  • Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Independently motivated, sharp, enthusiastic team player who works hard to meet time schedules
  • Excellent communications with cross-functional local team members
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language


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