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Principal Firmware Engineer

Location: Irvine, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000038449


  • Develops embedded firmware for disk drives
  • Follows department processes and guidelines for firmware development
  • Creates firmware development plans and schedules
  • Provides leadership to meet company goals and objectives
  • Works with cross functional teams to develop disk drive products
  • Finds root cause for disk drives that have failed for apparent firmware related issues
  • Investigates and solves complex customer and factory issues
  • Initiates and hosts cross functional meetings to resolve development issues
  • Develops and validates solutions for issues related to disk drive firmware
  • Documents findings of engineering analyses and investigations
  • Implements and validates new, complicated, firmware features for disk drives
  • Creates design documents pertinent to the various phases of firmware development
  • Conducts and participates in requirements reviews, design reviews, and code reviews
  • Prepares and delivers presentations for customer and internal meetings
  • Stays current with firmware development methodologies


  • Software development background proficient in C/C++
  • Experience with SVN, Git, Gerrit