Lead Electrical Engineer



October 12, 2022

Job Description

About Very
Very is a fully distributed IoT technology firm led by expert problem-solvers to create efficient, scalable solutions that move commercial, industrial, and consumer IoT projects from pilot to production in record time. 
We’ve built a collaborative, tight-knit team that thrives, whether we’re hanging out in person at our annual retreat or coordinating work across time zones. The results show that we’re doing something right — as we’ve won numerous workplace awards over the years. Most recently in 2021 we were certified as a Great Place to Work, and in 2022 we were listed again in Parity.org’s list of Best Companies for Women to Advance.
We believe that everything we build — and the people we build it with — has the potential to change the world. Our client list includes numerous well-known brands determined to leverage the power of IoT to drive material outcomes — such as Vizio, Peloton, Clear, iHeart Radio and Fellowes. Our goal, for each and every client we partner with, is to create high-value solutions through a collaborative and user-centered process. #LI-Remote
About This Role
As a Lead Embedded Electrical Engineer, you will work on multi-disciplinary project teams where you are responsible for end-to-end development of the electrical system for IoT products. This includes idea generation and architecting, schematic capture, PCB layout and design for manufacturing. You’ll be interfacing directly with clients and providing technical mentorship and best practice development for within Very’s hardware practice. Lead engineers at Very are expected to be technical leaders, helping to ensure our client’s success and advance our practice of hardware engineering.
In the Hardware Engineering Practice you’ll be part of a team of electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, and firmware engineers who are dedicated to developing a 21st-century hardware engineering process that reflects the realities of designing modern hardware. We practice Prototype-led development, which means we focus on building real hardware, fast. Rather than getting bogged down in endless design reviews, we believe that the only way to truly know you’ve designed something well is to build it and then find out how it breaks. We’re looking for hardware engineers who aren’t satisfied with the status quo, and want to find ways to build better hardware, faster.
What You’ll Be Working On
In this role, you can expect to work with the following technologies:
 – Microcontrollers and microprocessors
 – Digital communication protocols (I2C, SPI, etc)
 – Wireless communication hardware (Bluetooth, WiFi, cellular, subGig)
 – AC and DC power, as well as battery power (including low power design for batteries)
 – Bare Metal C, C-based RTOS and embedded Linux firmware (you will not be expected to ship firmware in this role)
Additionally, Very leverages the following tools for hardware engineering:
 – KiCAD
 – PCB mill
 – Electrical diagnostic tools (oscilloscopes, DMMs, logic analyzers, etc)
– Architecting the electrical sub-system on new IoT products
– Designing custom PCBAs
– Prototyping and board bring up of the boards you design
– Interacting with contract manufacturers to get your designs into mass production
Unfortunately, applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.
– BS or higher in Electrical Engineering or closely related field
– 5+ years of experience
– Primary residence in the continental US (to facilitate overnight shipping to our clients and the majority of our software team).
– 7+ years of experience
– M.S. in Electrical Engineering or closely related field
Base Compensation
We believe in a transparent, fair compensation structure and have developed our own open salary formula. Depending on your skill and experience, you can expect your base compensation to be somewhere between $112,000 and $130,000 upon joining the company. 
We also offer world class perks:
– Fantastic healthcare coverage ($0 out of pocket for most employee premiums)
– 50% 401K match (Very contributes $1 for every $2 you contribute to your 401k as of 1/1/22)
– $250/mo towards cell phone/internet
– $1000/yr towards home office buildout & upgrades
– Insurance (Dental, Vision and Life)
– Paid Parental Leave (95th percentile for the U.S.)
– Continuing Education Stipend – After 1 year of Employment  ($3000/ year for learning and 100% of the costs if you’re speaking at an event)
Why Work for Very
You are more than your job title. At Very, we prioritize talent development and professional growth with a human-first approach that caters to the unique goals each individual brings to the team. 
Our core value, Invest in Our People, looks like collaborating with a cohort of talented people on a mission to get better every single day. It feels like working for a company that invests in you. And it means finding alignment with your career goals to get you where you want to be.
How do we bring our priorities to life? Of course we offer the typical world-class perks you would expect. Additionally, as a remote-first company (since 2011), we provide stipends for home office, telephone, and internet. Professional development funds and generous parental leave are also some of the benefits you can expect.
But a healthy company culture isn’t just about perks. It’s about creating an environment where our employees can thrive. Our work is fueled by smart, creative people whose lives are enriched by our experiences together. We learn together, we grow together, and we play together. Despite working across more than half a dozen countries, our teams connect regularly for work and for fun – on Slack, Zoom, and during an annual retreat. We’ve been remote-first from the beginning, so we know well what it takes to maintain a strong culture.  #LI-Remote
The region/country on the post’s title is not related to the location of the clients you’ll be serving. It’s a reference to the place of residence of the applicant! All of Very’s clients are North America-based.