Hardware Design Engineer

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Hardware Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Company: Fenix International Inc.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: Rolling
Position: Full-time
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits


About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy and technology company. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through inclusive energy and financial services. Our flagship product, Fenix Power, is a modular, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable installments from just $0.11 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a next-generation credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans, unlocking modern financial services for our customers. To date, Fenix has sold over 500,000 Solar Home Systems in Uganda, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria and Mozambique, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 2,500,000 people.

In early 2018, Fenix joined forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy. This has allowed Fenix to make significant commercial investments to accelerate the path to our mission, via new markets and innovative products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.


Job Description

Fenix International is looking for a talented self-starting hardware/electrical engineer to join the Fenix team in designing new products and enhancing our current products. The ideal candidate would have 4+ years experience as an electrical engineer working on power systems or consumer products that have achieved medium to high volume production. In this role, candidates would work on the design and commercialization of new power system products as part of Fenix’s hardware engineering team in San Francisco. You would work closely with product managers, product designers, and firmware engineers to develop a hardware architecture and to define firmware features and requirements. Optionally, this position may include a direct firmware development component if of interest to the candidate. The position will involve occasional travel to Fenix offices in Africa to Fenix manufacturers in Asia.


Key Responsibilities

  • Develop electrical architectures for smart power systems using rechargeable batteries.
  • Design and implement high-efficiency, low-cost power supply topologies.
  • Layout or work with team to layout PCBs and procure prototypes.
  • Bring-up and bench verify initial prototypes.
  • Work with firmware engineers to specify firmware requirements and validate systems.
  • Define test procedures in partnership with manufacturing team.
  • Define and execute engineering validation tests.
  • Support creation of field service protocols and procedures. 


Required Skills & Experience

  • Minimum BSEE or similar degree.
  • 4 or more years of relevant hands-on hardware experience in power converter (DC/DC, DC/AC, & AC/DC) design.
  • Strong understanding of power electronics topologies (DC/DC, DC/AC, & AC/DC).
  • Design and implementation experience with DC switching regulators.
  • Experience working with a product in volume production.
  • Embedded development experience (microcontrollers, SPI, UART, I2C, USB).
  • Solid understanding of analog and mixed signal design principles.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Passion for designing low-cost, life-changing products for developing world markets.


Desired Skills

  • Familiarity with low power circuit design and battery charging.
  • Proficiency in Altium or Eagle schematic capture and circuit board layout.
  • Programming skills in high level object oriented languages (Java, Python, etc).


To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the job posting at www.fenixintl.com/careers/.

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun work environment. We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are not able to sponsor H1B visas at this time. We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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