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Lead Software Engineer / Manager

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art sensors and communications systems for military, space and commercial applications.  Our products include both optical and RF systems. SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists and we are currently looking for a Lead Software Engineer with experience developing embedded control and communications software for telecom/datacom equipment.

We are looking for talented leaders who can contribute at all levels.  As a Lead Software Engineer, you are expected to be able to manage direct reports and directly contribute to the technical success of multiple projects.  You will also be expected to support system architecture designs for proposals and implement code for multiple projects in an ever-changing engineering environment.

This will be a full-time, regular position.

Citizenship:  Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only.

Responsibilities include:

  • Make architectural trade-offs for fault-tolerant, high-availability communications systems culminating in the decomposition and allocation of requirements
  • Contribute to company strategy by assisting with proposal writing and estimating budgets/schedules
  • Produce high quality software that is unit tested, code reviewed, and checked in regularly with associated documentation
  • Manage a small team of software engineers to cover multiple programs and their needs
  • Provide technical leadership, driving and performing best engineering practices
  • Contribute to system integration in the laboratory utilizing basic laboratory tools

  The successful candidate will have the following qualifications/experience:

  • BSEE/CS with at 10+ years of experience writing C/C++/C# in areas ranging from developing with embedded Linux to UIs to GPUs
  • Experience managing direct reports
  • Experience with telecom/datacom equipment software control and management functions, such as performance monitoring, alarm event management, in-service upgrades, etc
  • Experience with Embedded Linux and Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems
  • Experience with implementing Signal Processing algorithms in low level code
  • A proven track record of accurately estimating design effort (schedule/budget) and completing projects on-time and within budget
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously


SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos.  Our office has easy reverse commute access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package, matching 401k, and a flexible work schedule.  Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers working on state-of-the art projects.

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