Leadership & Management

Director of Embedded Systems

Owl Labs is a collaborative technology company dedicated to creating a better meeting and connecting experience for everyone, wherever you may be. Owl Labs has always been a leader when it comes to celebrating and connecting hybrid teams and classrooms -- meaning both in-office and remote workers, in-room students and at-home learning. We’re best known for the Meeting Owl product line, a smart 360° camera, mic, speaker device all-in-one. Sitting in the center of the table, the Meeting Owl uses vision and voice recognition to shift the camera to focus on who’s speaking, giving all participants a feeling as if they’re in the same room. With the continued rise of distributed teams and remote workers, our solution solves for stronger collaboration and productivity no matter your location.

Our award-winning product, the Meeting Owl Pro, has been recognized by CES Innovation Awards 2020, Red Dot Design Awards 2020, SXSW Innovation Awards 2020 and our team recognized as an Inc. Best Workplaces 2020 and the esteemed Inc.’s Editor’s List.

Owl Labs is hiring a Director of Embedded Systems to build and scale a cross functional team of mechanical, electrical and embedded software engineers as well as create and manage a predictable product development process in service of on-time delivery of new products to market. The most qualified candidate will demonstrate an ability to mentor a team, scope engineering effort, identify and resolve risks, help unblock technical issues, hire quickly as well as lend a hand when we’re low on resources. You will be a partner to the Directors of Product, Applications, Web & Mobile and Operations in service of delivering programs on time. The team you build will predictably deliver electromechanical hardware powered by embedded software that is built on the Android operating system. You will be reporting directly to the VP of Engineering.

 

What You’ll Do

  • Develop high reliability plans to quickly build and launch MVP electromechanical products.

  • Build, improve and maintain the embedded software build systems.

  • Compile authenticated customer images on a 4-6 week release cadence.

  • Review program status and identify areas of risk.

  • Draft one-page description of development efforts.

  • Decide how to best distribute work among your team members as well as lending a hand whenever possible in service of on-time feature/product delivery.

  • Draft and post weekly program updates to the company.

  • Participate in weekly program reviews.

  • Review and approve employee expense reports.

  • Scope contract work and hire contractors whenever necessary.

  • Create and post job descriptions.

  • Interview job candidates.

  • Review and provide feedback to development plans with an eye towards minimize risk and increasing the probability of on-time delivery

  • Collaborate with the engineering team to brainstorm viable solutions in service the product roadmap

  • Collaborate with product management to ensure they understand the benefits of the product or feature as well as any user limitations

  • Coach you team regularly to help them grow their areas of opportunity as well as praise their successes.

  • Anticipate and raise development risks by closely paying attention to program updates delivered by your team and other cross functional teams.

  • Clearly communicate program status, key risks and mitigation plans as well as timelines to the leadership team.

  • Instill a strong sense of ownership in the development team.

  • Hold regular (weekly or bi-weekly) 1-on-1 meetings with your team.

  • Work with other technical leads and product managers to create, implement, and drive processes that improve execution and communication.

 

Timeline of Success

In your first month:

  • Build a relationship with the existing team.

  • Learn and understand our existing embedded architecture.

  • Assess talent gaps.

  • Hire one new mechanical or electrical engineer.

  • Codify the existing electromechanical development process.

  • Identify gaps in the existing development process and tools.

  • Align development priorities with the product roadmap.

  • Create a hiring plan.

  • With input, scope out a new product development plan.

  • Establish a method of managing your cross functional team.

  • Actively participate in product development sync meetings.

  • Author a weekly product development update newsletter to the company.

  • Evaluate the sustaining needs of in-market products.

In your first quarter:

  • Hire additional talent.

  • Setup the necessary tools and process.

  • Identify opportunities for operating leverage.

  • Identify, communicate and resolve critical path risk.

  • Prepare your first quarterly product development review for the Senior Leadership Team.

  • Establish a Sustaining development process that includes a method of triage.

In your first year:

  • Establish a capable development team.

  • Implement a predictable & reliable development process.

  • Launch your first electromechanical product.

  • Implement key tools and process.

  • Assess and deliver performance reviews.

  • Produce a 2021 hiring plan and budget in service of the 2021 product plan.

 

Qualifications

More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Owl Labs—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.

 

  • Experience with Chinese or Asian manufacturing.

  • Experience with delivering electromechanical systems to market preferably in the consumer electronics industry.

  • 10+ years of design/development relevant experience.

  • Experience with early to mid-stage startups.

  • Experience working closely with product managers and designers to build new products and features in a fast paced environment.

  • Experience with hiring, staffing and program management.

Owl Labs is over 40% remote and headquarters are based in Boston, MA. This role is an on-site position, though our team is currently working 100% remote due to COVID-19. Our return to the office is currently TBD.

Please submit a cover letter with your application explaining why you think you’d be a great fit as our Director of Embedded Systems.

 

Who We Are

The environment at Owl Labs has been shaped by the top tech, marketing and sales talent leading it. We share a strong culture of support, learning, and collaboration. Embodying empathy for the remote worker or team, a love of emerging technology, and hustle and grit, everyday the Owl Labs team is shaping the future of work.  From leadership to our co-op interns, we encourage creativity, breaking the mold, moving fast to learn quickly and then adapting. It’s a culture of trying new things to stay ahead in the marketplace, and embracing new ideas at every level. We embrace remote work, today and everyday with over 40% of employees working remotely (pre-COVID). The Meeting Owl products contribute directly to the company’s success; it’s at the core of who we are and what we do. 

Owl Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to our values of embracing inclusivity and creating a culture where everyone feels respected and connected, no matter the location of their work environment. We invite applications from people of all walks of life and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need accommodations due to a disability, please let us know.

 

What We Offer

 

  • Option to Work Remotely: We practice what we preach. Employees work at our Boston HQ, across the US, and often work a hybrid mix of in-office and remote.
  • Flexible Schedule: We all work hard, and so we believe in working whenever you're at your best.
  • Free Health Insurance: Enroll in Owl Labs's health plan for $1 for you and your family.
  • Unlimited Vacation: We have big goals. It makes sense to take what you need, when you need it.
  • Celebrate Inclusivity: Owlers get important holidays, including International Women's Day, Indigenous People's Day and MLK Day.
  • Incredible Team: Learn alongside phenomenal folks from some of Boston's most successful tech companies.
Are you interested in applying for this position? Submit your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to careers@owllabs.com and someone from the Owl Labs team will be in touch.