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Sonos Lead Hardware Design Engineer (Portables Embedded System Electronics) in Boston, Massachusetts

At Sonos we want to create the ultimate listening experience for our customers and know that it starts by listening to each other. As part of the Sonos team, you’ll collaborate with people of all styles, skill sets, and backgrounds to realize our vision while fostering a community where everyone feels included and empowered to do the best work of their lives.

Location: Santa Barbara, CA or Boston, MATravel: some coast to coast and international travels

Sonos is seeking an Electrical Engineer to lead the electronics development on the newly formed Portables Category Embedded Systems Team. As Electronics Lead, you will collaborate with the cross-functional Portables Leadership Team to define a new embedded system platform to enable low power, cost efficient, responsive, and connected portable products. In this hands-on role, you will implement the first prototype and partner with the embedded software team to bring up and integrate system functionality. With the platform developed, you will lead a joint design and manufacturing partner team of electronics engineers to design and manufacture products based on the platform. This is an opportunity to join a high-performing team tasked with shaping the future of Sonos portables from definition to launch.

What You’ll Do:

  • Own the design and develop of the end-to-end mixed-signal embedded system electronics platform for a new category of portable audio products

  • Work cooperatively across multiple disciplines in a fast-paced environment (including external vendor interactions) to achieve successful end results

  • Lead a joint design and manufacturing partner team of electronics engineers to design and manufacture products

  • Advance the electronics platform to add features and keep current with the latest technology

  • Partner with advanced concept team to create functional prototypes for exploration and evaluation of product concepts

  • Ensure compliance with all industry standards and regulatory requirements

What You’ll Need: Research shows that candidates from underrepresented backgrounds often don't apply for roles if they don't meet all the criteria. If you don’t have 100% of the skills listed, we strongly encourage you to apply if interested.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Degree in Electrical/Electronic/Computer Engineering

  • 6+ years of related industry experience

  • Knowledge and experience in some of the following areas: s ystem on chip embedded solutions, volatile and non-volatile memory architectures and standards, WiFi and Bluetooth communication standards, high speed IO standards (SDIO, USB), digital audio standards (I2S), audio amplifiers, battery monitoring and charging controllers/circuits, USB PD standard, power regulation/distribution (low power and peak power for transducer load)

  • Hands-on experience with partial or complete ownership of mixed-signal consumer-level safety critical electronics design including: system bring-up, software integration, and troubleshooting

  • Proven ability to work across multiple disciplines in one or more of the following: mechanical engineering, radio engineering, embedded software, hardware validation, compliance, audio etc.

  • Well-developed technical leadership skills including: task & risk management, supplier oversight, and clear technical reporting and communications

  • Ability to work with people with different culture background in different locations and time zones

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience designing for low-power battery operated portable audio products

  • Experience designing basic RF circuits to enable WiFi and/or Bluetooth radios

  • Experience in writing firmware for microcontrollers or experience in software development

  • Knowledge and experience in resolving EMI and ESD issues.

  • Knowledge of compliance and regulatory requirements and testing procedures (ESD, EMI, safety)

  • Ability to propose, set up, and execute validation testing plans with minimal guidance.

  • Ability to use simulation/analysis tools and best engineering judgment to close issues


  • Technically inquisitive – must be able to take on new technical challenges and learn new technical skills on-the-fly and apply the knowledge to solve the issue at hand.

  • Detailed-oriented, genuine curiosity about how and why, passionate about your work

  • Strong sense of ownership and excellent time management

  • Ability to execute on designs as well as explain design decisions to others

  • Experience with team leadership and/or mentorship

    At Sonos we consider a wide range of factors when determining compensation, which may lead individual compensation to vary depending on job related qualifications, skills, and experience. All full time employees are eligible for merit increases, discretionary bonuses, and equity. Our job postings may span more than one career level and the base pay range may be modified in the future based on changing market conditions. The starting base pay for this role for all US candidates is between:

$147,000 and $162,800

Please note that compensation details listed in US job postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include bonus, equity, or benefits.

We also offer a comprehensive benefits program with choice and flexibility in mind to help support the health, wealth, and overall well-being of our employees. Regular full time employees in the US are eligible for benefits on day one, including:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • A 401(k) plan with company matching and immediate vesting

  • An Open Time Off policy (OTO) so you have maximum opportunity to disconnect and recharge, with no tenure-based vacation accruals required

  • 80 hours of sick time upon hire, refreshed annually

  • Up to 12 paid holidays per calendar year

  • 12 weeks of paid Bonding Leave following the birth or adoption of a new child, plus up to an additional 12 weeks of Medical Leave for birthing parents under our Short Term Disability policy

  • Company-paid Disability, Life, and AD&D Insurance

  • Voluntary benefits, including Voluntary Life, AD&D, Accident, and Pet Insurance

  • Mental health benefits to support your holistic well-being

  • A generous employee discount program & Sonos Radio HD - on us!

    For a holistic overview of our benefits, please visit .

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

Your profile will be reviewed and you'll hear from us once we have an update. At Sonos we take the time to hire right and appreciate your patience.

Notice to U.S. Job Applicants: Sonos is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

Follow the links to review the EEO is the Law poster ( and its supplement ( . Sonos is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Sonos is a sound experience company. We connect millions of listeners all around the world to the content they want, where and how they want it. Since inventing multiroom wireless audio in 2005, we have continuously innovated the listening experience, designing hardware and software that celebrates sound, empowers our customers, and brings the home to life. Our team is made up of passionate players united by a culture of respect, transparency, collaboration, and ownership who want to inspire the world to listen better.

Having been distributed from the start, we’ve long since been accustomed to having close teammates in entirely different locations and time zones. We ground ourselves in these four principles while working as distributed teams:

Role Location: Some roles require an office while others may be done remotely. Leaders make this decision based on business rationale, role requirements and team needs.

Travel: Some work is better done in person. Teams should meet together in person at critical moments to move work forward.

Meeting Norms: We use our time to drive OKRs and run the business. We normalize asynchronous collaboration and focused work. We give feedback and help each other improve when norms are not followed.

Flexibility: Flexibility done well fuels impact, not hinders it. Teams flex to support one another and employees flex to deliver for the team or business. We flex both ways to drive impact.

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