R&D Manager

    • Job Tracking ID: 512437-602559
    • Job Location: Boulder, CO
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 22, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Reporting to the VP of Engineering, the R&D Manager will have responsibility for managing the successful development and deployment of the company’s M2M RF products and solutions.

The individual will manage a focused team of engineers in addition to leading and directing outside technology partners. This includes partnerships with chip set providers, ODMs, new technology start-ups, and 3rd party software providers. As the engineering leader, the individual will work closely with the product marketing team in generating the roadmap of products and solutions that will need to be developed. The R&D Manager and team of engineers will be responsible for determining the best engineering approach to realizing that roadmap, including product architectures, selection of technology partners, resource planning, test planning, product scheduling, costing, and NPI planning. The individual will then manage the team and external partners to ensure the project objectives are met.

The R&D Manager will work closely with customers to get products certified and approved for use.  Once introduced, will then work closely with the sales and technical support to ensure customer satisfaction and product quality objectives are being met 

The R&D Manager must be hands on, have a good knowledge of hardware and software designs.

Functions and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to be both a strong Manager and technical leader for the group.
  • Ideally be known-in and reputable within the networking or RF Industry.
  • 10+ years of demonstrable success of strong engineering management background in communications networking hardware and software utilizing Test Driven Development
  • Demonstrated understanding and skills in project and program management, risk management, including 3rd parties
  • Demonstrated success in developing products by utilizing outside company resources and partnerships.  Experience with ODM developments an advantage
  • 5 or more years’ experience working for a small company, in addition to 5 or more years’ experience working for a larger more mature market leader.
  • Team player who can effectively work with the cross functional team, and can effectively communicate throughout all levels of the organization.
  • An understanding and desire of how to continuously improve product quality. Demonstrated ability to use lightweight processes to improve engineering results.
  • Can stay on top of and apply the latest technology trends and engineering processes for the organization.
  • Must be a US Person in accordance with United States immigration laws to be considered for this position.

Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated strong technical leadership.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in networking hardware/software product development.
  • In depth Domain knowledge in IP networking.
  • Strong understanding developing electronics for outdoor installation, in harsh environments.
  • Experienced in developing products with Radios, Ethernet switches, Wi-Fi, Serial ports.
  • Have experience in managing Software, Hardware, Mechanical engineering teams.
  • Management of engineering teams is required.
  • Engineering background with recent hands-on experience in product development.
  • Experience certifying products with large customers.
  • Strong understanding of the development cycle of technology products, specifically test driven development, able to track and resolve issues.
  • Effective organization, project management and coordination skills; ability to get the job done.
  • Ability and willingness to take ownership of product; get the job done with minimal supervision.
  • Teamwork.  This position requires a close working relationship with the extended teams, including engineering, operations, sales, customer support, marketing and program management. 
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience working in a start-up environment.
  • Self-starter that works well in a team.
  • Overseas travel must not be an issue, at times it will be required to visit customers, and partners.

Education: Masters or Bachelors in Engineering or Computer Science plus a minimum of 10 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.


About FreeWave: 

FreeWave Technologies is in one of the most exciting chapters of its 24-year history. FreeWave is currently a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communications leader and is rapidly expanding its product base to become an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) powerhouse.

Today FreeWave has a solid wireless platform that currently serves thousands of industrial customers. In addition, FreeWave has just released the new ZumLink and WavePro platforms that enable greater versatility including programmable functionality at the edge of IIOT networks.


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FreeWave Technologies, Inc. engineers and manufactures certain products that are considered ITAR-controlled items under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  Consistent with ITAR, any position at FreeWave that involves work with the engineering or manufacturing functions of the Company may only be filled by a candidate who is (i) a citizen of the United States, or (ii) a person who has been accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States as an immigrant in accordance with the immigration laws.




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