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Head of Hardware Architectural Elements



IT, Other Engineering
Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
Head of Hardware Architectural Elements
About Dexterity
Dexterity is developing an intelligent AI platform to transform robots from being niche precision automation machines to being human helpers with equivalent skill and dexterity. We work with large enterprise customers to help robots fill the gaps in labor for highly repetitive or injurious work, which continue to grow worldwide. Our present focus is logistics, and we have a strong presence in packaged food, parcel, and pre-retail distribution.
Our product portfolio includes truck and container loading and unloading, parcel sorting, palletizing/depalletizing, packaged food fulfillment, and a few yet unannounced applications with mass-market potential. Having been in production with large enterprises for 3+ years, we are now actively scaling up our deployments and transitioning our products to a level of maturity where they can be sold omni-channel–directly by us, through manufacturing partners, and through distributors–with global reach (N. America, Japan & Europe).
Role Profile
The Hardware Architecture Team is responsible for defining, specifying and developing the hardware architecture for Dexterity’s AI powered robotics system development.
Reporting to Dexterity’s Head of Hardware Engineering, leads and directs the company’s current and future hardware architects to design and develop critical architectural elements: robots, grippers, vision and sensors, safety systems, compute and connectivity, and powertrain and navigation.
Develop technical roadmaps, proposing and developing trade off analysis of system architecture options against various cost functions.
Deliver engineering solutions for the most challenging architectural problems in early phase concept development (ensuring translation of marketing requirements to product).
The role will require an on-site presence at our Dexterity headquarters located in Redwood City, northern California/bay area; The role will be expected to have extensive travel to supplier sites and to partners across North America, E. Asia and the greater European region.
Excellent Technical Leadership
Extensive system-level hardware architecture expertise in robotics, grippers, powertrain and associated technologies including high performance compute, computer vision, sensing and actuation sub-systems.
Ability to make tradeoffs for complex systems that span hardware, software and mechanical aspects. Familiarity with system modeling for complex robotic systems.
Ability to develop system architecture options that meet requirements, analyze system performance, and make recommendations based on various optimization criteria.
Strong system modeling experience at functional and physical levels.
Working knowledge of CAN, LIN, Ethernet, Ethercat and high-speed real-time serial links
Must be able to materially accelerate the rate of technical development and the robustness of architectural elements.
Must have had experience working with outsourced engineering services companies and a diversified network of hardware component OEMs.
Must have a clear vision for how to drive new engineering development across a multi-sourced vendor network including the early low-scale phases that require investments across the board (without necessarily relying upon the massive resources of clout that large companies have).
Skills, Knowledge, Education, (SKE)
Broad and comprehensive understanding of robotics systems, theories and practices as well as the changing business environment.
Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally with a wide range of stakeholders including electrical engineering, software, and mechanical engineering
In-depth knowledge of robotics systems to differentiate from the competition.
Analytical skills to evaluate key business challenges; direct and develop new or innovative solutions.
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Experience: 15+ Years
Capacity for Complexity
Multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Navigate ambiguity in company direction without impacting the team
Be able to make complex systems level decisions keeping in mind software and hardware engineering capabilities and constraints
See oneself as a key driver to execute against a vision of dexterous intelligent robots
Have a problem solving attitude with a strong customer focus.
Must have the mindset to attract and retain the best and brightest & have a demonstrated track record of the same
Passionate about engineering excellence and elegance, as well as great user experience; want to be part of a group that works on shaping very early-stage technology.
Natural leader who attracts high performance individuals and keeps them motivated as as laser focused
Influence and negotiate with Dex executives, partners, and customers with great latitude on outcomes; presents and defends complicated or delicate issues.
Ability and willingness to be strategic or tactical as the company’s needs demand; must be able to dive into details and ensure engineering excellence
Base pay is one element of our Total Rewards package which may also include comprehensive benefits and equity etc., depending on eligibility. The annual base salary range for this position is from $215,000 to $260,000. The actual base pay offered will be determined on factors such as years of relevant experience, skills, education etc. Decisions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.