Programme Technical Lead

  • Focusrite
  • High Wycombe, UK
  • Feb 26, 2022
Full time Electrical Engineer Product Manager

Job Description

Job title: Programme Technical Lead

Based: High Wycombe
Term: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £40000 - £60000 pa + excellent benefits

Are you passionate about engineering and its application to electronic music making?

Do you have a strong technical background in product development, the ability to collaborate with multiple engineering disciplines and enjoy helping a team to deliver products efficiently through technical leadership?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then we’d love to hear from you! We’re looking for someone who can engage at a technical level with engineering teams and work closely with product and project managers to efficiently develop and release our next generation of audio interfaces, synthesisers, grooveboxes and MIDI controllers.

What you’ll be doing:

With particular focus on leadership, communication and decision making, you’ll be helping your team be the very best it can be. You’ll support them in delivering their product roadmap, from technology choices and development prioritisation, through the NPI development stages, to mass production and successful product launch.

For each product, you’ll help ensure that development plans between the various engineers have been fully reviewed and aligned, and that the subsequent project plan represents the best approach to delivering it. You’ll work with Project Management, Product Management, Product Design and Engineering, to develop products with the right balance of cost, quality, and features, to achieve a great user experience.

Where concurrent project plans exist for the programme, you’ll help the project managers and team members to ensure there is efficient sequencing of their deliverables for the best overall delivery of the roadmap.

When technical decision or problem solving is needed, you’ll help the team work together to deliver it, ensuring the right people are involved, external support is convened if needed, and that communication and status updates are clear and timely.

Working together with engineers and technical SMEs, you’ll identify opportunities for development efficiency and re-use of technology between projects. You’ll also work closely with Product Mangers, Engineering Leadership Team and Programme team, providing input to technical research and roadmap planning, so that longer term ROI prioritisation and execution is as efficient as possible.

You’ll report to the Engineering Director and be a part of the Engineering Leadership Team.

Key activities

  • Leading inter discipline problem-solving activities
  • Leading regular inter disciplinary technical and team meetings
  • Developing close working relationships with engineers from Electronics, Firmware, Software, Quality Assurance, Mechanical and Production teams.
  • Understanding nuances of inter discipline dependencies and helping project managers weave them into a holistic project plan.
  • Reviewing requirements and the technical development proposals from different engineering disciplines, ensuring a viable and aligned approach
  • Ensuring effective technical risk management and implementation of mitigation plans
  • Keeping all key stakeholders up to date on relevant technical matters with clear and concise updates

Supporting activities

  • Supporting individuals and department heads, with lessons learned and ongoing feedback to, and improvement of, our tools and processes.
  • Supporting individuals and line managers with My Focus process and development/career plans

An ideal candidate is likely to be

  • Experienced in embedded product development, having successfully taken a technical lead role in multiple engineering disciplines.
  • A good communicator who can articulate complex problems clearly to a range of audiences
  • Someone who asks great questions, can identify opportunities to improve the development approach and help the team create a viable implementation plan.
  • Able to build strong working relationships and be empathetic to the needs and challenges of the different team members on a project.
  • Someone with a growth mindset and solution focused, with a desire to learn and improve and help others do the same.
  • Someone who understands the value of a plan, and knows when high level vs detail is needed, and vice versa.
  • Cool under pressure and able to employ excellent problem-solving techniques across multiple engineering disciplines
  • Interested and inquisitive about audio, music and music technology

About Us

Focusrite plc is a global music and audio group that develops and markets music technology products. Used by audio professionals and amateur musicians alike, its solutions facilitate the high-quality production of recorded and live sound. Our audio technology brands stand together, seeking to enrich lives through music by removing barriers to creativity – ‘we make music easy to make’.

The Focusrite Group trades under eight established and rapidly growing brands: Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation, ADAM Audio, Sequential, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio and Ampify Music. With a high-quality reputation and a rich heritage spanning decades, its brands are category leaders in the music-making industry.

Music technology is an enriching space to work in and we enjoy a Group-wide open-door culture which encourages innovation. This culture, combined with a passion for the inspirational solutions we create, has led to the group winning numerous accolades, including four Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the AIM Company of the Year Award 2021.

The Focusrite Group is dedicated to building a great place to work and as an equal opportunity employer we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion. The group mission is to cultivate an equitable culture, internally and externally, where all people feel they are welcome and positively represented, whether office-based or working remotely. Equally, we recognise the major impact that climate change is having on our world and work every day towards being industry leaders in a carbon neutral future.

Benefits include flexible/hybrid working, company pension, life insurance, private healthcare, employee purchase scheme, company music events, free breakfast/lunch in the canteen at Focusrite HQ. We arrange company training sessions and encourage personal development.