Head of Engineering (m/f/d)

  • Focusrite
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Dec 15, 2022
Full time

Job Description

Head of Engineering (m/f/d)

Term: Full-time, Permanent

Based: Berlin

Salary: Negotiable plus excellent benefits

We’ve been growing our Engineering and Product Delivery team at ADAM Audio, and we’re creating this exciting new role to lead and support them through the next phase of growth.

At ADAM we're incredibly passionate about audio and acoustics, and we’re looking for someone to join the team and play a vital leadership role in bringing to life our roadmap of exciting new products.

If you are passionate about audio, enjoy developing new products, and want to support and inspire our talented engineering team as it grows, then we’d love to hear from you!

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be leading and managing the Engineering team (9 people currently), which includes engineers working on Electronics, Software (embedded and desktop), Mechanics, QA and Test, and Production.

Together with your team you’ll define and deliver an Engineering strategy, with responsibilities ranging from the development and support of your people, through the establishment and improvement of working practices, to the design and delivery of new products. Working closely with Research, Product Management, Programme and Operations, you and your team will deliver products with the right balance of cost, quality, and features, to achieve a great user experience.

We have a rolling 3yr product roadmap, and we work with our own in-house manufacturing, and also Far Eastern partners. Together with the Programme team you’ll be identifying the necessary people and technical skills needed to achieve the development timelines, allocating people to each project, and hiring and engaging with contractors as necessary. You’ll support the project and product management team with cost control for each product and project, and own the engineering dept annual budget process.

Your technical background will be important, reviewing product requirements, contributing to and reviewing your team’s development approaches, understanding risks and opportunities, and supporting them in delivering each product to market. When a technical decision or problem solving support 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.

As a role model for our values and behaviours, you’ll encourage a culture of kindness, predictable product delivery, innovation and continuous improvement. You’ll help the team work closely together, always feeling safe to push boundaries, to seize opportunities and celebrate successes, and to learn from our mistakes.

You’ll report to the ADAM Audio CEO, and work closely with the Focusrite Engineering Director.

Key activities

  • Developing and executing an engineering strategy for the company
  • Hiring, managing and mentoring a growing team of engineers
  • Establishing and championing new processes and good engineering practices
  • Leading teams in the efficient development, delivery and maintenance of our products
  • Reviewing product requirements and technical development proposals
  • Managing budgets and resource allocation
  • Responsible for product quality, safety and compliance
  • Cultural leadership – Take care that your team is enjoying their work and having fun delivering great products to our customers

An ideal candidate is likely to be

  • Someone with a technical background, who enjoys working with people and growing teams
  • Experienced in NPI product development, having successfully taken a lead role in multiple disciplines
  • A good communicator who can articulate complex problems clearly to a range of audiences
  • Able to make well-informed decisions under pressure
  • Able to build strong working relationships and be empathetic to the needs and challenges of the various departments across the business
  • Someone with a growth mindset and solution focused, with a desire to learn and improve and help others do the same
  • Interested and inquisitive about audio, acoustics, and technology
  • Fluent in German and English

About us

ADAM Audio GmbH is a rapidly growing, internationally positioned Focusrite AG company based in Berlin Adlershof.

We are one of the market-leading manufacturers of professional monitoring solutions. Our customers include renowned recording studios and well-known music producers all over the world, and our products have also been used to soundtrack numerous Oscar-nominated films in recent years.

Since 2019, ADAM Audio is part of Focusrite plc which houses eight other, highly respected pro audio brands: Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, Linea Research, Sequential, Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Novation and Ampify. Our international team at the Berlin-based HQ and offices in the USA and China live their passion for music. We constantly drive ourselves to bring fresh ideas and new technologies to our high-quality products to meet the needs of pro audio enthusiasts and recording professionals alike.

We pride ourselves in providing some of the tools that empower creatives all over the world to bring their visions to life. Covering a wide range of products for different levels and budgets, we engage with artists, producers and engineers to become a companion throughout the various stages of their journey.

Our whole business is structured to let everyone contribute and be heard at all levels, and we make sure it’s a fun place to work. As a team, we work hard and support each other to master our individual tasks, building and developing the skills of talented and passionate people – to achieve a common goal. So, if you think you can bring something new to the mix, we look forward to hearing from you.

Benefits include:

  • AG Bonus Programme (company performance) as part of the Focusrite Group
  • Flexible working hours with pragmatic remote working solutions
  • Support with health care
  • Regular language lessons
  • Employee product discounts
  • Monthly staff & team events
  • FeelGood Manager in place
  • Pension Contribution Scheme

ADAM Audio is an equal opportunity employer. Our employees span a wide range of diverse backgrounds and we believe that embracing diversity is one of the keys to our future success.

If you want to learn more about the ADAM Audio brand, please go to www.adam-audio.com