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Principal Staff - System Technical Lead of Hardware Design: Custom Products

Architecture and Engineering


Full Time

On Site


Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

Company Overview

Motorola Solutions is there for our customers when everything is on the line. In extreme moments — when a hurricane lands or when a fire breaks out. And in everyday moments — when a package arrives just in time for the holiday or when a child doesn’t miss the school bus home.

We unify voice, data, video and analytics in one integrated ecosystem to enable individuals, businesses and communities to work together in more powerful ways. To help people make better decisions, act confidently and be their best in the moments that matter. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions and connect with a career that matters.

Department Overview

Our Applied Technology organization puts some of Motorola Solutions' brightest minds on unique, highly challenging projects. Based on decades of experience with our customers, we apply leading-edge technologies to support security and safety throughout the world. We engineer our products from start to finish and manufacture them in-house. We're known for low volume and high capability with focused specialization in areas including software-defined radios, advanced antenna solutions, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, signals intelligence and more. We can't tell you much more about what we do, but we can tell you it's amazing.

Job Description

Applied Technology is seeking a highly talented and technically strong individual to fulfill a Technical Lead / Systems Engineering role. In this technical position, the role will have unique and varied responsibilities. Candidates for this position are engineers with diverse knowledge and a wide variety of interests. As a key resource across multiple product teams, the successful candidate will handle these and other tasks:

  • Architecture development - Drive product and feature requirements, architecture, design, and test strategy with customers and engineering teams

  • 8+ years experience, with at least 2 years as a technical architecture lead

  • Requirements analysis - Lead product and feature development, primarily in the embedded communications space

  • Develop man-hour estimates for new feature work

  • Creation of test procedures, interface control documents, and other documentation

  • Support full product development life-cycle: architecture, design, bring-up, integration of initial HW/SW, factory support, test & validation, and customer support

  • Hardware design including digital (memory, FPGA, microprocessors), analog (A/D & D/A converters, op-amps, LEDs, etc), power supplies & voltage regulators, interface logic,

  • RF system link budget and tradeoff analysis

  • Seek out opinions to build trust and buy-in across all functional teams (hardware, RF, software, FPGA, mechanical, etc.), as well as management and customers

  • Help motivate project staff, mentor junior engineers, and actively seek out ways to help team members

  • Develop technology and product roadmaps

You must be a flexible, results-oriented problem-solver who requires minimal supervision. Projects can vary greatly from one to the next, so you must thrive on variety and enjoy taking on new challenges.

You will be a member of a small (1-6 person) multi-disciplinary team, and will work directly and regularly with customers to develop product requirements and will communicate technical status verbally, written, and in regular customer meetings.

Specific Skills/Knowledge:

  • Product & feature architecture, requirements, design, and development experience

  • Diverse hardware development experience covering multiple design areas including: digital, analog, power supplies, RF and software

  • Wide breadth of Hardware design preferred - including power supplies, A/D's, peripherals, batteries, charging circuits, etc.

  • Knowledge of lab equipment such as signal analyzers, signal generators, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, soldering stations, etc.

  • Product & feature architecture, requirements, design, and development experience

  • Detailed understanding of discrete circuit simulation tools (ADS, MATLAB, HFSS, CST, PSPICE, etc.), and lab automation (Python, LabView).

  • Discrete circuit design experience required including Software Definable Radios, transmitters, receivers, microprocessors, etc.

  • Experience with Schematic capture tools, Cadence Allegro a plus

  • Understanding of Antennas - design, simulation tools and measurements preferred

  • Experience with RF architecture and an understanding of mechanical tradeoffs is desired

  • Embedded software architecture & design experience is desired

  • Experience with development of wireless communications waveforms is a plus

  • Self starter who can work independently and as a member of a team

  • As you will be working in a small project team and regularly interacting with customers, excellent communication and teamwork skills are essential.


Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Master's Degree preferred

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain necessary security clearance as required by government contracts. Some contracts may have higher-level clearance requirements.

Vaccine Requirement

Motorola Solutions has implemented a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination policy. We strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated. Any employee who is not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times when at a Motorola Solutions site or otherwise meeting with other Motorola Solutions employees or customers. Employees who have submitted proof of vaccination must follow site-specific or local mask requirements. Additionally, certain local governments or Motorola Solutions' customers may have vaccine requirements that apply to some of our employees.

Travel Requirements

Under 10%

Relocation Provided


Position Type


Referral Payment Plan


Our U.S. Benefits include:

  • Incentive Bonus Plans
  • Medical, Dental, Vision benefits effective Day 1
  • 401K with Company Match and Day 1 vesting
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Paid Time Off Packages
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Paid Parental & Family Leave
  • and more!

EEO Statement

Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic.