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Director of Engineering/Design Services

San Diego, CA
Director of Design Services

Overview:
Encore Semi is a rapidly growing and highly successful engineering services company. It provides highly talented teams of experts that are collaborating with customers in challenging projects, in the area of SoC and embedded software life-cycle. Our focus and promise is to provide high-value to customers, through acceleration, performance improvement, training, optimization, risk mitigation or other high-impact metrics. Encore Semi continues to explore new design services offerings. All ideas based on previous experiences and specific passions are welcome, subject to internal approval. 

Headquartered in San Diego, Encore Semi has a large portfolio of tier-1 customers across the North America territory.

In order to support the growing demand for advanced Design Services, Encore Semi is recruiting a Director of Design Services, directly reporting to the CEO/COO of the company.

This position is located in San Diego and requires some travel within North America. 

The Director of Design Services is an executive technical management position leading the company’s Design Services. It includes the following services:
• System level architectural definition
• Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit design and validation
• RF design and validation
• Digital IP design
• Physical design (RTL to GDSII)
• DFT / DFx - CAD / Custom layout

Responsibilities include:
• Provide technical leadership in the field of responsibility
• Drive the overall growth for the Design Service department
• Manage, motivate and coordinate all the engineering resources of the department
• Lead technical interactions with customers and provide technical support for sales and operations
• Shape appealing engineering service proposals to match specific customer’s needs
• Characterize customer projects to identify resource and timeline allocations leveraging Encore Semi’s strengths
• Work with the HR/recruiting team to attract, qualify and train skilled engineers to build specific project teams / expand the pool of Encore Semi’s expert resources
• Continuously contribute to the definition and development of collaterals and activities to strengthen the company’s technical know-how on strategic selected fields as well as improving employees’ retention rate 

Qualifications / Experience:
• Successful 10+ years of hands-on design experience with proven successful tape-outs
• Solid reputation in the field of responsibility, including published papers and/or patents
• At least 5 years of experience in managing direct reports, ideally in multiple locations
• Technically up to date and ability to rapidly learn new technologies, new tools and new methodologies required to maintain high technical credibility with customers and employees

This strategic position requires solid knowledge and experience in the following technology domains:
• Physical Design (RTL to GDSII)
• High-Speed Analog/Mixed-Signal/RF Circuit Design
• High-speed interfaces (PCIe, DDR, SATA, MIPI, Ethernet, USB, HDMI, DVI, etc.)
• System level modeling (MATLAB, System-C, etc.)
• Analog/Mixed-Signal/RF modeling (VerilogA, VerilogAMS, SystemVerilog real; ADS)
• Analog Mixed-Signal / RF custom layout
• Digital IP design
• DFT, DFx methodology and implementation techniques
• Strong understanding of the CAD flows & tools from spec to GDS, for Digital, AMS/RF design

Other valuable experience:
• System design / HW/SW co-simulation
• FinFET technology
• DSP/AI techniques
• Adaptation algorithms

• A broad understanding of the various phases of an IP/SoC/FPGA/platform development is critical
• Experience with customer interaction and ability to turn customer’s requirements into viable and profitable opportunities
• Excellent verbal/written communication skills is required. Strong presentation skills and ability to rapidly respond to technical questions from clients, investors, management and technical associates
• Excellent organization skills. Efficient responsiveness and ability to manage multiple engineering teams and customers in parallel
• Ability to efficiently leverage the organization to achieve best and fastest results with minimum energy
• Self-starter; sets example as a high-performing team member; has a positive demeanor and uses knowledge and organizational skills to achieve desired objectives; shows technical leadership in front of customers; supports other team members; takes accountability for individual and team objectives
• Ability to maintain a high-quality work level even under stress and/or time constraints
• Reasonable understanding of contractual and legal terms, and their business/liability implications is a strong plus

Education:
• BSEE required
• MSEE is preferred
 
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