Sr. Electrical Engineer

Engineering - Hardware Boulder, Colorado


We are connected play. Sphero creates robots injected with humanity and personality. That's what we know, what we love, and who we are. Unlike traditional toys, our robots and software are changing the way people play, learn, and explore by fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics. We are changing the way the world thinks about play.

Sphero was listed in Fast Company’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in Consumer Electronics. In addition to several cutting-edge robots, we’re also the creators of the app-enabled BB-8, based on the ever-popular Droid from Star Wars.

We’re looking for an experienced Sr. Electrical Engineer to join the Sphero Engineering Team. In this role, you will be an integral part of the team tasked with the technical development of Sphero’s world class products.

Fun parts of the job -  Working daily with an ultra-creative group, whose sole purpose is to develop products that bring our customers unadulterated joy. Channeling your inner Jony Ive to deliver an uncompromising level of quality in our products. Covering completely new ground for technical problem solving in the connected-play space. True cradle to grave ownership of a product’s electrical design.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Support the electrical development of one or more complete new product designs.
  • Translate product requirements into electrical designs.
  • Understand and articulate technical risks and design margin throughout process.
  • Leverage analytical tools, including simulation and hand calculations, to select optimal architecture and verify that subsystems meet design intent.
  • Complete electrical layouts and detailed PCB design, creating and/or updating eCAD models.
  • Leverage rapid prototyping approaches in early design verification.
  • Participate in cross-functional design reviews
  • Generate appropriately annotated manufacturing drawings that assure desired system performance.
  • Develop component, system, and/or life testing requirements to verify designs.
  • Perform methodical root cause analysis and debugging using DOE for any non-compliance in system performance.
  • Test design and component debugging
  • Work with our Far East Operations team in supporting system qualification, prototype builds and other launch activities at contract manufacturers in China.
  • Initiate and process engineering change requests as needed to resolve deficiencies in released designs, reduce costs and/or improve performance.
  • Overseas travel to Asia is likely, two to three times per year.    

Desired Skills/Experience

  • 5+ years as an Electrical Engineer
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or bachelor’s in the sciences with equivalent work experience.
  • 3 years minimum experience in product development of Electrical systems
  • 2 years minimum experience with ECAD tools, preferably using Altium.
  • Design for manufacture (DFM)
  • Engineering calculations including analog circuits, complex impedances for RF matching networks, current and power consumption calculations for ultra low power devices.
  • Small mechanism design, especially motors, servos, sensors, batteries, etc.
  • Wireless communication systems engineering, including Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Design for ESD and EMC immunity, especially with respect to consumer certification and compliance standards
  • Radio, thermal, magnetic analysis experience.
  • Design mock-up and rapid prototyping methods - soldering and circuit assembly.
  • Experience with consumer product development and Asian manufacturing.
  • Revision control utilizing a central PDM system

Desired Traits

  • Creative problem solver
  • Self motivated to set and meet aggressive goals with minimal supervision.
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Service Minded
  • Passionate
  • Excellent work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Very organized.
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


Based in Boulder, we are the industry leader in Connected Toys and are defining the future of fun. We offer an exciting work environment, and a generous compensation package including a competitive salary; 100% paid health insurance, stock options, and many other perks such as a gym, mobile reimbursement, Eco-Pass, lunch on Friday’s (just to name a few).

This is your opportunity to become part of the robot revolution with a fast-growing, innovative team that is changing the world of play and learning. If you're interested in joining the team, please send us your resume. If you have a presence on the web, rap sheet, contribute to an open source project, write a blog, or practice another craft, we’d love to hear about it.

Sphero is an equal opportunity employer!