Senior Engineer – Embedded Hardware/Firmware Design

Research & Development ITC – Vadodara, Gujarat







Position Title:

Senior Engineer – Embedded Hardware/Firmware Design.




Vadodara Tech Center

Reports To:

Manager – AWS M&C group - ITC (Vadodara)




Part 1 Describe the Position




This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the development of emerging disruptive technology and business solutions. Specifically, this role will be a key contributor to the expansion of Xylem’s current India Technology Center. Reporting to the Manager, AWS – M&C Group at ITC - (Vadodara), this critical role will support Xylem AWS in moving up the technology curve, from component supplier to a systems supplier, providing integrated products and intelligent solution offerings. The desired candidate conducts/participates in embedded hardware development for research, design, development, testing and utilization of information processing hardware and/or electrical components, mechanisms, materials, circuitry, processes, and as a minor subset, packaging and cabinetry, for processors, storage and/or data communications.


A)           List the essential functions and major activities in order of their importance.

  1. Perform technical feasibility study and electronic architecture design and integration
  2. Model, simulate, analyze the sub systems to evaluate product and design concepts
  3. Design and develop Micro-Controller / DSP based control boards for Variable Frequency Drives
  4. Design, selection, specification, and validation of critical digital hardware components – Microcontrollers, Memories, Communication Interfaces etc.
  5. Performs board design from system level requirements and test including requirements analysis and documentation, circuit design digital electronics, Schematic capture, verification and testing of boards .
  6. Design and develop Firmware drivers and Communication Algorithms in C, C++
  7. Participate in FMEA and risk assessment activities
  8. Follows standard R&D software guidelines for creating code, documenting code, storing code, testing and implementing the software, in the field when necessary.
  9. Assist OEM’s and end users in the implementation of their specific software requirements
  10. Interface as needed with product management, customers, marketing & sales in providing technical guidance on products developed.
  11. Keep well informed of new features and products/services. Be proactive in understanding product/service roadmaps and the implications of new features with peer engineers or self-training.
  12. Other responsibilities as assigned.


Part 2 Describe the Person


A)    Minimum professional and educational background desired (include years of experience)


  • 4-Year bachelor’s degree / 4 + 2-Year Master’s degree in Electronics & Communication
  • 5-8 Years of Electronics product development domain
  • Use of recognized best practice firmware/software development methodologies and processes
  • Performs the Unit level test, functional test and validation and supports through to product release
  • Bachelor Degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering or equivalent curricula
  • Excellent Communication skills with strong English both written and spoken




B)    Describe the most important skills required of the individual


  • Expert in Digital hardware designs on various controller platforms like FreeScale / TI etc., Analog Designs.
  • Should have the Know-how of Power Supply – SMPS designs, Converters/Inverters, Magnetics, Power Components, Sensing
  • Expert in Communication Hardware / Firmware designs on various physical layers – Wired and Wireless like RS485 / CAN / BlueTooth / Wi-Fi etc.
  • Experience in FW designs with C/C++ language 
  • Expert in using the tools like PADS/Altium/ Keil / IAR etc..
  • Familiarity with Instrumentation and measurement of power converters
  • Knowledge of requirement management and Application life cycle tools.  
  • Component selection and Schematic design & Simulation
  • Knowledge of IDE like MPLABX, Keil
  • Firmware debugging (manual & auto)
  • Knowledge of RTOS can be useful.
  • Hardware , Unit and System testing as per IEC standard


C)    Describe the most important competencies required of the individual


  •    Adaptive learner- Learns quickly; applying knowledge from one domain to another, asking questions, following procedures but also challenging set ways of doing things when appropriate. Always being curious and availing self of all sources of technical, market, competitor and customer information.             

  •    Innovative Thinking- Creates exciting new products, systems or solutions that solve real-world customer problems and anticipate customer needs by challenging assumptions, thinking 'outside the box', generating new ideas, experimenting and being ready to take on risks, scanning other fields for new ideas, leveraging existing technology and constantly looking for ways to do things better.


  •    Cross-Boundary Collaborator - Collaborates effectively within his/her own team and across functional, business, geographic, and cultural boundaries, showing a willingness to work with others, share information and insight, and leverage different points of view. Proactively shares perspective and needed information with others in a timely and direct manner, helps others to achieve their goals. Works effectively within matrixed organizations across Xylem and collaborates on solutions that optimally address larger organization as well as local team goals.

Demonstrates sensitivity to interpersonal and cultural differences by adapting his or her own communication and working style appropriately, and acting in a respectful, inclusive way across geographic, cultural, functional, and organizational boundaries.


  •    Solution Design-Optimizes solutions for the customer based on the specification, balancing multiple variables to produce designs that meet customer needs and translating the customer's spoken and unspoken needs to compelling designs.              


  •    Systems Thinking- Visualizes cause and effect relationships in complex systems, seeing connections between variables, deconstructing complex system problems down to discrete elements, foreseeing challenges before they become issues, understanding the effects of what-if scenarios and actions on products, systems, and customer applications.


  •    Technical Problem Solving - Solves complex technical problems with precision,  differentiating symptom from root cause, utilizing all available tools, methods and resources and persisting in the face of obstacles


  •    Planning & Process Orientation- Demonstrates understanding of the complexity and risks involved in building products and systems and how all components integrate from design through manufacturing, anticipating issues, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of dependencies, and deploying successful mitigation strategies in order to effectively manage project plans, budgets and schedules. Drives the project with enthusiasm and confidence, remains upbeat in the face of setbacks, and keeps the group motivated and aligned to the goal. Encourages productive discussions that lead to innovation while maintaining needed discipline to keep the project moving forward within the defined scope.  Establishes realistic commitments, and influences all parties to meet commitments with frequent, consistent follow-up conversations.


  •    Leading People & Teams- Effectively communicates the Xylem vision and translates it into actions that advances the vision within one’s own organization, and establishes the appropriate performance standards and measures to achieve it, motivating and energizing others, and aligning goals and resources. Promotes individual & team accomplishments in a timely manner while holding individual members accountable for results. Ensures work is delegated to the lowest appropriate career stages and level, and enables teams/groups to make independent decisions by creating the appropriate environment for effective decision making. Selects and promotes the appropriate skills and capabilities aligned to the organizational mission to assemble high performing teams while ensuring team diversity is maintained and leveraged.

  •    Inspires accountability- Accepts responsibility for one’s own actions, results, and subsequent learning. Demonstrates drive and a willingness to challenge the status quo. Aligns words with action: follows through on commitments, and openly and proactively communicates when commitments will not be met. Communicates with candor and conviction: takes a point of view, “speaks up” especially when not in agreement. Does not allow passive resistance to take hold in the organization. Engages in constructive conflict; discusses issues openly and honestly, assuming good intent, seeking a positive resolution while not letting issues fester or linger. Seeks out diverse views to see multiple sides of an issue, reframing problems to better understand issues and bring out different views.


D)              Other: Comment on items not included above


-          Working Conditions


  • Electrical test labs, high voltage potentials.
  • Pump controls & test machines and rooms, high voltage potentials, mechanical hazards (moving machinery), high temperature hazards (hot metal,  sparks)
  • Occasional travel, both domestic and international


-          Stamina and Adaptability


  •       Capable of working with cross functional team
  •       Adaptability to work with different work culture, time zones.
  •       Extensive lab testing, moving small equipment, etc.








Director – India Technology Centre (Vadodara)


Xylem Water Solutions India Private Limited