Sr Engineer, Electrical -Digital Electronics & Software in Vancouver, WA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 4/5/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for a Sr Engineer, Electrical - Digital Electronics and Software who will join our Hawthorne team in Vancouver, WA.

The chosen candidate will be a key contributor to Hawthorne’s Lighting and Controllers innovation pipeline in support of our North America and International business units.  The lighting and environmental controller categories of Hawthorne include commercial and retail lighting and environmental controllers as well as HPS, CMH, and LED fixtures for a variety of growing facilities. The business supported by the role provides products for hydroponic indoor gardening as well as greenhouse horticulture markets in North America and globally. The chosen candidate will both work with vendors and third-party contractors as well as provide individual contributions to execute product development. The ideal candidate will be self-driven with an eagerness to learn in a fast-evolving industry.


What you’ll do in this role:

  • Develop a multi-year innovation and product improvement pipeline for the Lighting and Controller category in collaboration with the category manager and other R&D team members with focus on advanced digital electronics and software development

  • Take a leadership role in smart device product improvement, embedded software validation and operational platform software development for Horticulture Lighting and environmental controller products 

  • Lead innovation of high energy density power electronics, highly integrated intelligent device, machine learning and big data analysis

  • Support category and marketing teams on technical instruction manuals and product specification sheets

  • Support quality and manufacturing teams on activities related to Lighting Fixtures and Environmental Controllers

  • Manage relationships with domestic and international OEM suppliers related to the environmental controller category while also holding them accountable to product requirements and quality specifications

  • Partner closely with Category Managers to ensure they are armed with ample technical knowledge on the products they support

  • Partner with sales tech services to provide transfer of knowledge for sales training and to receive feedback from field applications that influence product design criteria esp. from user interface and operational software integration with applications

  • Travel up to 15% of the time


What you’ll need to be successful:


  • Masters degree or PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in digital electronics, software development (Python and C++), machine learning and big data analysis and modelling

  • Preferred experience on high energy density power electronics device design and FPGA based controller design

  • Preferred experience on advanced communication protocols and RF devices 

  • Preferred experience on big data mining and analysis

  • Working experience with Mandarin speaking environment

  • Advanced knowledge on power electronics hardware design

  • Advanced Knowledge on FPGA design

  • Advanced Knowledge on programming on Python and C++ 

  • Knowledge on semiconductor device and solid state lighting

  • Knowledge on UL, CSA, EC, and ETL certification processes

  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality

  • Ability to speak Mandarin preferred

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage 

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount) 

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy 

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse) 

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals 

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns. 

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.