Principal Architect

San Mateo, CA - USA / Santa Ana, CA - USA / Scottsdale, AZ - USA
Advanced Technology – Product Management /
Full Time /
At UEI you will be part of a world class team that is working to innovate and revolutionize the meaning of ‘wireless control’. Whether it’s via chips, software licenses or turnkey products, we are continuing to reinvent how consumers interact with devices and services in their home.
 Each day we make the connected home smarter, easier to connect and use, and more sustainable. We delight our Fortune 100 customers such as Comcast, Apple, Samsung, Google, Vivint and Daikin with ground breaking wireless technology solutions such as advanced, voice-enabled remote controls, cloud control solutions, extreme low power Bluetooth silicon with energy harvesting capabilities, smart thermostats and sensors and many other IoT solutions.

As a member of this team you will be involved in every aspect of next generation platform design and development efforts (customer engagements, concept, hardware & software design & development). This would require deep understanding of UEI’s core technologies as well as smart home industry and technology trends. You will always be faced with a new puzzle to solve, technology to study and limitation to work around.
We are all students here, and we do what it takes to achieve the goal. We are looking for a hands-on fellow scientist to join the fun. Our cloud services already serve billions of transactions every year, our connectivity software has reached over half a billion devices, and we have just started.
The Principal Architect is responsible for translating consumer needs into new categories of smart home products blending the best of hardware and software services in a connected product. This requires end-to-end responsibility for product definition, architecture, and driving a successful implementation to translate customer needs into viable & unique solutions that UEI can offer.


    • Define and implement technology and platform roadmaps for our expanding range of hardware and software platforms and products ranging from low power wireless SoCs, advanced wireless handheld controllers, sensors, thermostats, as well as newer hardware products; all backed by a growing set of cloud services
    • Engage with global commercial teams, and strategic customers to identify common consumer and industry needs to address
    • Drive multiple cross department multiregional designs from concept through realization (hands on in every aspect of the process)
    • Study and benchmark emerging technologies and solutions to define technology roadmaps
    • Design and develop innovative & highly optimized solutions integrating advanced communication and navigation technologies for a connected home ecosystem
    • Additional Tasks
    • Collaborate and discuss new technologies and approaches with technology partners and customers 
    • Build strategic customer & vendor relationships
    • Ability to explain key benefits and tradeoffs of various technology platforms
    • Write product specification document for sales purposes
    • Work with Cost Management Engineering on unit costing and with Sales to develop pricing
    • Define and document detailed product features, functions, and requirements
    • Manage Engineering and Project/Product Management in initial phase
    • Travel with Sales to strategic customers in pre-production phase in order to assist in selling the technical concept of the product
    • Train global Application Engineering team on technology solutions
    • Support technology introductions and new product launches at global trade events 


    • Self-motivated & a Leader, Innovative and a passion for results!
    • Extensive experience in Software design and Embedded Wireless System design, including embedded software, firmware, hardware system design, and low power wireless communication protocols
    • Full product life-cycle ownership from concept to production for internal product concepts to external customer-driven designs
    • Experience & Passion in Consumer Electronics, Human-Machine Interactions, etc.
    • Extensive experience with wireless communication standards, e.g. Bluetooth Low Energy, Zigbee, Zigbee RF4CE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Thread, etc.
    • Experience in design of high volume highly optimized IoT application.
    • Experience with input and recognition technologies and devices, e.g., voice processing, image recognition, etc.
    • Comfortable with C-level interactions
    • Algorithm Development, Optimization, Wireless Communication Protocols, Virtual Machine, Compression, Image processing
    • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Capacitive Touch, Inductive touch, Piezoelectric Touch, Voice Recognition
    • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Thread, Z-Wave, Zigbee, RF4CE, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, IPv6, TCP, UDP, HTTP, 6lowPAN
    • Embedded Systems, RTOS, Android, Linux, C/C++
    • Inductive Charging, Energy Harvesting


    • MSc & 5 years of experience in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field (PhD preferred)

Compensation Range

    • 150-300k
Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home. Its broad portfolio of patents includes QuickSet® software that utilizes the world’s most complete knowledge graph to detect and interact with thousands of entertainment and smart home devices. The company designs, develops, and manufactures innovative products that are used by the world’s leading brands in the audio, video, subscription broadcasting, connected home, home energy management, and mobile device markets. UEI’s many first-to-market innovations have helped transform the home entertainment control, home security, and home energy management and sensing industries.

Universal Electronics Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer. We are proud of our diverse workforce and we believe having diverse teams that everyone brings their whole self to work everyday is key to all of our success. We welcome all people of different experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and abilities.