Sr. Director, ASIC System Architect

    • San Jose, CA

Synaptics, the world leader in human interface solutions for portable electronic devices, invites qualified applicants to apply for a career opportunity as a Sr. Director of ASIC Architecture in our Mobile Business Unit. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with great creativity, technical strength, leadership, and communications skills who desires to work for the leading company in the booming markets of touch sensing, display electronics, and high-speed wired communications.

This role will be reporting directly to the VP/GM of the mobile division. As such, the candidate will be looked upon to be a leading technologist for the business unit and help drive the division's technology roadmap. The candidate will have responsibility for managing and contributing to the development of fundamental analog and digital ASIC technology for all product lines within the division, covering technical areas including: signal-path architecture development, system-level simulation and system partitioning, and specification discovery through all layers of the technology stack. As a leader of a multi-disciplinary team of architects and domain-specialists, you will be expected to help guide your team in assessing and balancing development cost, schedule, and risk, and you will be asked to make insightful and critical decisions about design and architecture options based on a clear-eyed and thorough tradeoff analysis.

The candidate will be interacting closely with other leaders and teams within the division, including marketing, silicon engineering, firmware/algorithms, applications engineering, and sales. A key responsibility of this role is to help drive the appropriate product definition and technology development required for our marketing leaders to deliver compelling products to our customers. Extensive prior experience with silicon design is a must, as this role will work closely with the silicon team to define the right silicon requirements for implementation. Overall, excellent communications skills, strategic vision, and consensus-building are all key skillsets for this role.

ASIC Architects at Synaptics are given key responsibilities at all stages of the product development pipeline, including: early discussions with marketing and lead customers to assess product requirements; initial architecture development and specification discovery; tight interaction with silicon teams to assess implementation tradeoffs; ASIC bringup and rapid feature development and deployment; and consultation and support on customer field support issues. Therefore, candidates for this role must have a strong and multi-disciplinary technical background and the ability to drive results across organizational boundaries.

This role will be directly managing both high-performing individual contributors and managers of small functional teams. Therefore, experience in managing individuals for growth and aligning multiple teams for maximal cross-functional impact is a major plus. Overall, we are seeking an individual with strong management and leadership skills, excellent organization and attention to detail, and the ability to inspire and motivate his or her team.
Job Requirements

  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related degree.
  • Significant direct experience in silicon design, preferably analog/mixed-signal.
  • Track record of defining compelling and complex mixed-signal SOCs and successfully driving the specification, development, and deployment of these products into the market.
  • Strong skills in architecture development, specification discovery, and trade-off analysis.
  • Experience managing a team of multi-disciplinary engineers and providing hands-on technical leadership.
  • Excellent technical communications and strategic vision.
  • Experience in touch architecture is a strong plus.



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