Head of Firmware Engineering

San Francisco, California | Full-Time

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We are seeking a dynamic, highly-skilled, and passionate person to head our Firmware Engineering team. Our team of engineers are dedicated solve the challenges of shipping consumer products at high volumes, while innovating in a new technology space. This role is perfect for someone who wants to build and lead teams, design new products, bring new features to shipping products, and help shape the technology Pax delivers.

We are looking for a leader who is flexible and can respond quickly/enthusiastically to changes, and inspire the team to do their best work. Cross-functional communication skills and experience are essential. The Head of Firmware Engineering will interact with all engineering design disciplines plus reliability, manufacturing, component engineering, and other resources inside and outside PAX Labs. This role is a hands-on-keyboard role that will also manage a Center of Excellence - keep the code quality bar high and ensure quality and rigorous designs. This is a management role responsible for a small and skilled team, including coaching and mentoring, technical skill uplevelling, performance management, and hiring.


  • Manage a team of firmware engineers crossing multiple projects; coach and mentor the team with technical know-how, best practices, and rigorous engineering processes.
  • Drive system architectures cross-functionally, taking into account cost, space, time, and features.
  • Design and develop firmware for new products in a way that is maintainable, clean, and efficient.
  • Cross-functional organization, communication, and management.
  • Technical reporting to senior leadership on project status, issues, and developments, recommending and driving a path forward.
  • Add new features to shipping products, and work with the team to validate them.
  • Provide test fixture support for manufacturing, QA, and contract manufacturers.
  • Troubleshoot product failures on PCBs, power supplies, and electromechanical assemblies.


  • 10+ years of relevant experience in firmware development, at least 2 years people managing.
  • Experience writing C for embedded microcontrollers and low-power connected devices.
  • The ability to work in RTOS or “Bare-Metal” development.
  • Hands-on experience writing, productizing, and shipping advanced control algorithms.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a clear executive presence.
  • Self-motivated, team player, with a strong desire to learn new skills and grow.
  • Experience bringing up new hardware with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to multi-task or focus on detailed problems, and tenacity to drive issues until resolved.
  • Previous projects involving sensors and control systems a plus.
  • Experience with networking stacks a must, previous experience shipping Bluetooth projects a strong plus.
  • International and domestic travel is anticipated (< 10%)


  • BS in Computer Engineering, ECE, Computer Science, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Associate’s degree with significant experience will be considered.


  • Competitive compensation, equity & bi-annual performance reviews.
  • Fully funded comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • 401K plan.
  • Generous PTO policy.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • Monthly wellness reimbursement.
  • Cell Phone reimbursement.
  • Employee Purchase Program for discounted PAX devices.
  • Weekly catered lunch, endless snacks, and beverages.
  • Dog Friendly HQ in the Mission District of San Francisco.
  • Employee Assistance Program including access to online legal support.

About PAX Labs:

At PAX we strive to enhance people’s lives through exceptional cannabis experiences. Our curated set of pure full flavor pods and award-winning devices make enjoying cannabis simple and safe. For more than a decade, we have created next-generation devices that deliver enduring quality and wellness benefits through innovations in design and technology, and remain trusted by millions of consumers nationwide. We’re the #1 cannabis brand nationally with top awareness and NPS scores. Our standards allow for the safest vaporization of cannabis on the market. We are passionate about increasing well-being and joy through the power of cannabis, and we are committed to advancing opportunity through supporting social justice, access and equity in the industry. We are incredibly excited about the tremendous growth of the cannabis industry, inspired every day by how cannabis can change lives, and fortunate for our leading position in the space. Our culture is focused on putting the consumer first, making an impact together, and also having fun along the way! Our team has helped build businesses at the intersection of consumer, technology and wellness, including Apple, Google, Tesla, Uber, GoPro, Fitbit, Constellation, Honest Company, Eaze and more. PAX is backed by leading consumer and technology investors including Tiger Global and Tao Invest, and has raised over $430MM in capital.

Job Type: Full-time

PAX Labs, Inc.
PAX Labs, Inc.
HQ: San Francisco, California

PAX Labs is a leader in the design and development of premium, app-controlled vaporization technologies and devices. Headquartered in San Francisco, PAX has become an industry leader through innovation and product design. PAX is committed to taking the guesswork out of cannabis with products that offer quality, transparency, and predictability.

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