Firmware Engineer – Fenix International

Title:         Firmware Engineer
Organisation: Fenix
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
Fenix International
is a next-generation energy company. Our mission is to transform our customers’
quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services.
To date, Fenix has sold over 300,000 Solar Home Systems in Uganda and Zambia,
bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to
over 1,500,000 people.
Job Summary:  The Firmware Engineer should be an
experienced, highly motivated, innovative, self-starting Firmware Engineer to
join this new team. The ideal applicant will have experience being a mid-level
software engineer. This position is a unique opportunity to join a rapidly
growing company at the front lines of renewable and mobile payment technology.
Candidates should expect a fast-paced startup culture. They will be expected to
come up with innovative and daring solutions to new problems and to take
ownership over a wide range of responsibilities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Tasked with designing and implementing embedded firmware solutions
    for managing analog interfaces, power control, and inter/intra-system
  • Working directly with other engineers in new product architecture
    definition, key component selection, feature development and DFM,
  • Selection and procurement of required firmware development tools for
    each product platform,
  • Development of communication protocols jointly with software team to
    integrate hardware with existing software systems,
  • Documenting new and existing firmware features in firmware specification
  • Defining firmware design validation test plans, supporting test
    execution and issue resolution,
  • Designing software to support formalized product compliance testing.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer, Electrical
    or Software Engineering,
  • Three years of related experience
  • Demonstrate passion for Fenix’s mission, values and customers,
  • Strong entrepreneurial and problem-solving mindset,
  • Ability to independently understand electrical schematics and
    hardware system diagrams,
  • Ability to solve dynamic problems with limited data in a systematic
  • Strong understanding of computer security principles and
    cryptographic practices,
  • Strong proficiency in writing C/C++ for embedded systems,
  • Familiarity and competence in working with Git based software
  • Understanding of LCD display driving and designing for localizable
    user interfaces,
  • Familiarity with ARM and PIC based microcontrollers,
  • Organised and able to follow through and prioritize tasks,
  • Strong attention to details,
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills,
  • Ability to work with large amounts of data to develop strategies and
    make rigorous decisions,
  • Experience in designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative
    research (focus groups, in-depth interviews, surveys),
  • Advanced quantitative analysis skills and proficiency in excel,
  • Ability to manage a multicultural team,
  • Experience managing budgets,
  • Experience as a collaborative, hands on team player and eagerness to
    learn new tools and / or roll-up sleeves to get the job done,
  • Commitment to live and work in East Africa for at least 1-2 years.
  • Experience developing firmware for GSM communications and IoT
  • Experience with Test Driven Development (TDD),
  • Experience developing with Bluetooth and BTLE embedded communication
  • Experience developing with embedded USB communication stacks,
  • Proven track record of taking products into mass production.
NB: Women are
encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
All candidates are
strongly encouraged to Apply Online at the web link below.
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