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Firmware Engineer Team Lead/DSP

Signal Processing Firmware Team Lead is a key role for the signal path development for Implantable Hearing Solutions.

Signal path for our Smart implants are increasingly important and this is a key position leading both the team and projects in this complex space.

Based in Mechelen, the Cochlear Technology Centre is Cochlear's largest Research & Development department outside Australia. Our enthusiastic colleagues work in a multidisciplinary setting to develop new technologies, products and manufacturing processes that will be used to develop new ground-breaking hearing implant systems. Close links of collaboration exist between our centre and leading technology providers and universities over Europe. Our team is characterised by a familiar, informal and dynamic culture.

Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions for patients with a disabling hearing loss. Thanks to our expertise and dedication, more than 450.000 patients have stepped through the door of the hearing world. With the current low take up of hearing implants, the growth potential of the company is bright.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Managing Signal Processing Firmware Team deliverables against targets

  • Ensure there is a clear vision on signal processing for Smart Implants
  • Capture learnings from field products and translate into improvements
  • Align signal processing technology development with long term roadmap directions.
  • Ensure lead technical firmware expertise is available within the team for team projects.
  • Ensure team contributions to project goals are adequate in terms of work breakdown, specification and firmware requirements.
  • Ensure the required resources are available to execute the work in the projects.
  • Execute firmware implementation plans within the team; managing and allocating resources, distributing/reviewing tasks by team member and aligning by project schedule.
  • Execute verification and validation plans within the team; managing, distributing and reviewing tasks by team member and by project schedule.
  • Continuously review all firmware team tasks and team member allocation for alignment with priorities, processes, quality and short- and long-term D&D project plans
  • Provide reports and updates of progress to the firmware group leader, department manager, and/or relevant (system) project manager as required.
  • Ensure firmware and D&D development methodologies are followed.
  • Contribute to discussions regarding firmware projects and systems across the company.

Managing Signal processing Firmware Team Development and Processes

  • Champion firmware expertise and mentor team members to achieve the same.
  • Champion firmware verification and validation methods and continuous improvement.
  • Champion firmware implementation and methodology best practice.
  • Ensure firmware development processes are defined, documented and followed by the team. These processes may be part of PIP and/or specific firmware processes.
  • Continuously review and further develop firmware processes and methodologies.
  • Delivering outcomes through processes and methodologies.

Firmware Technology

  • Champion firmware innovation and IP generation
  • Review and/or apply upcoming and new international standards relating to firmware design, technologies, implementation or methodology.
  • Identify firmware training and improvement opportunities for the team.
  • Ensure firmware tools are up to date and continuously review new tools and techniques.
  • Ensure best practice coding styles and practices are used in the team
  • Contribute to Firmware architecture definition and directions for Cochlear products
  • Find solutions to difficult problems outside the standard solution and able to identify and recommend significant improvements to processes.
  • Provide training and reference/guidance material.

Project Manager

  • Ensure that the projects deliver a coherent, successful sub-system
  • Ensure that trade-offs between projects aim for an optimum outcome
  • Manage the budget, ensure overall spend is within agreed boundaries.
  • Identify and manage risks to system delivery
  • Manage inter-project dependencies; identify key milestones where the projects need to be synchronised, eg milestones, technical integration points and regulatory submissions.
  • Ensure that technical integration points are well managed, with clear objectives and measured outcomes.
  • Prepare work breakdown structures and project schedules covering tasks for the firmware team, and coordinate integration of these schedules into overall project management plans.
  • Identify key communication lines between projects and with other departments, (eg manufacturing, marketing, quality, regulatory, regions)
  • Ensure effective communication along these lines.
  • Communicate to senior management on project status and key decisions.
  • Identify and manage synergies with other Cochlear projects.
  • Manage multiple stakeholder interests so that the system satisfies stakeholder requirements.
  • Prepare the regulatory filings when required.
  • Ensure ongoing support for existing products.

Key Requirements:

Technical competencies

  • University degree in science or engineering
  • Experience in firmware development, in particular signal processing firmware
  • Experience in leading small teams of engineers
  • Experience in managing all aspects of firmware projects, from requirements gathering up to release verification.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) in the English language.

Behavioral competencies

  • Quality orientation
  • Customer orientation
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Information seeking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Achievement orientation
  • Initiative
  • Autonomy
  • Good communicator and team player


Cochlear's mission is to help people hear and be heard. Around the world, more people chose a Cochlear-branded hearing implant system than any other. Our employees tell us that the number one reason they enjoy working for Cochlear is the opportunity to make a difference to people's lives. Learn and grow with us as we tackle the most complex challenges in helping people to Hear Now. And Always. Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions including cochlear implant systems (CI) and bone anchored hearing aids (Baha ).

Equal opportunities

Cochlear is committed to providing equal opportunities to avoid unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age.

In line with our corporate ethics and statutory obligations we strive to ensure that the work environment is free of harassment and bullying and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect - this is an important aspect of ensuring equal opportunities in employment.

Firmware Engineer Team Lead/DSP

Cochlear, Mechelen
Project Manager, Quality / Security / Environment, Engineering
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