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Senior Electronics Engineer

About us:

Cordon is a pioneering agri-tech startup enabling cost effective, environmentally sensitive vineyard automation. Our mission is to revolutionise farming practices with usable, advanced, reliable technology. Our flagship product, a patent-pending smart precision sprayer, leverages sensors and control systems to minimise power usage and pesticide application, thereby drastically reducing costs and environmental impacts associated with traditional pesticide spraying.

We are a dynamic, innovative and passionate team. We believe in honesty, reliability and team work. We offer an environment where every individual has a real influence in shaping our work; each member of our team plays a vital role, contributing to our culture of curiosity, practical creativity and hands-on problem-solving. We have a bias to action, and believe in learning by doing. Our culture is collaborative, informal, and centred around delivering real value to the farmers we serve.

We're on a journey to make a tangible difference in the world, and every member of our team is crucial to our success. Join us, and be part of a mission that matters.
 

The role:

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Electronics Engineer to lead the development of the electronic systems that drive our innovative precision pesticide sprayer. This is a unique opportunity to use your experience to push the boundaries of AI enabled, smart products in the agriculture industry and, in doing so, become an integral part of the Cordon team.

As a Senior Electronics Engineer at Cordon, you will be stepping into a pivotal role at a critical moment in our growth. Your mission will be to lead the development of the electronic systems that are the heart of our innovative agricultural solutions. Success in this role means having designed and implemented robust, efficient electronic systems  that are performant, reliable, and produced on time and on budget. By your one-year mark, your contributions will have played a significant role in advancing our product development, readying our technology for market introduction.

This is primarily an on-site role due to the nature of the work however there is the opportunity for some hybrid work.

 

Key responsibilities:
  • Oversee the entire lifecycle of electronics system product development, from concept through production, including prototyping, testing, and validation in real-world agricultural settings.

  • Lead the electronic engineering sub-team, being responsible for Sensors, Control Electronics, Cabling, Power Electronics, Motor Control, and Battery systems.  

  • Take a lead role in the specification, requirements capture and design of production-ready, scalable electronics systems.

  • Collaborate closely with other functions including mechanical engineers, software developers, and others to deliver integrated solutions that meet our product goals.

  • Develop strong relationships with key external suppliers and potential partners.

  • Help with prototype and product assembly, conduct testing, validation, and troubleshooting of electronic systems to ensure performance and reliability at our workshop and at test and customer vineyards.

  • Document designs, specifications, test procedures, and results for internal and external stakeholders.

  • Embrace continuous learning, foster a culture of curiosity and resilience, approaching challenges with humility and a problem-solving mindset.

  • Champion honesty and collaboration, contributing to an environment where feedback is welcomed and every team member feels valued.

 

We're looking for someone who:
  • Embodies our core values of curiosity, problem solving, resilience, humility, emotional intelligence, and commitment to collaboration.

  • Holds a Bachelor's, Master's, or equivalent degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience in fast-paced electronics design, development, and testing environment.

  • Excels in a dynamic environment, demonstrating adaptability and a customer-focused approach to problem-solving.

  • Been instrumental in product delivery in the Agri-tech, robotics, consumer electronics, automotive or other similar industries.

  • Has experience with sensor integration, power electronics, and motor control in real-time embedded systems.

  • Brings strong knowledge of communication protocols (UART, CAN, USB, Ethernet etc) and wireless technologies (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LoRa etc).

  • Brings proficiency in PCB design, firmware and bring-up. 

  • Has excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • Has excellent communication skills, capable of documenting and presenting ideas clearly.

Desirable characteristics

- Expertise in Process Control development for internal and external use.

- Harness design experience- Familiarity with high-speed digital design.

- Experience in PCB test jig development for production.

- A willingness to mentor junior engineers and contribute to a collaborative team environment.

- A strong interest in sustainable agriculture.

 

Remember, this is just a guide, if you don't know about all of the above, but the idea of learning about them excites you then please apply!

What we offer:

  • A chance to be an early member of a trailblazing team, with a significant impact on our growth and direction.

  • Competitive compensation, including stock options, ensuring you share in our collective success as we grow.

  • Flexible working arrangements to support work-life balance. We value the lives of our team and understand the need for work-life balance. We will consider all requests so please tell us what works best for you.

  • A dynamic, innovative, and supportive work environment where your work directly contributes to shaping the future of sustainable agriculture.

  • Opportunities for professional growth in an environment that encourages learning and experimentation.

  • The opportunity to work on meaningful problems, with every day bringing new challenges and the chance to make a real difference.

  • Salary Range: Around £55,000 depending on experience.

 

Location

Slough, England, United Kingdom (with options for flexible remote work)

Join us

If you're passionate about using your skills to contribute to a more sustainable future and eager to be part of a team that values innovation, honesty, and collaboration, we want to hear from you!

 

Please complete this screening questionnaire, then, email info@cordon.ai with your CV and no more than 100 words sharing why you're excited about the role and how you align with our mission and values. Applications close on Friday 3rd May.

 

If you are successful at this stage, we'll arrange an initial phone/video call where one of the team will explain the position, introduce Cordon and get to know a little bit more about you (30 minutes).

 

Successful candidates at this stage will then be invited to an on-site interview, including hands-on activity, and presentation of a previously prepared technical task. They will also meet the rest of the team with tea/coffee (2.5 hours).

 

At Cordon, we have a unique opportunity to ensure our teams are diverse and inclusive from day one. We know outstanding results occur when unique individuals from diverse backgrounds come together and this is something we are keen to cultivate as our company grows. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

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