Senior Staff Engineer-Electronics

Job Locations US-NC-Durham
Requisition ID
Category (Portal Searching)
Lighting Engineering

Job Description

Cree is looking for a Senior Staff Electrical Engineer to serve in a technical leadership position, responsible for leading electrical and system integration activities to develop and commercialize complex LED lighting solutions.  The individual would have responsibility for working cross-functionally with marketing, engineering and manufacturing to research, develop, design, qualify and introduce component and integrated component products and systems into production.  Specifically, this position will be responsible for the design of electronics hardware following good engineering practices and applicable standards.  Additional responsibilities will include support of product introduction, on-site technical support, development of new approaches to LED drivers, mentoring of junior engineers, participation in design reviews and detailed problem solving for all products. A successful candidate will be a resourceful problem solver who is able to work around technical obstacles and will be adept at the implementation of practical solutions.


What can Cree do for you?

  • You will have the opportunity to put your stamp on all Cree processes and help build out best practices in design and quality.
  • This is a highly visible role that interacts with all departments and senior level
  • Chance to mentor junior and mid-level Electrical Engineers

What can you do for Cree? 

  • Responsible for technical oversight on all in house Cree electronic designs.  Assure technical excellence through peer reviews and adherence to design processes.
  • Lead, teach and mentor in all aspects of power supply design including topology selection and architecture, magnetic design, loss calculation and measurement, power device selection, EMI filter design and feedback control loops.
  • Evaluate existing procedures and best practices, determine any gaps and implement improvements.
  • Serve as the go to technical resource for tough to solve, high profile design challenges.
  • Provide technical guidance to senior management during roadmap discussions, product tradeoffs and for any critical technical challenge facing the business.
  • Establish and drive design rigor and adherence to the Cree design process to ensure that new electronic solutions meet the performance specification, cost target and lifetime requirements.
  • Provide high-level insight at design reviews and into difficult problems across all active projects.
  • Identify and implement solutions for process/product development that improves performance, reduces cost, strengthens yield, and increases capability.
  • Provide and facilitate training to other personnel to improve overall capabilities and knowledge.
  • Work across company functional organizations to ensure project success and develop next generation products.
  • Lead and drive the organization using widely accepted quality techniques such as the 8D problem solving, 5 Whys, Kaizen events, etc.

What you need for success:

  • Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s PhD in a technical field such as Electrical Engineering and/or suitable work experience.
  • 10+ years’ experience in power electronic design with working knowledge in high frequency magnetic design, control, topology selection and simulation.
  • Demonstrated and proven ability to lead power electronics product development teams in a fast-paced, cost driven industry.
  • Capable at working across and influencing at all organizational levels.
  • Demonstrate external partnering skills, networking and influencing skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical issues clearly to the rest of the organization, including peers on other engineering teams and senior managers.
  • Strong technical background in electronic device performance and passive components.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-sufficient while managing multiple projects, tasks and individual contributors.
  • Ability and desire to mentor members of the power electronics team.

Highly preferred skills and certifications (Preferred Qualifications, still quantifiable):

  • PhD in a technical field such as Electrical Engineering and/or suitable work experience.
  • 15+ years’ experience in power electronic design with working knowledge in high frequency magnetic design, control, topology selection and simulation.


Since our beginning 30 years ago, we have introduced innovative and disruptive solutions that enable a more efficient, productive and safer world. We continue our leadership in developing market-leading lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and semiconductor products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications. We believe in unlocking the power and potential of technology, enabling the world to do more with less. We aim to transform the way people experience light and are also leading the innovation of Power/RF products that move us toward a more energy efficient future.

Be part of our future and have a direct impact while working for an organization that provides a place to work alongside brilliant people, a competitive total rewards package, and a problem solving culture. We invite you to submit an application if you feel we would be a good fit.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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