People Matter

Senior Hardware Engineer



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

About Life360

Life360’s mission is to keep people close to the ones they love. Our category-leading mobile app and Tile tracking devices empower members to protect the people, pets, and things they care about most with a range of services, including location sharing, safe driver reports, and crash detection with emergency dispatch. Life360 serves approximately 66 million monthly active users (MAU) across more than 150 countries.

Life360 delivers peace of mind and enhances everyday family life with seamless coordination for all the moments that matter, big and small. By continuing to innovate and deliver for our customers, we have become a household name and the must-have mobile-based membership for families (and those friends that basically are family).

Life360 has more than 500 (and growing!) remote-first employees. For more information, please visit

About The Team

The Hardware team is looking for open-minded individuals who want to expand the ways technology can help people. We work fast, collaborate, and celebrate as a team. We’re united by a commitment to shaping our culture around the needs of our colleagues and customers, and by our desire to build a diverse and welcoming workplace.

Our mission is to envision, design and build products which make everything smart location enabled.

About the Job

We are looking for a Senior Hardware Engineer who can take an ownership role in our end to end product development lifecycle.

The US-based salary range for this position is $135,000 to $175,000. We take into consideration an individual's background and experience in determining final salary- therefore, base pay offered may vary considerably depending on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The compensation package includes a wide range of medical, dental, vision, financial, and other benefits, as well as equity.

What You’ll Do

  • The role requires the engineer to be in the San Mateo office 3+ days a week at a minimum
  • Select major components, implement the design, debug and characterize embedded systems with end-to-end ownership of EE product design from concept to production
  • Design schematics, drive board layouts, assembly, test, debug, and integrate designs into electro-mechanical systems
  • Optimize architecture and circuits for performance, power and signal integrity, and battery life
  • Bring up and debug embedded consumer hardware
  • Guide lab measurements and factory test debug as needed to validate the design and resolve any issues
  • Track test progress, bugs, and fixes and drive changes to design based on resolution
  • Familiarity with typical consumer electronics product development lifecycle
  • Design, test, and supervise manufacturing of analog, digital and RF electrical systems for consumer electronics, including both printed and flexible circuit boards
  • Validate RF performance and make design adjustments as needed to ensure best performance
  • Partner with Mechanical Engineers to design best PCB solution accounting for RF and audio space constraints
  • Implement engineering best practices such as design reviews, DFMEA sessions, design and build readiness reviews, and test planning
  • Ensure clear definition of engineering requirements and create the corresponding spec documents and test plans
  • Create documentation for specifications, design options, test plans, product requirements, product certification planning, and product reliability requirements
  • Coordinate and communicate with external contract manufacturing partners in different global locales, and work around language and culture barriers to establish good working relationships.
  • Own the electrical device certification effort for all products (FCC, CE, UL, CSA)
  • Travel in the Contiguous US and globally as needed to support product launches for up to 20% of the time

What We’re Looking For

  • 5-7 years of experience in Consumer Electronics with a track record of delivering hardware devices to the market
  • Experience working with global contract manufacturers
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or physics
  • Expertise in CAD tools like Cadence OrCAD, Allegro, etc

Our Benefits

  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance plans (100% paid for employees)
  • 401(k) plan with company matching program
  • Mental Wellness Program & Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for mental well being
  • Flexible PTO, 13 company wide days off throughout the year
  • Winter and Summer Week-long Synchronized Company Shutdowns
  • Learning & Development programs
  • Equipment, tools, and reimbursement support for a productive remote environment
  • Free Life360 Platinum Membership for your preferred circle
  • Free Tile Products

Life360 Values

Our company’s mission driven culture is guided by our shared values to create a trusted work environment where you can bring your authentic self to work and make a positive difference

  • Be a Good Person - We have a team of high integrity people you can trust.
  • Be Direct With Respect - We communicate directly, even when it’s hard.
  • Members Before Metrics - We focus on building an exceptional experience for families.
  • High Intensity, High Impact - We do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We believe that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees. It fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our customers and the communities we serve. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic best selves to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Life360. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any legally protected status.

We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. We believe that a diversity of perspectives and experiences create a foundation for the best ideas. Come join us in building something meaningful. Even if you don’t meet 100% of the below qualifications, you should still seriously consider applying!