People Matter

Sr. Hardware Engineer - BIG IP



Other Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

At F5, we strive to bring a better digital world to life. Our teams empower organizations across the globe to create, secure, and run applications that enhance how we experience our evolving digital world. We are passionate about cybersecurity, from protecting consumers from fraud to enabling companies to focus on innovation.

Everything we do centers around people. That means we obsess over how to make the lives of our customers, and their customers, better. And it means we prioritize a diverse F5 community where each individual can thrive.


As a key member of the HW design team, this position will be responsible for leading the development of hardware subsystems from inception to production release. Responsible for all facets of hardware design.


Using action verbs, list the essential duties of the position. At the end of each line item add % of time and level of importance – 1 being the most important.

  • Responsible for upholding F5’s Business Code of Ethics and for promptly reporting violations of the Code or other company policies.

  • Perform in a lead capacity.

  • New product system level design, provide and maintain schedule for deliverables, deliver quality documentation, comprehensive product testing, supplier validation, design for testability and manufacturability.

  • Collect collateral and develop test boards to validate concepts.

  • Re-evaluate and tune the design & implementation of current products.

  • Conduct internal & external presentations.

  • Communicate with technical & non-technical colleagues and customers.

  • Invent new functions for products, synergies between products & methods for improving product efficiency & maintainability.

  • Work closely with Architecture team to author functional specifications.

  • Develop hardware from functional specifications. Ensure all features and functionality are incorporated into the design.

  • Author functional specifications for CPLDs and implement the design using Verilog HDL.

  • Train and assist Manufacturing team on new products. Continually support Sustaining Engineering team on legacy products.

  • Work with junior members of the product development team to review their work and provide feedback on ways to improve quality, efficiency, and productivity.

  • Work on projects requiring advanced knowledge and expertise in an area of specialization.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Considering the essential duties and responsibilities of the job, list the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform those functions at a competent and proficient level.

  • Expertise in hardware design.

  • Experience in networking hardware design.

  • Experience in board-level CPU design.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Effective multitasking of job duties and/or projects.

  • Advanced board-level troubleshooting experience.

  • System-level troubleshooting experience

  • Proficiency in Verilog HDL programming.

  • Expertise in test methodologies and use of test equipment.

  • Knowledge of compliance and regulatory design requirements.

  • Applies company policies and procedures to resolve complex issues. Ability to interact with customers, management, and other members of the team in a professional, positive manner.


State minimum qualifications of education, experience, licenses or certifications.

  • BSEE or equivalent required; MSEE is desirable.

  • 7+ years of professional experience in hardware design.

  • 2+ years of network hardware design experience preferred.


List any special environmental conditions, unpleasant conditions and special hazards, as well as any lifting, bending or vision requirements.

  • Duties are performed in a normal office environment while sitting at a desk or computer table. Duties require the ability to utilize a computer, communicate over the telephone, and read printed material.


The Job Description is intended to be a general representation of the responsibilities and requirements of the job. However, the description may not be all-inclusive, and responsibilities and requirements are subject to change.

The annual U.S. base pay range for this position is: $118,656.00 - $177,984.00

F5 maintains broad salary ranges for its roles in order to account for variations in knowledge, skills, experience, geographic locations, and market conditions, as well as to reflect F5’s differing products, industries, and lines of business. The pay range referenced is as of the time of the job posting and is subject to change.

You may also be offered incentive compensation, bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. More details about F5’s benefits can be found at the following link: F5 reserves the right to change or terminate any benefit plan without notice.

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