Principal Embedded Systems Developer


Permanent - Full Time

Area of Interest:

Embedded Development


Oakville, ON, Canada

Who we are

Geotab ® is a global leader in IoT and connected transportation and certified “Great Place to Work™.” We are a company of diverse and talented individuals who work together to help businesses grow and succeed, and increase the safety and sustainability of our communities.

Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Geotab Marketplace ®, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes.

Our team is growing and we’re looking for people who follow their passion, think differently and want to make an impact. Ours is a fast paced, ever changing environment. Geotabbers accept that challenge and are willing to take on new tasks and activities - ones that may not always be described in the initial job description. Join us for a fulfilling career with opportunities to innovate, great benefits, and our fun and inclusive work culture. Reach your full potential with Geotab. To see what it’s like to be a Geotabber, check out our blog and follow us @InsideGeotab on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Join our talent network to learn more about job opportunities and company news.

Geotab cares about your safety. You may be required to be vaccinated based on the nature of your work (ex: travel requirements) or due to changing local governmental health requirements.

Who you are:

We are always looking for amazing talent who can contribute to our growth and deliver results! Geotab is seeking a Principal Embedded Systems Developer who will be primarily responsible for leading, designing, and delivering architectural direction for Geotab’s GO telematics devices. This position also owns the strategic direction for firmware architecture and design. If you love technology, and are keen to join an industry leader — we would love to hear from you!

What you’ll do:

As a Principal Embedded Systems Developer your key area of responsibility will be to take ownership of technical architecture, identify and contribute to the team’s technical strategy and roadmap, and execute to improve products, infrastructure, and processes. You will need to work closely with other embedded systems developers at all levels, engineers, and internal technical teams in a mentorship role, and contributing towards the development of the department’s roadmap. To be successful in this role you will be a self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills, and have the ability to quickly understand complex, technical concepts. In addition, the successful candidate will have strong analytical and project management skills with an ability to identify needs, develop effective solutions, and manage projects through completion. The successful candidate will also be able to manage multiple timelines and contrasting priorities to ensure timely results.

How you’ll make an impact
  • Take ownership of technical architecture, identify and contribute to the team’s technical strategy and roadmap, and execute to improve products, infrastructure, and processes.

  • Contributes to defining strategic direction, planning the roadmap, and synthesizing feedback to ensure team success.

  • Break down large engineering efforts into smaller pieces that can be completed in parallel in collaboration with the team.

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the GO device application and functionality and how key firmware modules work.

  • Develop a system level knowledge of the end-to-end impact of GO firmware and device data on the customers experience.

  • Assist the team with technical duties such as writing efficient code, unit tests, code reviews, big data monitors, etc.

  • Help debug high impact firmware issues and identify areas for code improvements.

  • Mentor other developers in the team and work with the team supervisor to set the direction of the team and guide key stakeholders on execution choices and trade-offs, and advise management with insights and recommendations to improve the team.

  • Become a peer to others across the department and drive inter-department technical engineering initiatives that improve product, infrastructure, and processes.

  • Keep up-to-date documentation for all areas of responsibility and share technical knowledge to large groups, stay well-informed of the industry state-of-the-art, and bring ideas of new technologies/techniques/practices to the teams.

  • Demonstrate Geotab’s core values and culture through collaboration across teams, encouraging recognition and engagement initiatives, attending company events, and demonstrating thought leadership in areas of expertise.

What you’ll bring to this role
  • 10+ years experience in embedded systems design with preemptive, multitasking, multithreaded concurrent real-time operating systems.

  • Strong knowledge of programming languages, development experience in C a must.

  • Several years of experience in a POSIX environment in an embedded software context.

  • Experience with Agile/SCRUM.

  • Experience and understanding of underlying electronics to the point where it influences firmware development and debugging.

  • Familiarity with data structures, algorithms, and design patterns common to embedded (resource-constrained) systems development.

  • Able to research and solve open-ended design problems.

  • Experience working within a technical or engineering organization, knowledge of the telematics industry or IoT space is an asset.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and comfortable in a flat organization.

If you got this far, we hope you're feeling excited about this role! Even if you don't feel you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply.

Why job seekers choose Geotab

Work from home and flex work arrangements

Home office reimbursement program

Baby bonus & parental leave top up program

Online learning and networking opportunities

Electric vehicle purchase incentive program

Competitive medical and dental benefits

Retirement savings program

*The above are offered to full-time permanent employees only

How we work

At Geotab, we have adopted a flexible first working model in that we have systems, functions, programs and policies in place to support both in-person and virtual work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to come into our beautiful, safe, clean offices as often as you like. When working from home, you are required to have a reliable internet connection with at least 50mb DL/10mb UL. Virtual work is supported with cloud-based applications, collaboration tools and asynchronous working. The health and safety of employees are a top priority. We encourage work-life balance and keep the Geotab culture going strong with online social events, chat rooms and gatherings. Join us and help reshape the future of technology!

We believe that ensuring diversity is fundamental to our future growth and progress and is an integral part of our business. We believe that success happens where new ideas can flourish – in an environment that is rich in diversity and a place where people from various backgrounds can work together. Geotab encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired. We will ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are taken into account as part of performance management, career development, training and redeployment processes. If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information about our diversity and inclusion as well as accommodation policies and practices, please contact us at Click here to learn more about what happens with your personal data.

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