Universal Audio Jobs

 

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Cost Accountant

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

The Cost Accountant is responsible for cost accounting, product cost and margin reporting and analysis, cost management and process improvement. The responsibilities include monthly financial reporting and analysis, inventory analysis and reconciliation, periodic standard cost revisions and standard setting for new products, period cost and variance analysis, excess and obsolete and warranty reserve requirements. The position will also provide decision-making support on cost management initiatives. This position reports to the UA Accounting manger


Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all elements of Cost of Sales including hardware standard cost, royalties, freight, promotions, warranty, overhead and inventory-related costs.
  • Maintain the standard costing process including setting and updating product standard costs, defining overhead rates and methodologies to accurately reflect product burden rates, assessing and updating the General Ledger chart of accounts, establishing interfaces between the inventory, sales order and purchase order modules, and defining ongoing reporting and review processes to support standard costing
  • Partner with Operations to establish targets for and monitor vendor purchase prices. Establish ongoing reporting to assess achievement of material cost reductions vs budget/forecast.
  • Prepare timely financial statements and analytical reports that are accurate and reliable. Analyze actual results vs. plan/forecast and work with management to investigate and explain variance.
  • Responsible for full month end closing activities including journal entries, analysis, verification, and preparation of supporting schedules.
  • Analyze Overhead Application Rates and over/under application.
  • Calculate, Analyze and monitor royalty costs associated with software plug-in sales. Establishing a standard costing process for software products to enable real-time margin analysis. Work with Accounts Payable to pay 3rd party licensors on a timely basis.
  • Complete gross margin analysis on a monthly basis for hardware and software products. Identify variances to budget/forecast, and underlying drivers of margin changes.
  • Ensure that physical inventory counts and reconciliation are completed with accuracy and compliance with internal/external audit requirements. Perform excess & obsolete and warranty reserve analysis and prepare journal entries. Maintain other reserves to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Monitor daily postings of the cost transactions into GL accounts.
  • Forecast, tracking and analysis of Cost Improvement Projects and support of new product cost estimates through the NPI process.
  • Ad-hoc projects as required

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Economics
  • Audit experience and/or CPA Preferred
  • Strong organizational, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Ability to self-manage and work independently
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • 5-7 years of accounting experience


Director of Software Engineering

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

Universal Audio is seeking a Director of Software Engineering to lead a 15-person team to develop UA’s next generation of audio products. Located in our Scotts Valley, CA office you will work with an exceptional team of professionals fully dedicated to craftsmanship and developing the best-in class audio hardware and software. The majority of the team is located in the Scotts Valley office, with a few located in UA’s Boulder, CO office and in LA. The team includes driver, OS/kernel, system/platform, firmware and build/continuous integration engineers supporting an exciting 5-year roadmap. The Software Director will play a key role in providing architectural/design input to our product roadmap as a member of our extended Strategy Team and will have the opportunity to focus on creativity and innovation.


Responsibilities:

  • Lead a team of software developers: provide guidance and support to Agile scrum masters and team developers
  • Develop resource plans and establish career growth and development plans
  • Provide leadership for architectural planning, code reviews and engineering best practices
  • Unblock team members and coordinate between teams to drive toward success
  • Develop and constantly improve best software development practices
  • Provide guidance in developing and executing agile development workflows and methodologies
  • Manage team budget and resources
  • Work closely with UA’s Applications, Cloud, PlugIn/Algo, Hardware and QA teams on integrated hardware/software products
  • Work with Product Management, Program Management and our Architecture teams to establish the scope and resource requirements to ensure teams are staffed and to advise on our product roadmap
  • Drive software product innovation and excellence in software and experience quality

Requirements:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, or equivalent, with a minimum of 7 years of experience.
  • Advanced degree in one of those disciplines is a plus
  • Audio industry experience is not required but a strong plus
  • Ability to multitask, perform under pressure, drive progress and meet deadlines
  • Strong written, verbal, presentation, coaching, organizational and mentoring skills and the ability to use with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides is required.


Executive Assistant

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

Universal Audio is looking for an experienced, reliable executive assistant to provide high-level administrative support to the CEO. The Executive Assistant will conduct research, prepare statistical reports, handle information requests and perform clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. The Executive Assistant analyzes problems, determines approach, compiles and analyzes data, and prepares reports/recommendations. Coordinates activities between departments and outside parties. The work is generally of a critical or confidential nature.

The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced corporate environment.


Essential Functions:

  • Contact company personnel at all organizational levels to gather information and prepare reports.
  • Type reports, memos, letters and other documents using word relevant computer software.
  • Answer phone calls and direct calls to appropriate parties or take messages.
  • Record, type and distribute meeting minutes.
  • Greet visitors and determine whether they should be given access to specific individuals.
  • Read and analyze incoming memos, submissions and reports to determine their significance and plan their distribution.
  • Perform general office duties such as ordering supplies and maintaining records management database systems.
  • File and retrieve corporate documents, records and reports.
  • Open, sort and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email.
  • Make travel arrangements for the CEO.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
  • 5+ years of experience supporting a CEO or President.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office, iOS, and Google Docs
  • Communication proficiency
  • Time management
  • Collaboration skills
  • Personal effectiveness/credibility
  • Flexibility
  • Stress management/composure
  • Ability to manage multiple projects running concurrently and driving them to a swift and thorough close.


Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

We are looking for a Financial Planning and Analysis Manager to be a part of the Finance team. The successful candidate needs to demonstrate a strong desire to succeed and grow professionally, hardware and B2C software experience, an ability to learn quickly, and strong analytical and communication skills. This is an exciting opportunity in the professional audio industry.


Responsibilities:

  • Build, maintain and automate complex and dynamic financial models to provide data driven, actionable insights to drive product growth and other strategic objectives
  • Collaborate and partner with multiple cross functional teams (Product/Program Management, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Finance, Operations, etc.) to help manage and drive product planning & forecasting, product pricing, new product introductions, promotions & product business cases.
  • Work with business partners to understand and model customer buying behavior including initial hardware platform and follow-on software and services. Own and recommend financial impacts.
  • Develop ways to analyze, measure and communicate key product KPIs/metrics to senior leadership with clear, concise reporting.
  • Lead and prioritize analytical frameworks and roadmaps to uncover new business opportunities and key areas of risk.
  • Build, automate, optimize and implement new Financial planning and analysis processes to scale with company growth. Design reporting capabilities to measure actual performance vs forecasted results.
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of weekly, monthly, quarterly, Board of Directors and other financial dashboards and reporting (special CFO projects may be assigned).
  • Conduct various ad hoc analyses and provide general financial/data support to help business partners solve problems and understand the financial implications.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance or another quantitative field. MBA Preferred.
  • 3+ years in Corporate Finance, Product Finance, Operational Finance, E-commerce or related field in a high growth technology company.
  • Excellent analytical rigor, forecasting and problem-solving skills to make proper business decisions
  • Detail oriented and highly organized, while balancing the important of swift execution and the ability to set/meet tight deadlines and not lose sight of the big picture.
  • Driven, results focused attitude and strategic problem solver who can simplify complexity and deliver creative solutions.
  • Comfortable working with complex business situations.
  • Desire to identify, build and maintain automated and scalable processes.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and people skills to build relationships and influence multiple stakeholders effectively across the company.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced, quickly changing and highly collaborative team environment with the resourcefulness to solve ambiguous problems.
  • Exceptional Excel & PowerPoint skills; working knowledge of Looker, Magento, Adaptive Insights and Epicor is a strong plus.


Hardware Test Engineer

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

Universal Audio is seeking a Hardware Test Engineer to support the design verification of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA), FPGA code, and integrated hardware and software systems. This individual will be responsible to work with the design engineers to implement directed engineering tests, to write, coordinate and implement hardware verification plans, and to support the development of a hardware engineering test data management system.


Responsibilities:

  • Develop, execute and report hardware test results to verify designs meet functional and performance specifications
  • Support PCBA development by designing and performing tests as directed by the lead design engineer
  • Work with Product Management and program lead engineers to define and document hardware specifications
  • Work with QA group to coordinate test plans
  • Support hardware debug and rework of PCBAs
  • Support test configuration preparation and setup for emissions, safety testing and Thunderbolt certification
  • Provide input to Product Management to help clarify product requirements
  • Support algorithm development and test with hardware measurements
  • Develop, modify and execute test macros for the Audio Precision audio analyzers
  • Verify and assist in developing manufacturing diagnostic test procedures
  • Assist in writing and execution of FPGA verification tests and document results
  • Define and assist in developing a hardware verification test result database
  • Support engineering prototype configuration, verification, rework and configuration management
  • Participate in combined hardware/software bug reviews to assist in bug analysis, determine repro methods and assess bug severity
  • Provide weekly status reports
  • Document and update Jira stories, tasks and bugs
  • Use Google Docs and Sheets to plan and monitor plugin planning and status
  • Maintain plans and status in Confluence
  • Support process and procedure improvements

Requirements:

  • 5 to 10 years of hardware test design, execution and reporting experience working in a Hi-Tech industry. Audio industry experience preferred
  • BS in Engineering required, or experience with a proven track record
  • Ability to multitask, perform under pressure, drive progress and meet deadlines
  • Strong written, verbal, presentation, coaching, organizational and mentoring skills and the ability to use with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides is required.
  • Experience with Jira and Confluence highly desired
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams with hardware and software engineers, QA, marketing, operations and other areas of the company


FPGA Design Engineer

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Reports to: Director of Hardware Engineering


Job Description

Universal Audio is looking for an experienced engineer to develop FPGAs for our cutting-edge audio interface products


Responsibilities:

  • Complete end-to-end FPGA design and validation
  • Document FPGA architecture and functional specifications
  • Write FPGA RTL code in Verilog and VHDL
  • Employ state-of-the-art FPGA development methodologies
  • Write testbenches and simulate FPGA logic
  • Synthesize FPGA logic, close on pinout and timing
  • Support bring-up and integration of FPGAs into host PC boards
  • Support FPGA + HW + SW integration
  • Write and execute FPGA validation plans
  • Create and maintain code base in SW Version Control System

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience as a principal developing FPGAs, from concept to shipping product
  • Proficiency with Verilog and VHDL coding languages
  • Proficiency with Xilinx ISE and Vivado development tools
  • Proficiency with ModelSim and Xilinx Vivado simulation tools
  • Experience with PCIe, USB, I2C, SPI and I2S protocols
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

Education:

  • BS in EE or CS or equivalent


Marketing Project Manager


Job Description

Universal Audio is a worldwide leader in professional audio and music production products, with a distinguished history dating back to 1958, and cutting-edge digital platform trusted by top artists to record and produce thousands of hit records every year.

As the Marketing Project Manager, you will serve as the main point of contact for integrated marketing communications projects, and will help define the project management process for our 20+ person marketing team.

Specifically, you will work cross-departmentally to schedule, resource, and implement a variety of concurrent marketing communications and e-commerce projects — keeping the E-Commerce, Creative, and Communications teams working efficiently, tracking budgets, processing paperwork, and interfacing with vendors and other marketing partners.


Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the cross-departmental point of contact for a wide range of integrated marketing initiatives
  • Supervise the scheduling and execution of projects using Agile/Scrum principles and practices, where applicable
  • Own the marketing project management process and tools, continuing to define and refine for optimum results
  • Develop and maintain spreadsheets, databases, project backlogs, project budgets, and marketing material inventories with statistical, financial, and non-financial information
  • Support E-commerce, Communications, and Creative teams with scheduling and planning of various branding, advertising, communications and online store projects
  • Work cross departmentally with Project Management, Accounting/Finance, Engineering Program Management to ensure thorough, accurate, timely communication
  • Work with Coordinator to process paperwork including purchase requests, material requisitions, vendor invoices, contractor invoices, NDAs, etc.

Requirements:

  • 3 - 5 years marketing project / program management experience
  • Familiarity with agile and scrum style workflows and team management
  • Extremely well-organized, team player with a very proactive attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong emotional intelligence
  • Proficiency in email, MS Office (Word, Excel) Keynote, Google Docs, Asana, Jira
  • Ability to manage project budgets and interface with Finance team
  • Ability to take direction/feedback constructively
  • Interest and/or experience with music and audio production a plus

Education:

BS / BA degree a plus, but not required


QA Engineer

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Reports to: Senior QA Manager


Job Description

Universal Audio is looking for a quality assurance engineer to test UA hardware and software from inception through shipping, running numerous tests, recording and tracking bugs and validating fixes. Use your expert knowledge of audio recording to help flesh out the test grid, validate audio workflow and insure that our products ship with the highest quality possible. This position will test hardware/software integration including compatibility with various PC and Mac Operating systems, computer hardware, popular DAWs and plug-in formats.


Responsibilities:

  • Test UA hardware and software and hardware/software integration.
  • Help formulate test plans.
  • Check products against specs and compatibility matrix.
  • Run grid tests to expose errors, write up clear understandable errors and track the progress of fixes.
  • Test product and software workflows and insure product usability.
  • Work closely with engineering, product management, program management and other QA team members.
  • Attend product and QA meetings.
  • Ensure all products adhere to strict UA compatibility standards.
  • Report project status and issues weekly.

Requirements:

  • Excellent understanding of audio workflows.
  • Good working knowledge of DAWs including Protools, Logic and Live.
  • Experience working with bug databases like JIRA.
  • The ability to read and understand product specs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • BS in Computer Science or related field.


Senior Audio Electrical Engineer

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Job Description

Universal Audio is looking for a top-notch senior audio electrical engineer to design cutting-edge digital and analog audio products. This is your chance to join the engineering team at one of the most respected audio companies in the industry.


Responsibilities:

  • Hardware Lead role for electrical design, documentation and validation
  • Digital and analog audio system design
  • Microprocessor, microcontroller and DSP subsystem design
  • Design of A/D, D/A and analog I/O circuits
  • FPGA logic design
  • Hardware/software integration and debug
  • System performance validation
  • Design for high-volume manufacturability

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in the design, development and debug of consumer or professional audio products
  • Experience developing cost-sensitive, high-performance, high-volume products
  • Experience working with domestic and off-shore CMs and CEMs
  • Excellent communication and written technical documentation skills
  • Experience designing microprocessor / microcontroller / DSP subsystems
  • Skilled at designing low-noise analog audio input/output circuits
  • Experience developing high-speed FPGA logic using VHDL or Verilog and synthesizing and debugging complex logic
  • Strong system validation and data analysis skills
  • Willing and able to write thorough technical documentation including Theory of Operations, technical specifications and create detailed block diagrams

Education:

  • BSEE or equivalent


Senior Product Manager – Desktop Products

Location: Scotts Valley, California

Reports to: Director of Product Management


Job Description

Universal Audio (UA) seeks a Senior Product Manager with a strong background in software products and online technologies.


Universal Audio makes some of the most advanced hybrid digital/analog audio products available in the market today. The position of Sr. Product Manager requires expertise at software and hardware integration, including in-depth software applications, cloud applications, and e-commerce. You must have outstanding communication/documentation skills and be able work within diverse product development teams.


As a member of the Product Management team, you will be involved in the early stages of product development, including market research and customer interaction; as well as defining product requirements during the definition and design phases. You will be responsible for clearly communicating technically complex information to multiple departments, while managing the lifecycle of professional music-making, audio and recording products.


The role of Sr. Product Manager at UA is multifaceted, but a key role is to ensure UA is making products that customers will love that simultaneously deliver great business to the company.


Primary deliverables include financial analysis (NPV, ROI), Market Requirements Documents (MRD), Product Concept Documents (PCD), Product Requirements Documents (PRD), as well as Product Briefs (to Marketing Communications) and planning presentations for executive staff.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Grow the Desktop product line by solving customer problems better than competitors
  • Manage outcomes based on metrics such as customer acquisition, activity, and ARPU
  • Contribute to UA's product strategy and the roadmap based on business opportunities, ROI, customer needs and the market
  • Deliver on-time definitions with prioritized products/features/workflows and corresponding business justification plans
  • Work cross-functionally between all departments in UA to drive new product releases
  • Interact with customers via available channels (home studios, social networks, forums, trade shows, etc.)
  • Manage product life-cycles (Launch, Sustain/Update, EOL, EOS, etc.)

Required

  • 5+ years product or brand management and/or product marketing experience with a business-to-consumer or 'prosumer' software or hardware company
  • Expert in computer music recording/creation workflows
  • Experience identifying customer and market pain points and building solutions to solve them
  • Experience with entire product lifecycle (from concept to launch and end-of-life) for more than one product
  • Proficient in modern software development processes (Jira, DevOps, Agile)
  • Excellent communication, planning, prioritizing and organizing skills
  • Able to contribute to definition of strategic vision and to articulate it in front of a wide variety of audiences
  • Able to understand technical concepts and evaluate complex tradeoffs
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Able to rally and gain backing from internal stakeholders in order to build organizational support for the proposed product strategy and designs - lead through influence
  • Willing to travel when necessary (Trade Shows, Competitive Evaluation, Customer Visits, CABs, Etc.)

Desired

  • Retail sales experience in Pro Audio/Recording/Music
  • Experience with keyboard instruments, guitar products and effects processors
  • Expertise in more than one digital audio workstation (DAW)
  • Expertise in more than one major computer operating system (OS)
  • Experience managing direct reports


Algorithm Engineer

Location: Scotts Valley, California


Job Description

At Universal Audio we employ the world's brightest engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop award-winning audio signal plug-ins. We are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable algorithm engineer. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding position at an exciting and growing audio company, we would like to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Working independently to carry out algorithm design projects based on product specifications.
  • Design and implementation of novel signal processing methods and structures for modeling audio circuitry.
  • Implementation and integration of algorithms into an existing software framework.
  • DSP porting and resource optimization.
  • Management of development and test schedules.
  • Collaboration with product management, SQA, customer support, and marketing.

Requirements

  • A passion and interest in music and audio.
  • Ability to perform circuit analysis for passive and active systems.
  • Experience with audio signal processing, incl. dynamics, filtering, modulated delays, feedback systems, etc.
  • Experience with filter design, sampling theory, and DSP.
  • Exposure to state-space and lattice structures, and basic control theory.
  • Awareness of iterative solution methods for nonlinear systems.
  • Experience with finite word-length artifacts in signal processing.
  • Facility working in MATLAB, SciPy, or similar computing environment.
  • Experience with C, C++.
  • Exposure to coding for DSP processors. SHARC experience preferred.

Desired

    • BS with 4+ years of experience with DSP development; MS or PhD preferred.