Company: Sonos Inc
Location: Santa Barbara
Posted on: September 6, 2019
Location: Santa Barbara
Req#: 5038 At Sonos we are passionate about inspiring the world to
listen better. Whether it s a new release on Spotify, the latest
edition of the Daily, or that award winning series on Netflix, we
believe that when people listen better they live better. We strive
to bring that mission to life by providing our customers with a
best-in-class experience. Experience Planning plays a key role in
this work, conducting investigations that progress our experience
and differentiate Sonos products and services. If you are a
passionate explorer who has the desire to change the status quo as
a result of genuine technical curiosity, read on.
Creative Technologists are a key component of our Experience
Planning (XP) team. The Sonos XP team bridges the gap between
Hardware and Software organizations, investigating questions of
high ambiguity and subjectivity that impact the Sonos experience.
Creative Technologists bring an engineering perspective to the
table acting as an equal partner with other contributors on the
team. The Creative Technologist will collaborate to assess current
and developing technologies that have implications on our business
and then scope, build and test functional prototypes to incorporate
More than a candidate that checks every box, we re looking for
people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Sonos no matter
their background or how they identify. If that s you, we hope you
ll apply for this role.
You want to be part of a team.
You come with new ideas and a unique point of view. You look
forward to collaborating with a diverse team of individuals. You
assume everyone s best intentions, welcome a healthy debate, and
embrace differing opinions. You eagerly seek and give help.
Transparency tops your list of values, and you proactively
contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.
You enjoy a challenge.
Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity.
You re ambitious and comfortable making mistakes because you learn
from them and bounce back quickly. You would rather create the
future than wait for it. You prioritize long-term value over
You love to listen.
You approach every interaction with curiosity and a desire to
understand. You want to make a positive impact in the world. You re
passionate about culture and know the power that music, film,
podcasts, games, and stories have to bring people together.
What You ll Do
* Provide thought leadership that educates Experience Planning
partners with regard to technical considerations that drive and
inform the group s work.
* Scope and build prototypes, in a collaborative work environment,
that allows the XP team to vet the feasibility of proposals with
* Work in partnership with the Creative Technologist/SW to help XP
understand the technical implications of their work.
* Partner with Experience Design in developing new experiences,
helping them assess the technical feasibility of creative ideas and
identify challenges that should/may need to be overcome to achieve
* Partner with the Portfolio Planning function in XP, advising them
on emergent technologies relevant to Sonos offering.
* Act as a bridge to the development organization within Sonos;
connecting XP and its projects to relevant areas of expertise and
informing product and technology roadmaps toward future
* Draw upon previous experience to identify pertinent trends and
developments in the industry that are relevant to the work of
* Utilize creative problem-solving skills and new technologies to
make the impossible possible when it comes to interactive
* Research technical documentation, APIs, integration with 3rd
party technologies etc. when such knowledge is needed to confirm
project requirements, expectations and effort details.
Skills You ll Need
* Experience launching projects that demonstrate technical
expertise, strategic assessment, and creative thinking.
* Ability to interface a wide range of electronic components &
modules to support rapid development of functional prototypes
(weighing tradeoffs and architecting systems to build out new
capabilities and user experiences).
* Experience working with low-level circuit design, construction,
debugging, and hacking.
* Experience writing code over a range of common languages (C
firmware up to web/python/java/ObjC), leveraging APIs, and creating
custom protocols as needed.
* Experience prototyping embedded solutions on Raspberry Pi,
Arduino, or similar.
* Proficient with 3D CAD tools, 3D printing, and building small
batch prototype development.
* Ability to collaborate and deliver world class work with
designers, product planners, and partners.
* Expert organization skills and the ability to work on a variety
of priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
More About Sonos
Sonos is a sound experience company. We pioneered multiroom
wireless audio, made it sound amazing, and changed the way people
listen, making it effortless for them to enjoy what they want,
where they want, how they want.
Today we continue empowering listeners by developing new
technologies, thoughtfully designing products, expanding our
software platform, and crafting brilliant sound experiences while
participating in a culture that values respect, transparency,
collaboration, and ownership.
Together we re working to positively impact the world and inspire
everyone to listen better because listening brings people together,
builds understanding, drives change, and makes us happier.
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