Sr. Engineer, Electrical - R&D RF and Compliance in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 5/3/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for an Senior Engineer, Electrical - RF and Lab who will join our Hawthorne team in Vancouver, WA.

The chosen candidate will be a key leader of Hawthorne’s Lighting and Controllers innovation pipeline in support of our North America and International business units.  The lighting and environmental controller categories of Hawthorne include commercial and retail lighting and environmental controllers as well as HPS, CMH, and LED fixtures for a variety of growing facilities. The business supported by the role provides products for hydroponic indoor gardening as well as greenhouse horticulture markets in North America and globally. The chosen candidate will both work with vendors and third-party contractors as well as provide individual contributions to execute product development. The ideal candidate will be self-driven with an eagerness to learn in a fast-evolving industry.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Develop a multi-year innovation and product improvement pipeline for the Lighting and Controller category in collaboration with the category manager and other R&D team members with focus on RF component and device, wireless technology and EMC/EMI circuit design applied for smart controller, sensors, LED driver and HID ballast

  • Take a leadership role in high frequency and high density power electronics device product development including circuit design, simulation and validation based on various EMI/EMC regulations.

  • Support various compliance activities provided by compliance manager  

  • Manage internal R&D and performance test lab, maintain test equipment with defined annual calibration procedure and coordinate with cross-functional teams on collecting, executing and reporting per their test requests.

  • Ensure that the photometric laboratory is in compliance with the Laboratory Quality Manual

  • Support internal quality and manufacturing teams and provide lab service and technical support on internal manufacturing items including lighting, controllers and other hardware

  • Partner with internal regulatory team and attend ANSI, ASABE, UL, DLC and NIST committee meetings to obtain latest lighting and controller regulatory and standard development info

  • Partner closely with other Category Managers to ensure they are armed with ample technical knowledge on the categories they support from RF devices, compliance and lab performance testing etc.

  • Train engineers and technicians and enhance current staff knowledge of UL safety and lighting performance requirements including modifications and changes that impact our products.

  • Travel up to 20% of the time

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Must have a Masters degree  in Electrical Engineering, PhD with RF device focus is preferred.

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in RF device development and high density power electronics 

  • Preferred experience on high energy density power electronics device design and high frequency RF device design

  • Preferred experience on managing electrical and electronics lab

  • Preferred experience on UL, CSA, EC, and ETL certification processes

  • Working experience with Mandarin speaking environment

  • Advanced knowledge on power electronics hardware design

  • Advanced Knowledge on high frequency FPGA and RF design

  • Knowledge on semiconductor device and solid state lighting

  • Ability to interact with and contribute to cross-functional teams

  • Ability to handle multiple projects or tasks simultaneously

  • Drive to deliver products on time with attention to quality

  • Ability to speak Mandarin preferred

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, Scotts Associates for a Greener Earth (SAGE),  and Scotts Young Professionals


Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.