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


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


Marketing Project Coordinator


Job Description

As the Marketing Project Coordinator, you will help to schedule, resource, and implement a variety of marketing and e-commerce projects, keep the department working efficiently, track budgets, process paperwork, and interface with vendors and other marketing partners. As part of our marketing team, you will be called upon to assist your colleagues with other projects necessary to maintain UA's position as an industry leader, including advertising, sales events, online store projects, and various other marketing initiatives.


Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling and coordination of various marketing communications and online store projects using Agile/Scrum principles and practices.
  • 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
  • Process paperwork including purchase requests, material requisitions, vendor invoices, contractor invoices, NDAs, etc.

Requirements:

  • Well organized, team player with a proactive attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with agile and scrum style workflows and team management
  • Proficiency in email, MS Office (Word, Excel) Keynote, Google Docs, Asana, Jira
  • Ability to manage project budgets
  • Ability to take direction/feedback
  • Must be collaborative, flexible, and team-oriented
  • 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


Senior Software Program Manager

Location: Scotts Valley, CA


Reports to: Director of Program Management


Job Description

Universal Audio is seeking a Senior Software Program Manager to lead the planning and execution of our software platform roadmap. This individual will be responsible for working with our Product Management, Engineering and Quality Assurance teams to incorporate Agile processes and methodology. System and platform software may be delivered within the context of a waterfall-based hardware program or as incremental Agile updates, whereas App functionality may be delivered on a purely Agile basis. A successful candidate for this position must have demonstrated success with rolling out this transition within an integrated hardware/software Engineering team.


Responsibilities:

Partner with Product Management and Software engineering teams to establish a comprehensive backlog that represents the prioritized system, platform and app software requirements for a multi-year roadmap

  • Provide guidance based on the successful release of integrated hardware/software products on decomposing Agile backlogs into stories and tasks, and the relationship to architecture and specifications verses keeping the Agile team moving forward
  • Provide expert guidance to teams on how to implement definition of done, story point estimation, Agile metrics and other key Agile concepts
  • Lead scrum of scrum and other team coordination efforts
  • Drive the release planning process and execution
  • Help teams establish dependencies, assumptions and risks and actively support tracking and mitigating blockers
  • Coordinate to establish integrated hardware/software schedules to support company revenue targets
  • Provide expert guidance and support to ensure the adequacy and thoroughness of unit, component, manual and automated test
  • Support engineering management with planning continuous integration, build and regression suite infrastructure
  • Support the continuous refinement of the software release process and coordination with Marketing, the Cloud team, and other groups outside of Engineering
  • Schedule and lead meetings as required with all key stakeholders to keep plugin development, test, bug reviews and fix/regressions on track. Take and distribute meeting notes and ensure the team is aware of milestones and status
  • Provide timely status and planning communication to the teams, the rest of Engineering and to Executive management
  • Provide weekly program review briefings to Product Management, Engineering and Executive staff
  • Provide expert guidance and leadership on developing and maintaining JIRA backlogs, dashboards, filters and Team Project Boards

Requirements:

  • Must be experienced with Atlassian JIRA
  • 5 to 10 years of Program Management experience working in a Hi-Tech industry. Audio industry experience desired but not required
  • BA in Business, Program Management or 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.
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams with hardware and software engineers, marketing, operations and other areas of the company
  • Understanding of the Program Life Cycle, its concepts and processes.
  • Understanding of Agile concepts and processes. Certified Scrum Master highly desired


Vice President of Engineering

Location: Scotts Valley, California

Reports to: CEO


Job Description

Universal Audio is looking for a Vice President of Engineering who will use their expert level management experience to clearly set organizational direction and purpose for software and hardware products backed by a decades long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion. You will be responsible for meeting the delivery requirements of the company roadmap while maintaining the company’s devotion to craft.


Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Product Management to determine scope and viability of requested product features.
  • Drive architecture for new products.
  • Manage and direct reliability standards pertaining to the materials and techniques used in design and production.
  • Establish, refine, and improve protocols and processes to support efficiency, encourage growth, and ensure success.
  • Inspire highly productive relationships and partnerships for the benefit of the organization.
  • Set goals, monitor work, mentor/coach, and evaluate results to ensure objectives and operating budget requirements are met.
  • Promote a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, accountability and excellence.
  • Maintain skilled and adequate resources for all engineering functions in the pursuit of fulfilling company goals.
  • Provide technical reviews of key proposals and adapt to changing conditions.
  • Manage all phases of the development lifecycle.

Requirements

  • 8 to 10 years delivering software/hardware products in the global professional audio or related markets.
  • 8 to 10 years managing multifaceted senior level engineering teams.
  • Experience shipping products with embedded processing architectures.
  • Ability to demonstrate objective decision making for high level / high impact engineering issues.
  • Direct experience with mixed signal audio applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and develop resources, create time tables, budgets and assign tasks and responsibilities.
  • Experience building teams.
  • Experience coordinating resources, providing direction, making decisions and evaluating outcomes.
  • Expert knowledge of Agile development methodologies and demonstrated ability to implement them.
  • Expert knowledge of modern CPUs and their relevant architectures.
  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer science or related area.


Sr. Product Manager - Guitar Products

Location: European Union

Reports to: Director of Product Management


Job Description

Universal Audio (UA) seeks a Senior Product Manager with a strong background in guitar and recording products, both hardware and software.

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, and e-commerce. You must have outstanding communication/documentation skills and be able work within geographically remote 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 specifying 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 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, while simultaneously contributing to the company’s business objectives.

Primary deliverables include financial analysis (NPV, ROI), market requirements (MRD), product concepts (PCD), product requirements (PRD), as well as product briefs (for Marketing Communications) and planning presentations for executive staff.

Responsibilities

  • Grow the Guitar Products line by understanding target customers better than competitors
  • Contribute to UA’s product strategy and the roadmap based on customer needs, market landscape, and business opportunities
  • Deliver on-time definitions with prioritized products/features/workflows and corresponding business justification plans
  • Manage toward goals, based on metrics such as customer acquisition, customer engagement, and LTV (lifetime value)
  • Work cross-functionally between all departments in UA to drive new product releases
  • Interact with customers via available channels (home, performance venue, social networks, forums, trade shows, etc.)
  • Manage product life-cycles (Launch, Sustain/Update, EOL, EOS)

Requirements

  • 8+ years product or brand management and/or product marketing experience with a business-to-consumer hardware company
  • 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 managing employees and teams
  • Experience with digital audio workstation software and effects plug-ins
  • Experience with music recording and music creation workflows