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Principal Electronics Engineer

About UBCO

At UBCO we enable people to power their purpose. We believe in creating products that help people do inspiring things, whether that’s exploring our planet, creating a better world, or working smarter and safer. People want a more sustainable, brighter future, and we want our products to make a difference in it.

Headquartered in sunny Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, UBCO today is a world leading utility electric vehicle (UEV) company with a team spanning the United States, Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United Kingdom. 

 UEVs have been built for hard work and adventure, engineered and tested in New Zealand, then adopted globally by corporates and consumers. We are selling through multiple channels, including dealer networks, direct to consumer and B2B to enterprise fleet customers.

Our products consist of a range of two-wheel-drive UEVs and power supplies that provide optionality for 2X2 users. These are digitally connected with a software app for individual drivers and telematics for our fleet managers.


About the Position 

As a Principal Electronics Engineer, you will be taking the lead in the full lifecycle of development of UBCO electronic products. You will work with colleagues in the same team and across departments to get your hands dirty and build high performance connected vehicle systems. You’ll take ownership of detailed design tasks across all aspects of the product lifecycle, concept through to mass production.  Finally, as an experienced member of the team, you will help guide and mentor other hardware and software developers as needed.

This role has the potential to grow into a leadership position for the right candidate. 


Here’s what you will be doing

  • Developing and enhancing electronic solutions for complex vehicle systems and transitioning them into fully matured designs for production at scale.
  • Identifying technology opportunities to solve customer needs, engage with external suppliers and subject matter experts for research and documentation purposes
  • Supporting the development of robust and achievable product specifications, actively bringing your experience and perspectives to the table.
  • Authoring documents such as design release packages, engineering requirements, and test plans for the commercialization of designs.
  • Continuously improving our engineering tools and procedures as we scale our organization.
  • Mentoring other engineers and technicians and educating the wider team.


You’ll need these qualifications

  • 10+ years of proven industry experience and a four-year degree in Electrical Engineering, (or equivalent experience).
  • Practical experience developing complex systems from concept through to mass production for consumer hardware.
  • Development for closed loop mechatronic control systems including motor drives and live sensor inputs
  • Mixed signal design fluency including high-speed digital and high-power analog systems
  • A high level of proficiency in an ECAD package, such as Altium Designer
  • Experience with CAN, Ethernet and other local network protocols
  • Experience developing and implementing RF designs for the protocols: 3GPP, 802.11, and Bluetooth
  • Have worked directly with overseas suppliers and contract manufacturers


It would be nice if you have

  • Have developed using embedded system languages including C/Assembly and scripting languages such as Python.
  • Detailed design knowledge of Electric Vehicle (EV) power electronic systems
  • Have excelled at a consumer HW startup or rapidly growing company


Some of the great things UBCO offers

  • A fantastic Mt Maunganui based office and workshop.
  • Significant career development opportunities with a company on the cusp of high growth.
  • The opportunity to help build a meaningful business from the early stages with an ambitious group of like-minded innovators.
  • Flexible working environment where we appreciate you have a life outside of work – we all work at our best when we take care of ourselves and each other.
  • A global company footprint, where you will build lasting relationships with diverse, exceptional minds, around the world.
  • Seeing your products used in the most unusual places worldwide from the desert to the arctic, and everything in between.


If you would like further information about the role, please reach out to Please note we are taking a break over the silly season and will be responding to candidates upon our return in the New Year! 

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