Software Engineering Manager in Bellevue, Washington at Sea-Bird Electronics

Date Posted: 7/15/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: SEA000230

About Us

Sea-Bird Scientific was formed in 2010 by the union of Sea-Bird Electronics (Bellevue, WA), WET Labs (Philomath, OR) and Satlantic (Halifax, NS) (wholly owned subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)). Through the combination of the Sea-Bird Electronics, WET Labs and Satlantic product lines, Sea-Bird Scientific is the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for oceanographic research. The Sea-Bird Scientific group of company’s design, manufacture and market oceanographic instrumentation and systems that enable the world’s leading scientists to push the boundaries of ocean knowledge. Sea-Bird Scientific works with a global network of international representatives and partners to serve customers in more than 30 countries around the world. Our dedicated team is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests with a common goal of serving the world’s oceanographic community with leading edge technology and solutions. We offer an entrepreneurial environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at one of the Sea-Bird Scientific Company’s locations gives you access to a robust career development process and challenging "stretch" opportunities.

Sea-Bird Electronics is an EEO / AA employer.  Sea-Bird Electronics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (sex), gender identity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information regarding our company’s, please visit the Sea-Bird Scientific website at 



At Sea-Bird Scientific the Software Engineering Manager plays a critical role in delivering game changing applications to our end users. The Software Engineering Manager is responsible for leading a team in the design, architecture and development of new end-user programs and services for the marine instrumentation market. The Manager will have the ability to drive the entire feature set end to end from defining the API for the customer-facing applications and to efficiently manage and maintain a diverse code base. We are looking for an extremely entrepreneurial individual to innovate and support Sea-Bird Scientific’s mission to accelerate the understanding of natural waters. If you have far-reaching vision and are passionate about building game-changing products and services that delight customers, then this is a great opportunity to join a team enabling scientists to understand the global oceans in ways never before possible.


This person reports directly to the Vice President, Commercial Team. A Software Engineering Manager at Sea-Bird Scientific is accountable for the following: 

  • Build and maintain central services, providing high availability and throughput while fixing bugs, adding features, and refactoring

  • Develop features across multiple customer facing application, including collaboration in requirements definition, prototyping, design, coding, testing and deployment

  • Analyzing and amending production software errors in a timely and accurate fashion, and provide status reports where required

  • Smoothly coordinate software projects and changes with other functional areas for a continuously reliable experience for our users

  • Analyze requirements and collaborate on agile design and delivery with Product Managers

  • Resolve complex technical issues and deliver innovative solutions that improve user engagement, system availability, resiliency, and performance

  • Write clean, testable, readable and maintainable code that can be rapidly deployed at internet scale

  • Manage individual sprint priorities, deadlines and deliverables

  • Ensure that we are continuously raising our standard of engineering excellence by implementing best practices for coding, testing and deploying programs in C++, Java and other languages as required

  • Design, implements, and tests software applications for public distribution on the PC platform.

  • Makes and tests installation programs for software and device drivers

  • Understands the PC operating system including device drivers

  • Writes software that includes graphics and tabular display of data

  • Writes data communication software that uses RS-232 serial, Ethernet, TCP-IP, and USB hardware and protocols

  • Tests software with Sea-Bird Scientific’s products and on various PC operating systems

  • Writes software for data formatting in XML 

  • Maintains Sea-Bird Scientific’s code base in a form that enables core software to be used by many applications

  • Software design, requirements gathering, and specification

  • Performs additional tasks as assigned

Job Requirements


  • BSCS, BSEE, or equivalent years of work experience, Master’s degree is a plus
  • 4+ years of relevant industry/academia experience in software development and full product lifecycle
  • 1+ years of organizational leadership experience with a demonstrated ability to organize, lead, and grow an engineering organization of 3+ developers with a wide range of skill and experience
  • Recent experience with Java and/or Python is a plus
  • A passion for improving engineering practices and producing high quality software
  • Ability to quickly identify and implement practical and wise responses during service incidents
  • Ability and desire to change processes, automation, and software to make service incidents never happen again
  • Agile development methodology expertise and proficiency with software management tools such as Jira
  • Experience using a modern version control system to accomplish release and configuration management. Github experience preferred
  • Experience writing complex multi-thread real-time applications.
  • Design for mission critical applications and familiarity with MSP430 and ARM7 processors is a plus.
  • Outstanding organizational, communication, interpersonal, relationship building skills; able to work well in a cross-functional, matrix management environment
  • Ability to establish credibility and rapport across the organization with technical and non-technical team members alike
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong project and time management skills
  • Solid data analysis and reporting skills
  • Physical requirements included: bend, sit, stand, kneel, crawl, turn/twist, and reach
  • Ability to see and hear well (either naturally or with correction) and speak clearly
  • Coordinate the movement of your eyes, hands or fingers
  • Frequent computer screen and keyboard use

Sea-Bird Scientific provides employees coverage for: 
  • Medical, dental, vision for employee {coverage available for dependents for shared premium} 
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Holiday and vacation compensation
  • Short Term Disability
  • Employee Life Insurance (optional) 
  • Flexible Spending Account (optional) 
  • Sea-Bird Scientific, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer and non-smoking facility.
  • Sea-Bird Scientific is a drug & alcohol free workplace and tests all new hires.
  • All new hires must successfully pass a criminal background check. 
  • This job description is a general description of essential job functions. It is not intended as an employment contract nor is it intended to describe all duties someone in this position would perform. All employees of Sea-Bird Scientific are expected to perform tasks as assigned by Sea-Bird Scientific’s supervisory/management personnel regardless of job title or routine job duties.
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Danaher Corporation Overview

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