Firmware Architect

Team: ZT - Platform Engineering

Location: Austin, Texas

Why ZT Systems

At ZT Systems, you’ll get to do work you are proud of alongside smart, passionate people. Every day, there are opportunities to collaborate with the best in the industry to design, build, and deliver impactful solutions to world-class customers. Along the way, you will gain hands-on experience in a face-paced environment that’s challenging, rewarding, and career-defining.

 

A culture built around our values, we work hard and think fast. We view challenges as opportunities—to do better, push harder, and be faster than we were the day before. When we fail, we learn from it and move on together. And when we succeed we use the momentum to go even further. We create value with everything we do, building the foundation of today—and transforming the future of tomorrow.

 

Join ZT Systems and help us build technology infrastructure that connects the world.

 

About The Role

In this position, the Firmware Architect will be responsible for architecting Server and Rack level solutions for customers in the Cloud Computing and Hyperscale Industry. The responsibilities for this position include working directly with our customers and core technology suppliers to understand and solve technical problems facing the customer. In addition, the position will include providing technical leadership and guidance to internal Engineering, Management, and Business Teams.

 

What You’ll Do

  • Develop long-term hyperscale server firmware & security technology strategies based on the technical and business footprint of the customer
  • Develop, test, debug and optimize firmware code for ZT Hyperscale Compute/Storage Server Products and Proof of Concepts (POC’s).
  • Drive internal and external adoption of firmware development strategies and techniques
  • Work directly with customers on pathfinding and deployment of new server firmware architectures for cloud computing servers, storage servers, and add-on cards
  • Determine how to solve performance/operational problems and deliver business value through ZT firmware
  • Provide firmware and security content to System Architecture Specifications for ZT Server products
  • Develop long-term technical relationships within the firmware technology ecosystem. These relationships should help drive new technologies into the next generation of ZT Server designs.
  • Align with customers and partners on security requirements/features and provide direction to the ZT engineering teams.
  • Participate in in-depth security reviews of firmware for ZT Server products by driving compliance with industry standards
  • Participate in industry forums, workgroups, and consortiums supporting firmware and security initiatives

 

What You bring

  • Proficient in any of the following:  AMI BMC FW, OpenBMC FW, HP iLO, Dell iDRAC, UEFI FW (BIOS)
  • Experience with DMTF standards: MCTP, NC-SI, PLDM, OVF, REDFISH, SPDM
  • Experience with industry security protocols, Root of Trust, and design for security
  • Experience with Operating Systems and Driver design/usage
  • Strong background and experience with Intel/AMD/ARM/GPU platform architectures
  • Strong knowledge of the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) functionality, telemetry, and range of control
  • Working knowledge of server Operating Systems including Windows Server (2016, 2019, 2022) and Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, SUSE)
  • Knowledge of Server Virtualization Solutions (VMware, Citrix, or Microsoft)
  • Knowledge of software driver implementation, IP schemas, and network protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to discover, learn, and apply new technologies

 

Competencies

  • Innovates and develops intellectual property
  • Excellent communication, social, and negotiation skills
  • Author technical papers, present at industry forums, and participate in industry consortiums
  • Drive prototyping or proof of concepts of new technologies

 

Education

  • BS in Electrical or CS
  • MS in Electrical or CS (bonus)

 

Experience

  • 12 + years of direct industry experience
  • SW/FW Architect – UEFI FW, BMC FW, OS/Drivers
    • Experience coding for AMI and/or OpenBMC based BMC FW
    • Experience with DMTF Redfish
    • Experience coding for UEFI FW (BIOS)
    • Experience with industry security protocols
    • Experience with Operating Systems and Driver design/usage

 

ZT Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and do not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, or veteran status.

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