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Software Architect Sr. - Networking

REQ: REQ-144810 Engineering

Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Irvine, CA, United States
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Our new global headquarters is conveniently located in Irvine, CA near John Wayne Airport in the Park Place development. For our onsite and hybrid employees you will be able to enjoy amenities such as access to many restaurants and shops, running trails, a fitness deck, outdoor seating, dry cleaning, car wash, free garage parking, car charging stations, shuttle service for train commuters, outdoor games like bocce, horseshoes, gaming tables, pickle ball, and basketball. For more information on Park Place visit  

Who We Are: 

Ever wonder who brings the entertainment to your flights? Panasonic Avionics Corporation is #1 in the industry for delivering inflight products such as movies, games, WiFi, and now Bluetooth headphone connectivity!   

How exciting would it be to be a part of the innovation that goes into creating technology that delights millions of people in an industry that’s here to stay! With our company’s history spanning over 40 years, you will have stability, career growth opportunities, and will work with the brightest minds in the industry. And we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that will help our organization thrive! We seek diversity in many areas such as background, culture, gender, ways of thinking, skills and more.  

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Job Summary:

Seeking a Software Architect Sr with Kubernetes experience responsible for network architecture of our next generation In Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) systems that utilize Android / Linux platforms, and multi-tiered, client-server technologies as well as Cloud-hosted services. Act as technical leader and mentor other software engineers and architects. Develop network architecture design. Partner and facilitate discussions between stakeholders.

What you will be doing:

  • Develop and document end-to-end network architecture for IFEC systems.
  • Ensure network architecture meets functional, operational and scalability requirements.
  • Define, document and communicate clear goals (NFRs) for the network architecture including the reasons they were chosen, key attributes, risks and how the architecture meets them.
  • Recommend and develop architectural design patterns / frameworks that enable the chosen architecture and will be used by the development teams.
  • Review existing networking designs and identify / implement improvements.
  • Responsible for providing complete front-to-end engineering, implementation and support of solutions involving, but not limited to, WAN, LAN, WLAN, Security, Virtual, and Cloud technologies.
  • Communicate the network architecture throughout the organization via presentations and architecture documents/diagrams.
  • Interface with product and engineering teams on review of new features / products and provide guidance on the implications / work scope / feasibility of them.
  • Collaborate with development / test / integration / support teams on refinement/implementation/verification/deployment of the chosen architecture.
  • Participate in detailed design, test plan and go-to-market reviews to ensure alignment with the chosen architecture and NFRs are met.
  • Evaluate upcoming technologies, stay current with industry best practices and adapt them into the network architecture as needed to enable the product roadmap.
  • Create prototypes, proof-of-concepts and demonstrations to evaluate new architecture / technologies on the systems.
  • Provide technical leadership with engineering in the areas of software design, implementation and test.

The salary range of $128,000 - $215,000 is just one component of Panasonic’s total package. The final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to individual’s knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this role may be eligible for discretionary bonuses and incentives.  
Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location.    
What we are looking for:  

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Sciences, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or Network Technology or other related engineering degree.
  • 10+ years of networking related programming in Linux systems.
  • 5+ years of experience working on wireless, mobile and satellite communication systems.
  • 3+ year’s architecture experience in complex embedded systems.
  • Expert level experience with layer 2-7 networking design, test, operation, monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • Extensive Linux networking and routing experience with knowledge of LAN, WAN, VLANs, IPv4/IPv6, TCP/UDP, routing/firewalls, NAT, Trunking, DHCP, DNS, NTP, AVB, TLS, multicast, QoS, filtering, rate control, load balancing.
  • Experience with bare-metal Kubernetes networking with knowledge of CoreDNS, NAT, Gateway API, Loadbalancers, Network Policies, CNI, Overlay Networks, Cilium, Flannel, Service Meshes, eBPF, etc.
  • Experience with networking focused operating systems such as Cumulus Linux, VyOS, openWRT, DD-wrt.
  • Experience with unmanaged ethernet switches and configuration related to features such as port controls, buffer management, ATU tables, TCAM.
  • Experience with wireless access points, their configuration, and elements such as security, captive portals.
  • Experience interfacing with cellular and satellite-based networking systems and least cost routing models.
  • Experience and In-depth working knowledge of TCP/IP, LAN/WAN, VPN, and IP routing protocols (OSPF, BGP).
  • Experience with Cloud-provider network design and implementation (AWS, Azure, etc.).
  • Strong knowledge of IP networking including Virtual Private Cloud, VPN, SDN, DNS, Load-balancing, and Firewalls.
  • Familiarity with the following commercial networking equipment: Cisco and Juniper routers, Palo Alto, Juniper and Cisco firewalls, and F5 or other load balancer.
  • Experience with design / development of complex Linux / Android embedded systems.
  • In depth understanding networking designs best suited to a variety functional use cases such as audio/video distribution/streaming, file sharing, message streams, Internet Service Provider, and transactional systems.
  • Understanding of networking security and cryptography.
  • Experience in design / development of software on complex embedded systems from requirements to production / deployment.
  • Robust analytical skills and ability to identify and solve complex problems at the network and system layers.
  • Experience organizing / leading / approving design reviews, test plan reviews.
  • Experience building web scale/container-based solutions (distributed and standalone) using Kubernetes a plus.
  • Experience documenting architectures and familiar with related diagraming models (C4, PlantUML, ArchiMate, etc.).
  • Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal / collaboration skills.
  • Experience in Agile development process.
  • Experience with AWS Cloud Computing a plus.

The Avionics Way:    

The Avionics Way captures the essence of what makes our employees special, and by extension, our organization. It’s comprised of 5 core identifiers - Pioneers, Problem Solvers, Accountable, Collaborative, and Customer Focused - that together form a robust, working framework for our continued success.

Beyond a philosophy, the Avionics Way is our guide to daily practices. It provides a clear, actionable model to help employees, at all levels, realize their ambitions through outsized contributions to their teams and the company. This model clearly defines expectations for performance at all levels of the organization, as well as establishes specific actions and modes of working that reinforce our philosophy on the path to achieving our goals.  
What we offer:    
At Panasonic Avionics Corporation we realize the most important aspects in leading our industry are the bright minds behind everything we do. We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive, comprehensive and flexible benefits program.    

Paid time off: Exempt Salaried employees receive unlimited PTO. This means that there is no fixed number, range, or limit to the amount of Personal and Vacation Days that may be taken for exempt employees. Non-exempt hourly employees accrue 14 vacation days per year + 7 sick days + 3 personal days. Accrual rate increases with tenure. All employees receive 11 company paid holidays per year plus a paid company-wide shut down in the U.S. between Christmas and New Year.    

Health Insurance: Medical insurance offerings from Aetna and Kaiser (CA &HI). Options for Employee Only, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Children, or Family. Dental PPO and DMO options & Vision insurance through EyeMed or VSP.    

401K: 50% match on up to 8% contribution, full vested from day 1    

Other offerings include: Wellness Program, Counseling services, FSA & HSA, Life Insurance for employee, spouse and child, AD&D Insurance, Long-term and Short-term disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Legal Assistance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Dependent Care FLSA, Education Assistance, Commuter Program, Employee Purchase Program, Service Award Program.     
Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Avionics Corporation.  

REQ: REQ-144810 Engineering

  • Irvine, CA, United States
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