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WatchGuard Technologies

Wi-Fi Software Architect

Engineering – Seattle, Washington
Department Engineering
Employment Type Regular Full Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

This position can be remote in the US or Toronto, Canada. 

 About the Position

WatchGuard offers a unique set of opportunities allowing engineers to explore a wide range of challenges.  As a smaller-sized company, engineers are able to work with multiple technologies that focus on security solutions, cloud services, embedded systems, and networking.  In addition to the breadth of technologies, engineers assume full ownership of their work including design, development, and validation.  This creates an exciting and ever challenging environment that fosters personal growth and career opportunities.  WatchGuard is looking for individuals that are creative, open to learn new technologies, and don’t accept the status quo.  

We are seeking a Systems Architect position to research and develop WatchGuard’s next generation Wi-Fi products and solutions.  The scope includes both the access points, hardware and firmware, and the management platform in WatchGuard’s cloud environment.  At WatchGuard, you will be a member of our agile development team where we are developing new products and solutions for our end users.  We believe that by leveraging new and emerging technologies we can enable business outcomes to improve their performance.  If you are looking for a challenge, like solving complex problems, and have a “can do” attitude, then we want to meet you.

Position Responsibilities

  • Research, analysis, and creation of system architecture for complex problems in a manner consistent with WatchGuard’s technology, products, and customer needs.
  • Design solutions that are scalable, secure, and can be suitably divided for full stack development teams to consume.
  • Participates in the implementation by advising developers, reviewing code, and by socializing critical aspects of the design. 
  • Works with other Engineers, UX designers, and Product Managers to weigh pros and cons of architectural choices.
  • Works with Product Management, as required, to resolve product requirement questions.
  • As part of our agile development methodology, contribute insights for continuous improvement.
  • Provides support to QA as necessary to isolate and resolve issues found during testing.
  • Works with Technical support team to resolves escalated issues.
  • Independently manages own time according to commitments and priorities.
  • Provides extensive mentoring and assistance to more junior engineers, including problem decomposition, unit test strategy, design strategy, code reviews, and security best practices.
  • Provides project status updates to managers and executives.

 Skills and Qualifications

  • Proficient in IEEE 802.11 standards and basic Wi-Fi operations
  • Proficient in software development; one or more of the following languages is preferred: C/C++, Go, Java, Python
  • Proficient in the Linux operating system environment
  • Proficient in embedded system design
  • Basic knowledge of networking protocols, topologies, and operations
  • Basic knowledge of cloud development environments, cloud-based architectures
  • Knowledge of IT security principles and protection mechanisms is a plus
  • Knowledge of Open-WRT
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Works well with others; ability to mentor


  • 7+ years of relevant work experience
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline
  • Project experience in Wi-Fi/802.11 development and/or deployments
  • Prior experience designing a system or portion of a system from the start of the project or part of a major redesign effort
  • Project experience with network protocols, topologies, and/or operations

Why Work for WatchGuard?

At WatchGuard we create smart security, simply done. We’re a leader in building cyber security hardware, wireless, and cloud solutions that protect small and midsize businesses, and distributed enterprises worldwide. Our award-winning network security solutions provide layered, enterprise-grade protection that is easy to deploy and manage. Whether you are an industry veteran, or at the beginning of your career, now is an amazing time to work in the security industry, and there’s never been a better time to be at WatchGuard.

We love solving the industry’s toughest challenges, and our innovation keeps our customers ahead of increasingly sophisticated hackers, which has fueled record revenues. We’re heavily reinvesting in the company and driving rapid acceleration across all aspects of our business. As a result, our employee base has nearly doubled in the last three years, organically and through acquisition. 

Our company culture places intense focus on our customers and employees. From the newest employee to our CEO, you'll find that each person at WatchGuard embodies our core values: accountability, passion for success, community building, and maintaining a customer focus in all things. 

WatchGuard Technologies is privately backed by equity firms Vector Capital and Francisco Partners, and has headquarters in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce. WatchGuard participates in E-verify.

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