System Designer / Architect

Expert who leads Sonion into new systems and functions for in-ear (audio) devices

Sonion is extending its product portfolio form traditional Hardware components for the Hearing Aid market to more intelligent modules where both Hardware and Software make the product. Furthermore Sonion targets not only the Hearing Aid market but also the high-end, In-ear audio devices in the Consumer Electronics market. For both markets Sonion needs to also understand the customer architecture and interfaces to develop the right systems and components, while still building on its core value of optimum size and power consumption. Therefore Sonion is strengthening the team to take on this new challenge.

Your tasks and responsibilities

  • Define and architect the next generation low-power ear solutions; combining Software, Hardware and Packaging requirements
  • Determine hardware/software trade-offs for key features and requirements, defining most optimal system implementation.
  • Specify the hardware and software
  • Create the project plan with the main knowledge to be created and the decisions to take, leading to product definition
  • Assess development efforts, cost, risks, benefit, etc. for the system to support decision making
  • Effectively work with internal teams as well as external partners to develop these subsystems.
  • Understands finer details of customer architectures, road-maps, likely evolution of said architectures
  • Propose the best technical solutions to improve the fit between Sonion products and our Customer products.
  • Drive domain expertise
  • Contribute to Intellectual Property

Your profile

We are looking for a technically skilled System Designer / Architect, a senior professional who has the capability to lead Sonion into new system and functions for in-ear (audio) devices.

  • Solid academic technical education, such as Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering or alike
  • 10+ years of working experience in system design with elements as Sensors, Actuators, DSP’s. Focus is more on the hardware, though some understanding of software/algorithms is beneficial
  • Experienced in direct customer cooperation
  • Excellent understanding of (defining) technical success criteria for to-be-developed products. Finding overlap between technical possibilities and the (unspoken) market needs
  • Experienced in leading projects internally from a technical perspective
  • You are analytical and are skilled with a helicopter view, know how to influence stakeholders and show entrepreneurial spirit
  • Able to handle larger amount of technical uncertainty
  • Good presentation and communication skills in both verbal and written English

Equally important to your knowledge and experience is the personality you bring. We need someone who is social, hands-on, proactive, eager to learn and result driven. You can interact effectively with a wide variety of people with different backgrounds.


Sonion improves the quality of life of people using hearing products. We are striving and committed to be the preferred partner in the development and manufacturing of transducers and electromechanical solutions designed for (professional) use in hearing instruments, in-ear earphones and hearables. Size matters, and we constantly challenge the laws of physics for making small and reliable products. Our outstanding competences within customer focused innovation and development, and our lengthy experience in efficient manufacturing make us successful.

Sonion has facilities in Denmark, the Netherlands, Vietnam, the Philippines, Poland, USA and China, wherefrom our (more than 6000) colleagues work together across all locations.

Our offer

We offer a compensation package that matches your qualifications, including a competitive salary, 27 vacation days, 13 rota free days and 8% holiday allowance. But more importantly, Sonion is a working environment that provides you with the opportunity to steadily further develop. We are the leading innovators in our field, and we believe our employees make a difference. Along with your manager you will regularly reflect on and make plans for your development and interests. We are an international and inclusive organization where it is easy to connect with colleagues.

Further information and application

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The recruitment process for this position is managed exclusively by Panda International. For more information please get in contact directly with Ivor Duif (Senior Consultant Research & Development) via or +31 20 20  44 502.

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