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Product Design Mechanical Engineer



Product, Design
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024

Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud, which is a platform that enables organizations that depend on physical operations to harness Internet of Things (IoT) data to develop actionable insights and improve their operations. At Samsara, we are helping improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the physical operations that power our global economy. Representing more than 40% of global GDP, these industries are the infrastructure of our planet, including agriculture, construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing — and we are excited to help digitally transform their operations at scale.

Working at Samsara means you’ll help define the future of physical operations and be on a team that’s shaping an exciting array of product solutions, including Video-Based Safety, Vehicle Telematics, Apps and Driver Workflows, Equipment Monitoring, and Site Visibility. As part of a recently public company, you’ll have the autonomy and support to make an impact as we build for the long term.

About the role:

We’re looking for a Hardware Product Design Mechanical Engineer to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for the industrial design, architecture, and engineering of one or more Samsara products from initial concept through to mass production. You will motivate your product design process using both data-driven insights gleaned from our telemetry data cloud, and deep hands-on understanding of our customers earned crawling around their sites and equipment alongside them.

In bringing products to market, you will work collaboratively with Product Management, EE, FW, EPM, and Hardware leadership to make tradeoffs and decisions that balance functionality, cost, installation, usability, and aesthetics. Samsara’s Hardware Product Design teams collaborate closely with Samsara’s Operations and Supply Chain teams, outside laboratories, JDM design resources, and a growing supply base worldwide. Together, you will bring exceptional products to market on time and within budget, and ensure that Samsara leads the industry in our product design.

You should apply if:

  • You want to impact the industries that run our world: Your efforts will result in real-world impact—helping to keep the lights on, get food into grocery stores, reduce emissions, and most importantly, ensure workers return home safely.
  • You are the architect of your own career: If you put in the work, this role won’t be your last at Samsara. We set up our employees for success and have built a culture that encourages rapid career development, and countless opportunities to experiment and master your craft in a hyper-growth environment.
  • You’re energized by our opportunity: The vision we have to digitize large sectors of the global economy requires your full focus and best efforts to bring forth creative, ambitious ideas for our customers.
  • You want to be with the best: At Samsara, we win together, celebrate together and support each other. You will be surrounded by a high-caliber team that will encourage you to do your best.

Click here to learn about what we value at Samsara.

In this role, you will:

  • Design, build, and ship impactful products that address customer needs and expand the scope and capability of the Samsara Platform
  • Evaluate system feature tradeoffs and define product specifications in concert with product management and cross-functional engineering teams
  • Drive the development process through all phases including engineering feasibility, proof of concept prototyping, detailed design, validation, mass production, and go-to-market
  • Validate products against both internal and external metrics through engineering evaluation, rigorous product quality testing, customer field testing, and return analysis
  • Own the full customer hardware experience including the industrial design, packaging, and installation of our products
  • Leverage our JDM manufacturing partners to achieve performance, cost, and schedule goals
  • Research and stay abreast of the latest industry trends in core technologies, manufacturing capabilities, vendor offerings, and market needs to drive product innovation
  • Champion, role model, and embed Samsara’s cultural principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Adopt a Growth Mindset, Be Inclusive, Win as a Team) as we scale globally and across new offices

Minimum requirements for the role:

  • 3+ years of experience shipping hardware programs at scale in partnership with partners overseas
  • Proven record navigating tradeoffs between design, manufacturability, schedule, and cost in a cross-functional environment
  • Experience developing and launching electromechanical components or products in mass production
  • Demonstrated experience designing for automotive, outdoor, industrial, or consumer products
  • Proficiency in plastic/metal part design, CAD modeling, and drafting, preferably using NX
  • BS degree in mechanical engineering or related field
  • Ability to travel up to 10% (domestic and international) when necessary
  • Hybrid (Tuesday-Thursday) presence onsite in our San Francisco Headquarters

An ideal candidate also has:

  • 6+ years of experience shipping high-volume hardware programs at scale
  • MS degree in mechanical engineering or related field
  • Experience shipping products with JDM partner teams in a leveraged development model
  • Experience with ruggedized product design including IP sealing, vibration, and harsh environments
  • Experience integrating sensor, camera, and antenna technologies in smart product, vehicle, or equipment applications
  • Full system product design experience


Samsara’s Compensation Philosophy: Samsara’s compensation program is designed to deliver Total Direct Compensation (based on role, level, and geography) that is at or above market. We do this through our base salary + bonus/variable + restricted stock unit awards (RSUs) for eligible roles. For eligible roles, a new hire RSU award may be awarded at the time of hire, and additional RSU refresh grants may be awarded annually.

We pay for performance, and top performers in eligible roles may receive above-market equity refresh awards which allow employees to achieve higher market positioning.

The range of annual base salary for full-time employees for this position is below. Please note that base pay offered may vary depending on factors including your city of residence, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
$97,580$164,000 USD

At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, and other characteristics protected by law. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Full time employees receive a competitive total compensation package along with employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please email or click here if you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruiting process.

Flexible Working

At Samsara, we embrace a flexible working model that caters to the diverse needs of our teams. Our offices are open for those who prefer to work in-person and we also support remote work where it aligns with our operational requirements. For certain positions, being close to one of our offices or within a specific geographic area is important to facilitate collaboration, access to resources, or alignment with our service regions. In these cases, the job description will clearly indicate any working location requirements. Our goal is to ensure that all members of our team can contribute effectively, whether they are working on-site, in a hybrid model, or fully remotely. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company and in the specified work location, if applicable.

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