Linux System Engineer

Powerley is seeking a Senior-level engineer to lead the effort of configuring, customizing, building, managing, securing and optimizing our new Linux distribution that will serve as the foundation of our next-generation IoT and Smart Energy gateway. Your responsibilities will include tailoring the kernel and U-Boot from upstream sources to meet our product’s requirements. You will also be taking the lead on defining, implementing and documenting both the broad and fine-grained security policies and mechanisms required to meet our security-related objectives for the device. Additionally, the role will require you to set up automated builds and testing procedures for system images in various configurations and be the source of wisdom for system administration activities. As a team member you will work closely with world-class designers, software engineers, firmware engineers and data scientists to create a rock-solid platform that will potentially reach into millions of homes across the globe.

As Powerley is a smaller and nimbler company you will be working at a highly iterative pace so excellent communication skills are a must. Bring all your creativity, enthusiasm and problem solving skills too, they will not be underutilized.


  • Demonstrable experience with modifying, customizing and testing the Linux kernel
  • Experience writing Linux kernel modules
  • Skilled in creating custom distro builds with the Yocto project and Bitbake
  • Advanced understanding of U-boot and the ability to customize it
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in Linux system administration
  • Ability to create and modify custom device tree configurations for specific hardware
  • Appropriate proficiency in C/C++
  • Understanding of security-related technologies and encryption algorithms such as TLS and RSA
  • Experience creating custom root file systems and complete system images
  • Ability to create and manage Debian/RPM packages and repositories
  • Appropriate experience and skill with using Git

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Linux System Engineer