Principal Engineer, Software Development Engineering (Apps)

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Python C Sas C++

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At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

Job Description

This is a leadership role in HDD firmware test development team, and one would be responsible for creating automated test cases for testing storage devices such as hard drives. The role will involve working with product firmware design and development teams to understand/requirements the features and create exhaustive, efficient test cases to ensure correctness of implementation. The candidate will be required to lead test development efforts, interface with external teams, mentor small teams.

Roles And Responsibilities:

  • Create test specifications and comprehensive test plans for HDD Firmware features.
  • Experienced in handling and leading small workgroups having members across geographies with various expertise and experience levels.
  • Understand the product priorities and feed the test development engineering team with right priority of work
  • Design and code black/grey/white box test cases to validate HDD firmware
  • Perform failure analysis and debugging
  • Lead or Participate in planning activities and layout a work plan for product increment cycle.
  • Drive/participate in technical reviews and provide feedbacks, setup guidelines and processes to improve test code stability.
  • Provide status and updates to management and stakeholder highlighting risks, impacts, impediments, and mitigation plans.
  • Coach and mentor junior members in the team and should be able to lead a small group of team members ensuring the quality deliveries.




  • Bachelors or Masters in EC, EE, CS or similar engineering disciplines



  • 10+ years of industry experience in product validation and test development.
  • Hands on experience in designing and developing functional, stress and system test cases.
  • Experience in architecting automation frameworks, developing libraries/modules and test automation.
  • Experience in Test planning, requirement-to-testcase mapping, Test case writing, Defect logging and tracking.
  • Ability to define test requirements, define dependencies, identify & highlight impediments and prioritize product work accordingly
  • Good knowledge of testing methodologies, knowledge of different testing tools and overall product life cycle
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and debugging skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication skills.


  • Exposure to SAFe/Agile development methodology
  • Programing experience in OOPs using Python
  • Understanding of SAS/SATA protocols and specs is a plus
  • Ability to understand C/C++ code

Additional Information

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

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