Posted: 05/21/2023


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Itron’s Systems Engineering organization is looking for a Principal Systems Engineer to join their team and help shape the future of Itron’s network solutions and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).  In addition to industrial IoT solutions, Itron’s portfolio of offerings includes Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Automated Meter Reading (AMR), Analytics, Distributed Energy Management (DEM), Distributed Intelligence (DI), Distributed Automation (DA), Electric Vehicles, Meter Data Management (MDM), and Smart City Solutions.

 Systems Engineers work within the global R&D organization with a variety of engineering disciplines, with engineering cohorts distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and India.  The Systems Engineering Team owns the overall development life cycle responsibilities from specification to final acceptance testing.  This includes:  

  • Driving collaboration with Product Managers, Architects, Development, Quality Engineers, and Solutions Delivery consultants 
  • Developing and clearly conveying market needs in the form of System Use Cases and testable product requirements. 
  • Continuous process improvement to optimize the overall workflow and product quality improvements.


  • Collaborate with product management to understand business cases and associated requirements.  
  • Facilitate negotiations between product management and product development to ensure technical scope is appropriate for time and cost constraints. 
  • Elaborate customer deployment and application scenarios needed to expose implied requirements
  • Work closely with Product Management and Service Delivery to compile lists of features and functions as criteria for product requirements
  • Ensure requirements are prioritized in line with customer need and aligned with Itron business objectives
  • Compose, maintain, and incrementally evolve testable user stories
  • Host conversations to determine detailed behavior meets user story intent
  • Establish acceptance criteria to confirm the story has been implemented to customer satisfaction.
  • Contribute to user documentation to ensure operational aspects of the product are clearly conveyed
  • Identify and communicate technical risks. 
  • Effectively communicate design requirements and specifications to development groups using a variety of tools.    
  • Demonstrate core competencies and governance throughout the product life cycle by collaborating on engineering solutions, managing scope change, and assessing issues.
  • Support other Systems Engineers when coaching is needed, or interaction is required to build confidence in designs or ideas.



  • 5+ years of experience as a Systems Engineer or related architect role.
  • Conflict management skills are a must as the Systems Engineer is the technical lead on our programs and must be able to have difficult conversations to move decisions forward, while maintaining a collaborative relationship. 
  • Communication skills, strong organization, and the ability to lead productive meetings must be strengths to ensure success in this role.
  • Experience with Systems Engineering (behavioral analysis, requirements flow down and traceability, hardware and software specification allocations, use cases, sequence diagrams, interface control documents, verification and validation) and understanding of the systems lifecycle.
  • History of building productive relationships with colleagues at sites around the world, as this is generally a collaborative design effort as opposed to an isolated individual contributor role.  
  • Ability to derive, elaborate and justify critical aspects of system qualities in terms of product scalability, performance, reliability, availability, and serviceability.
  • Experience working with cross functional teams to establish detailed product behaviors, time and cost estimates based on input from all Engineering disciplines.
  • Expertise with software or embedded firmware is preferred, but not required.

Expertise with cellular or networking technology advantageous, but not required

The successful candidate's starting salary will be determined based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as skills and experience.


Itron is proud to be an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. If you require an accommodation to apply, please contact a recruiting representative at 1-800-635-5461 or email


Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us:


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