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Principal Software Engineer


Minneapolis, Minnesota 55422
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  • Software Engineering
  • Design/Development Engineering
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Tennant Company is a recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions for industrial and commercial cleaning markets, with more than $820 million in 2014 revenues and over 3,000 employees worldwide.  Tennant Company works to create a cleaner, safer world through the delivery of innovative cleaning systems with a focus on innovation and sustainability.


World headquarters are located in Minneapolis in the USA; and European headquarters are in Antwerp, Belgium. We have manufacturing and logistics facilities in Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota in the USA; the Netherlands; the United Kingdom; Brazil and China. Tennant employs staff in 15 countries, including: the USA, Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.


Tennant is looking for a Software Technical Leader to join the New Product Development team.  In this role you will have a direct impact on Tennant’s innovation.  You will be responsible for establishing long-term software technical and process directions.  You will work cross-functionally to develop and launch these products globally.



  • Develop and improve new software development processes.

  • Be a stalwart advocate of efficient and precise coding, and routinely demonstrates best practices in the solutions they create and via the code they review.

  • Mentor and actively participate in the development of junior engineers and designers.

  • As part of a cross-functional team, execute complex engineering projects.

  • Monitor and evaluate relevant emerging technologies.

  • Develop and evolve the software modularity platform

  • Lead/Participate in Design Reviews.

  • Recommend and implement software analysis tools


Required Experience:

  • BS (MS preferred) in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution.

  • At least 15 years of demonstrated ability to deliver excellent products to established timelines.

  • Global electronic design leadership and implementation experience.

  • Six Sigma Black Belt preferred.  Green Belt accepted.

  • Prior Electric Vehicle electrical system design highly desirable.

  • Ability to present complex technical information to internal and external customers.

  • Capable of leading technical teams through structured problem solving.

  • Creative, dynamic team player, able to lead small cross functional groups.

  • Experience with all phases of electronic hardware development and qualification.

  • Strong multi-tasking ability. May be working multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Experience performing Worst-Case Analysis.

  • R&D and new product development experience strongly preferred.

  • (Bonus) Experience building mobile web applications


    Required Skills:

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills.

  • Problem-solving ability.

  • Ability to positively influence teams.

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, innovative and dynamic environment.

  • Ability to work with internal and external customers.

  • Bias for action, including the ability to guide technical teams.

  • Ability to critique design details against overall product requirements.

  • Ability to drive root cause identification and corrective action leading to timely resolution.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

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