Is Microsoft Working On Their Own Phone?

A Microsoft job posting has lead to a flurry of rumors that the technology giant might be working on their own phone. While the job listing itself points more at a new Zune than anything else, there are certain hints that point towards the possibility of a cellphone being produced in house.

The job is with the team behind the ZuneHD, and is looking for someone to help create “the next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices.” Communication devices, huh? The job is part of the Entertainment & Devices Division who are in charge of phones.

Full job posting after the jump:

Mechanical Engineer, Senior-Mobile Communications Business (MCB) (732276) Job
Date: Sep 1, 2010
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Hardware Engineering
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 732276 25275
Product: Windows Phone
Division: Entertainment & Devices Division
Are you passionate about consumer and entertainment products and technologies? The Mobile Communications business (MCB) and Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) are leading the company’s digital entertainment strategy and product development. Within MCB, the Portable Entertainment Group is responsible for enabling people to be entertained anywhere, anytime, on state of the art devices. We are the team that shipped the Zune HD, and created all the hardware on that device. We are currently building the next generation of portable entertainment and communication devices, and we need you.
We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to participate in the development of cutting edge mobile devices, with a passion to push innovative and imaginative solutions that meet the company’s business vision.
Scope of responsibilities / Expectations:
-System level and sub-system design responsibilities in the development of concept explorations and technology investigations
-Create evaluation models and systems to assess performance investigations for various technology components and product features
-Interface across multiple disciplines (e.g. Program management, Industrial design, Hardware, Component Engineering, RF, Reliability, Procurement and Manufacturing) in selection of devices for detailed development
-Manage the detail CAD design direction of chosen concepts for detail development with internal and external resources and provide tactical contribution and technical leadership throughout the conceptual and detail design stages of product development
-Interface directly with sub-system partners for design of and integration of technology components
-Assess risks/feasibility of piece part design / features to meet design expectations for cost and reliability
-Contribute to project planning for development schedules / BOMs to meet all build stages up to production readiness
-Perform and review detailed analysis for tolerance stacks, FEMs and Reliability tests
-Participate in tooling vendor selection and all part qualification
The candidate must be willing and able to travel (domestic and international) to support design and manufacturing activities.
Specific Knowledge / Experience / Skills:
-8 years of experience in electro-mechanical product design with a minimum of 5+ years in the successful development of small form factor consumer electronics
-Experienced in designing for large volume production in a wide range of manufacturing processes (e.g. Die casting, thin wall molding, progressive die stamping/forming, bonding, machining), finishing (IMD/L, plating, painting, PVD, VM)
-Integration and development experience with mechanisms
-Successful experience in meeting reliability requirements for mass production
-Proven experience in applications with some or all of the following technology verticals: Displays, Batteries, Antennas, Acoustics
-Highly proficient in tolerance analysis and review of Finite Element Models
-Proficient 3D Cad Skills (Pro-Engineer WF 4.0 strongly preferred)
-Excellent written and verbal communication
-B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. or PhD in related discipline preferred
We’re a very agile, customer-facing team with plenty of growth opportunities. If you are passionate about consumer and entertainment products and technologies, driven to learn, embrace and
implement new technologies in the rapidly evolving world of consumer mobile electronics, and have a successful track record of innovation and product launch, this is the place for you.
Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue
Job Segments: CAD, Communications, Drafting, Electronics Engineer, Engineer, Engineering, Hardware Engineer, Interactive Marketing, Management, Manufacturing Engineer, Marketing, Mechanical Engineer, Operations, Procurement, Product Development, Program Manager, Research, RF, Science, Scientific

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