Software Engineer

Vehicle Communications Software (VCS) – Cork, Ireland

Reporting to: Lead Engineer

Company Description

Snap-on Incorporated is a $3.4 billion leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of tool and equipment solutions for professional technicians, motor service shop owners, specialty repair centres, original equipment manufacturers, and industrial tool users world-wide. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation and industrial service industries.


Snap-on’s mission is to create value by providing innovative solutions to the transportation service and industrial markets worldwide. Snap-on has long been the leader in producing the highest quality hand tools for the professional technician, but today, Snap-on is more than a hand tool company. Today, Snap-on surrounds its customers with a full range of capabilities.


Snap-on’s present and future success is driven by its competitive advantages. These advantages give substance to Snap-on’s ambitions, shape its strategies and define the essence of its value as an investment and an institution. Snap-on has assembled the industry’s most complete portfolio of technology solutions and has the development capabilities to address the service challenges of tomorrow.


The Cork facility is one of several Snap-on global engineering sites and employs over 70 development professionals.  The European Vehicle Communication Software (VCS) team consists of 30 people within the Cork facility, operating within a wider team of employees located in the US, China, Australia and Brazil.


Snap-on Diagnostics ( ) is seeking to hire an outstanding Senior Software Engineer to assist Snap-on’s Vehicle Communication Software (VCS) team maintain and release quality software products. Candidates must possess a keen interest in software development best practice. The candidate should be self-motivated, able to work on his/her own initiative and be able to work in a team environment.


Job Description:

This position requires an excellent team player with good communication skills who clearly demonstrates a passion for delivering software of uncompromising quality to customers. The successful candidate will frequently be required to work on a cross-functional level with other Snap-on facilities. This position requires the design and development of software for real time embedded automotive diagnostic applications.



Essential Skills Required:

  • Fluent in C/C++
  • Real time embedded systems development experience
  • Solid debugging/analytical and problem solving skills
  • Degree or equivalent experience in software development
  • 3-5 years experience in software development
  • Self-motivated, results oriented with the ability to deliver the highest-quality software using industry best-practice methodologies
  • Team-oriented attitude
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with source control systems such as Vault, Mercurial/Git or StarTeam


The following skills are not essential, but desirable:

  • Programming experience in an embedded environment employing a real-time operating system
  • Experience implementing graphical user interfaces in an embedded system
  • Experience implementing Wi-Fi, HTTP, Sockets, in an embedded system
  • Experience with Freescale CodeWarrior IDE for ColdFire based microcontrollers
  • Experience with IAR EWARM IDE for ARM based microcontrollers
  • Proficient with Microsoft Visual Studio and having Windows development experience


Successful Candidates Roles and Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Requirements analysis, design, implementation and testing of vehicle interface software, communication protocols, associated business logic and user interface screens.
  • Software design and implementation of vehicle interface software and protocols.
  • Understand and implement methodologies for reverse engineering of vehicle communication protocols and potential areas for process improvements.
  • Collaborate with global Vehicle Communication Software team in the development of products applicable to all Snap-On markets.
  • Collaborate with Applications engineers in the development of innovative software solutions for vehicle specific functions and issues.
  • Assists with development and execution of applications validation and testing.
  • Other duties as required by the manager.



If you are interested in this position please email ref: VCS004