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Electrical Engineering Manager



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Our Mission

SPAN develops products that accelerate the rapid adoption of renewable energy in the home. The flagship SPAN Smart Panel is the first true evolution for the traditional home electric panel, harnessing enhanced technology for metering, monitoring, and control. An expanded product suite of intelligent, integrated solutions radically lowers the cost and complexity of energy upgrades–including solar, batteries and EVs–empowering homeowners to be active, resilient and informed players in the energy market.

The Role

We are seeking a passionate and driven engineering manager to lead the development of market-leading hardware through all stages of a product’s development lifecycle. As an electrical engineering manager, you will lead the execution of multiple programs and be accountable for meeting timelines and milestones. Candidates should be comfortable and excited to grow a team of highly skilled electrical engineers to advance Span’s product portfolio. In this role, you will drive efforts to optimize our products, grow Span’s IP, and collaborate with our mechanical, firmware, manufacturing, and reliability teams to implement technologies that electrify the home and delight our customers.

This role will require about 4 days a week in the office in San Francisco. The Electrical team’s success is based on tight collaboration with the cross-functional team, face-to-face meetings, and hands-on work with the prototyping and testing teams in our lab.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead an electrical engineering team and oversee designs for optimized solutions and product schedules.

  • Set and measure goals for the electrical engineering team. Lead mentoring and leadership growth.

  • Define system architecture and create engineering requirements for components and systems.

  • Foster close collaboration with the firmware and manufacturing tests teams to facilitate bring-up of PCBs.

  • Drive the schedule and work with through ambiguity to make difficult tradeoffs and decisions. Be the key decisionmaker for electrical engineering technical question.

  • Hire electrical engineers as the team grows.

  • Step in to support IC work when needed (likely ~10% of the time). This may require the occasional use of Altium for circuit design, component simulations, schematic capture, hands-on hardware analysis, bring-up, and thermal optimization.

  • Work with contract manufacturers to have parts made to specification, to improve quality, and to improve yield.

  • Own full product lifecycle: specification, design, prototype, certification, reliability, validation, and manufacturing.

About You

Required Qualifications

We are seeking a seasoned electrical engineer and engineering manager who has:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or a similar field.

  • 8+ years of experience developing hardware products for production. You have seen the full production cycle from ideation to manufacturing on multiple products.

  • Experience with high-voltage electronics, IoT electronics, analog and digital circuit design, power conversion, and RF/antenna design.

  • 2+ years leading direct reports. A leadership personality. Experience growing teams.

  • Effectively communicate technical concepts, ideas and knowledge to other team members, including mentoring junior members of the team.

  • Significant experience in Altium or related E-CAD software.

  • Hands-on approach to hardware bring-up, whether it be building a prototype or performing testing.

  • Experience working closely with contract manufacturers and leading design for manufacturing.

  • Remain engaged, proactive and positive in tough circumstances, owning assignments and taking full accountability for overall team success.

  • Are passionate about renewable energy and energy storage.

Bonus Qualifications

We would love to hire someone who has:

  • 5+ years leading an engineering team through the full product development cycle.

  • Experience with high volume PCBA production and automation

  • Experience developing performance validation, environmental testing, and reliability testing.

  • Knowledge of national and international safety and regulatory requirements such as UL, National Electric Code(NEC), IEC, and ISO.

  • Design experience with products that connect to the electrical grid.

  • Design experience with products that have complex thermal requirements.

The U.S. base salary range for this position is $168,000 - $220,000 plus benefits, equity and variable compensation for Sales-related roles. This range represents SPAN’s good faith estimate of competitively-priced salary for the role based on national, real-time industry data from companies of a similar growth stage. This range reflects minimum and maximum new hire salaries for the role in San Francisco county. Within the range, individual pay is determined by location and individual factors including relevant skills, experience and education or training. This range correlates to the relative level of the candidate we believe we need for the role and may require an adjustment for candidates of a different level.

Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the location this role is based during the hiring process.

Why Span?

Span is a startup based in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. We are a small, diverse team of creative thinkers. We value open communication, teamwork, and a make-it-happen attitude - no job is too big or too small. We strive to make change by imagining what the future could be and building a product to complete that vision. We are looking to grow our team with talented people who are on the same mission to shape the future of energy.

Impacting the future as a small, agile team means putting in a lot of hard work and elbow grease so we work to make sure you are happy, and healthy, and you look forward to coming to work. Working at Span, you can expect:

  • Competitive compensation

  • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance

  • Sunny, airy office located close to BART and Caltrain

  • Regular team lunches, brown bag learning opportunities and events

  • Opportunity to influence our culture

Span embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.