At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We work with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas – be it in sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been selected as one of the “Forbes Top 10 Wonders of 2021”, as well as the Smithsonian Institute’s “Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2021”, New York Times’ “Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021”, and Popular Science’s “100 Greatest Innovations of 2021”. We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.
This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.
We are seeking a hands-on Technical Program Manager partner with our Mechanical Engineering team to drive drone hardware development. As a member of the Product team, you’ll work with other teams across disciplines to facilitate both short-term tactical work and longer-term strategic initiatives.
In this role you may be working on tactical project management (e.g. waterfall and/or agile-based scheduling and reporting), communicating updates to internal stakeholders, and identifying and mitigating risks to projects (e.g. coordinating and defining test plans, maintaining a backlog, identifying new vendors and external partners). We will rely on you to keep schedules up to date and accurate, and to hold our teams accountable to producing cutting-edge technology on time.
On our small, tight-knit team, you’ll get leadership visibility and have a direct impact on the hardware we sail around the world to collect first-in-class data. You will be a part of a team of talented individuals who are just as passionate about supporting one another as they are about our planetary mission. Honesty and willingness to accept feedback are critical, as is a sense of humor and generally having fun!
What you’ll do
Receive, understand, integrate, and prioritize feature requests and issue fixes into the mechanical engineering roadmap.
Coordinate with other Technical Program Managers and Product Managers features, issues, and timelines
Interface with vendors and contract manufacturers for specific mechanical components on our Saildrones
Hold the Mechanical Engineering team accountable to committed timelines for product delivery, validation testing, and reliability.
Partner with Mechanical Engineers to establish processes for maintaining and organizing components in our PLM system
Define, communicate, enforce, and graciously handle changes to the project schedule for the design and development of new mechanical components
Required skills and experience
3+ years of experience in a project/program management role focused on mechanical engineering
Experience working on mechanical systems with electrical and software integration. Experience with sensors and robotics as a plus.
Experience working with and managing relationships with contract manufacturers and vendors
Familiarity with CAD, PLM, and project management tools (Teamcenter, Jira)
Ability to quickly pick up new concepts, and dive into a problem with a solutions-oriented, outcome-focused mindset
Strong technical understanding and ability to establish credibility with engineers
A clear and concise communicator, who can ensure that all parties are on the same page and working towards a shared plan
Desired skills and experience
Technical background in mechanical engineering, other related disciplines, or ocean scientific field.
BA/BS (or MA/MS) or equivalent experience
Ability to thrive within a fast-paced, ever-changing startup environment
Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film ‘The Matrix’.
Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
Enhanced paternity / maternity programs
Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan
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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.
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