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Electrical Engineering Manager - Ground Systems



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers.
The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Zipline is seeking an electrical engineering leader to manage a high performing team of electrical hardware design and test engineers for the Ground Systems team. This technical leader will guide and grow these teams as well as own parts of the design directly. You and your teams will be responsible for architecting and developing custom Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBAs), integrated sensing solutions, and complex industrial systems for our new and existing ground systems hardware and validating the solutions for volume scale. Our ground systems are flight and safety critical. They are installed worldwide, and Zipline will depend on this team to develop novel solutions that enable unprecedented scale and efficiency. Success will depend not only on technical innovation, but also on developing a deep understanding of the needs of our customers.

What You'll Do

  • Be the electrical engineering technical leader for ground systems - low voltage electronics and PCBA development, power electronics, power infrastructure, and industrial controls for both design and testing
  • Build your teams by hiring and coaching world class electrical engineering design and test teams
  • Manage the requirements and verification test plans of the next-generation of Zipline ground system hardware
  • Allocate resources within your team (including yourself) to the electrical engineering projects
  • Create and manage milestones and deliverables with your team for both product design and test/validation milestones
  • Maintain visibility across the hardware your team owns, and have the ability to deep dive into projects and challenges
  • Liaise with other technical leaders both within and outside of the Ground Systems Hardware team (Field Operations, System Test, New Product Introduction, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Test, Embedded Systems, and more)
  • Leverage your technical leadership experience in hardware design to establish a team culture that biases towards action and tests ideas to achieve radically simple designs
  • Motivate your team with a clear vision and create ambitious plans for your team’s work while holding a high bar for technical quality
  • Establish best practices, standards, and design and release review processes that enable both high speed development and rigorous execution

What You'll Bring

  • 8+ years of demonstrated experience with electronics designs and system integration
  • 2+ year leading a technical engineering team, and direct hiring management experience finding great talent
  • Experience working with products across various stages of development, from prototype to production
  • Demonstrated experience in handling priorities and collaborating across a complex organization
  • Demonstrated expertise with low voltage digital circuit design or power electronics design
  • You’re hands-on with hardware; you know your way around tools like oscilloscopes and signal generators

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $170,000 - $210,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!