Head of Engineering

almost 2 years ago
Full time role
Santa Clara, CA, US... more
Santa Clara, CA, US... more

Job Description

Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.

CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.

A new class of high-field superconducting magnets will enable the SPARC tokamak to demonstrate net energy from fusion for the first time. To execute this plan, we are now looking to add a Head of Engineering to our growing team in Milpitas, CA.
This individual will be responsible for helping lead the engineering team to design, build, and implement advanced R&D equipment. This equipment presents a host of challenges including large, robust, and ergonomic high-vacuum chambers; components operating under extreme conditions such as high temperatures; large temperature gradients; complicated component manipulation; large pressure differentials; tight mechanical tolerances; and high uptimes. Applicants will have a strong track record of leading world-class engineering teams in the design and implementation of cutting-edge complex machinery. 

This team member will:

  • Work within a multi-disciplinary, world-class team of top scientists and engineers to provide technical programmatic leadership by supporting staffing plans, hiring plans, and training plans
  • Provide strong leadership skills to deliver complex, next-generation machinery on time and to budget
  • Contribute to the technical design of complex machinery via strong mechanical engineering CAD and FEA abilities
  • Report on and be accountable to the Head of Superconductor R&D for project progress, schedules, resources, and costs
  • Work with the Head of Superconductor R&D to define technical development needs, required personnel, and to execute on project deliverables
  • Manage large complex engineering projects within tight budget and schedule constraints
  • Anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make trade-offs that balance the business needs vs. technical constraints

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g., mechanical)
  • 10+ years of experience leading world-class teams in fast-paced environments to design, procure, construct, and operate novel, next-generation complex machinery
  • Demonstrated experience managing engineering design teams of 10 or more people including technical tasks, scheduling, and budgets
  • Expertise with advanced 3D modeling, finite element analysis, and other simulation methodologies
  • The ability to conceive novel solutions to challenging problems
  • An exceptional safety record and attention to detail
  • Expertise with engineering systems operating in challenging environments
  • Expertise in applying Semi-S8, ASME, ACI, ASTM, and other mechanical standards to design solutions

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Perform activities such as standing, and sitting for extended periods of time
  • Dedication to safety to mitigate hazards
  • #LI-Onsite

The salary range for this full-time position is $200K-$300K + equity + benefits. The actual salary will depend on level, location, qualifications, and experience. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations.

CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.

At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

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