Head of Engineering

10 days ago
Full time role


Equilibrium Energy is a well-funded, Series A clean energy startup backed by some of the most prominent institutional investors in ...

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Job Description

About our Company

Equilibrium Energy is a well-funded, Series A clean energy startup backed by some of the most prominent institutional investors in climate. We are building a digital native power company operating at the intersection of grid variability, market volatility, economic optimization, commercial structuring, and risk management, across the end-to-end power value chain. Our mission is to accelerate our collective path to climate, energy, and societal equilibriums. Our goal is to become one of the next-generation, digital-native, end-to-end global clean power companies that reshapes the energy industry.

New colleagues will share our vision that a next-generation energy company must be built from the ground up on deep industry expertise combined with an unwavering commitment to modern digital approaches. We design our commercial strategies, operational approaches, and product suites so as to best leverage data-driven insights, automated workflows, ML-infused pipelines, and fully automated decision engines. These capabilities are enabled by our progressively modern software stack and engineering best practices, which in turn provide the scalable platform we need to put a serious dent in carbon emissions. We’re looking for collaborative, talented, passionate and resourceful folks to join our team and help us lay the foundation for our important mission and ambitious plan.

What you will do

We are looking for a Head of Engineering to lead our software engineering function and serve on the senior leadership team that guides our company's vision, strategy, and execution. This experienced leader will lead a team of top tier engineering talent across engineering management, technical leadership, and individual contributors. An interested candidate would not need to serve as our technical expert...we've got that covered. We have strong energy domain knowledge and competency deeply embedded across the company. An interested candidate would not need to be an energy expert...we've got that covered, too. We have top tier engineering management in place on all our engineering teams, including ML Engineering, Data Platform/Engineering, Energy Science Engineering, Backend, DevOps/Infra, and Architecture. An interested candidate would need to nurture this team, and bring on new managers and teams as we grow, but a rebuild isn't necessary...we've got an incredibly strong team in place. This person would have the opportunity (and expectation) to engage on company strategy alongside a high-trust and collaborative senior leadership team. A candidate with company-wide ideas is welcomed! This is an engineering leadership role, and this person will be expected to build deeply trustful and constructive relationships with partner leaders in Science, Engineering, Business, and Operations.

Our software engineering team works across cloud infrastructure and distributed systems, data engineering, ML engineering and MLOps, simulation ecosystems, complex workflow orchestration, science-centric application development, and security. Our engineers supercharge design and delivery of our product development activities while helping to build and lead an engineering capability that is the core of the company’s strategy and identity. If you want to fight climate change and love modern tech stacks, clarity of product vision, servant leadership of exceptional colleagues, and exponentially scaling people-first organizations, this role is for you!

In the near-term, you will join the ranks of a team already working at high proficiency. You will be able to focus on learning our business while supporting our colleagues as you get up to speed. Soon, you will plan for the exponential growth ahead funded by our anticipated Series B fundraising round, ensuring that our cultural, process, talent, and technical foundations are in place for such growth. You will lead us as we grow from 40 engineers to ~100 in the next 18 months.

In the medium-term, you will cultivate our software engineering function by nurturing a trust-based and collaborative culture, embracing cross-functional design and delivery, supporting intrinsically-linked product suites, and enabling ever-scaling scope and ambition. You will oversee the design, development, delivery, and maintenance of our engineering function while serving as a servant leader to our talented and growing cadre of engineers. You will lead us as we grow to 600+ engineers in the coming few years.

What we are looking for

  • You have run a 200+ software engineering organization (and have the experiences / lessons learned / best practices to apply to Equilibrium)
  • You have been a senior engineering leader in an exponentially growing startup (and have experiences / lessons learned / best practices to apply to Equilibrium)
  • "Engineering organization building" is your superpower (as opposed to, say, a technologist, or a star engineering manager). You need to be baseline competent at technology (and great if you are much better than baseline!) and excellent at managing your people, but your superpower needs to be shaping and building a 100-800+ person engineering organization.
  • You must have excitement and the skillset to support structuring and enabling a hybrid workforce (i.e., some personnel based in SF/Boston/Seattle/London/NYC, some remote)
  • Your leadership style is compassion-centric
  • You demonstrate the "activation energy" necessary to galvanize and lead a team of top tier engineers
  • You are a trust-based collaborator with senior executive peers
  • Yo are passionate about and committed to fighting climate change

Nice to have additional skills

  • Background in energy, power, energy retail, trading, financial services, and/or autonomous vehicles
  • Exposure to and interest in autonomous workflows
  • Exposure to and interest in ML/AI pipelines and associated data structures.
  • Exposure to Go and Python
  • Exposure to and interest in a range of data engineering tools (ELT, streaming, pub-sub, relational DBs, object DBs, GraphDBs, etc.).
  • Comfort across a number of our technical domains: cloud infrastructure, data platform and engineering, MLOps and ML pipelines, simulation ecosystems, workflow orchestration, and application development.

Not sure this is the right role for you?

We are a high growth company with accelerating hiring needs so there’s a great chance we’ll be able to create a custom role for you, now or in the future. All roles, titles and compensation packages are tailored to the applicant, so apply anyways and tell us in your cover letter about your dream role. 

What we offer

Equilibrium is composed of deeply knowledgeable industry experts across all our functions, with decades of experience in energy-specific commercial structuring, power systems engineering, machine learning, computational research, operations research, distributed and compute-intensive infrastructure, and modern software & ML engineering. Our experience in the space means we’ve previously built versions of nearly every technical component of our platform. We are now designing them better, and combining them in a holistic and novel way, to achieve global scale and climate impact. We pride ourselves on our deeply empathetic & collaborative culture, honest and direct but respectful communication, and our balanced, flexible, and remote-first work environment. 

Employee benefits include: 

  • Competitive base salary and a comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and 401k package
  • Opportunity to own a significant piece of the company via a meaningful equity grant
  • Unlimited vacation and flexible work schedule
  • Ability to work remotely from anywhere in the United States & Europe, or join one of our regional hubs in Boston, SF Bay Area, or London
  • Accelerated professional growth and development opportunities through direct collaboration and mentorship from leading industry expert colleagues across energy and tech

Equilibrium Energy is a diverse and inclusive, equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

Equilibrium Energy is a well-funded, Series A clean energy startup backed by some of the most prominent institutional investors in ...

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