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Hardware Program Manager

Sofar Ocean Technologies

Sofar Ocean Technologies

Other Engineering, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, December 22, 2023

The Company

Sofar is on a mission to connect the world’s oceans. We design, build, and deploy the largest privately owned network of marine weather sensors to power the world’s best marine weather forecasts. Our data helps our customers to increase efficiency and reduce emissions, delivering tools to governments and other stakeholders to understand impacts of climate change on extreme weather and ocean health. We live on Planet Ocean, and our goal is to create the ocean intelligence needed to ensure a sustainable future.

About the Role

As Sofar’s first Hardware Program Manager, you will report to the CTO and take over responsibilities to own and guide the hardware development process at Sofar. You will collaborate across leadership on Sofar’s “Fleet” team, which is a highly cross-functional team that designs our sensing systems and the cloud applications that connect them. You’ll work alongside engineering managers, product, manufacturing, sales and support in planning and executing projects that augment our hardware products: Spotter, Smart Mooring, next generation platforms and Sofar’s new open hardware connectivity stack - Bristlemouth https://www.bristlemouth.org.

These efforts will range from large R&D projects with external stakeholders, to NPI development efforts, to field demonstrations and experiments. You thrive in small and collaborative multidisciplinary teams, and are happy to ‘wear many hats’ and context switch between managing individual projects and guiding the high level program processes. You have the technical experience and depth to dig into the weeds, and some core professional experience in hardware project and/or program management including NPI efforts.

Above all - you’re a super power for the rest of the team. Enabling and scaling others with right-sized, clean and excellent frameworks and processes. You strive for the shared success of improving the health of our oceans and planet by shipping a cohesive, solid and impactful product.

About you

  • Passionate about building a product with a positive impact on the world.
  • 5+ years experience of professional experience in hardware development teams, including technical and project and/or program management roles.
  • You have run at least 1 hardware product through an NPI process.
  • A skilled communicator who enjoys collaborating with other engineers, designers, PMs, and scientists.
  • Excellent digital communications and documentation skills.
  • Excited to be be a part of a small startup team.

Sofar's Commitment to Climate Justice

We at Sofar Ocean acknowledge that careers in the marine sciences “... have traditionally been, and remain, non-diverse work environments”, thereby limiting the entry and prosperity of underrepresented groups in the space. (Johri et al., 2021) Many of these same groups are disproportionately affected by climate change, and are often excluded from decision making that directly address their interests and needs.

We are committed to addressing these climate injustices and highly encourage people who identify as women, LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to apply.

Employee Conduct

It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers, and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.