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Director of Engineering

El Segundo, CA
Full Time
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We'd love to hear from you if you want to

  • Join a quickly growing, profitable startup ($5M contracts won in last 18 months)
  • Work on a product with hypergrowth metrics (14X revenue in last 12 months)
  • Solve problems in a huge market ($1T market size)
  • Work on products that have an impact in the real world

In this role, you will help build the systems that will power the next generation of defense technology. The big engineering effort ahead of us is to build a system that's able to ingest, process, store, and serve data from millions of legacy and future defense systems in real time. This will require us to elegantly support billions of permutations of sensor hardware, alternative data sources, analytics/AI tools, and human-machine interfaces, all with a developer-first focus and military-grade reliability/security.

About the opportunity

Picogrid is looking for a seasoned engineering leader experienced in integrated hardware-software systems who is passionate about advancing the state of the art in defense technology. As a foundational member of Picogrid's engineering team, you will work directly with our founders to define our technical strategy, drive our product roadmap, and improve engineering practices. You will help us build our engineering organization from the ground up and establish a culture of excellence and your high expectations and energy will inspire everyone you work with.

What you'll do

  • Build, lead, and mentor a team of hardware and software engineers
  • Provide technical guidance on system architecture, performance, scalability, security, etc.
  • Develop systems and processes to scale the performance of our engineering organization
  • Facilitate collaboration between adjacent teams in product, design, machine learning, sales, etc.

Some types of experiences we're especially excited to see:

  • 5+ years leading engineering teams in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Experience building products that touch both hardware and software (e.g. autonomous cars, robotics, unmanned systems, etc.)
  • Experience (or interest in) building climate tech, defense tech, or related fields
  • Experience building high-volume data pipelines
  • Open-source contributions or other projects
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience

Why join us?

Picogrid is a profitable, quickly growing company building hardware-software systems for public and private sector customers. We offer:

  • Stock options with a high upside (early stage)
  • Minimum starting salary of $150,000
  • Unlimited PTO and eleven paid holidays
  • Full Health Coverage (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Daily office-provided lunches and dinners
  • Remote-friendly work environment
  • A $300 per year learning stipend that can be used on Audible, Calm, Masterclass, Duolingo, and more
  • A one-time stipend of $500 to assist with expenses that come with setting up a home office
  • Unique office in El Segundo, CA, stocked with quality coffee, snacks, and craft beer

Our technical stack

  • Typescript-heavy cloud data platform
  • React + Redux UI
  • C/C++ and Python edge compute services and device firmware
  • DynamoDB (NoSQL)
  • Jest test runner
  • Infrastructure: Built on AWS with microservice-based architecture. Containerized services deployed on ECS and EKS.

Interview Process

  1. You apply
  2. Complete a 30-minute coding project
  3. Conversation with our engineering team about your work experience
  4. Virtual onsite interviews
  5. We make you an offer 🎉

About Picogrid

Picogrid is a defense technology company that builds a common platform for autonomous systems.

We connect fragmented technologies including visual surveillance, radar, and electronic warfare to enable new capabilities across sensors, artificial intelligence, and command and control systems.

From day one, your work will touch the lives of our users across the U.S. Army, Air Force, CAL FIRE, PG&E, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

Export Control Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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