Lead Electrical Engineer - Powertrain

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About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and lifesaving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. We believe that where you live should not decide whether you live. 

About You and the Role

As Zipline’s Powertrain Engineering Lead, you will be responsible for the development of advanced batteries, power distribution, motor controls and motors that enable our zips to deliver in all conditions and safely fly home even with a fault. In this role, you’ll build, lead, and inspire a team, pushing the boundary of energy performance and reliability, leveraging your own area of expertise to drive technical and programmatic decisions key to Zipline’s success.

What You'll Do
  • Grow and develop a world-class, cross-functional engineering team
  • You will drive the team to design systems that are as elegantly simple and integrated as possible to enable our reliability and cost goals
  • Lead trade studies, understanding competing design priorities, and providing direction and clarity for burning down risk.
  • Plan the long-range schedule and roadmap for hardware development.
  • Technical development in your own area of expertise, in an area of: power electronics, motor control, battery management, or battery development.
  • Make large tech bets, identifying opportunities to invest in future capabilities.
  • Communicate cross-functionally to ensure clarity of priorities, status, and risks.
  • Engage cross-functionally to ensure optimization of the entire power system and drivetrain. 
  • Drive relationships with industry partners and supply chain teams to create a roadmap for Zipline’s powertrain.
MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE / SKILL SETS
  • Minimum 8+ years in powertrain hardware development for automotive, aerospace, or a similar high-reliability applications.
  • A passion and a track record recruiting and leading high-performance teams.
  • An area of specialization in power electronics, motor control, battery management, or battery development.
  • Passion for hardware development, and an interest in working quickly, efficiently, and hands-on.
  • Hands-on experience with powertrain testing, both at a component and system level. 
  • Must have work authorization to work in the US
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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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