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System Engineering Program Manager



Software Engineering, IT, Other Engineering, Operations
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Quilt’s mission is to combat climate change by transitioning humanity away from fossil fuel heating. Home emissions account for 20% of the US total (surpassing even car emissions!) and the primary component is the combustion of fossil fuels for heat. To address climate change, we must facilitate the transition of over 80 million US homes from combustion-based systems to efficient electric heat pumps in the coming decades.

To achieve this transition, we believe the world needs delightful, exceptional products that are easy to use and install. Currently, heat pumps lack compelling design, under-utilize software capabilities, and pose significant challenges in adoption and use. That's why we're building a next-generation, aesthetically pleasing, AI-optimized home heating and cooling system that is 10x better than what is on the market today.


We are looking for a mission-driven System Engineering Program Manager in China to work closely with our contract manufacturer to deliver our product. This is a key role for our highly collaborative, customer obsessed and talented team’s success. In this role, you will act as a bridge between our team in the US and our contract manufacturer’s R&D team, working especially closely with their electrical and software team. You are highly effective at driving project plans, identifying risks, and aligning the team to execute mitigation plans.

This is a contracting role targeting 40 hours/week. Expected monthly compensation is 35,000 RMB - 45,000 RMB.


  • Provide multidisciplinary program management of Quilt’s core heat pump product in Asia, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards
  • Coordinate with a cross-functional team including engineering, design, supply chain, and manufacturing to drive project milestones and deliverables
  • Lead day to day activities at contract manufacturer to ensure timely and high quality deliverables
  • Proactively identify risks, develop mitigation plans and drive corrective action onsite at contract manufacturer (CM)
  • Collaborate closely with CM team to align on engineering timelines, scope of deliverables and ensure quality of execution
  • Collaborate with Quilt US and CM engineering teams to resolve technical challenges, ensure test plan execution and product performance
  • Drive regular meetings, site visits, and reviews with the CM to monitor progress, address issues, and drive continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with Quilt in-house manufacturing and supply chain team to ensure build preparation, including material, quality plan and line readiness
  • Drive daily build activities in collaboration with Samyou R&D team and Quilt engineering, collaborate with manufacturing teams on build processes


  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience
  • Proven experience (10+ years) in engineering program management, preferably in the consumer electronics industry.
  • Strong project management skills with a track record of successfully leading cross-functional teams and delivering projects on time and within budget.
  • Solid technical background with experience in developing integrated hardware and software products
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes, particularly in a contract manufacturing environment in China.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with internal teams and external partners.
  • Fluent in Mandarin and English, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts in both languages.
  • Ability to work on-site at CM location in Zhuhai
  • Fluency in English and Mandarin is required.
  • Preferred:
    • Experience driving JDM projects to develop consumer electronics
    • Experience developing new products as a software or electrical engineer

We are a growing team of ambitious people who truly care about the impact of their work. We are on a mission to accelerate a species-level human transition. For over a million years we've been burning things to stay warm. It's time to move to a better way of living.