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Director of Mechanical Engineering

Remora

Remora

Wixom, MI, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024

Remora is seeking a highly technical and seasoned professional for the position of Director of Mechanical Engineering to join our team. In this highly technical leadership role, you will play a pivotal role in steering the comprehensive development of our cutting-edge carbon capture device. As the Director of Mechanical Engineering, you will lead the evolution of the architecture from research through development, serving as a key figure within the Engineering team.

We’re a 50-person climate tech startup based in Detroit, MI. We're building a device that captures a semi-truck’s carbon emissions directly from the tailpipe. We'll sell the CO2 to end-users, and share that revenue with our customers, so our device will create a new revenue stream while reducing their emissions.

We've signed up some of the largest companies in the world to pilot our technology, including iconic multibillion-dollar brands, top trucking companies, and some of the most recognizable Fortune 100 companies. We’ve raised multiple rounds of funding from top investors like Lowercarbon Capital, Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, Y Combinator, and Valor Equity Partners.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead Mechanical Engineering team through highly complex and technical component and system design projects in an R&D heavy environment
  • Develop and execute the mechanical engineering strategy aligned with the overall company goals.
  • Provide vision and direction for the department to foster creativity, innovation, excellence, and commitment to our company goals.
  • Lead and manage the execution of mechanical engineering projects from concept to completion.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of electro-mechanical systems with other disciplines.
  • Ensure the application of best practices and cutting-edge technologies in mechanical engineering research, design and development, analysis and testing.
  • Foster a collaborative and inclusive work environment that encourages creativity and professional growth.
  • Optimize efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources while maintaining high-quality standards and output/results.
  • Conduct thorough architecture analyses, meticulously define requirements, oversee the development of critical components, source key elements, and orchestrate rigorous systems testing.
  • Make informed decisions, focusing on advancements in heat exchanger technologies.
  • Lead system-level design reviews, ensuring the integration of advanced heat exchanger technologies aligns with cutting-edge standards.
  • Conduct thorough validation of the entire thermal system, with a specific focus on heat exchanger performance, through comprehensive testing and meticulous data analysis.
  • Develop test plans and oversee laboratory testing and validation procedures.
  • Lead the Mechanical Engineering team, delegating responsibilities and tasks to accomplish objectives.
  • Assess staffing requirements, conduct interviews with potential candidates, and finalize hiring decisions.
  • Define objectives for the department and team members, conduct regular individual meetings, and conduct performance evaluations.
  • Develop personalized growth plans and training trajectories for team members.
  • Serve as a mentor to the entire Engineering team, fostering professional development among team members.
  • Identify, nurture, or procure additional resources (e.g., software tools, equipment, consultants, staff) to enhance team effectiveness.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
  • Expert in hydro-mechanical and/or electro-mechanical system design
  • 15+ years of relevant work experience
  • Preferred experience in research, design and development of complex electro-mechanical systems.
  • 5+ years of leading an Engineering Team through complex hardware design and development projects

Preferred Requirements:

  • Familiarity with SAE, MIL-Spec, and other industry standards is advantageous.
  • First of its kind hardware - R&D
  • Demonstrated ability to apply mechanical engineering principles to optimize system efficiency
  • Sizing of pumps, valves, heat exchangers, etc.
  • Experience in HVAC system design

Here’s what we value:

  • Mission First: We are laser-focused on our mission. We have chosen to take on the defining challenge of our time, and we don’t shy away from the hard decisions required to put our mission first, no matter how tough. The world needs our technology and it won’t happen any time soon if we don’t make it happen. We are a low-ego team, and we prioritize the mission over our self-interest. We think strategically with an eye to the long term, and we clearly separate what must be done well now, and what can be improved later, despite ambiguity.
  • Burning Urgency: Our hard-core intensity and work ethic match the crisis we’re in. We have a strong bias toward action, and we execute with focus and speed. In the absence of guidance, we take charge, lead our teammates, and accomplish our goals. We aren’t afraid to change course when something isn’t working, and we find solutions even when it seems like there are none. We are cool under pressure, and our quiet determination and drive are unwavering. We relentlessly push ourselves and each other to improve. We don’t accept adequate performance. Excellence is the expectation. Many would say our standards are unreasonably high, and many would say our goals are unreasonably bold, but we are hungry to be exceptional. We will never give up, no matter what. If we get knocked down, we get back up, every time. We will not fail.
  • Uncompromising Honesty: We are always honest with ourselves, our teammates, our customers, our investors, our suppliers, our communities, and all of our partners, especially about what’s not going well and what we don’t know. When we see issues, risks, or challenges, we speak up, and when we make mistakes, we admit them proactively and take full accountability. We challenge others directly when we disagree, even when it’s uncomfortable, and we seek this uncompromising honesty from others.
  • Treat People Exceptionally Well: We care intensely about everyone who is on this mission with us, and our standard is exceptional respect for our teammates, partners, and communities. Teammates who bring different perspectives and backgrounds are essential to our success, and we empower everyone to share their voice. We listen to truly understand. We constantly encourage and help our teammates, and inspire each other with our enthusiasm and optimism.
  • Joyful Curiosity: We love to learn, and we learn quickly. We explore the unknown with wonder and excitement. We reason from first principles. We generate original ideas with an open mind and test them quickly in the real world. We take risks and adapt as we discover more. We explore many ideas in parallel, and we don’t count on a silver bullet solution. We share our ideas freely with our teammates. We are skeptical about conventional wisdom, and we question every assumption and requirement. We are always looking for ways to simplify. We are rigorous and attentive to detail. We are eager to understand all aspects of our business and technology, and we contribute effectively outside our individual specialties. We never stop learning.

Logistics:

  • Location: Wixom, MI
  • Start date: Immediately

COVID-19: Remora requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to beginning employment. Appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions are implemented in the workplace.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary: $151,000 - $227,000
  • Competitive Stock Options
  • Healthcare (Aetna)
  • Retirement (401k)
  • Student loan assistance
  • Three Weeks of paid time off
  • Eleven Holidays off
  • Dependent care assistance (childcare or eldercare)
  • Parental leave
  • Unlimited sick and compassionate leave
  • Employee development and coaching
  • Office setup (remote) or relocation (in-person) stipend
Climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color, so we’re looking for candidates deeply committed to reducing emissions and to racial justice. People who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, female, non-binary, trans, gender non-conforming, or any other identity underrepresented in startups are especially encouraged to apply.
Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to think they are qualified for a position after reading a list of requirements like the one above. If you are worried that you are not qualified, please apply anyway! We’re most excited to work with people who learn quickly and want to tackle the climate crisis.