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Director, Platform Products & Grid Services



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023

The Company

SPAN invented the smart electric panel. We transformed a century-old appliance into an intelligent device that can sense and control the sources and uses of electricity in your home. This makes going solar simpler, adding battery-based backup more valuable, gas appliances dispensable, EV fast-charging possible, appliance breakdowns preventable and generally makes people care about the energy that powers their home.

SPAN was founded by Tesla’s former head of energy products, the team that created and deployed the Tesla Powerwall, the world’s first mass-market and still most popular home battery.

The Role

SPAN is hiring a Director of Platform Products & Grid Services reporting to the VP of Product to lead development of our platform and connected services product offerings. This new category of platform products will integrate and manage our fleet of SPAN-enabled homes with cloud-based solutions to enable behind the meter distributed energy programs and grid services for SPAN and our partners.

In this role, you will develop the product strategy from scratch, create the roadmap, and drive execution from requirements to launch and iteration working cross-functionally within SPAN and with our commercial partners. You will create a vision to rally the team behind, establish innovative feature sets informed by customer research, technical due diligence, and honed industry intuition to deliver loveable programs that enable SPAN homes to interact with their home energy assets (batteries, solar) and participate in grid programs. You will be a leader amongst the product org and be expected to demonstrate and teach product best practices, amplifying your impact by building scalable product mechanisms, instilling product culture, and mentoring others.

You are equally comfortable driving product strategy conversations as you are grooming backlogs, writing requirements, and mocking user flows. You are confident technically and not afraid to challenge system architectural decisions or dive deep into the technical trade-offs.

This position is a unique opportunity to join on the ground floor of a team that seeks to invent how SPAN-enabled homes can help homeowners earn money, save money, and decarbonize the environment.


  • Develop the vision, strategy, and roadmaps for SPAN cloud-connected services and APIs

  • Own and drive implementation and delivery of a suite of new platform products for SPAN

  • Identify, size, and shape new opportunities to solve problems for SPAN panel owners; Influence investment decisions that will provide long-term innovation in the distributed energy assets space.

  • Build, optimize and scale a differentiated connected experience for SPAN homeowners and SPAN asset managers based on consumer trends, product usage data, competitive insights and your expert knowledge of needs and value drivers in the residential energy ecosystem.

  • Guide the development of product and solution requirements, working backward from the customer.

  • Communicate product strategy and status to key stakeholders across SPAN.

  • Lead cross-functionally with Engineering, Program Management, Revenue and other key stakeholder teams to deliver projects on your roadmap while cultivating and maintaining a positive, inclusive, and upbeat culture that brings out the best in people.

About You

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Finance, Computer Science, Business, Engineering, or a similar discipline.

  • 8+ years of overall experience; 5+ years in technical product management

  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, develop, and deliver “V1” products or services from scratch, then iterate, optimize and scale them quickly.

  • Demonstrated success building and scaling omni-channel user experiences in an energy or a grid services business.

  • Demonstrated success building machine learning and data driven platforms and API’s.

  • Proven track record of managing and executing complex products from start to finish, including project management, data gathering, identifying and mitigating development and implementation risks, problem-solving, and communicating recommendations.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a strong sense of ownership, urgency and drive.

  • Inspirational leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

Bonus Qualifications

  • Demonstrated success in building a culture of rapid experimentation, learning, and innovation.

  • Demonstrated expertise in mobile technologies; demonstrated success in launching and managing “mobile first” experiences.

  • Experience with launching new technology products/services to consumers OR energy market segment participants.

  • Strong understanding of the overall clean energy industry and recent trends.

  • Familiarity with popular distributed energy resource (DER) control standards (OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5)

  • In-depth experience and understanding of the energy segment and regulatory structural aspects in the US.

The U.S. base salary range for this position is $224,600-$295,260 plus benefits, equity and variable compensation for Sales-related roles. This range represents SPAN’s good faith estimate of competitively-priced salary for the role based on national, real-time industry data from companies of a similar growth stage. This range reflects minimum and maximum new hire salaries for the role across US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by location and individual factors including relevant skills, experience and education or training. This range correlates to the relative level of the candidate we believe we need for the role and may require an adjustment for candidates of a different level.

Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the location this role is based during the hiring process.

Life at SPAN

Headquartered in San Francisco’s vibrant SoMa neighborhood, we are an eclectic group of creative thinkers who value open communication, teamwork, and a ‘make it happen’ approach to addressing complex challenges.

SPAN embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

We’re hiring talented individuals who are driven by success and are passionate about shaping the future of renewable energy. If that sounds like you, we’d love for you to consider joining the rapidly growing team at SPAN.

The Perks:

⚡ Competitive compensation + equity grants at a well-funded, venture-backed company

⚡ Comprehensive benefits (including medical; dental, vision, life and disability insurance)

⚡ Comfortable, sunny office space located near BART and Caltrain public transit

⚡ Strong focus on teambuilding and company culture (events, meet-ups, clubs)

⚡ Flexible hours and unlimited PTO