We're Hiring! Seeking an Electrical Engineer @ Dakota Lithium

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We’re Hiring! Seeking an Electrical Engineer @ Dakota Lithium

We are Dakota Lithium. We create practical, sustainable energy products to help people live a life without limits. In a pioneering partnership with a leading research university we built our own patented lithium production process. We’ve put our know-how into building a better battery, we brought it to market, a movement has been built, and we need your help building our next generation of batteries. To apply ​submit a single document that includes a cover letter, resume, and contact info for three references to hiring@cleanrepublic.com. Hiring process is rolling, and we are looking to do interviews immediately.

The Team:

You would report directly to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and would work closely with our CEO and sales team. As part of a small engineering team this position requires someone who gets things done. A bias towards action, go-get-it-done-ness, and move fast while nailing the details that matter is required.

Your responsibilities would be:

40% Quality assurance, certification, and compliance

  • In-house and independent laboratory testing of Dakota Lithium products.
  • Testing & certification of products in development and/or new suppliers.
  • Continually improving the manufacturing process with a focus on maximum battery lifespan
  • Ensure technology, quality & battery performance meets or exceeds the 11-year Dakota Lithium battery warranty.
  • Communication with suppliers to ensure compliance with OEM quality manuals.
  • Developing systems to increase quality and maximum lifespan of OEM products.

40% Engineering support and product development

  • Join sales calls with OEM and B2B clients with a focus on technical expertise in the product.
  • Be a bridge from the engineering world to the consumer. Communicate the performance and quality of the technology in a way that is easy to understand for non-battery or engineering minded customers.
  • Help the sales team quote the cost of a product.
  • Join the product development team to refine current products and invent new ones.
  • Work in the design of Battery Management (BMS) circuits with the development team to launch new products (understanding BMS performance and specifications is a key part of this role)

10% Supplier Relationships & Communication

  • Manage relationships with a portfolio of suppliers.
  • Work with suppliers on quality, compliance, and innovation.

2 to 5% Manage student research projects

  • Lead contact and supervisor for engineering students and interns who are collaborating on projects with Dakota Lithium.

2 to 5% Philanthropy

  • Pro-bono time to be used at your discretion to support pro-bono projects powered by Dakota Lithium (priority is for projects where Dakota Lithium batteries are donated and being used).

As the Electrical Engineer:

  • You are a do-er. Your get things done. You are the person everyone wanted in their study group in college because you made it happen.
  • You are a creative and opinionated person who knows how to prioritize tasks in a quickly changing work place. When facing indecision your bias is towards taking action.
  • You have a great attention to details and know where to target your energy to get the most impact for time spent.
  • You can hold a vision of both what the customer / OEM needs from the product, and the technical details to make that product the best it can be.
  • You love minimalist designs. Simple and elegant engineering makes you smile.
  • You take pride in craftsmanship.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills – your good at asking clarifying questions and communicating with a wide range of people, including engineers, sales people, and bike geeks.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively fitting a quickly growing small business.
  • Experience getting products UL listed, or communicating with 3rd party laboratories through a certification process a plus.
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of electrical circuits (experience with battery management circuits – BMS – is a big plus, but more important is a strong foundation in circuits and electrical engineering).
  • BS or MS in electrical engineering, or a different engineering degree with equivalent experience is required.

Job Title: Electrical Engineer

  • Reports to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Weekly hours: Salaried position with 40 hours a week, M-F weekdays preferred. A portion of your weekly schedule can be from home. With the hands-on nature of this work time in the warehouse at the work bench will be important.
  • Open to 100% remote work? Maybe for the right candidate.

Salary: ​This is a full-time exempt, salaried position (40 hours per week).

  • Salary of $60,000 – $71,000 a year DOE. Plus:
    • Eligible after 3 months of employment for a monthly sales growth bonus (range $3,000 – $10,000/yr)
    • Opportunities for promotion in a rapidly growing company.
  • Benefits: ​
    • Three weeks of paid time off (PTO) a year (equal to 120 hours). At 3 years PTO increases to a month off (160 hrs). At 5 years increases to five weeks off (200 hrs).
    • Company paid medical (Premera Blue Cross) & dental (Delta Dental) insurance.
    • 401K retirement plan. 100% vested upon hire (that means you own what goes into it).
    • $1,000 credit towards an electric bike or kit powered by DL, plus 50% discount on e-bikes for friends & family (limit 2/yr)

Apply: ​Please submit a single document that includes a cover letter, resume, and contact info for three references to hiring@cleanrepublic.com. Hiring process is rolling, and we are looking to do interviews immediately.

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