VP, Engineering (Plant)

Oakland, CA
Engineering /
Full Time /
About Brimstone
Founded in 2019, Brimstone developed a breakthrough process to decarbonize cement production, one of the leading drivers of climate change. Our team is now scaling up to refine our process further and to build our first production facilities. We’re assembling an all-star group of sharp, mission-driven, collaborative individuals who take pride in using their diverse skills to contribute to a better world.

If this sounds like you, join us in helping to solve the most urgent, important challenge facing the world today (and have a blast while doing it).

The VP of Engineering (Plant) will be responsible for leading the engineering efforts related to new location/plant implementation. This role includes, but is not limited to the following: 

Position Overview:

    • Responsible for delivering engineering packages to EPC firms and VP of capital projects and working with EPC firms through the engineering phases. This includes developing a scope of work, doing cost estimation, and guiding the internal engineering team to get the data needed for the engineering package.
    • Lead engineering project planning and execution, including conceptual engineering; front end engineering design; detailed design.
    • Partner with capital projects on procurement, construction, and commissioning; ramp-up and hand-off to operations.
    • Liaise with the R&D team to implement and prioritize bringing process modifications into engineered plant designs or retrofits.
    • Work with the geology team and siting team to ensure plants are up and running on time and within budget.
    • Own relationships with external engineering firms throughout pre-FEED, basic, and detailed engineering.
    • Develop scaling strategy while balancing the complex relationships between engineering, fundraising, and capital efficiency.
    • Responsible for P&L, scope, schedule, budget, safety, and team management of engineering projects.
    • Ability to look around corners and liase with the executive and finance team when timelines and budgets need to change or are at risk.
    • Manage projects to achieve economic and product emissions intensity targets defined by technoeconomic and life cycle analyses.
    • Own process hazard analysis (PHA) and safety methodologies across all stages of project execution ensuring we are compliant with all local regulations.
    • Implement DBM and engineering packages for commercial plants.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with senior executives and Board members.
    • Manage and inspire employees with different disciples and areas of expertise.

What you bring:

    • A track record of leadership, initiative, and responsibility with a bias toward action.
    • Significant process and project development experience in the metals and mining, smelting, industrial chemical or petroleum refining markets, gasification technology, or other related fields.
    • 15+ years of engineering experience including project management with 10+ years leading cross functional engineering teams on complex projects including components of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); plant design; construction management; plant commissioning; and plant operations.
    • Demonstrated strong working knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals.
    • A track record of using established PHA methodologies, such as HAZOP, HAZID, and FMEA over the course of design, construction, commissioning, operation, retro-fitting, and maintenance activities.
    • Process (Technology) development leadership experience, driving R&D projects through development and commercial launch in high growth environments.
    • Experience scaling new technologies with multiple unit operations (demo plants, pilot line, etc.) and bringing multiple new technologies to the market.
    • Proven track record of leading teams to successfully develop and implement complex engineering projects with budgets over $100 million, including P&L responsibility.
    • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
    • Strategic and holistic thinker with the ability to make data-driven decisions and solve problems creatively.
    • Ability to travel to sites at least 1 week per month, or as needed.
    • Familiar with chemical systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and instrumentation and controls and how they are all used to design and operate an integrated plant.
    • Experience with relevant processes and unit operations, including those in cement production and both pyro-metallurgical and hydro-metallurgical processing.

Bonus points for:

    • Advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields preferred.
    • Experience with relevant processes and unit operations used in cement production and both pyro-metallurgical and hydro-metallurgical processing.
    • Experience with demonstration plants and first-of-a-kind processes.
    • Experience scaling at a hypergrowth startup.

Benefits include:

    • Salary range for this role is $260,000 - 290,000 per year
    • Company equity
    • 401k retirement plan with 3% company contribution
    • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and dependents
    • Mental health benefits
    • Generous paid time off policy
    • 12-weeks of parental leave
    • A fun, diverse, and talented team focused on making the biggest impact possible on climate change
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