Senior Mechanical Engineer [Food Industry/Hygienic Piping]

Paris /
Hardware /
Full time

We are looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer to take full charge of all the piping systems of our pasta robot, including water distribution, sauce system, SKID, and CIP.
5+ years of experience in the food industry/processes
Autonomous, proactive, keen to learn, creative, able to work in a fast-paced environment, good communication skills
Work in office - Gentilly (94037)
Offer: 50k-65k EUR before taxes per year depending on the years of experience + BSPCE (equity)
[We have a clear and transparent salary system]
Start date: asap

Welcome to Cala 👋

Cala is an expanding FoodTech company driven by a team of 20+ ultra-talented people working on creating a fully autonomous robotic Commis and managing the first of numerous revolutionary restaurants.

Our mission is to make high-quality food more accessible

Historically, the Fast-food industry has done everything it could to reduce its food cost to cope with increasing real-estate and labor costs. We do the opposite. We use the productivity gains from our robot to invest in high-quality locally sourced ingredients, we prepare them carefully in insanely good and infinitely customizable recipes and serve them in a delightful customer-centric experience.

Our work is structured around 5 core virtues:

We optimize for Long term, Positive, Measurable impact
- We shy away from bullshit metrics and virtue signaling and instead focus on having an impact.

We practice proactive transparency
- We use transparency as the cornerstone of trust we build with our customers and the responsibility we build with our team.

We use rational thinking
- We use first-principle thinking to make informed decisions and deconstruct the status quo.

We move step by step
- We take Gall's law at heart: "All complex systems that work evolved from simpler systems that worked" and build failure and iteration as part of the process.

We get hands-on
- We move exceptionally fast by doing by approaching every problem asking "Can we do it ourselves?"

Who you'll work with 🏀

The hardware team

We are currently a team of 6: Etienne, mechanical engineer, Ugo, mechatronics engineer, Gregoire, mechatronics engineer, Andy, mechatronics engineer, Ibrahim, mechanical engineer, and Julien, co-founder and lead hardware. We all work on different systems of the robot and a typical day is spent 3D modeling a system, prototyping it in our workshop, or doing industrial design.

We currently use Fusion 360 as our CAD and CAM software. We use Notion as our knowledge base and Height as our project tracker. Our workshop is equipped with a CNC milling machine, a lathe, sheet metal cutting, and bending equipment - we use it to quickly prototype new systems.

What you'll do 🛠️

You'll design the piping systems and sauce infrastructure of our robots following high standards of security and reliability

You'll assemble and test the piping systems while building robust production documentation to pass on to assembly technicians

You'll work hand in hand with the rest of the Hardware team to make sure that every complexities and challenge are taken into account

You'll find the right vendors and suppliers for producing these parts optimizing for costs, quality and delivery time & consistency

Who you are 🎨

You are a creative problem solver and you don't limit yourself to what's been done before

You know the regulatory requirements for food industry piping systems as well as best practices

You have a robust network of suppliers and vendors to source the best quality parts at the best price

You are comfortable in a fast-paced environment in which you'll need to make rational decisions on a daily basis

You don't get attached to your ideas and are ready to iterate on them if they don't work out

You can gather context before starting your work and proactively report your progress and hurdles to your peers and your managers

You look for opportunities to pick up new technical skills and soak them up like a sponge

You know your knowledge gaps and know when to seek advice or additional information from your peers, the internet, vendors, or experts

You are comfortable wearing various hats and filling in the gaps in the team's skills as well as learning new skills

Interview process 📅

Introduction call (20 min)
This first step has 2 objectives: clarifying the opportunity by answering every question you might have about the company, the team, the product, the tech; and making sure that you have the right basic requirements for this role, discussing a few topics including key hard or soft skills and prior experiences.

In-depth meeting (45-60min)
This second step goes in-depth in your prior experiences to better understand what you are good at, what you don't want to do anymore, and what you'd like to learn. We usually discuss the 3 most recent and relevant experiences you have and ask technical questions.

Case study & meeting the team (1 day)
In this third step, we invite you to our office to do the case study. We use this day as a way to understand how you work and how your values align with those of the rest of the team. We also see it as an opportunity for you to meet your potential future colleagues and get an inside view of how we work.

Reference call
In this final step, we run a typical reference call process.