Senior / Lead Hardware Engineer

Mechanical Engineering /
Part or Full Time /
Gravis Robotics is a startup that turns heavy construction machines into intelligent and autonomous robots. Our unique combination of learning-based automation and augmented remote control lets one operator safely conduct a fleet of earthmoving machines in a gamified environment. Our team has over a decade of academic experience honing the cutting edge of large-scale robotics, and is rapidly growing to bring that expertise into a trillion dollar industry through active deployments with market leaders.

About the Job
At Gravis, we engineer solutions at the nexus of hardware and software every day: bringing new perception and control technologies onto awesome, autonomous machines. Our Rooftop Autonomous Control Kit (Rack) combines sensors, compute, communication and networking modules toward a manufacturer-agnostic solution that can be applied to a variety of construction machines regardless of type and age. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced hardware engineer to lead the development of our hardware products: you will spearhead the entire hardware development process, from design and prototyping to development and production. You will coordinate and supervise the creation of hardware that elegantly encapsulates state-of-the-art robotic sensors and components—while working to ensure that the designs can withstand the harsh conditions of real-world construction environments. You will lead a team of talented engineers and designers by driving innovation, ensuring product quality, managing procurement, and meeting project deadlines.

Your Responsibilities

    • Manage the design, production, and manufacturing of our key hardware products.
    • Lead the hardware design team and the agile development process, working with leadership to set and maintain project timelines.
    • Ensure a cohesive hardware “brand identity” across various components and product cycles.
    • Ensure the appropriate selection of design and manufacturing processes to support various stages of growth, project timelines, manufacturing volumes.
    • Directly contribute to the design, modeling, and production of hardware items, while working closely with a team of mechanical design engineers to ensure work is divided appropriately.
    • Develop and maintain hardware product cycle documentation, timelines and tools to facilitate improved development, procurement, and service in the lifespan of hardware products.
    • Identify and communicate with vendors and manufacturers to support hardware production, procurement, and assembly.
    • Support with the production of customer-facing documentation of product specifications and manuals to support hardware use and marketing.
    • Propose and manage hiring initiatives to strategically build a nimble and highly effective hardware team.

Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related field; Master's degree preferred.
    • Proven track record of at least 5 years of experience driving hardware product development.
    • Experience with product compliance/certification (IP rating, vibration, EMC, etc).
    • Strong leadership skills with experience managing and motivating cross-functional teams.
    • Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage resources, and meet deadlines.
    • In-depth knowledge of hardware design principles, manufacturing processes, and quality standards.
    • Experience with CAD software and other design tools.
    • Excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively convey technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

Additional Beneficial Skills

    • Experience in designing for high-reliability applications, such as automotive or aerospace, where strict quality and safety standards are crucial.
    • Proficiency with visualization tools to create representations that clearly communicate hardware designs.
    • Experience with operational procurement and components sourcing.
    • Experience with electrical engineering.
Don't meet every requirement? If you're enthusiastic about this role but your experience doesn't match every qualification, we still encourage you to apply. You might be the perfect candidate for this or other positions.

This is an opportunity to join a dynamic and versatile team, and to be part of a young startup that will revolutionize heavy construction. Gravis Robotics offers a fair market salary and a working location in the vibrant city of Zurich. As a forward-facing startup, we understand that work-life balance and flexibility are important considerations for many professionals: If you are a highly qualified candidate with the requisite skills and experience, we encourage you to apply and discuss your preferred working arrangement during the interview process.

Gravis is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team, and do not discriminate based upon race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

We are an international team that is working to solve problems with a global impact: to facilitate efficient communication and collaboration, proficiency in English is a requirement for all roles.