Product Engineering Evangelist
Palo Alto, CA /
Manufacturing represents half of the world’s GDP, but 20 cents of every dollar spent is wasted on things like scrap, rework, product returns, mistakes, experiments, and underutilized human resources. Put simply: solving problems in manufacturing is too hard, too inefficient, and often requires engineers travel to far flung factories.
Instrumental is a software company with the mission of eliminating waste and accelerating product maturity in manufacturing by empowering hardware companies to optimize their factories through artificial intelligence and unprecedented data access. Thanks to Instrumental, startups and Fortune 500 hardware companies alike are increasing yields, accelerating time-to-market, and reducing the frequency of recalls and production delays.
As Instrumental’s first product engineering evangelist, you know these challenges well. You’ve worked on new product introduction programs for high-volume electronics, have lived in CAD, spent hours on airplanes and vans traveling to factories around the world, and solved last-minute problems to ship on time. You have opinions about screws versus glue and willow versus oak. You have your fair share of stories of late-night failure analysis and build-saving heroics. You love engineering and manufacturing, but, for whatever reason, you’re interested in directing that love and experience towards making the industry better versus running the EVT, DVT, PVT rat race yourself.
You will be an active participant in online and offline conversations with product design teams, ignite passion for product engineering as a discipline, and spark conversation around how products can be made better, faster, and more sustainably for the future. You’ll write, speak, present, and collaborate as only an insider can.
This is a unique role that combines engineering knowledge with an opportunity to learn from - and teach - other product engineers and the broader electronics community. This role reports into the VP Marketing.
Some things you may do:
- Inspire product design engineers, operations, and product design teams to build better every day by actively and authentically driving conversation around how to be better engineers and to build better products.
- Conduct video teardowns of products to highlight why things failed, or why a design was particularly challenging.
- Write blogs, host webinars/talks, reach out for 1:1 conversations, and be a thought leader and enthusiastic voice wherever product engineers congregate.
- Connect with Instrumental customers and future customers to understand their biggest pain and act as an internal advocate for our customers and our market.
- Create educational content explaining how to better use Instrumental’s products and features.
We’re looking for someone who has:
- 4+ years experience as a practicing product design, mechanical, or manufacturing engineer at an admired electronics product company with multiple development programs under your belt.
- Played a major role in launching at least one product in the consumer electronics space.
- A track record of thought leadership in product engineering, e.g. through personal social or blog or participation in online or offline communities.
- Engaging, enthusiastic written and verbal communication skills, especially the ability to break down complex ideas into simple, concise concepts and tell the Instrumental story through compelling examples.
- Energy and excitement for teaching others about how electronics can be made better (which also means constantly learning from others who have done it more times than you have).
We’re a small but mighty team that consistently works collaboratively, are supportive of each other, and are all highly energized by the opportunity for such a large impact. We actively work to promote an inclusive environment, and value passion and an ability to learn. You’re encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn’t precisely match the job description.
All candidates must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
We are headquartered in Palo Alto, and are open to applicants who can work out of HQ, New York or Chicago.