Director of Mechanical Engineering

Santa Cruz, California /
Engineering /
Full-time
/ On-site
Director of Mechanical Engineering

We are seeking a strong mechanical engineering manager who is an experienced product developer and ready to lead world-class engineering work on innovative light electric vehicles. Depth in Mechanical Engineering, CAD, simulation, DFM, etc. and experience managing, leading, expanding and mentoring a team of mechanical engineers and managing projects to successful completion.

The ideal candidate will be a very talented, creative, capable hands-on engineer who is excited about leading an interdisciplinary team that is revolutionizing boardsports and transportation and shipping product.
Key responsibilities + expectations:
• Lead new light-electric-vehicle products from concept through detailed design, prototyping and NPI
• Validate, test, and iterate on existing mechanical and electromechanical systems.
• Work with domestic and overseas vendors for manufacturing quotes, sourcing components, quality assurance, etc.
• Work with EE team for integration of PCBAs, connectors and wire harnesses
• Document and prepare drawing packages for internal/external uses.
• Manage allocation of team resources and tasks to accomplish projects in a timely manner
• Hire, develop, manage and grow team members to achieve great things
 
Experience + Qualifications:
• BS or MS in mechanical engineering.
• 7-15+ years experience
• Electromechanical (electric vehicle, mechatronics, etc.) background a very strong plus.
• Hands-on prototyping/machine shop experience
• Experience with QC/FAI. Inspection using basic measuring instruments, CMM, etc.
• Experience with design and documentation for a variety of manufacturing processes, including injection molding, die-casting, CNC machining, etc.
• Experience in the outdoor industry (bikes, snowboards, skateboards, etc) a strong plus.
• Manufacturing/DFM experience
• Experience taking product to market.
• Excellent CAD (Solidworks) proficiency.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience managing small-to-medium sized (2-20ppl) mechanical engineering teams
 
We’re looking for a creative and forward-thinking engineering leader who shares our vision and adds value, in a start-up environment by bringing their vision to life. Do you have a track record of solving complex engineering challenges and delivering outstanding products?We’re looking for a creative and forward-thinking engineering leader who shares our vision and adds value, in a start-up environment by bringing their vision to life. Do you have a track record of solving complex engineering challenges and delivering outstanding products?

The job is based in our westside Santa Cruz, CA location just half a mile from the beach!