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Vice President, Product Design Engineering - Rondo Energy

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Job Title
Vice President, Product Design Engineering
Job Location
Alameda, CA
Job Description

About Rondo Energy

Rondo Energy's mission is to eliminate 15% of global CO2 emissions in 15 years.

To accomplish this mission, Rondo is deploying low-cost, zero-carbon Rondo Heat Batteries to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and to significantly decarbonize industrial processes that are commonly thought of as "difficult-to-decarbonize". Our Heat Batteries charge from intermittent renewables to provide high temperature, continuous heat for customers safely, reliably, at an unprecedented 98% efficiency - and at a cost point that is lower than any other method.

Rondo is looking for a VP of Product Design Engineering to lead and grow a team of mechanical, structural, electrical, industrial, and other engineers to deliver on schedule and on budget our roadmap of Rondo Heat Batteries. You will foster an engineering culture, team, and processes to deliver these complex products. You will create robust planning, documentation, and processes to shepherd components and systems from concept to commercialization. Your team is about 20 engineers now and will continue to grow..

Join our team and together we can reduce world CO₂ emissions by 1% in 10 years, and by 15% in 15 years!


What You Will Do (key responsibilities for this role include but are not limited to):

  • Manage the product design team and work cross-functionally to deliver Rondo Heat Battery designs
  • Develop and manage comprehensive plans and schedules for development of projects
  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve product design engineering processes, tools, and methodologies
  • Recruit, integrate, and train excellent design engineers
  • Manage design engineering budgets and resources to ensure products are completed on time, within budget (R&D, COGS, and Field Assembly), and to the highest quality standards
  • Participate in the leadership of the overall engineering organization

What You Will Bring:

  • Strong leadership skills and 5+ years of management experience
  • Excellent people and project management skills, ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively across your team and with peers
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience in mechanical, structural, high power electrical, or related engineering fields
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and resources effectively

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with subsystems related to our industry: refractory brick, kilns and ovens, large structural components and systems, medium or high voltage systems, microgrids, etc
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, especially ability to work with engineers and engineering problems across multiple disciplines
  • Familiarity with relevant software, best practices and tools such as Solidworks, PDM, lean Six Sigma, GD&T, etc.

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical Benefits
  • Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Life Insurance and ADD
  • Up to 13 paid holidays per year, in addition to a company week-long holiday in December
  • Flexible time off policy
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Rondo HQ is close to Oakland airport - one block from the Bay - and has stunning Bay views!

This role necessitates being onsite at our Alameda HQ. The estimated annual salary range for this position is $270,000-$300,000 and it would be eligible for Rondo's excellent benefits listed above plus additional compensation in the form of equity. Please note that some pay bands may have wide ranges of compensation to accommodate candidates' diverse sets of skill levels and experience.

Rondo Energy is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do their best work. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities.

Rondo is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the interview process, please let our recruiting team know.

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Rondo does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Rondo Energy does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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Rondo Energy Headquarters Location

Oakland, CA

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Rondo Energy Company Size

Between 20 - 100 employees

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Rondo Energy Total Amount Raised


Rondo Energy Funding Rounds

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  • Series B

    $60,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $22,000,000 USD