Head of Platform Engineering

About us

Weave Grid builds software to make it cheaper and safer for utilities to serve electric vehicles, add renewable energy resources, and save customers money. Our mission is to drive rapid decarbonization in the global transport and power sectors by intelligently connecting electric vehicles to the grid.

We are currently in market with early utility clients, and we must rapidly build and deliver product improvements to serve existing customers and win new deals from our deep pipeline. As a rapidly growing company, we are building a thoughtful, capable team that can adapt with our rapidly evolving circumstances.

Industry context

We are living through historic changes in the ways people use transportation — a sector that is now one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are growing at over 60% a year, with vehicle manufacturers spending billions to get ready for an electric future. Boston Consulting Group estimates EVs will account for over half of all vehicle sales by 2030. Electric utilities see massive opportunities in this transformation, as the rise of EVs could drive more growth in energy demand over the next 10 years than any decade since the 1950s.  

‍Larger EV fleets can also help support renewable energy sources on the grid. But to accommodate growth in EVs, utilities will need to make substantial investments in infrastructure and technology. Weave Grid's software helps meet the challenge of our transition to electrified transport.

Job description

WeaveGrid’s Platform engineering team is responsible for our internal data services and products, which process, store, and combine data from many different sources. These systems underpin all of our products, and their quality and performance are central to our business.

We are looking for an engineering leader who can own the key responsibilities of this team. In the early days of the company, this role will be quite hands-on, involving detailed design decisions, technology choices, and implementation. As the company grows, the role will likely transition to technical leadership, with oversight over the various teams that will comprise our core platform.

This is not primarily a managerial role, but this individual will be responsible for articulating the resources needed to meet engineering goals, and for overseeing the corresponding recruiting.

This role will
Own the end-to-end availability, performance, and reliability of the backend serving and data processing systems that power our products
Work with the product and engineering leadership of our driver and utility product teams to design and deliver the technical infrastructure necessary to meet their needs
Guide the growth and technical leadership of our platform engineering teams

About You

First and foremost, you have led engineers through times of growth and change while continuing to ship high quality software. You enjoy a balance between the human side of software - mentoring, collaborating, leading - and the rigorous, technical aspects. Your technical emphasis is on backend and data systems, but your experience and confidence are such that you can work productively with domain experts to build systems that meet the unique needs of our different lines of business.

While in past endeavors you may have been primarily motivated by the excitement of particular technologies, or the opportunity to work at a particular scale, now you are driven by a desire to use your skills and experience to mitigate the climate crisis. Company success is important, but you want to work at WeaveGrid in particular because of our potential to make a big difference in decarbonizing the economy.

To meet the needs of this role, you will bring
Experience as a tech-lead-of-tech-leads
Experience building and operating streaming data pipelines
Experience using a mixture of open-source technologies and AWS-based services and a well-developed set of principles for making build vs. buy decisions
At least five years of experience providing technical leadership for platform engineering teams and guiding architectural decisions to support the needs of multiple independent product development teams
Five years of experience as an individual contributor designing data-intensive backend processing systems on a cloud computing platform
Culture and Mission
Beyond your core skills and track record, you are someone who will expand the culture and cumulative wisdom of the team as a whole. This can take many forms - relevant past projects, hard-won perspective from personal history, an unusual or adjacent skillset, a motivating passion, and so on. We are whole individuals, not just functional role-fillers, and we value everything that you can bring to the team.
Finally, you should be strongly motivated by Weave Grid’s mission. Energy and transportation expertise are not necessary, but it is important that you are passionate about tackling the climate crisis head on, by improving societal and environmental health.

Compensation and Location

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Compensation will include competitive salary, equity, and benefits. Weave Grid is based in San Francisco but is open to considering remote candidates in the US demonstrating the skills listed above.

How to apply

You can apply through the link below. Remember that we want to see the best of you, so please include any details that will help us get a better sense of who you are and what makes you tick.