Engineering Project Manager at Spark Grills

| Greater Boulder Area
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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “EPM.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Spark is a venture-backed startup with the ambitious goal of disrupting a stale industry. We are looking for an Engineering Project Manager to join our 25 person (and growing) team. Our ideal candidate has a background in project or program management with experience bringing physical products to market in a small team. 

At Spark, you will work with our material science and manufacturing teams to project manage our solid fuel manufacturing system and play a key role in bringing it to life. You will take part in the fuel design process and will be integral to supporting the fuel team through transitions as we scale up. You will also take charge of our test and validation team and manage test resources and planning for both grill and fuel products. 

This is a hands on role in a small team, and you will be responsible for making sure documentation is consistent and clear, and prototype and alpha manufacturing runs go smoothly. The work will require creativity, persistence, adaptability in a rapidly evolving business environment, a passion for the unknown, and solid knowledge of product development. We are looking for an A player who can take an early prototype-level design, and create a go-to-market product. This is an important role in a rapidly growing side of our company, and we are looking for a candidate that is hungry and able to rise with the responsibilities. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Update and maintain best practices related to state gate process, product design (DVP&R, DFMEA), process (PFMEA), product approval test specs and procedures.
  • Manage all vendor communications for fuel material and equipment sourcing and ensure that prototype processes run smoothly.
  • Manage test plans and ensure that testing procedures rigorously match needs developed in FMEA and DVP&R processes for both the fuel and Grill.
  • Rigorously manage scope to ensure commitments are achieved within agreed on time, cost, and quality parameters.
  • Make the development and manufacturing team more productive overall by proactively removing barriers and supporting them where necessary
  • Ensure a smooth transition from design into the manufacturing process with End to End accountability.
  • Manage Spark’s test group and support test resource planning for fuel and Grill products. 
  • Help make Spark an industry leader.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5 + Years of product development experience in an EPM, design, or manufacturing role.
  • The ability to work within a startup and to intuitively make good decisions in the face of uncertainty and stress.
  • An attention to detail and ability to manage your own time as well as others.
  • An intuitive grasp of the potential failure modes of a product or mechanism.
  • Project Management Certification is a plus.
  • BS in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Testing, Systems Engineering, or related fields required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & PERKS

  • Generous equity package in a venture-backed startup.
  • Market based compensation.
  • Comprehensive benefit options with a Spark contribution to health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Flexible scheduling and unlimited PTO policies.
  • A fun team environment where we value spending time cooking together.
  • Plenty of room for professional growth as part of a small but growing team.

DISCUSSION

We’re applying engineering, design, technology, and, above all, fresh thinking to reimagine the modern grilling experience. Wait what? Grilling is an American pastime. It’s part of our social fabric. Why change something that’s not broken? 

We believe parts of the experience and category are broken or stale. Even what’s working can be improved – but we can’t ruin what people already love. That’s a tough balance to strike. But we believe there’s a huge opportunity. 

Spark combines the artisanship of the pre-gas era with the technology of today to give cooks the authenticity, taste and character of charcoal without all the hassle. 

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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “EPM.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
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Location

We're located right next door to The Rayback in Boulder and frequently take advantage of the food trucks and community space for lunches and events.

An Insider's view of Spark Grills

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Spark has the best work-life balance of any company I've worked for. Our CEO has made it a clear priority and we all work together to support each other in taking time off as well as getting work done efficiently during the day so we all get home on time. The small team atmosphere has helped cultivate this attitude well.

Maggie

Mechanical Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

With my passion for the outdoors, cooking, and engineering it’s tough not to be thrilled about the perfect intersection of all those interests! I am currently working on the design of the grill which allows it to perform its function in a unique way. It is really cool to have so much input in such an integral part of the grill.

Lukas

Mechanical Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I’ve never before worked at a company that provides both room for creative expansion and targeted growth checkpoints quite like Spark Grills does. The culture, which is undoubtedly the product of the caliber of individuals that make up Spark’s team, offers me the daily opportunity to expand my perspectives and skill sets.

Doug

Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

I am a firm believer in hiring great people and giving them the context they need to make their own decisions. By having frequent all-team design reviews we are able to re-align on any differences of opinion, and get new perspectives. I am proud of the many times we have been able to work through a difficult problem as a group in a creative way.

Steve

Director of Engineering

What's something quirky about your company?

A spirited debate is both encouraged and enjoyable. It’s easy at Spark to become invested in the project and team which creates an environment full of admiration, mutual respect, and a desire to challenge and push each other. Even a difficult debate can be enjoyable because we’re all caring of our coworkers and we're fighting towards the same goal.

Jess

Recruiting & HR

What are Spark Grills Perks + Benefits

Spark Grills Benefits Overview

As a pre-revenue startup, we understand that our benefits are on the light side compared to other companies. Currently we offer health insurance and a flexible time off policy (a real one where we push team members to take enough time away). For the right person, Spark's benefits are more on the intangible side. Spark is a place where you can work with other talented and capable individuals and challenge yourself to tackle new things within a supportive and collaborative team.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
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Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
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Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Cross functional training encouraged
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To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “EPM.” Include a couple of thoughts telling us what you love about grilling or cooking, plus what you think could be improved or what could use some fresh thinking about the grilling experience or the grilling category in general.
Apply now
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