Senior Engineering Program Manager - Advanced Engineering & Research

  • San Francisco
  • Engineering
  • Full Time
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Job Summary

The Advanced Engineering & Research team develops transformative battery designs and novel product concepts to speed global electric vehicle adoption and energy decarbonization.

As an Engineering Program Manager, you will be responsible for the development and scaling of new cell, electronics, pack, and software technologies to radically improve energy density, power, safety, and/or cost vs. conventional EV technologies. Working closely with our engineering leads, you will understand and develop the technical requirements for technology development and validation, orchestrate R&D plans and schedules, then manage the execution of those plans.

As part of this work, you will establish and maintain a development roadmap to ensure ONE’s cell, electronics, pack, and software technology meet future product requirements and the overall strategic goals of the company.

You will work closely with cross-functional teams with expertise in chemistry/materials, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and software on both internal R&D programs and proof-of-concept projects with external customers. Collaboration in group settings, ability to solve system integration and organizational challenges, and clear communication are critical to becoming a successful team member.

You should enjoy working on a small team where you will have substantial and critical responsibility for parts of the final product. We are working on groundbreaking technologies, so you’ll be energetic, adaptable, and a fast learner who can make quick design judgments with limited information. As the first Engineering Program Manager for this group, you will play a crucial role in establishing culture, processes, and growing the team to meet continuously evolving challenges.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop project plans, lead, track and report progress to plan and drive solutions to address any/all identified gaps

  • Identify and prioritize project tasks and risk reduction

  • Drive cross-functional engineering discussions and decisions on project definition, designs, and research direction

  • Communicate status and big picture to the project team and executive management

  • Lead communication and coordinate project activities with external customers and vendors

  • Establish and maintain ONE’s technology development roadmap to support our product and overall strategic goals.

  • Other duties as assigned

Within 3 months you will:

  • Takes ownership of customer communication on ONE’s existing proof-of-concept projects

  • Organizes, leads, tracks, and reports progress on all of Advanced Engineering’s internal and external programs.

  • Works with ONE’s engineering leads to put together a technology development roadmap and resource needs.

  • Becomes familiar with the ONE team and established products

Within 6 months you will:

  • Successfully delivers on goals for your first customer and internal R&D projects

  • Develops plans for follow-on and new development activities

  • Establishes and drives adoption of program management processes for project coordination and communication

  • Works with engineering leads to identify and launch multiple development programs for ONE’s next technologies

Education and/or Experience

You should be familiar with all, proficient with many, and expert at some of the following, in no particular order:

  • B.S., M.S. or PhD in a relevant engineering or scientific field; experience in energy storage technologies is a plus

  • Proven track record in technical project management in an R&D environment

  • Excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills as well as the ability to filter and distill relevant information for the right audience

  • Experience setting up project plans, anticipating potential roadblocks, and proactively mitigating risk

  • Comfortable working with rapid development cycles and early-stage technologies

  • Highly adept in parallel management of multiple short-term and long-term activities.

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t match every requirement posted for this role. No candidate will be a perfect match to our description, so if you are passionate about working on batteries, vehicle electrification, or decarbonizing energy and have similar experience to what we are looking for, we encourage you to apply. Diverse backgrounds and experiences promote innovation, and our goal is to build a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit at a desk and work on a computer for prolonged periods of time

  • Walk/move around and/or travel as needed

Work Schedule

  • Full-time 40 hours and generally scheduled Monday through Friday 9am-6pm

  • Flexible work schedule and environment, see company policy if applicable.

  • Work schedule to be established with supervisor to ensure Company’s client and business needs are met


Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or Gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.

Our Next Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of Sex or gender identity, Mental disability or physical disability, Religion, Age, National origin or ethnicity, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Veteran status or Parental status.

Depending on your specific placement, you may be required to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated. ONE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and reasonable accommodations will be considered.