BioLite is looking for an experienced, mechanically-oriented, senior product design engineer to join us in developing our next generation of clean energy solutions for both outdoor recreation and emerging markets. In this position you'll play a crucial role in developing a range of exciting new products with potential for massive global health and environmental impacts.
TITLE: Senior Product Design Engineer
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
REPORTS TO: Director of Engineering
COMPENSATION: Salary is competitive with other early-stage companies, including benefits, bonus plan, and equity stock options.
BioLite is a for-profit social enterprise that develops, manufactures and markets distributed energy solutions for off-grid communities around the world. Our business serves two distinct markets: emerging-market families living in energy poverty, and outdoor enthusiasts seeking fuel-independent cooking and electricity.
This is a unique opportunity to join a fast-moving startup with both a technical and creative environment in the heart of Brooklyn. If you are looking to work with an agile and ambitious product development group with a passion for the outdoors and a powerful social mission, we’re your company. As an engineer at BioLite you’ll solve challenging and interesting problems, work with an exceptional team, take ideas from concept through to large-scale production, and make a real positive impact on things that matter.
Lead Product Development Programs—Strategize, plan and drive individual product development programs to meet milestones and market launch timelines. Mentor interns and entry level engineers.
Product Design Engineering—Perform mechanical and electro-mechanical design and detailing for a range of clean-energy products across cooking, charging and lighting technologies. Collaborate with industrial design, EE, R&D, manufacturing and marketing teams.
Design for Manufacturing (DFM)– Execute and deliver production-ready 3D CAD files and Bills of Materials, including components material specifications, tolerances, and finishes. Travel to and liaise with prototype vendors and manufacturing partners.
Skill Building and Facilities—Build and integrate mechanical and prototyping capabilities within the company. Procure, maintain, and evolve computer, shop, and lab equipment. Help shape the strategic direction of product pipelines, technology and design development.
Technology Development—As part of our broader team, identify and develop technologies that can be applied to emerging and outdoor recreation markets in various areas including cooking, energy-access, lighting and off-grid living.
5-10 years’ experience in high-volume consumer product engineering
Demonstrated ability to develop ideas and concepts into real products
Experience working on multidisciplinary product teams including industrial design and user research activities
Skilled in experimentation, testing, analysis and research
Demonstrated experience leading teams and projects
Enthusiasm for new technology, design and innovation
Accountability, sense of humor, proactive nature and work ethic
Self-managing and motivated; experience in a start-up environment a plus
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience in electronics, thermal systems, LED lights and power storage a plus
Advanced 3D CAD skills in either Pro-Engineer, Solidworks, or AutoCAD including curvature-continuous surface modeling and multi-part mechanical assemblies
Ability to design parts for high volume manufacturing processes, including tooling, production and assembly processes for metal forming and plastics molding
Technical knowledge of a wide range of materials and coatings
Working knowledge of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics
Familiarity with digital electronics, sensors, circuits, and data acquisition
Extensive knowledge of prototyping processes, including rapid prototyping
Hands-on machine shop experience; ability to create through physical fabrication
About BioLite, Inc.
About BioLite:BioLite is a dynamic, rapidly growing social enterprise that develops, manufactures and markets consumer energy products for off-grid communities around the world. Over the last five years, our team has grown to over 100 people globally, and sales continue to increase. Since 2012, we have launched over 20 products, and we expect to launch more many more in 2017 and beyond. Our business serves two distinct markets: 1) emerging market families living in energy poverty, and 2) outdoor enthusiasts seeking fuel-independent cooking, lighting and off-grid power. We address these markets simultaneously through parallel innovation: by incubating core technologies that can serve users in both markets, we are able to re-invest near-term revenue to solve long-term, high-impact problems.Outdoor and Emergency:BioLite has quickly emerged as a leading innovator in the personal energy space. Whether camping in the backcountry or toughing it out during a power outage, our core technologies allow people to cook meals, boil water, light their way and charge their electronic devices when the grid is not available. Our flagship CampStove allows users to cook meals using nothing but sticks ...while generating electricity from the heat of the fire. This innovation has kept the CampStove in the top 3 selling stoves in the US for the past 5 years and earned BioLite a nomination for REI’s vendor of the year award.Developing World:Half the planet still cooks on indoor open wood fires and the toxic smoke they emit kills nearly 4 million people every year, more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. BioLite has developed an advanced, affordable, clean- burning stove that combines unprecedented emissions reductions with economically valuable electricity generation. The HomeStove™ is capable of reducing indoor smoke by more than 90% while cutting fuel use in half. By providing our largely off-grid customers with the ability to charge cell phones and LED lights, our stoves create economic incentive for purchase and continued use, ensuring sustainable delivery of our health and environmental benefits.Our product roadmap has exciting new innovations, which will continue our expansion in the Outdoor and Emergency markets, allowing people to create, store and share energy in any situation they find themselves. Our products are now in over 70 countries worldwide and are found in nearly all major outdoor retailers.