Hardware Engineering Practice Lead

6d - Indeed
Very - Remote
We value well-tested, reusable designs and expect our engineers to be as good of practitioners as they are leaders and teachers.

About This Role

Very is a remote-first company, meaning we don’t have a physical office, and you can work from anywhere in the continental United States. Your home, a co-working space, on the road, you name it. If you feel like moving, you don’t have to change jobs.

We are looking for a proven leader in the field of Hardware Engineering who can provide a vision for breaking through the stereotype that “hardware is hard,” and grow a team around that vision. The Hardware Engineering Practice Lead will work with the leaders of our other practices (Product Design, Data Science, Software Engineering) to ensure that the hardware engineering practice is providing impactful contributions to Very’s delivery process. As the leader of this practice you will be a world-class practitioner of hardware engineering with a passion for growing and sharing your skills while simultaneously developing these skills within your team.

What You’ll Be Working On

Very is a fully-distributed IoT engineering firm, partnering with our clients to build systems for smart manufacturing, smart energy & utilities, consumer electronics, and connected wellness. Learn more at verypossible.com

As the Hardware Engineering Practice Lead, you will:
  • Work closely with the Director of Engineering and Very’s other Practice Leads to define and implement standards of delivery.
  • Define and execute processes for talent discovery and development within the domain of Hardware Engineering.
  • Fill the role of a Mechanical or Electrical Engineer on projects for Very’s clients.

Our Current Tooling

Our IoT contracts typically involve a full service hardware plus software solution, or firmware and web development while engaging with a third party for hardware design. In the context of these engagements, our tooling is as follows:
  • KiCAD
  • OnShape
  • Embedded C/C++, leveraging the Arduino framework where possible
  • PlatformIO for embedded C/C++ projects
  • Python for scripting and build automation.
  • Nerves for embedded Linux
  • AWS IoT for MQTT pubsub for large scale deployments
  • Elixir/Phoenix for ultra-low latency web sockets and generic web backends.

Other software tools we leverage throughout various projects include:
  • React & React Native
  • Swift & Objective C
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Serverless Framework

As we are expecting you to be the primary source of hardware expertise on a given project, you don't need to be an expert in these tools, but familiarity is a plus. Our build teams operate with a very high degree of collaboration, so you will definitely have run-ins with these stacks throughout your time here.

Required Qualifications
Unfortunately, applicants who do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

  • BS or higher in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Primary residence in the continental US (to facilitate overnight shipping to our clients and the majority of our software team).

Other Qualifications

  • We look at passion and skill more than years of experience, but we think this role would be best suited to people with 5+ years of experience in the hardware engineering space, with at least 2 of those years being spent in a leadership role.
  • Experience with open source hardware and/or software.
  • Experience working with embedded systems.
  • Experience working with software teams.

How You’ll Be Compensated

Don't have your own lab equipment? Don't worry! Very will get you up and running. We take remote hardware engineering seriously, and will provide you with everything you need in order to be effective at your job.

We believe in a transparent, fair compensation structure and have developed our own open salary formula. Depending on your skill and experience, you can expect your base compensation to be somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000 upon joining the company. We also offer performance bonuses, a generous maternity/paternity leave policy, 401K matching, and numerous other employee benefits including reimbursement for home office equipment and gym memberships.