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Vice President, Product & Engineering

Company: Solstice - Solar for every American
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Description

Title: Vice-President of Product and Engineering

Term: Full-time

Location: Remote, based in the U.S.

No recruiters, please.

Overview:

With surging demand for renewable energy, Solstice is poised for significant scale. In light of this, we are seeking an experienced leader to guide our technology and product development efforts.

Solstice is an award-winning clean energy company working to put affordable renewable energy in the hands of every household, including low-income populations and communities of color. The clean energy revolution is happening now; Solstice is working to ensure this transition is equitable and widespread by making it simpler and more affordable than ever for homeowners, businesses, and even renters to go solar.

We're in search of a compassionate leader who will cultivate a deep sense of community in ourselves and product experience, coach and develop the team, and who is passionate about clean energy access for low and middle income communities. You're customer-focused and have an established background in developing and shipping products that customers love. You will help create empowered product teams that are outcome focused, while ensuring, while ensuring we have the kinds of systems, processes, and frameworks to execute consistently at scale. You're able to deliver valuable gains with our product while having the entrepreneurial mindset to expand our offerings into new areas to scale our business and further our vision.

About Solstice:

Climate change mitigation requires massive clean energy expansion, yet 77 percent of American households cannot install rooftop solar power due to rented housing, their rooftop structures, the upfront cost, or access to financing.

One of the only companies in the solar industry co-founded and led by women of color, Solstice connects households and community organizations to "community solar" options-shared solar farms that are installed in a centralized location where local residents can enroll in a portion for free, without any home installations, and enjoy guaranteed savings on their monthly utility bill.

Solstice has generated demand for nearly 139MW of clean energy across 43 community renewable projects in multiple states, with the total clean energy capacity from enrolled households, small businesses, and nonprofits representing the environmental equivalent of not burning 60 million pounds of coal.

Our digital platform is a CRM solution for the community solar industry that:
Enables households to easily enroll in a local community solar garden
Allows project owners to monitor and track relevant project metrics
Helps those project owners to facilitate more rapid deployment of community solar projects
Manages the end-to-end customer experience for the life of the 20-year renewable energy project on behalf of developers and financiers, from customer enrollment to billing/crediting to ongoing customer engagement

Responsibilities will include:
Lead the team and cross-Solstice conversations about our product, driving a principled decision-making process and vision for how Solstice can bring simplicity and delight to the user experience.
Evangelize an inspiring product vision and strategy to stakeholders of all sizes, from executive meetings with our CEO or investors, to customer meetings, company all-hands, and external events.
Cultivate opportunities and strategize ways for our products to reach new markets and customers.
Inspire a spirit of consideration and improvement, especially in areas where more inclusive approaches may yield better outcomes. Seeking a culture of empowered product and engineering teams.
Drive invention, discovering new ways in which we can be the community leader in clean energy solutions while supporting our business goals.
Manage, coach, and grow a team of product managers and engineers with a commitment to inspiring integrity, equity, curiosity, hard work, and gratitude in our team and workplace. This will include managing budgets and timeframes, integrating new analytics, tools, and data across all teams, and ensuring the team's resources are aligned with the company's short and long-term needs.

Requirements

Qualifications

You'll have:
Previous experience running and upskilling a product team at a tech-focused startup
Experience working and collaborating closely with engineers
A strong customer focus and solid judgment
Strong business and product vision
A clear focus on the impact of your work, and a consistent history of delivering measurable results for both users and the business
A deep understanding of the software development life cycle in a team setting, and a track record of shipping on time
Ability to rapidly understand core business processes and associated technical solutions
Passion for clean energy, sustainability, and social equity

You can:
Build support for your and your team's ideas by default, but drive hard decisions when needed
Comfortably and skillfully communicate product and technical ideas to and gain traction with audiences of all sizes, from executive meetings with our CEO or investors, to customer meetings, company all-hands, and external events
Create written communication that is clear, concise and effective, and can individualize for different audiences when needed
Develop and launch new product offerings to increase Solstice's impact
Encourage an agile risk taking approach toward learning and development
Define a clear product vision and have results to show for leading the organization toward that vision

Benefits

As VP of Product and Engineering, you will gain:
Ownership of a software platform that's revolutionizing access to clean energy
The opportunity to drive the next stage of Solstice's growth into new green products
A deep understanding of the solar and renewable energy space, particularly the rapidly growing community solar industry
Experience at a fast-growing social enterprise with the potential to create a more just and equitable energy industry

In addition, every Solstice Power Technologies employee enjoys:
Company equity to share in the upside of Solstice's growth
Competitive salary, healthcare, and dental plans
Paid parental leave
Five weeks of PTO a year, including when we close the office for -1.5 weeks in late December each year
Flexible personal time to allow employees to run errands and go to doctor's appointments without taking PTO
Ability to work remotely from within the United States
A team of passionate, collaborative, dedicated, and empathetic employees

Solstice was founded to advance equity and inclusion in America. We are committed to living those values, not just in the work we do to promote environmental and energy justice, but in how we grow as an organization. We always seek to expand leadership opportunities for marginalized communities in the global transition to clean energy.

Solstice is an equal opportunity employer. We hire, train, compensate, and promote without regard for race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, genetics, veteran status, or any of the other characteristics that give each of us unique perspective and capacities.

We're a team of mission-driven, passionate, and dedicated individuals. We've fostered an inclusive and fun culture through regular socials and even solar farm field trips. Apply today and get to know us!

Keywords: Solstice - Solar for every American, Cambridge , Vice President, Product & Engineering, Engineering , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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