Director of Hardware Engineering

What we’re building

Our vision is to electrify all waterborne vessels, and we’re starting with electric water sport boats.

Gas boats dominate today’s marine industry not because of great product offerings but because of a lack of better alternatives. Boaters have grown accustomed to vehicles that feel stuck in the 1980s: unreliable, expensive, loud, noxious, and a nightmare to own and operate. They’re also awful for the water and air they reside in.

By contrast, electric boats are superior in nearly every way: not only are they far more reliable and less costly to operate, but they’re also quieter, quicker, and cleaner, with no fumes or pollutants. However, they’ve been held back by both the technology and the talent to make them truly competitive with gas alternatives. That’s Arc’s opportunity.

Using modern, aerospace- and automotive-inspired techniques, we’re building our hulls, batteries, cooling systems, firmware, and software together to deliver the next generation of watercraft.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone that is excited by our vision, eager for a challenge, and willing to learn on the job. We pride ourselves on transparency and operate in a lean, high-trust environment that encourages everyone to take ownership over their domain.

You will be the leader of our R&D team and will work from our manufacturing facility in Los Angeles. Given that we’re a startup, you will be working in a fast-moving, dynamic environment that requires adaptability. That said, here are some responsibilities and qualifications we expect to stay relatively constant for this role.


Core responsibilities

Building and maintaining a strong R&D function across multiple engineering disciplines

Working with electrical, mechanical, and test engineering teams to ensure designs are performant, simplified, and meeting program objectives

Streamlining processes to create an R&D powerhouse that can quickly turn around new products

Setting the long term vision for Arc’s design engineering team and guiding difficult, impactful, decisions

Motivating the team to execute under tight timelines while preventing burn out

Basic qualifications

A strong understanding of both mechanical and electrical engineering fundamentals

Good business sense and pragmatism to meet company objectives

First principles thinking with the ability to motivate a dissenting opinion when needed

Strong interpersonal and people management skills, including clear written and verbal communication

Prior experience leading an engineering team

Bonus qualifications

Proven track record of engineering success under tight timelines

Experience driving a product from early R&D through to high rate production

Comfortable pushing a fast but sustainable pace

Enthusiasm for boating and clean energy

At Arc, we encourage diversity and consider all qualified applicants equally for employment, regardless of background, identity, or status. You’re always welcome to reach out even if you don’t meet many of these qualifications. Passion and aptitude make up for a lot.


What we value

We value these five things above all else:

Ownership over both your work and the company’s success

Empathy for colleagues and for customers

Humility in problem solving and collaboration

Pragmatism for navigating ambiguity quickly and sensibly

Inclusion of different backgrounds, opinions, cultures, etc.

Given that we work in a sometimes intense or stressful environment, it’s vital that our values align. We’d be happy to elaborate on any or all of these during the interview process.

What you’ll get

Talented teammates that challenge you to be better

Access and often input to a wide range of business activities

Salary between $180,000 – $200,000

Semi-annual bonuses tied to impact

A meaningful equity stake

An opportunity to have an outsized impact on industry-defining vehicles

The ability to drive positive environmental change through your work

Nearly free health insurance (we cover 99%) and a 401k

Generous parental leave

Daily lunches, plenty of snacks, lots of swag, and more

Boat rides!

Hope to hear from you soon!

The crew at Arc


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