Engineering Program Manager, Solar

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Engineering & Information Technology

Palo Alto, California

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What to Expect
Tesla’s Energy Engineering group seeks a highly motivated individual to program manage both existing and new design engineering initiatives for the Solar program. This cross-functional role requires coordination among various groups within and outside of Tesla. You will interface with design engineering, manufacturing engineering and operations, supply chain, compliance, reliability, and field operations to drive the development of new product programs and manage changes to existing programs.
As part of the design engineering team, you will be deeply involved in the design and manufacturing engineering processes, shepherding projects from concept through prototype validation to production ramp. Your engineering background will be crucial in understanding product and manufacturing requirements, assessing technical risks, and developing validation strategies to accelerate development and manufacturing processes. You will communicate and present project status, highlight schedule risks, and develop recovery plans for any project delays.
As an Engineering Program Manager, you will operate with a high degree of autonomy on your programs while contributing to the development of tools and processes that enhance organizational productivity.
You will be based in the Bay Area (Fremont) with some travel to our manufacturing facilities in California or Nevada as needed.
What You’ll Do
  • Collaborate with Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Operations, Facilities and Construction, Reliability, Test, Supply Chain, and other supporting functions to identify and scope projects for key solar and residential product design and manufacturing
  • Manage product cost reduction and quality improvement initiatives
  • Create, maintain, communicate, and present schedules for design and manufacturing engineering projects to the engineering leadership team
  • Prioritize the engineering team’s work based on risk, resources, and potential return.
  • Identify innovative solutions to overcome obstacles and adhere to schedules despite setbacks
  • Define processes to enhance risk and change management
What You’ll Bring
  • Proven experience in managing engineering projects for mass-produced products
  • Experience with the engineering product design cycle, manufacturing line setup, and ramp-up to mass production
  • Expertise in creating, maintaining, and communicating project schedules
  • Strong understanding of multilevel Bill of Material hierarchy, including hardware and software components
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the product release cycle, particularly in relation to the creation and change management of parts and BOM structures
  • Ability to inspire confidence across multiple layers of management, from executives to associates
  • Detail-oriented with excellent record-keeping and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with engineering, production, and supply chain teams
  • Degree in an Engineering discipline (Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing, or a related field) or equivalent experience
Compensation and Benefits

Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$88,000 - $300,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.