San Francisco, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-16

Category: energy

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Backend Software Engineering Manager

About the company:

At SPAN, we believe that powering homes with clean energy should be a simple and delightful experience that is technology-forward and human-centered. 

SPAN is advancing clean energy adoption with innovative hardware that replaces the electrical panel and becomes the home's center for connected power. It’s easier and faster to install, and it completely transforms the customer experience with intuitive energy controls and customizable backup power.

Our Mission  

SPAN develops products that accelerate the rapid adoption of renewable energy in the home. The flagship SPAN Smart Panel is the first true evolution for the traditional home electric panel, harnessing enhanced technology for metering, monitoring, and control. An expanded product suite of intelligent, integrated solutions radically lowers the cost and complexity of energy upgrades–including solar, batteries and EVs–empowering homeowners to be active, resilient and informed players in the energy market. 



The Role

We are seeking a Backend Software Engineering Manager to help lead our growing cloud software engineering team. In this role, you will guide the software team through design and development of our current and future products. 

You are comfortable taking action in an environment where complete information is unavailable and can enable your team to deliver well-architected products that maintain high quality. Experience coordinating many moving parts to meet tight deadlines and have contingency plans ready when priorities shift is a must-have. To be successful in the position, you will have had previous experience managing teams developing complex, mission-critical software, working cross-functionally to ship highly scalable and resilient services in a production environment.



In this role, you will:

  • Define the technical roadmap of the software products and empower the team to deliver those plans on time, on budget and with high quality.
  • Move in lockstep with Product and Hardware Engineering to execute a cohesive product vision. 
  • Identify opportunities to improve processes, tools, product performance, and technology enhancements.
  • Develop a hiring plan to grow the software team as needs require.
  • Fluently speak to how the software roadmap fits into Span’s overall business strategy.
  • Provide coaching to your engineering leaders and teams.
  • Pitch in with architecture and code reviews when appropriate.
  • Be a SPAN product advocate.


About You

We are seeking an engineering leader who has:

  • 7+ years of experience building technical software products; with at least 3 of those years as a manager of an engineering team.
  • A history of scaling tech teams and products with a passion for mentoring your direct reports in both technical achievement and career growth.
  • Relentlessly strive to push towards best practices and team goals while being flexible in a fast paced startup environment.
  • Experience working in an environment with multiple programming languages and frameworks (our backend systems use a combination of Node.js w/TypeScript, and Python)
  • Previous hands-on experience with some of the following: AWS services including Lambda, API Gateway, Fargate, ElasticSearch/OpenSearch, IoT Core, RDS, SNS/SQS,  and development of internal and external APIs with REST and GraphQL
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or a closely related field


Bonus Points

  • Experience working at companies developing hardware IoT products and services
  • Experience building products for both B2B and B2C users
  • Experience leading teams in a small but rapidly growing startup environment
  • Experience in cleantech products and services
  • Experience partnering with in-house hardware and manufacturing teams



Life at SPAN

SPAN embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. 

Headquartered in San Francisco’s vibrant SoMa neighborhood, we are an eclectic group of creative thinkers who value open communication, teamwork, and a ‘make it happen’ approach to addressing complex challenges. 

Our CEO, Arch Rao⁠—former head of the Tesla Powerwall team⁠—fosters an energetic and collaborative environment, with a strong emphasis on maintaining work-life-balance across the organization.

We’re hiring talented individuals who are driven by success and are passionate about shaping the future of renewable energy. If that sounds like you, we’d love for you to consider joining the rapidly growing team at SPAN.

The Perks:

⚡ Competitive compensation + equity grants at a well-funded, venture-backed company

⚡ Comprehensive benefits (including medical; dental, vision, life and disability insurance)

⚡ Comfortable, sunny office space located near BART and Caltrain public transit

⚡ Strong focus on teambuilding and company culture (events, meet-ups, clubs)

⚡ Flexible hours and unlimited PTO

Our Mission & Values:

At SPAN, we believe that powering your home with clean energy should be a simple and delightful experience that is at its essence human-centered and technology-forward.

Our core values include:

  • Making home energy more accessible, intuitive, and convenient.
  • Enabling homes and vehicles to be powered by the sun.
  • Building resilient homes with reliable power.
  • All-electric everything.
  • A more flexible & distributed grid.

Interested in joining our team? Submit an application today and we’ll be in touch with next steps!