Engineering Manager (BH0001)

Number of employees


San Francisco, CA, United States

Posted on: 2024-05-17

Category: renewables

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Full time

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About the company:

Charm Industrial is working to return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. We design, build and operate a fleet of mobile fast pyrolyzers that convert ag and forest biomass residues into bio-oil for use in carbon removal and direct-reduced-iron steelmaking.

In 2020 our Chief Scientist and co-founder Shaun Meehan had two breakthroughs (bio-oil intermediate and bio-oil sequestration) that kickstarted the company. Within 10 months we completed our first carbon removal injection and in 2021 we completed more than 5,000 tons of CO₂e removal for customers like Stripe, Shopify and Microsoft. 

About Charm

Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂, profitably. We convert waste biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into permanent, underground storage as carbon removal, or reform the bio-oil to produce syngas for fossil-free steel.

Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. In 2021 and 2022 we delivered thousands of tons of carbon removal via off-the-shelf pathways, and also deployed our first R&D prototype pyrolyzer of our own. In the next 18 months, we'll build and deploy the next pyrolyzer revision, demonstrate our fossil-free ironmaking pilot, substantially expand our operations in Colorado and put thousands of tonnes of CO₂e underground.

We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on engineers, fabricators, operators, and forward-thinking humans. We value psychological safety and collaboration. We take calculated risks and don't sweep mistakes under the rug; instead, we pin them to the wall and learn from them. We value that everyone’s unique backgrounds and perspectives shape their work. We encourage you to read our company values.

Come help us reverse climate change. Gigatons or bust!

About the role

Charm is looking for an accomplished Engineering Manager who will own the development and execution of the roadmap for the ironmaking team. In this role, you'll be responsible for setting the priorities for the ironmaking team, which includes understanding the technical intricacies of integrating bio oil into the ironmaking process and comprehending the scaling challenges our technology faces. You'll also be responsible for communicating essential business and technological risks, along with strategies to mitigate them, to key stakeholders, encompassing company leadership and your own team members.

At the heart of this role is managing a team of engineers and technicians, ensuring their alignment with business priorities, and collaborating cross-functionally with other engineering managers to prioritize shared resources such as the electronics and automation team.

This role reports directly to the Head of Engineering and is not open to remote work.

What We Offer

· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k) with a 50% match on contributions up to 6%
· Paid time off, including parental leave
· A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches for onsite employees
· A sweet workplace with lots of space inside and out
· A chance to pivot into a role in climate!

Visa Sponsorship Policy

Since we are a small startup, certain accommodations for visa sponsorship may not be within our capability. At this time, Charm Industrial is only sponsoring E3 and TN visas.

Our Commitment

Charm Industrial is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing our team in an inclusive way, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The consequences of climate change inherently affect some more than others, and we need a diverse team to help us save our little planet most effectively & justly. We are excited about all of those who choose to apply, and for those who end up joining us, to see how you better us as a team and company. We are more than the sum of our parts.


  • You'll be responsible for developing and executing the ironmaking team roadmap, with a primary focus on reducing risks associated with Direct Reduced Iron processing using gasified bio oil as a reductant
  • You'll define and shape milestones, and hold the team accountable for meeting these milestones
  • You'll oversee critical deliverables, including engineering design reviews and test plans, to ensure that key risks are retired through rigorous testing and measurement.
  • You'll ensure the team's prioritization of actionable information derived from test campaigns
  • You'll be an advocate for your team, stepping in when additional resources are required
  • You'll maintain a consistent high level of technical rigor in the field of ironmaking, which may involve presenting or participating in conferences and staying up-to-date with relevant literature
  • You bring:

  • Demonstrated expertise in guiding cross-functional teams to achieve impactful outcomes
  • An ability to prioritize based on business decisions, adapting strategies when necessary in response to new information
  • Proficiency in crafting clear and comprehensive documentation, and an ability to communicate both within your team and synthesize information for other stakeholders
  • A strong commitment to safety across mechanical design and implementation
  • Bonus, if you bring:

  • Experience with metallurgical processes.
  • Understanding of thermal conversion processes, including combustion and gasification.
  • Experience with high-temperature systems.
  • Competence in the safe handling of flammable materials and oxygen.
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