San Francisco, CA, United States

Posted on: 2022-06-22

Category: energy

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



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Manager, Systems Integration & Test

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 aim to establish the Span panel as the center of home energy and the backbone of the renewable distributed grid. To accomplish this, we will have to integrate with everything — or at least with every solar inverter, every storage battery, and every high-power smart appliance we can get our hands-on. We are also working on a lineup of advanced hardware products for which the Span panel is just a start (see Span Drive, our new Level 2 EV charger!). Along with system complexity comes along with a need for high reliability since our hardware replaces very reliable electrical distribution infrastructure such as circuit breaker panels. Taken together, this means a very clear need for great systems integration and thorough test.

As our head of Systems Integration & Test, you’ll play a key role in helping Span ship complex hardware that also works well. You’ll hire and manage a best-in-class team of integration and test engineers and be part of an engineering team that’s fast-paced, ambitious, and top-caliber but still prioritizes work/life balance. You’ll work closely with other engineering leaders at Span to figure out what to test and when and be a key contributor to Span’s overall product development plan and timelines. And you’ll work on and supervise bringup and verification plans for novel and innovative hardware and software systems that are redefining how the electrical grid can work.


  • Hire and manage a team of top-notch integration engineers, test engineers, technicians, and automation design engineers

  • Play a key role in engineering roadmapping, timeline estimation, and design, ensuring that integration and test are accounted for on timelines and that the right integration milestones are selected

  • Supervise the continued adoption of systems integration as an organizational pattern; teach integration engineers how to work effectively, and socialize how integration works to the rest of the Engineering department

  • Bottom-line integration test plans for new software features, hardware products, and third-party integrations, making sure they’re comprehensive and well prioritized for risk

  • Work closely with Hardware, Software, and Systems Engineering to develop product timelines, design test fixtures, plan bringup efforts, and identify risk areas for focused testing

  • Work with Software QA, R&D software-in-the-loop modeling teams, and hardware-in-the-loop firmware teams to align effort, write test plans, and hand off regression test activities

  • Guide long-term planning for space/power allocation in our new dedicated R&D / integration / test facility in South SF, with support from that facility’s lab manager and team

  • Plan, build, maintain, and operate automated system-level regression test platforms, with engineering support from Span’s excellent R&D Infrastructure team

  • Maintain high levels of automation and good coding standards for automated test

About You

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related field

  • 3+ years' experience in engineering management

  • 5+ years in test, systems integration, or systems engineering

  • Experience with project management and time estimation in fast-moving, ambitious technical teams

  • Experience specifying and procuring test equipment, data acquisition systems, etc.

  • Strong fundamentals in electrical engineering and software

  • Good software development practices

  • Understanding of the tradeoffs between automated and manual test

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to understand and explain complex problems simply and effectively

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience writing Python or similar scripting languages

  • Domain experience in distributed energy: inverters, batteries, PV

  • Understanding of computer networking, TCP/IP; comfort working in Unix environments


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 team building 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!