Technical Program Manager

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San Francisco, CA, United States

Posted on: 2023-08-09

Category: renewables

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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

As a Technical Program Manager at Charm, you'll take charge of monitoring and overseeing critical milestones and metrics at Charm. Your role will involve analyzing and reporting on key metrics, such as dollars per ton of Carbon Dioxide Removed, enabling us to assess the efficacy of our efforts. In alignment with this, you'll play a key role in guiding our work prioritization, ensuring that our endeavors are strategically aligned for maximum impact on these pivotal metrics. An integral aspect of your responsibility will be to facilitate seamless collaboration across cross-functional teams, adeptly managing schedules and deadlines to drive progress. Additionally, you'll lead the coordination of our cross-functional sync meetings, fostering efficient communication and synchronization across various departments. Reporting directly to the Head of Development and Testing, your contributions will be instrumental in shaping our strategic direction and achieving our ambitious goals.

What We Offer

· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k)
· Paid time off, including parental leave
- A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches at 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.


  • Take ownership of our milestone schedule, utilizing platforms like Jira for seamless organization and tracking.
  • Collaborate across functions to proactively anticipate and address potential roadblocks, ensuring that teams stay on course and prioritize tasks aligned with Charm's overarching mission
  • Maintain a vigilant watch over key metrics reporting, meticulously verifying accuracy to provide a clear and reliable picture of our progress.
  • Skillfully identify bottlenecks within our processes and collaborate closely with the Head of Development and Testing to strategize and implement effective resolutions.
  • You bring

  • A depth of experience crafting schedules using commonly utilized programs.
  • A proven track record of thriving within startup or fast-paced settings.
  • Proficiency in collaborating with interconnected teams, adeptly managing and tracing dependencies.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and effective communication abilities.
  • A clear voice in identifying and communicating misestimated or misprioritized tasks, ensuring clarity and alignment.
  • Bonus, if You Bring:

  • 3+ years of experience as project or program manager.
  • A proven track record in steering hardware development endeavors.
  • Proficiency in building resource-based schedules
  • A background in mechanical engineering or a related technical field
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