Senior Technical Project Manager

Motivo Engineering
Gardena, California
May 09, 2024
May 18, 2024
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia, Corporate, Consulting
Motivo is looking for a passionate Senior Technical Project Manager with a strong technical background who enjoys being part of a tight-knit team and is looking to make an immediate impact. We work on cool, clean-sheet design projects from a variety of industries, in a fast-paced, innovative environment. Current projects include automotive, wearable electronics, robotics, aerospace, and clean energy, and we complete projects in weeks or months, not years. We are passionate about our work and strive for excellence within each project's unique constraints.

To be successful in this role you'd need to be comfortable owning your projects from beginning to end. This means developing "new to Motivo" clients through early project success, maintaining existing client relationships, contracting and budgeting, and guiding the technical team to the best solution. We need someone who's driven, detail-oriented, adaptable, and who can create buy-in across all stakeholders, both internally and externally. You'll need to be the voice of the customer to our technical team and vice-versa. We are always on the lookout for exceptional team leaders. If you are someone who is motivated, hands-on, and results-oriented with a passion for engineering, you're in the right place.


Experience and understanding of hardware product development, and integration of major engineering components into a cohesive product. i.e Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering, software development, Industrial design

Ability to apply agile methodologies to both software and hardware development

Knowledge/Experience in embedded hardware/controls development a huge plus

Experience with embedded hardware/controls development a huge plus

Strong communication skills to clearly convey project needs and technical concepts to internal and external teams

Experience delivering "the hard news" to stakeholders (internal and external) and walking them through the next steps

Effective at managing technical risk, mitigation strategies, schedule, cost, and product performance balance

Experience with system-level rapid prototyping techniques and materials

Ability to thrive in the face of ambiguity - most of our projects have scope gaps

Identify prototype manufacturing vendors, and assist in vendor management

Strong ability to handle concurrent fast-paced projects with minimal direction

Experience with tightly integrated multidisciplinary teams in employer or academic setting (Solar Car, Formula SAE, etc)

Required Attributes:

Minimum 2 years of engineering experience and 5 years of project management or product management experience

Ability to plan, manage and coordinate multidisciplinary engineering efforts

Past experience in a startup/small business/team environment

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills

Manage teams in a fast-paced/time-critical development environment

US Citizenship or Permanent Resident

Ability to travel as required (less than 25% - usually much less)


We're convinced that the team and projects are hands down the best part of working at Motivo, but we also have some pretty sweet benefits including company-wide profit sharing, high-quality insurance plans, 401k match, generous paid vacation time, an onsite massage therapist, a Monday-Thursday 4/10 work week and more!

Base Salary Range: $115,000 - $130,000

Annual Profit Sharing estimate: $11,500 - $26,000

Salary is dependent on experience, knowledge, and interview performance.