Project Manager

Seasats team on a pier next to two ASVs
About Us:
Seasats is a small but rapidly growing company building autonomous boats for commercial, defense, and ocean science customers. The vehicles we build are strong and durable enough to carry sensors on multi-month ocean missions, but are also light enough to be handled by 1-2 people without cranes or heavy equipment. 

The company is located in sunny San Diego, CA and is composed of talented engineers, builders, tinkerers, and business people. Internally, our shop work culture is hard working, but fun and quite flexible. Externally, we’ve built a reputation for being professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to getting the job done.

Project Manager

Salary Range:

$100,000-$130,000 + stock options

Rather than making a highly specific job post asking for x years of experience, we’ve left this post and its salary range pretty broad. If you apply, we’ll see how you would fit into our organization and offer compensation accordingly. If you have minimal work/project experience your offer may be on the lower end; if you’ve got killer experience/credentials you’ll be on the higher end.

Key Traits/Skills:
  • Prior leadership position on a team of 10+ people
  • Experience wrangling engineering teams, vendors, and external stakeholders to coordinate complex projects on tight timelines
  • Work experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, or a similarly technical field
  • Fundamental understanding of hardware and software development processes
  • Get-shit-done attitude 
  • Great communication skills (across email, Slack, phone, face-to-face, etc)
  • Attention to detail, organizational skills, teamwork, humor, and humility
  • Familiarity with standard project management practices and tools

The Details:

As a Project Manager at Seasats, you will play a key role in helping us produce and operate cutting-edge autonomous surface vehicles. You’ll work closely with mechanical, electronics, software, and business teams to get products from the drawing board through production and testing into customers’ hands, on time and under budget. Your work will vary from day to day, but here are some items you might check off in a typical week:

  • Meet with team leads for weekly/daily check-in
  • Identify new components needed for an upcoming customer delivery and notify relevant team members
  • Update and distribute a Gantt chart
  • Follow up with a vendor to check on the status of an outsourced part, and identify alternative sources if needed
  • Check boat and personnel availability to assist in scheduling a customer demonstration
  • Coordinate meetings between event planners, Seasats staff, and other companies to plan or execute an overseas mission
  • Identify a high-risk item in a large pile of interdependent tasks, make sure other team members are on the same page, and develop alternative solutions to mitigate the risk if needed

As a key point of contact for multiple teams, you’ll help guide our team’s effort into the most effective channels. You’ll learn from and with exceptionally talented people.

It will take constant effort to build and maintain full fluency with our processes, but you’ll be rewarded with a competitive salary, stock options, benefits, and the chance to be a part of a rapidly growing ocean tech company. We’re extremely committed to helping new team members succeed, so we’ll ramp you up with well-scoped projects and regularly take the time to discuss where things are working and what needs to change. We’re also big on personal freedoms: if you’re on top of your responsibilities and want the afternoon off to surf, play with your dog, or do whatever you want to do, go for it! We have flexible hours, a flexible time off schedule, and a personable, kickass work culture. We want someone who’s stoked to contribute in and to this environment.

To Apply:

Please reach out to wbof@frnfngf.pbz with the following:

  • Confirmation that you’re in San Diego or willing to relocate here
  • A couple sentences on a project or process you managed that went well, and a couple more on a project or process you managed that went poorly
  • A resume
  • A few sentences about how you heard of us and what you’d hope for in the job
  • A possible start date (or range)

We appreciate diverse perspectives and life experiences and so encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Note, however, that we are currently unable to sponsor employment visas, so candidates must be independently authorized to work in the United States.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Thanks for checking us out!