Head of Electrical Engineering

San Francisco, California | Full-Time

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Reporting directly to the VP Hardware Engineering, PAX is looking for a Head of Electrical Engineering (EE) to lead the group of EEs responsible for design, engineering, debug, and validation of PAX hardware products.

This role is responsible for leading and developing modular embedded system architectures that are highly reusable and scalable across our product portfolio. This role will immediately manage a small group of EEs, and will be responsible for growing and maintaining Electrical Engineering as a Center of Excellence within the PAX Hardware Engineering organization. As a startup, we need this role to be hands-on and highly technical - it’s a great opportunity to combine what you love about engineering with what you love about multiplying your skillset and coaching and managing others.

  • Drive electrical engineering best practices, rigorous design execution, to deliver innovative and high performing designs on schedule
  • Heavy collaboration with Product Management, Program Management, Mechanical Engineering, Firmware Engineering, Product Integrity, and Manufacturing Operations teams
  • Manage, grow, and coach direct reports on technical issues and interactions, ensuring a psychologically safe and trusting environment to enable high degrees of collaboration
  • Ensure engineers follow appropriate documentation guidelines and hold design reviews in accordance with product development procedures.
  • Oversee and contribute when needed to PCBA development process - from block diagram architecture to schematic, layout (both in Altium preferred), RF design, bring-up and debug, validation, and overall product validation and manufacturing.
  • Deliver high quality output to partner teams, especially Firmware and Operations
  • Lead team in developing, validating, and documenting product and process requirements for successful scale-up of PCBA into manufacturing, in collaboration with Operations
  • Some travel expected to support manufacturing NPI builds post-pandemic
  • Partner with Operations to ensure test fixture function and coverage to ensure high quality mass production output from our CM
  • In the approval path for new product releases and corrective actions (NCR, CAPA) and DCNs (ECOs).
  • Collaborate on embedded or PC-level software tools to control PCB test fixtures and development tools.
  • Create/execute verification and validation protocols in TestRail or Attlassian.
  • Follow PAX Labs’ design control and documentation procedures


  • 10+ years in consumer products and/or other product development.
  • 2+ years of people management experience.
  • Deep technical background in Electrical Engineering and Electronic System Design.
  • Strong track record of shipping products and managing them through their entire life cycle
  • Experience working with Asian manufacturing and supply chains including travel to manufacturing sites to oversee NPI builds.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, presentation, and data analytics skills.
  • International travel is expected (< 10%).


  • Have seen multiple product cycles from start to finish and shipping consumer hardware at high volume (7 figures in terms of annual units).
  • Be a creative problem solver and make data-driven decisions.
  • Be hyper-organized and you won’t hesitate to fix something that’s disorganized or broken.
  • Have a natural tendency to identify inefficiencies and take action to resolve them.
  • Effectively lead and influence others, driving decisions cross-functionally across the org that enable your team or deliver on the best technical solution for the company.
  • Practice servant leadership and realize it’s your first responsibility to unblock the team so they can move forward, while also focusing on coaching and mentoring them along the way.


  • BS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, related discipline, or demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • MS or PhD in EE or CmpE preferred.
  • Competitive compensation, equity & bi-annual performance reviews.
  • Fully funded comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  • 401K plan.
  • Generous PTO policy.
  • Paid Parental Leave.
  • Monthly wellness reimbursement.
  • Cell Phone reimbursement.
  • Employee Purchase Program for discounted PAX devices.
  • Weekly catered lunch, endless snacks, and beverages.
  • Dog Friendly HQ in the Mission District of San Francisco.
  • Employee Assistance Program including access to online legal support.

About PAX Labs:

At PAX we strive to enhance people’s lives through exceptional cannabis experiences. Our curated set of pure full flavor pods and award-winning devices make enjoying cannabis simple and safe. For more than a decade, we have created next-generation devices that deliver enduring quality and wellness benefits through innovations in design and technology, and remain trusted by millions of consumers nationwide. We’re the #1 cannabis brand nationally with top awareness and NPS scores. Our standards allow for the safest vaporization of cannabis on the market. We are passionate about increasing well-being and joy through the power of cannabis, and we are committed to advancing opportunity through supporting social justice, access and equity in the industry. We are incredibly excited about the tremendous growth of the cannabis industry, inspired every day by how cannabis can change lives, and fortunate for our leading position in the space. Our culture is focused on putting the consumer first, making an impact together, and also having fun along the way! Our team has helped build businesses at the intersection of consumer, technology and wellness, including Apple, Google, Tesla, Uber, GoPro, Fitbit, Constellation, Honest Company, Eaze and more. PAX is backed by leading consumer and technology investors including Tiger Global and Tao Invest, and has raised over $430MM in capital.

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