Director of Mechanical Engineering

| Greater LA Area

Position Overview

Come join one of the fastest growing firms in the US!

We are seeking a well-established Director of Mechanical Engineering to play a critical, leadingrole in our fast-growing, non-traditional, technology company. In this role, the Director of Mechanical Engineering will drive the concept, mechanical design and development from cradle to grave for next generation LED lighting fixtures.    

Our company is not focused on irrelevant rules and wasteful processes.  Instead we value and reward specific behaviors aligned with our culture and company objectives.  We value the ability to collaborate, learn and provide the freedom necessary for each person to do their work, with the expectation that we will get high performance in return.

The Director of Mechanical Engineering will have strong and effective communication and organization skills to coordinate with a cross-functional team to meet very aggressive performance, cost and schedule goals.  These skills will be critical when managing multiple simultaneous development efforts and marshaling outside resources for design, prototyping, and testing of new fixtures and concepts as required


In depth expertise in engineering is required in order to push the limits of existing technology and create cutting edge and aesthetic lighting solutions, and while doing this, work with leadership team to achieve business goals.


Clever design is not enough.  A holistic approach encompassing engineering design, cost, operational efficiency, manufacturability, transportation/packaging, reliability and end of life is required to achieve the outcome desired.  A product is only great when everyone who touches or interacts with it from the moment of inception through its retirement uniformly recognizes itsexcellence.  


Broad experience with high technology products requiring electronics packaging, thermal management, and aesthetic requirements is very important.


A heart for developing people is key to success in this role.  The ability to coach and mentor team members, to offer development opportunities to enable them to reach their highest potential, is necessary for the success of the organization as a whole.


The ability to act as a Player/Coach is also necessary.  There are times when the team needs to know the tasks and priorities that must be completed.  There are other times when they need to be shown how to do it.  And there are times when they just need a helping hand.  The Director of this group needs to be willing and able to do all three.

The Position

  • Identify and prioritize development initiatives, timetables, implementation and deployment of product development critical tasks
  • Effective management of critical tasks including, but not limited to: conceptual development, design analysis, 3D modeling, DFx, prototype development, test planning, EVT/DVT qualification, safety certifications, reliability validation, technical documentation, packaging development and validation, manufacturing and assembly aids and sustaining engineering/cost down efforts

The Person

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. MS preferred.
  • 10 years progressive experience managing engineering teams
  • 5 years managing engineers in the delivery of consumer-facing electromechanical products
  • In depth knowledge of manufacturing technologies such as thermoplastic and thermoset molding, thermoforming die casting, plastic and metal extrusion, metal stamping 
  • Demonstrated success in launching products into high volume (500k+/year) and low volume (10k/year) contract manufacturing and internal plant environments
  • Deep understanding of modern design principles
  • Experience in developing/launching LED-based products beneficial but not required
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (less than 25%)


A detailed and compelling compensation package will be outlined for the selected candidate.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. This position is not eligible for sponsorship.


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We are located in the vibrant Chinatown section of Downtown LA. We're public transportation accessible and near freeways, making us easy to get to.

An Insider's view of Ecosense

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our culture is distinctive, adaptable and high-performing guided by our core values of Beauty, Freedom, and Frictionless. We have a culture that expects and empowers its employees to have agency—to individually act to produce for powerful results.


VP of People & Culture

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day involves learning & solving. I collaborate with colleagues to solve technical & business challenges involved in producing great luminaires. Collaboration on any given day could include customers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Optical Engineers, Software Engineers, Color Scientists, and Industrial Designers,


Product Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Just out of school I went to China with our VP of Ops, 12 dozen vendors in two weeks. I was able to witness all forms of manufacturing from die-casting to cable construction. To top it off I averaged one fresh mango smoothie every day!


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What are Ecosense Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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