The Drilling Field Optimization Manager will bring a logistics-oriented mindset, technical rigor, domain knowledge and task orientation to Dandelion’s efforts to advance the state of the art in residential geothermal drilling. This person will be responsible for researching, prototyping, and developing new drilling products and processes in order to lower drilling cost, increase quality, and simplify loop installation. 

The Drilling Field Optimization Manager will partner with Dandelion’s VP of Drilling to create a roadmap of drilling product and process improvements we should be exploring, and help identify and evaluate companies, products, softwares, consultants, and materials on the market that may aid us in the pursuit of our drilling objectives. The Drilling Product Manager will own that roadmap and be responsible for delivering against it.

Experience Profile

  • 10+ years in product management or engineering
  • Experience with design and operation of drilling equipment or similar heavy machinery
  • Six sigma or equivalent process optimization backgrounds -a plus
  • A degree in engineering

Outcomes

  • Optimize Dandelion’s drilling offering
    • Build understanding of current challenges and opportunities in Dandelion’s geothermal drilling operations (space constraints, heavy drill string etc.)
    • Partner with VP Drilling to create a roadmap outlining the highest priority challenges and opportunities, with timelines, budget, and agreed-upon milestones and deliverables.
    • Build deep technical familiarity with Dandelion’s existing drilling equipment and processes (time motion, frequent site visits, relationships with drill crew etc.)
  • Research landscape of potential drilling or logistical improvements
    • Identify and cold call potential suppliers, drillers, companies and people of interest (eg Swedish drilling companies)
    • Procure equipment, materials, or software needed for drilling tests or operations
  • Be in the field a lot
    • Spend 20-30% of time onsite, observing, documenting, and understanding Dandelion’s drilling operations
    • Form great working relationships with Dandelion’s drilling crew members
  • Set up and execute experiments and tests to efficiently trial new equipment and approaches
    • Create evaluation criteria for new ideas and get cross functional alignment on what matters (cost, access, labor etc.)
    • Run pilots and tests to efficiently collect efficacy data on novel approaches
    • Roll out drilling product and process improvements in partnership with VP of Drilling

Competencies

  • Domain expertise in drilling and/or logistics
  • Project management of engineering development efforts
  • Ability to quickly learn and integrate new information
  • Pragmatic and thorough
  • Strong problem solving and action/solutions orientation 
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Comfortable with significant growth and overall business change
  • Fluency with CAD and some type of drafting or visualization program a plus

Benefits/Perks

  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance offered from day 1!
  • 401k plan offered
  • Stock/Equity options offered
  • Paid Sick and Vacation
  • Training support including on-the-job and virtual/online-based courses

You’ll love working at Dandelion because:

We’re solving the world’s hardest problems. You’ll have the opportunity to pioneer renewable heating and cooling from the ground-up (literally). There’s no established playbook for fighting climate change, so your work will be messy, challenging, and build a better, cleaner world.

We’re good people. It sounds simple, and it is. We are passionate, vision-driven, low-ego, and treat one another with kindness and respect. We challenge ideas here, not people.

We hold each other accountable. We celebrate our wins and learn from our losses. We’re honest, realistic, and transparent across all areas of the business, every day -- not just at our monthly all-hands meeting.

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Dandelion Energy is an energy innovation company working to electrify home heating. We create and install geothermal heat pumps to replace fossil-fueled furnaces and boilers. Since spinning out of Google X in 2017, we’ve grown into an organization of over 100 employees and have become the largest residential geothermal heat pump installation company in the US. Our carbon impact to date is the equivalent to taking over 25,000 cars off the road, and that impact is accelerating with our growth! 

Our cross-disciplinary team consists of experts in geothermal, drilling, heat pump and software engineering, HVAC installation, solar and solar financing, behavioral economics, and high-growth operations, among other backgrounds. With the potential to catalyze and scale a widespread transition to sustainable and affordable heating and cooling, our work is both exciting and complex. We are working to create a wholesale shift in how people heat and cool their homes — join us!

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