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Elemental Excelerator
Elemental Excelerator

Staff Platform Infrastructure Engineer



Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Our Mission

SPAN develops products that accelerate the rapid adoption of renewable energy in the home. The flagship SPAN Smart Panel is the first true evolution for the traditional home electric panel, harnessing enhanced technology for metering, monitoring, and control. An expanded product suite of intelligent, integrated solutions radically lowers the cost and complexity of energy upgrades–including solar, batteries and EVs–empowering homeowners to be active, resilient and informed players in the energy market.

The Role

We are seeking a seasoned platform infrastructure engineer with expertise building and operating cloud infrastructure, to join our team building the tools and systems to provide an internal developer platform. You’ll join our cloud platform engineering team, bringing your expertise in infrastructure to bear as we design, implement, and manage the SPAN cloud system. You’ll work with other engineers including mobile, device firmware, and systems software in our broader software engineering group. Your infrastructure experience will help us build features and systems that helps our engineering teams deliver software and hardware products with high velocity, security and quality via automated testing and best-practices in our continuous deployment system and internal developer platform.


  • Design and develop CI/CD tools, pipelines and re-usable infrastructure-as-code.

  • Work on the delivery of new and improved developer facing features for internal engineering teams.

  • Collaborate with teams across the organization to gather requirements and participate in our agile development process to build systems.

  • Participate in an on-call rotation focused on supporting and maintaining the systems we provide to the rest of the organization.

About You

Required Qualifications

We are seeking a seasoned infrastructure engineer with 5+ years demonstrating knowledge and experience in:

  • Designing and building cloud infrastructure including CI/CD systems, with substantive experience with Kubernetes & Terraform or equivalent infrastructure-as-code tools.

  • Extensively leveraging cloud provider managed systems, preferably AWS.

  • Development and use of observability systems to improve overall system health and meantime to resolution of incidents (Datadog, Grafana, PagerDuty, etc.).

  • Collaborating with engineers from multiple domains, to design secure, robust, scalable, and resilient systems.

  • Collaborating with coworkers in a shared code base using industry standard tools and processes including source control, linting, and unit/smoke/end-to-end testing.

  • A common scripting language (e.g. Python, shell scripting).

Bonus Qualifications

We would love to hire someone with experience working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) products (e.g. AWS IoT, Google Cloud IoT, something homegrown) or other hardware component to the product.

  • Experience building an internal developer platform.

  • Writing and maintaining CLI and Web UI services for internal developer use.

  • Container based deployments.

  • Automating and integration with hardware testing and lab systems.

  • Experience writing and debugging Go, especially related to Kubernetes.

  • Experience with rolling out SSO across an organization.

The U.S. base salary range for this position is $159,700 - $210,000 plus benefits, equity and variable compensation for Sales-related roles. This range represents SPAN’s good faith estimate of competitively-priced salary for the role based on national, real-time industry data from companies of a similar growth stage. This range reflects minimum and maximum new hire salaries for the role in San Francisco county. Within the range, individual pay is determined by location and individual factors including relevant skills, experience and education or training. This range correlates to the relative level of the candidate we believe we need for the role and may require an adjustment for candidates of a different level.

Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the location this role is based during the hiring process.

Life at SPAN

SPAN embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

Headquartered in San Francisco’s vibrant SoMa neighborhood, we are an eclectic group of creative thinkers who value open communication, teamwork, and a ‘make it happen’ approach to addressing complex challenges.

Our CEO, Arch Rao⁠—former head of the Tesla Powerwall team⁠—fosters an energetic and collaborative environment, with a strong emphasis on maintaining work-life-balance across the organization.

We’re hiring talented individuals who are driven by success and are passionate about shaping the future of renewable energy. If that sounds like you, we’d love for you to consider joining the rapidly growing team at SPAN.

The Perks:

⚡ Competitive compensation + equity grants at a well-funded, venture-backed company

⚡ Comprehensive benefits (including medical; dental, vision, life and disability insurance)

⚡ Comfortable, sunny office space located near BART and Caltrain public transit

⚡ Strong focus on teambuilding and company culture (events, meet-ups, clubs)

⚡ Flexible hours and unlimited PTO

Our Mission & Values:

At SPAN, we believe that powering your home with clean energy should be a simple and delightful experience that is at its essence human-centered and technology-forward.

Our core values include:

  • Making home energy more accessible, intuitive, and convenient.

  • Enabling homes and vehicles to be powered by the sun.

  • Building resilient homes with reliable power.

  • All-electric everything.

  • A more flexible & distributed grid.

Interested in joining our team? Submit an application today and we’ll be in touch with next steps!