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Senior Manager, Concrete Technical Lead

Sublime Systems

Sublime Systems

Somerville, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Sublime Systems is a technology company commercializing affordable, ultra-low-carbon cement. Sublime's breakthrough replaces the industry's legacy fossil fuel-fired kilns with an electrochemical system that operates at ambient temperature, eliminating the use of fossil fuel and the need for limestone, resulting in low-carbon, low-embodied energy cement. This technology has the potential to drive gigaton-scale CO2 reductions in an industry responsible for 8 percent of global emissions. Sublime is backed by mission-aligned investors, including The Engine, Prime Impact Fund, Energy Impact Partners, and Lowercarbon Capital. We are building a diverse and collaborative team of folks who are "amped about cement" (pun intended), who share our values (excellence, creativity, and teamwork), and our motivation to create a better world.
Sublime Systems seeks a Senior Manager, Concrete Technical Lead to lead the technical efforts involved in validating and deploying Sublime Cement and SCM products in concrete. This individual will be responsible for setting and directing all technical priorities for the concrete team, including supporting business development and deployment efforts (Product Success), evaluating performance of Sublime’s cement and SCMs in concrete as well as continuing to improve our best-in-class concrete lab capabilities. This individual will supervise and mentor a team of concrete technicians to implement best practices and provide expert guidance on difficult technical challenges. This individual will be a people leader, project manager, and key intellectual contributor to our efforts to validate and optimize the performance of our cement and SCMs in concrete, including presentation of results to internal and external stakeholders as required. This role will report directly to the VP of Product and will work closely with the company’s leadership to make a large impact on Sublime’s technology and business. This is an exciting opportunity to combat global climate change by transforming how the world makes cement.
The Senior Manager, Concrete Technical Lead will be a senior leader on Sublime Systems’ Product team. This individual must be comfortable getting hands-on in the laboratory to provide instruction and guidance to the team as well as working closely with partners, internal business development and Product Success team members around field trials, grant opportunities and to evangelize Sublime as a technical thought leader within cement and concrete. Ideal candidates will have extensive skills and experience in technical leadership, and will be organized, innovative, results-driven, ambitious, and excellent managers.
This is a full-time permanent in-person position in Somerville, MA, with flexibility to occasionally work from home depending on team and project needs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with Product and R&D leadership to identify concrete team priorities and develop plans to accomplish these goals
  • Lead the evaluation of Sublime’s cement and SCM products in concrete across various applications, mix designs, admixtures and environmental conditions
  • Work closely with various R&D teams to establish a tight feedback loop and continue to improve Sublime’s products
  • Perform internal benchmark testing of other materials (cements, SCMs, etc.) from partners and across industry to create most relevant and useful comparison points for Sublime materials
  • Support feasibility studies and pre-deployment testing for potential field trials and BD-related testing
  • Perform internal diligence, logistics assistance and field testing for concrete placements
  • Lead technical efforts to get Sublime materials onto state and federal procurement lists (eg. Departments of Transportation) by designing test programs and collaborating with external parties to validate Sublime materials against required specifications
  • Supervising, developing, and recruiting Sublime’sConcrete team members
  • Improve Sublime’s concrete laboratory test methods and capabilities to ensure Sublime’s concrete lab is best-in-class
  • Presenting results to internal and external stakeholders
  • Writing white papers, reports, grant applications, and patent applications
  • Championing safety, especially in the development of experimental processes
  • Fostering a supportive, inclusive, innovative, and dynamic company culture

Requirements Include:

  • B.S. or M.S. in civil engineering, materials science, materials chemistry, or a related field (concrete specialty heavily preferred)
  • 8 or more years of relevant work experience in concrete industry in technical roles in concrete laboratory settings, including 3-5 years in a supervisory role in a lab or QC setting
  • Deep knowledge of the cement and concrete materials industry, particularly ready-mix concrete
  • Extensive knowledge of ASTM, AASHTO and ACI standards relevant to cement and concrete materials Participation in relevant committees is highly preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of concrete materials chemistry and testing
  • Superior presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal. Experience writing grant and patent applications is highly preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all team members
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail, focusing on accuracy and quality, without losing sight of the bigger picture
  • Ability to maintain a balanced approach, keep perspective on what really matters and a good sense of humor in a fast-paced environment
Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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