Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Principal Advisor, Technical Marketing (Iron and Steel)



Marketing & Communications, IT
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2023

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

Working within Electra’s strategic Business Team, the primary responsibility is to be Electra’s steel and iron ore technical expert. The role’s core focus is on leveraging deep iron and steel industry technical knowledge and analysis to add value to Electra’s business development – first in North America then globally. In this role you will:

  • Collaborate with internal strategy and technical teams to understand target markets and define opportunities for Electra to meet voice of the customer (VOC) inputs
  • Define Electra product requirements, offerings to maximize value for Electra Shareholders
  • Serve as subject matter expert with commercial and technical teams to achieve maximum sales revenues across all sales channels
  • Understand and lead competitor analysis of metallic products and their relative value-in-use (VIU) to Electra products
  • Lead forecasting of steel plant operating costs, revenue, carbon emissions, raw material requirements and value-in-use adjustments, capital expenditure and production volumes.
  • Develop and maintain models to model VIU for Electra products into the steel sector
  • Work with the Strategy team to input market and competitive analysis to prioritize development pathways, and define technical risks/gaps/mitigations
  • Leverage the full value chain of iron and steel industries to produce analysis of the market to include supply, demand, and price forecasts
  • Assist with the development of models for Electra products related to carbon emissions and life cycle assessment
  • Establish and maintain contacts with industry stakeholders to acquire data and knowledge to enhance Electra models
  • Provide input to TEA models
  • Makes recommendations for business strategy development
  • Develop tools for pricing to support go-to-market contracting and discussions
  • Provide input into contracting and sales approach
  • Develop compelling, high-quality technical papers and proof of concept guides to support the launch of new solutions and technologies
  • Collaborate with the technical teams to build powerful product demonstrations that can be leveraged at high-profile events, including large industry conferences
  • Present technical findings at internal training sessions
  • Assist with content development to support campaign initiatives for customer and prospect nurturing and targeted marketing campaigns

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering or related discipline
  • 7 years of plant and technical experience working in metallics feeds for the iron and steel industry; preferably in a metallurgical, engineering, or senior project management role
  • 3 years of experience working in corporate application of plant operations
  • Strong, demonstrated technical experience in the iron and steel-making sector; preferably with some knowledge of the use of hydrogen as a reductant
  • Demonstrated experience in writing the scope for technical tenders and reviewing technical documentation including technical reports.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of technical and product value-in-use from upstream iron ore and ore products through pellets to metallics, and consumption in EAF and BF-BOS steel making routes
  • Experience with OBM; Iron metallics consumption in EAF and BF-BOS
  • Experience analyzing experimental data, reaching conclusions, and communicating results
  • Familiarity with hydrometallurgy and electrowinning technologies
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as needed
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing processes and responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Experience or the desire to be in a dynamic startup environment
  • A critical thinking mindset and focus on finding answers
  • A safety-first mindset; share potential risks with others before they result in hazardous outcomes
  • A desire to challenge yourself and take on increasing responsibilities as the company grows


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $130,000 - $180,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits For You:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Unlimited PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits For Your Family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits For Your Future:

  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options