Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Senior Technology Analyst



Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

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:

The Technology Analyst will bridge the interface between technical and business teams at Electra by developing data driven decision making tools for technical development, market analysis, and product deployment. The Technology Analyst will regularly perform mission critical cost estimations, techno-economic analyses, capital cost estimating, project delivery planning, project procurement strategy, and feasibility studies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build and maintain complex TEA models
  • Perform rapid technology scoping and techno-economic analysis to evaluate new product concepts, production cost modeling, techno-economic feasibility assessments, and literature reviews.
  • Produce reports and sensitivity analyses from economic models to capture tradeoffs between varying business scenarios.
  • Model value chains in industry, especially iron from mining through to steel production, to understand where cost is incurred and how value is created.
  • Research and evaluate value chains and markets to identify potential customers and map product price potentials.
  • Produce detailed technoeconomic analysis of competitive product markets.
  • Develop and refine Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for producing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) of Electra’s products and competitive assessments.
  • Perform scale-up analysis, flowsheet and plant configuration options analysis, CAPEX/OPEX assessments, and economic analyses from Class 5/Scoping to Class 3/FEED levels.
  • Perform audits of Class 5 to Class 1 cost estimates from EPCs for Electra’s project deployments.
  • Assist with tracking and incorporation of experimental data used to develop, inform, and update techno-economic models.
  • Assist with incorporation of techno-economic models into detailed financial models and scenarios analyses for site specific deployment of Electra’s technology.
  • Gather equipment and process cost benchmarks from the industry and maintain a database of these costs for reference by economic models.
  • Maintain disciplined revision control and change management of Electra’s models.

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor's degree in business or a related field of study and at 5 years of related experience in project costs estimation or techno-economic modeling, or an MBA or a related field and 3 years of related experience in project costs estimation or techno-economic modeling
  • Experience producing Class 5 through Class 3 cost estimates for industrial plants
  • Experience utilizing CEPCI and other cost benchmarking data including correcting for currency and escalation of historical costs
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint.

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Brings a strong technical ‘go to’ network from R&D, nonferrous sector operating plants
  • Plant operations experience in Zn, Cu processing and EW plants
  • EPCM experience building detailed engineering and bids for non-ferrous metals [Zn, Cu, Ni etc.] plant projects
  • Prior Start-up experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand/sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to travel domestic and internationally as needed


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $100,000-$130,000 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
  • Reasonable use 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

Benefits For Your Future:

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