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Data Scientist



Data Science
Wilsonville, OR, USA · Oregon, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Catalyzing a cleaner future.

At ESS (NYSE: GWH), our mission is to accelerate global decarbonization by providing safe, sustainable, long duration energy storage that powers people, communities, and businesses with clean, renewable energy anytime and anywhere it’s needed. As more renewable energy is added to the grid, long- duration energy storage is essential to providing the reliability and resiliency we need when the sun is not shining, and the wind is not blowing.

Our technology uses earth-abundant iron, salt, and water to deliver environmentally safe solutions capable of providing up to 12 hours of flexible energy capacity for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications.

Established in 2011, ESS Inc. enables project developers, independent power producers, utilities, and other large energy users to deploy reliable, sustainable long-duration energy storage solutions. For more information visit www.essinc.com.

The Technical Program Manager I is responsible for ensuring compliance on a set of projects with objectives set by company management. As such, the program manager is the owner of a set of complex projects and/or a small program.

The Program Manager will be responsible for defining and owning the execution of programs affiliated to product development. This person will integrate all near and long term technical and product development initiatives into a cohesive program strategy. This position will be responsible for coordinating all relevant parts of the organization including engineering, quality, supply chain, operations, sales, and finance to ensure seamless production, delivery, installation, and support of our programs. The position reports directly to the PMO director.


  • Establishes the framework and conditions for smooth execution of the program.
  • Passes on the program objectives to the company’s functional departments, within their delegated scope of responsibility.
  • Ensure consistency into project data management tool (Project management dashboard, ERP).
  • Monitor project sets performance metrics: cost, quality and lead-time aspects.
  • Consolidate the various schedules and keep the overall program calendar updated.
  • Consolidate the various risk mitigation plans, guarantee the reliability and accuracy of management data and ensure that risks are duly managed
  • Driven to obtain top results for the organization. Focus people on actions that result in meeting business goals.
  • Able to quickly integrate complex information for either problem solving or defining new product solutions. Effectively probe for information critical to the decision at hand.
  • Ensure accountabilities and expectations are clear.
  • Develop follow up processes to ensure quality implementation.
  • Develop deep knowledge of issues, and perspective key decisions with the executive team.
  • Plan and lead execution of product and solution launches.
  • Develop and implement specific cost reduction plans, as needed.

Key Behaviors and Traits:

  • Leading
    • Inspiring and motivating: Gets the best performance from the team. Taps into people’s needs, interests and goals to motivate them to achieve. Inspires commitment from people to the organization and its goals. Mobilize people toward high performance and goal achievement.
    • Influencing: Has the ability to influence people at all levels and in all parts of the organization. Very persuasive; able to sell ideas inside and outside the organization with supporting data to back up claims. Gains support and cooperation from others. Exhibits both diplomacy and toughness during negotiations.
  • Relating
    • Build trust: Contribute to a culture that fosters trust. Inspires confidence and loyalty from others. Demonstrates the highest integrity. Is consistently fair and respectful with people, regardless of the situation. Base decisions on ethics and principles, as well as business needs.
    • Collaboration: Works to create “win-win” solutions. Resolves conflicts in a constructive manner. Works for the good of the total organization, not just a portion of it. Develops networks and alliances across the organization.
    • Encourage open communication: Encourages a dialogue of issues. Listens attentively. Allows and even encourages people to push back when they disagree. Communicates knowledge in a timely and open manner.
    • Interpersonal Savvy: Has insight into the motives and needs of others. Displays interpersonal sensitivity. Demonstrates perceptiveness in dealing with others.

Additional Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Expected minimum of 4 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 2 years and a Master’s degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years managing technical projects with emphasis on engineering design.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment with dynamic daily priorities.
  • Experience in new-product introduction and scale to manufacturing.
  • Ability to fluently read and write English.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong strategic thinker with proven product management level experience leading the full range of product development activities with a highly technical company and industry.
  • Known for the ability to develop strategy and will have a successful track record of delivering results in a fast-paced environment.

Benefits of working at ESS.

In addition to the value of working with and helping grow a global reaching clean technology, ESS offers Company assisted medical, dental and vision, 401k with Company match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), a generous PTO accrual, and 8 paid holidays.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, without a need for sponsorship.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.