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VP of Engineering

Limelight Steel

Limelight Steel

Software Engineering
Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Limelight Steel is on a mission to eliminate emissions from iron and steelmaking and build a brighter future. 8% of global CO2 emissions come from current steelmaking processes - the largest source of industrial emissions. Limelight Steel’s laser furnace converts clean electricity into laser light that is tuned to rapidly and efficiently heat iron ore and create iron metal and steel products - reducing the energy required to electrify steelmaking by 49%. We are building furnaces to produce clean steel that will form the foundations of a fossil-fuel-free world.

We are a startup in Oakland, CA, backed by industry-leading climate tech investors, looking to grow our team. Our people are the foundation of our company, and we are committed to building a diverse and courageous team of people motivated to make a positive impact on the world. We want to hire people who are kind and supportive teammates and have the perseverance to achieve our audacious goal to decarbonize the steel industry.

Position Summary

As our Vice President of Engineering, you will lead the development and scaling of our laser furnace to a pilot ironmaking furnace and commercial demonstration plant.

Key Qualifications

  • Leadership: Lead build of Limelight's pilot furnace through design, analysis, manufacture, and testing phases
  • Project Management: Oversee engineering projects and timelines with contract manufacturers
  • Team Management: Build and lead a high-performing engineering team
  • Technology Development: Work with CEO and CTO to align research and engineering efforts, integrating results and processes from R&D team into scale up plans

Key Qualifications

  • Engineering degree and 10+ years experience in industrial applications
  • Experience with bringing hardware from prototype to product on the market, scaling production with manufacturers, and working with engineering, procurement, and construction firms
  • Experience leading an engineering team, balancing in-house and engineering partners to manage engineering timelines
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills, ability to think about problems from a first-principles perspective
  • Experience working in fast-paced startup-like environments


  • Competitive stock option package
  • Comprehensive health benefits that include:
    • Full premium coverage for UnitedHealthcare PPO Gold for employees with 80% coverage for dependents
    • Full premium coverage for Guardian Vision and Dental for employees
  • Generous time-off schedule
    • 20 days paid time off
    • 10 holidays (personalized to the holidays you observe)
  • Sustainable 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match
  • Work computer that suits your preferences, 4K monitor, and accompanying budget for peripherals
  • 2x weekly catered team lunches and unlimited snacks/drinks in the office
  • A team of curious, passionate, kind, and courageous people committed to eliminating industrial emissions that contribute to climate change
  • Unparalleled opportunities for growth, leadership, and project ownership in a dynamic and rapidly-growing startup company