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Hardware Project Manager



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Other Engineering, Operations
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2022
The future of food production hinges on an important question: How do we feed the world’s growing population without compromising our natural resources? Farmers feed our population and hold the keys to vital climate solutions. At Halter, we’re on a mission to enable farmers to run the most productive and sustainable farms. Farmers are using Halter to break free from the time-intensive constraints of conventional farming. They’re growing more grass, increasing milk production and improving the health and wellbeing of their cows.
We bridge deep tech into farming. Halter enables farmers to remotely shift, virtually fence and proactively monitor their cows’ health and behaviour. Can you imagine watching 500 dairy cows turn in unison and walk calmly towards the milking shed? No quad bikes, no dogs, no fences. Just a mob of cows walking at their own pace. People say it looks like magic. Our customers are revolutionizing farming with Halter. It's changing lives and transforming an industry.
People join Halter because they want to do meaningful work. By joining us you’ll be solving challenging problems within a talented team and a culture built for high performance. Our team out-think, out-work and out-care. We’re committed to delivering real change in the world - this isn’t easy, and in truth, we love that it’s hard. We’re backed to deliver on a mission that matters by Tier 1 investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC, Blackbird, Promus Ventures, Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Icehouse ventures.
To find out more, visit our careers website, LinkedIn & Instagram.
About the role
Halter is looking for a highly motivated Hardware Project Manager to join the Auckland team! You will be responsible for the project managing of the design, validation and manufacture of our revolutionary smart collars. You will be responsible for managing, supporting and accelerating our hardware road map, delivering product improvements and groundbreaking new products, to specification and ahead of schedule.
You’ll be working within a team of passionate, motivated and intelligent engineers who are experienced at pushing hard as one team towards our targets. You will collaborate closely with many teams across Halter, including the Electronics, Mechanical, Firmware, Data and Production teams to move projects rapidly all the way through to production. Each of these teams are comprised of exceptional people who are eager to beat goals and move forward: the attitude of Halter as a whole.
Your high-level technical understanding of hardware development will enable you to clinically prioritise and identify risks and issues through the project lifecycle. A culture of ownership and context means this role will have a huge opportunity to make a permanent impact on our mission. We're looking for someone with exceptional communication skills and the ability to actively drive outcomes.
You will have excellent problem-solving skills and judgement, you’ll be proactive, optimistic and always ready to help the wider team. You’ll be in the perfect environment to do the best work of your life.

What your day could look like

  • Driving new products or product improvements through to production. The target is to meet or exceed project milestones.
  • Interacting and integrating with cross-functional teams in Electronics, Mechanical, Production, Firmware and Data to set project scope and milestones and drive results with these teams.
  • Early identification of key risks and opportunities within a project - mitigating proactively and well ahead of time.
  • Participating in and facilitating cross-functional discussions on project blockers or issues. Providing clear updates on status and recovery plans to bring projects back on track.
  • Organisation and following up of any open actions required to achieve key milestones, ensure they’re actionable and well communicated.
  • Setting clear expectations on deliverables and timeframes. Communicating context, urgency, priorities and progress.
  • Authoring timely project status, summary, and issue resolution tracking reports.
  • Improving project management process, tools, meetings and structure to constantly improve PM at Halter.
  • Ensuring that product validation is completed in full and on time.
  • Proactively highlighting concerns and opportunities for improvement with team leads or management to help drive improvements.
  • Providing constant feedback for team members and project contributors, both positive and constructive. This is standard practice across Halter and helps us improve continuously.

Who are we looking for?

  • Bachelors/Masters in Mechanical, Electronics, or Manufacturing Engineering or similar.
  • Experience in project management with proven ability to operate under pressure with rigid time constraints. Owning projects and taking full accountability for the overall project success.
  • Strong experience with project timeline creation and management, including relevant software.
  • Experience in coordinating complex cross-functional teams, improving team processes, organising priorities and goals, and leading meetings.
  • Confident in making well-informed, effective and timely decisions.
  • Ability to effectively execute multiple projects and collaborate in a team environment
  • Strong motivation to support our mission as a company!
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Someone who will thrive in a self-motivated and demanding startup atmosphere, sometimes requiring extended hours.
  • Someone who is positive, proactive and relishes a challenge.

Why our team loves working at Halter

  • A genuine and shared connection to our mission to make a difference in the world.
  • The excitement, risk, and reward of a high-growth technology scale-up.
  • The pride of joining an iconic New Zealand technology company growing successfully on the global stage.
  • The opportunity to work with and grow together with an enthusiastic, and highly gifted team with diverse backgrounds.
  • The opportunity to supercharge your career in a supportive and caring environment.
  • Our ideas are truly valued, we are able to move fast, and our impact is real.
  • Delicious snacks and drinks are available for your daily flow.
  • Healthy body, healthy mind. We’re partnered with Southern Cross Health Insurance to support your well-being.
  • We offer 6 months of fully paid parental leave for primary caregivers, 4 weeks of fully paid secondary caregiver leave and many other parental benefits that support you and your family.
  • Our personal growth is important. Halter offers an annual $1000 self-development budget to be used for anything that fuels personal growth.
  • Our time to recharge is valued, we’re offered wellness leave and unlimited paid annual leave.
  • Importantly, we offer an inclusive and attractive remuneration package made up of salary, benefits and an employee stock ownership plan.
Halter is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace — a place where we can each be ourselves and do the best work of our lives. Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and under-represented groups of candidates tend to only apply when they meet every requirement. If you think you have what it takes but don’t necessarily tick every requirement on this job description, please still get in touch and apply to Halter. We’d love to chat to see if you’ll be an epic fit!
Our Office First Approach
We do have flexible working hours and you can work from home when you need to but we encourage our team to be in the office as much as you can.
We have an office-first approach because we would like to keep the opportunity for teams to have spontaneous interactions which in turn has allowed our team at Halter to foster strong relationships. Stronger relationships make it easier to disagree, give feedback, do meaningful work and as a result be higher performing as a team.
Join our team
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply below by sending through your cover letter explaining why you’re excited about this role and working at Halter, along with your CV, and we’ll be in touch!
Please also feel free to check out the careers and culture page for more information on working at Halter and don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn & Instagram.

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