Systems Engineering Lead


PAX Labs is an award-winning consumer technology brand with a mission to establish cannabis as a force for good. Our products set a high bar for quality and, together with the PAX App, offer unique features such as safety locking, adjustable temperature and draw control. As millions of consumers try cannabis for the first time or return to it after a long hiatus, PAX believes that quality, transparency and predictability are the keys to safe, responsible use by adults. 

Headquartered in San Francisco, PAX is backed by leading technology investors including Tiger Global and Tao Invest (Pritzker family fund). We are an exceptional team with hardware and software backgrounds in consumer technology, healthcare, and biotech, and are growing rapidly to deliver on our mission. Our internal culture values diversity, integrity, having an impact, and passion for the larger movement that PAX is a part of.

Check us out: LinkedIn | The Muse | Key Values


PAX is looking for a Systems Engineering Lead (SEL) to support and lead development on new PAX hardware products. The SEL will report directly to the Director, Systems Engineering and will be the Direct Responsible Interest (DRI) for the product on the hardware team. Using your broad engineering knowledge and experience, you’ll take the product requirements, liaise with the different hardware team leads (EE,ME,REL,FW...), and develop executable engineering requirements.

We are looking for a fearless individual capable of working with highly skilled cross-functional engineering teams to identify risks, explore solutions, reach consensus and execute mitigations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

As the PAX Systems Engineering Lead, you will:

  • Create and own the Engineering Requirements Document (ERD) from the product requirements
  • Understand the tradeoffs between ME, EE, FW, REL, PM, EPM, UX, ID solutions/options and provide final design recommendations and cross-functional mediation
  • Collaborate with the Reliability team to inform and help define appropriate DFMEA
  • Drive technical issues to resolution while coordinating across teams
  • Communicate technical root cause to management team with backup from Hardware leads
  • Approve system design for function and cost
  • Unblock and drive engineering team to resolve bugs
  • Handle escalations, risk tracking and mitigations


  • 8+ years in consumer products and/or other product development
  • Multi-disciplinary understanding of EE, ME, and Physics principles
  • Wide knowledge of basic engineering materials and manufacturing processes
  • Ability to understand the trade-offs between performance, manufacturability and cost
  • Excellent written/verbal communication, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Proficiency in CAD (Solidworks preferred)
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to ~15%

Ideally, you:

  • Are a creative problem solver, with experience in failure analysis, root cause investigation, and DOE creation
  • Have excellent time management skills, an ambitious spirit, and are a self-starter
  • Have a strong track record of on-time project delivery and managing entire project life cycle
  • Launched technical initiatives and risk mitigations to resolve issues and improve team understanding
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment - you embrace and drive change
  • Are experienced in collaborating with overseas manufacturing facilities, specifically in high-volume mass production


  • BS in ME/EE, related discipline, or demonstrated equivalent experience
  • MS preferred
  • Mandarin written and verbal language a plus but not required


  • Competitive compensation, equity & bi-annual performance reviews
  • Fully funded comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401K plan
  • Generous PTO policy 
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Monthly wellness reimbursement
  • Cell Phone reimbursement
  • Employee Purchase Program for discounted PAX devices
  • Weekly catered lunch, endless snacks and beverages
  • Dog Friendly HQ in the Mission District of San Francisco
  • Employee Assistance Program including access to online legal support

Don't let the confidence gap get in the way of applying! We'd love to hear from you.


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