Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Chief of Staff



People & HR, Operations
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 2024

We'd love to hear from you if you want to

  • Join a quickly growing, profitable startup ($12M round raised in January 2024)

  • Work on a product with hypergrowth metrics (7X revenue in last 12 months)

  • Solve problems in a huge market ($1T market size)

  • Work on products that have an impact in the real world

About this role

As a Chief of Staff at Picogrid, you will lead initiatives in capture, sales, engineering, and core operations. You will work independently to deliver business-critical milestones, prepare high-quality written materials, support business development activities, lead cross-team planning and manage relationships with B2B partners. We are looking for someone who brings high energy, empathy and analytical skills.

In this role, you'll

  • Lead various cross-functional projects, particularly overseeing Picogrid’s relationships with B2B and government partners.

  • Create high-quality written content such as presentations, white papers, and articles to bolster sales, marketing, and operational activities.

  • Gain a thorough understanding of Picogrid’s products, mission, and roadmap to effectively communicate how they meet the critical mission requirements of defense clients.

  • Manage project and admin tasks, including federal contract deliverables, procurement, and accounts receivable/payable.

Who you are

  • You have an exceptional foundation in defense technology and an understanding of how government customers develop, procure, and sustain cutting-edge technology

  • You take pride in being an excellent individual contributor: you move fast with a high standard for quality. You have a passion for crafting thoughtful and engaging presentations and writing.

  • You are proactive and take ownership, eager to launch projects and seek constructive feedback.

  • You are analytical but also a people person, adept at forming connections and understanding diverse perspectives.

Some types of experiences we're especially excited to see:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a technical field (preferably computer science, engineering, or natural sciences) is required.

  • You are a power user of PowerPoint, Google Slides, and other productivity tools.

  • You took computer science coursework in college and/or have coded before.

  • You have at least one year of experience in Management Consulting, Business Development, or similar roles, ideally within a leading defense technology firm.

  • You possess deep market insights within the Defense and Intelligence sectors, particularly in areas such as Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), intelligence, and tactical communications.

  • Active or eligibility to obtain a US Government Security Clearance, noting that such clearances are only granted to US citizens.

Why join us?

Picogrid is a quickly growing company building hardware-software systems for public and private sector customers. We offer:

  • Meaningful equity with a high upside (early stage)

  • Salary of $80,000-$140,000 + Performance Incentive

  • Unlimited PTO and eleven paid holidays

  • Full Health Coverage (medical, dental, and vision)

  • Daily office-provided lunches and dinners

  • Remote/hybrid-friendly work environment

  • Paid parental leave

  • A $300 per year personal wellness and learning stipend.

  • A one-time stipend of $500 to assist with expenses that come with setting up a home office

  • Unique office on Main Street in El Segundo, CA, stocked with quality coffee, snacks, and craft beer

About Picogrid

Picogrid is a defense technology company that builds a common platform for unmanned systems. We are building the missing middleware for defense.

Our products connect fragmented technologies including sensors, cameras, radar, drones, and other defense systems into mission systems including human interfaces, AI systems, and sensor fusion applications.

From day one, your work will touch the lives of our users across the U.S. Army, Air Force, CAL FIRE, PG&E, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and others.

Export Control Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.