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IT Lead

Zeno Power Systems

Zeno Power Systems

IT, Education
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2024

Company Overview

Zeno Power’s (Zeno) mission is to provide clean, plug-and-play power anywhere in the universe. To do that, Zeno is developing a next-generation radioisotope power system (RPS) that generates carbon-free, resilient power for decades, utilizing material found in nuclear waste. Zeno’s technology is both light-weight and cost-effective compared to historic RPS, opening up broad market opportunities in space and terrestrially. To bring this breakthrough technology to market, Zeno is seeking out purpose-driven and innovative professionals who are comfortable working in a startup environment. Team members will have a direct impact in enabling commercial and national security missions from the depths of our oceans, to the surface of the moon, and in austere environments here on Earth.

Zeno is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

IT Lead

Zeno is seeking a highly motivated Information Technology Lead to support the mission-oriented efforts of developing and bringing to market Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) technologies.

In this role as the IT Lead, you will be responsible for leading both the strategic planning and tactical operation of our IT infrastructure, ensuring its alignment with the company's culture, goals, and objectives:

  • Manage conception and execution of all IT projects, from project scoping, budgeting, and scheduling through to planning and implementation.
  • Manage external vendors who support our general IT needs (e.g., Microsoft GCC High Azure platform, GovCloud AWS).
  • Plan and manage the upgrades and maintenance of IT systems and services for essential business functions.
  • Ensure the security of export-controlled information and CMMC compliance.
  • Monitor and analyze the success of IT initiatives and projects and continually develop and evaluate new technologies and tools for the company.
  • Develop and implement company policies related to security, incident response, disaster recovery, and the management and general use of IT infrastructure.
  • Direct or support the activities of the help desk (through external partner) to ensure the IT needs of users are met and manage the creation and maintenance of technical documentation/knowledge bases.
  • Develop a staffing plan to recruit, train, and motivate a team to deploy services and maintain a high standard of customer service.

Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, computer science, or a related field.
  • 8+ years of experience in IT and 3+ years managing IT in a small to mid-size company (less than 100 employees)
  • Experience working with hard tech companies is required; experience in aerospace, defense, or nuclear is preferred
  • Experience working in highly regulated environments is required, familiarity with ITAR and export-control is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills; ability to motivate people and manage resources effectively and work with business partners to achieve goals on aggressive timelines.
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of industry-standard computer hardware and software systems
  • Exposure to high-performance computing to support research processes or similar processes of high-volume analysis, computation, and simulations
  • Familiarity with engineering and modeling software beyond standard office applications
  • Outstanding organizational, time management, presentation, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly in a fast-moving and dynamic team environment

Job Functions

  • Position requires in-office presence in Seattle (South Lake Union) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, remote work is optional on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Travel: Travel is required, 10-20%
  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 15 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated salary band for this position is $110,000-160,000. The final job level and compensation will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, years of relevant experience, skills, qualifications, certifications, and other business considerations.

In addition to competitive compensation, we also offer a generous benefits package, which includes:

  • Stock options
  • Flexible paid time off
  • 401k plan with employer match
  • 16 weeks of paid family leave
  • Annual employee wellness reimbursement and office supply stipend
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Relocation assistance

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Export Control

Applicants for employment at Zeno Power must be a U.S. person. The term “U.S. Person” means (i) a U.S citizen or U.S. national; or (ii) any natural person who is a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e., holds a Green Card), as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or as a “protected individual” defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., admitted as a refugee or is granted asylum).