Ather is hardware start-up based out of Bangalore, building India’s first smart electric scooter, the Ather S340. Designed in-house and built ground-up, the S340 is a high performance electric scooter powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, has a touchscreen dashboard and a host of smart features.
Ather is backed by Flipkart founders Sachin & Binny Bansal, Tiger Global and recently raised a Series B funding of Rs. 205 Cr from Hero MotoCorp.
Multiple prototypes of the S340 are currently being tested across various parameters and should be hitting manufacturing next year. The overall strength of the company is 150 comprising majorly engineers. Ather hires all through the year for various positions across the company.
What is the work culture like?
It’s unique to Ather. That’s how we would like to put it.
We are a bunch of engineers, designers, analysts, scientists, technicians, marketers and managers who are curious and love to build products.
We have processes, practices & policies but for those who love to build things from scratch and fix what’s broken it’s an open playground.
What do we look for in people?
Obviously we look for the cliched stuff - passion and those sort of stuff. However we think it makes sense for us, and definitely for you, for us to throw some light on what we mean by these terms.
Passion: translated to crazy obsession to your work - We look out for people who are crazily passionate about work. Be it an engineer, designer, marketeer or the in-house cook who we will hire in the near future. If you love what you do it’s not a job anymore. And when it’s not a job, you pour your heart into it, own what you are building indirectly acquiring freedom to call your own shots to make things better and obviously be what they call self-motivated.
Let’s be honest. Work is tough and demanding. We like to talk to people who understand their responsibilities, can deliver and don’t need a wake up call every alternate week. This one is non-negotiable.
Intelligence translated to domain knowledge/technical capability. We are building the S340 from a scratch. A lot of things at a sub-system level are stuff most people wouldn’t have worked on for years. That’s okay. But what we do not compromise is exemplary academic record, cognitive ability, deep domain knowledge and relevant experience if any.
Skill: It’s a given that every individual come in with a different level of skill sets. But if you are check for 1 & 2 and have a basic skill for the role you are assigned to it, we are absolutely comfortable. We believe if the person is in love with the work and is intelligent they can upskill quite rapidly.
What will I be doing at Ather? Building the S340 and the ecosystem around it gives us joy. Infact it’s the joy of building things that keeps us up on it. No matter the number of days and even nights. Interestingly over the last three years we have come across lot of folks who share the same excitement. Young engineers who want to build an electric bike, guys working on solar charging, wireless charging, drones, robots and so on. From our experience and these interactions we have realized that it’s critical to have a robust eco-system for such projects to nurture and become great products. Unfortunately, we don’t see any taking shape. As the community chief you will help in establishing such a platform in whatever ways we can. If you are someone who we are looking for, you already have a hang of it. Either ways we will be happy to discuss this in detail when we speak. What kind of experience & skills do I need for this role? That’s a good question. Interestingly for this role we are overweighing on passion and your capabilities over relevant experience, which for this role is quite non-existent. Your obsession to build hardware products is non-negotiable. Some product development experience will be welcome. You have either graduated recently and have participated in FSAE, Baja and the sorts. Or you could have sacrificed 2-8 years in an engineering firm with the hope of building products and now looking for a chance to get out of loop of mundane tasks. Alternatively you are running/ have run maker communities in the country. You have your ears on the ground on the latest tech, hardware developments tools, prototyping. Quora, Reddit and the likes are your adda. You have clear ideas on better online tools to bring together like-minded folks together. While your resume would really help, what we would love to see is this community through your eyes. Pitch your ideas and let’s talk. What should I have graduated in? B.E/M.E in any engineering stream Apply HERE: http://jobs.atherenergy.com/