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Director of Business

Kestrel Materials is developing a new category of performance textile that naturally changes thermal resistance in response to changes in ambient temperature. In apparel and bedding, these materials will enable greater thermal comfort over a wider temperature range.

We are seeking an experienced candidate to drive business strategy, help secure new funding, nurture and negotiate go-to-market relationships with producers and partner brands, and contribute to operations as needed and appropriate. This is a multifaceted role with a focus on growing the company and its business opportunities.

Location and hours are flexible. Kestrel Materials is a spinout of Otherlab and is based in Portland and San Francisco. We strive to offer good salaries and benefits and believe that doing exciting work should not entail sacrificing family, hobbies, or health. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@kestrel-materials.com.

Responsibilities

We are looking to broaden and grow the business and outward-facing parts of our team. No one candidate is expected to contribute in all of the following areas, although some may have experience and interests that enable a range of contributions. Additional support will be sought, as needed, through consultants and advisors.

  • Work with the CEO on fundraising and establishing go-to-market agreements

  • Pitch and sell product and business ideas internally and to partners and investors

  • Contribute to building a long-term growth strategy

  • Financial analysis and budget planning

  • Assist and manage operational processes

  • Facilitate growth of team and transition from Otherlab project to independent startup

Requirements    

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business, Marketing, or relevant discipline

  • Demonstrated success in launching or developing new ventures, either within a larger organization or as a new entity

  • Preferred experience working for a startup

  • Preferred experience working in apparel or textiles

  • Ability to work and partner across multiple disciplines

  • Comfortable with uncertainties that are typical in a startup

  • Authorized to work in the United States

Skills

  • Fundraising

  • Go-to-market and business strategy

  • Partnerships and negotiations

  • Strategic planning

  • Business operations

 

Director Of Innovation

Kestrel Materials is developing a new category of performance textile that naturally changes thermal resistance in response to changes in ambient temperature. In apparel and bedding, these materials will enable greater thermal comfort over a wider temperature range.

We are seeking an inventive scientist or engineer to oversee the research and development of our textile materials and products. This is a multifaceted role with a proactive focus on addressing the technical risks that are anticipated for the next generation of product, as well as blue sky innovation challenges for products that are more than a generation out.

Location and hours are flexible. Kestrel Materials is a spinout of Otherlab and is based in Portland and San Francisco. We strive to offer good salaries and benefits and believe that doing exciting work should not entail sacrificing family, hobbies, or health. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@kestrel-materials.com.

Responsibilities

We are looking to broaden and grow the technical capabilities of our team. No one candidate is expected to completely cover all of the following areas, although some may have experience and interests that enable a range of contributions.

  • Make critical contributions to textile product and process development

  • Work with the CEO and team to develop a research program for next-generation products

  • Pitch product ideas internally and to investors

  • Guide development of textiles and processes in light of performance requirements

  • Facilitate growth of team and transition from Otherlab project to independent startup

Requirements    

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, likely Ph.D., in science or engineering

  • Track record of invention

  • Demonstrated hands-on skills and research history marked by prototyping and testing

  • Experience working from idea to prototype, through iteration and on to pilot production

  • Ability to work and partner across multiple domains

 

Advanced Textile Developer

Kestrel Materials is developing a new category of performance textile that naturally changes thermal resistance in response to changes in ambient temperature. In apparel and bedding, these materials will enable greater thermal comfort over a wider temperature range.

We are seeking full-time textile specialists to produce and test advanced textile materials and products. The roles require listening to and working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including researchers, manufacturers, and brands. While these are multifaceted roles, candidates with focused backgrounds will be considered. For any of these roles there will be a shared emphasis on growing the company, its products, and processes.

 Location and hours are flexible. Kestrel Materials is a spinout of Otherlab and is based in Portland and San Francisco. We strive to offer good salaries and benefits and believe that doing exciting work should not entail sacrificing family, hobbies, or health. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@kestrel-materials.com.

Responsibilities

We are looking to broaden and grow the textile and apparel skill set of our team. No one candidate is expected to contribute in all of the following areas, although some may have experience and interests that enable a range of contributions.  

  • Partnering: Commercializing internal processes with external development and manufacturing partners (yarn, fabric, and garment).

  • Materials: In-house technical yarn development and/or fabric engineering, including programming and/or running automated dobby loom or Stoll knitting machine.

  • Apparel: Technical garment design and development including garment construction and prototyping.

  • Testing: Analyze yarn, fabric and/or garment test results (according to ASTM and other standards) and, as necessary, develop and carry out new test methods.

Requirements    

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Textiles or relevant discipline

  • Demonstrated hands-on skills

  • Ability to work and partner across multiple disciplines

  • Comfortable with uncertainties that are typical in a startup

  • Authorized to work in the United States

Skills

  • Textile testing

  • Prototyping

  • ASTM standards

  • Machine knitting

  • Weaving

  • Textile manufacturing

  • Process development

  • Apparel development