Forward Deployed Engineer

New York, United States Full-time

About Oden:

We are on the brink of the next industrial revolution.

Manufacturing has long been an analog world, but this is about to change.  By introducing machines to the digital world, there’s a staggering opportunity for efficiency and production leaps. Oden is driving this revolution. We’re on a mission to eliminate waste in manufacturing.

We have combined industrial hardware, wireless connectivity, and big data architecture into one simple platform so all manufacturers can analyze and optimize their production, from any device. Efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness are democratized.

Why We Do It:

We like to enable those who make things - to make more, to waste less, to serve their customers, and to thrive in a competitive world. Help enough makers, and the world can give us all the abundance we want for less cost and environmental impact. We’re on the verge of a 4th industrial revolution that begs for absolute efficiency in all factors of life. We plan to deliver that to everyone who makes things.


  • Care about the mission of the product and company.
  • Are never satisfied with the way things are, but excited about the way things could be.
  • Tinker. You embrace different technologies and want to see how they can work together.
  • Are happy to put on steel toe boots and hit the factory floor to work with the production manager.
  • Empathize with customer needs while also looking towards long-term innovation.
  • Live by transparent and scientific thinking. You put in the work to find the best ideas with those around you, without ego.
  • Are excited about travel to our client sites

The Role:

The Forward Deployed Engineer position will be responsible for deploying, installing, and monitoring our on-premise devices and improving the processes around them. This is a crucial role for Oden, and requires someone who will uphold the highest standards of quality, accountability, and attention to detail.


  • Getting Factories Online: Create and lead complex device installation projects from start-to-finish
    • Collaborate with client IT, engineering and maintenance personnel to get things done quickly
    • Conduct Site Surveys to evaluate customer machinery
    • Conduct research on machinery
      • Read manuals and correspond with manufacturers to determine options needed to enable machine communications
    • Craft and implement test plans and experiments to emulate factory equipment in our lab
    • Create implementation strategy for clients
    • Travel up to 50% to new factories to deploy devices
  • Improving and Scaling Processes
    • After a successful install, evaluate how we can improve and expand our pipeline while scaling efficiently
    • Properly document procedures and processes

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Project management experience: extremely organized, diligent, and able to prioritize tasks to execute complex projects
  • An engineering/problem solving mindset (any problem can be solved!)
  • High attention to detail, thorough in both testing and information gathering
  • Able to lead projects directly with clients in an effective and professional manner
  • Adaptiveness in a dynamic setting (both in the office and at client sites)
  • A dedication to safety and an understanding of basic electrical/industrial safety procedures
  • Independent thinker who can keep a high-level perspective of overall business goals and know how daily details play into the direction of the company
  • A flexible schedule without restrictions for last-minute travel

Nice to have:

  • Control systems experience
  • Electrical engineering background
  • Process engineering experience
  • Knowledge of industrial machine protocols
  • Experience writing and debugging python test scripts

What We Offer You:

  • Measurable impact to the world. You have the chance to help actual people - family businesses, entrepreneurs, engineers - that will also result in improvements for many.
  • Exposure to many tech disciplines, most of which are rapidly evolving.
  • A bridge between the physical and cloud worlds of tech. Our platform unites big data visualizations with sensors, M2M tech, and heavy industrial equipment.
  • A platform that has the potential to evolve beyond what we have envisioned now.
  • Scientific and transparent thinking, for everyone involved.
  • Backing by world leaders of both industry and tech that will ensure long term growth and development for us.


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