Who are we?
Sidewalk Labs is an Alphabet company with a mission to radically improve urban life. We aim to create inclusive communities by bringing together an innovative planning approach, products and services designed to address urban challenges, and capital for real estate and advanced infrastructure.
Since our founding in 2015, we've grown into an organization of over 100 employees based primarily in New York and Toronto. Our cross-disciplinary team consists of experts from real estate, urban planning, government, finance, technology, and engineering, among other backgrounds.
To date, we've incubated and invested in multiple companies focused on solving urban problems. Sidewalk Labs is currently standing up a new business unit, FactoryCo, a solutions business that will deliver mid- to high-rise buildings made out of mass timber and produced through a net new build of an advanced manufacturing facility. FactoryCo is focused on reducing both the cost and emissions associated with buildings.
With the potential to catalyze and scale new models for inclusive growth, our work is both highly exciting and complex. We are working to achieve something unprecedented — help us build it!
What is the role?
This role will own the creation of the holistic digital strategy for our highly-automated, digital fabrication process that will produce mass timber building components and ultimately deliver entire buildings to customers. As an essential member of our ‘startup team’, you have an opportunity to bring digital tools into the next generation of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).
Building on top of the manufacturing platform, we believe that the digital layer can set a new standard in the emerging building fabrication industry. This is the opportunity to define the digital tools which will unlock the “future state” for the AEC and Real Estate industries that we foresee. Succeeding in this role requires an understanding of existing AEC practices (design and management practices, and the practical implications of building design and construction decisions), combined with fluency in the powers and limitations of digital tools, alongside a vision for the future and the ability to define and execute on a near and long-term roadmap.
We have developed points of view on three primary areas of ‘digital opportunity’:
What You Will Build
Your responsibilities will center on defining the 1, 5, and 10-year digital strategy and delivering on it. We also look to you to integrate that digital strategy into the business’ broader go-to-market strategy, profitability, and long-term growth prospects.
Hand-in-hand with strategy, you will move into execution quickly, identifying the needed resources, diligencing potential automation hardware and software solutions, and developing a framework for prioritization and make-vs-buy decisions while protecting IP.
We expect that you will implement the digital strategy on early projects and the build process for the first factory. Given how much this effort gets at the core of the existing development and construction paradigm, this role also has to successfully integrate the new approach across all process steps and with our partners, e.g. required integrations across suppliers, design team, on-site GCs, subs, etc.
After 3 months, you will have:
After 6 months you will have:
After 12 months you will:
What We Expect
Direct experience of bringing digital technologies into the nexus of real estate, construction, automation, and manufacturing is highly valuable, but rare and not required. We believe there are different backgrounds that can be successful in this role, and can provide support for a passionate, invested person from an adjacent field (e.g. aerospace, auto, or other advanced manufacturing industries).
We believe the following is essential:
We are very excited to hear from you.
The community of the future is a place for everyone, and Sidewalk Labs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. All employment is based on merit and business needs.