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Pre-Sales Engineer

First Street Foundation

First Street Foundation

Software Engineering, Sales & Business Development
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024
Who we are: First Street is the industry standard for physical climate risk data. We use transparent and peer-reviewed methodologies to calculate the past, present, and future climate risk for every property in the world. We started eight years ago by working with the world’s leading climate scientists to create groundbreaking, climate-adjusted, property specific models and haven’t stopped.

Our mission: We exist to connect climate change to financial risk

Our data: We create physics-based, deterministic models of flooding, wildfire and hurricanes, and advanced statistical models of extreme heat, air quality, drought, hail, severe convective storms, winter storms, and more. All of this data is used to create property-level financial risk metrics and macroeconomic variables to quantify the impacts of climate change.

Our customers: We empower governments at the highest levels to make smart regulations, businesses to avoid bad investments, and everyday Americans to understand their personal risk from climate change. We are relied on every day by:

  • Agencies ranging from the U.S. Department of Treasury to Fannie Mae
  • The world's biggest banks such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo
  • Institutional investors like Nuveen and Blackstone
  • Millions of users on Redfin, Realtor.com, Homes.com, and more

We believe: Our work needs to match the pace and scope of the climate problem. This is why we have invested tens of millions of dollars into our science, data, people, and products and have raised tens of millions more to move even faster.

Come join us and use your talents to create solutions to address humanity's biggest problem.

Team & Role Overview:

We’re looking for a skilled Pre-Sales Engineer to join First Street as a founding member of our sales team. You will support our sales team by playing a crucial technical sales role, and collaborate closely with our climate science, climate implications, and data teams to drive pipeline generation and technical implementation of our solutions for clients. This position requires a combination of technical expertise, sales mindset, and excellent communication skills.

As a founding member of the sales team, you will report directly to the Head of Sales and work closely with the sales team to understand customer needs, provide technical support during the sales process, and ensure that our solutions are effectively implemented to meet customer requirements.

What you’ll do:

  • Collaborate with the sales team to understand customer business need / pain points, and provide technical support throughout the sales process
  • Work with the sales team to tailor technical presentations and product demonstrations to address specific customer needs and use cases, highlighting the the value and capabilities of First Street’s solutions
  • Work closely with the climate science, climate implications, data and software engineering teams to understand and effectively communicate the technical aspects of our products, as well as to provide feedback from customers
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals, RFP responses, and other technical sales materials
  • Respond to customer inquiries regarding our data product, providing clear and detailed explanations of data fields, methodologies, and appropriate usage
  • Address technical questions related to data delivery mechanisms, API integrations, and data formats to ensure smooth and efficient implementation for customers
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key technical stakeholders at customer organizations
  • Stay informed on industry trends, competitive landscape, and advancements in climate science and technology to effectively support the sales team
  • Travel as required to meet with customers and support sales efforts

What you’ll need:

  • 3-5 years of experience in a pre-sales, sales engineering, or technical consulting role, preferably in the technology or data industry
  • Strong technical background with the ability to understand and communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence decision-makers
  • Experience working with climate data, environmental science, or related fields is a plus
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think critically and creatively
  • Proficiency with CRM and product development tools
  • Curiosity and willingness to learn about climate change and First Street’s product offerings
  • Education minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience

What will make you stand out:

  • Experience in working with technology companies in the banks, real estate or investment management verticals
  • An analytical mindset with the ability to understand and communicate complex technical solutions
  • A proven passion for making the world a better place through climate action
  • Demonstrated success in supporting sales efforts and driving technical implementation
  • Strong research skills and the ability to quickly gather and synthesize information about customer requirements and market trends

How we work:

  • Passion: We are driven by our shared goal to fight climate change
  • Impact: We only focus on things that move the needle
  • Urgency: We move quickly because the world depends on it
  • Positivity: We are optimistic and enthusiastic in all that we do

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Ownership interest in the company via Employee Stock Option Plan
  • Hybrid Schedule with in-office work days on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 15 vacation days along with 13 company holidays and 10 sick days
  • Health benefits covered at 100% for employee or a significant contribution for family plans
  • Vision and dental benefits with partial employee contribution
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Access to One Medical, Teledoc, HealthAdvocate, Kindbody, and Talkspace
  • Company 401k program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Life Insurance
  • Tech startup environment
  • Weekly team meals and an office stocked with coffee and snacks
  • Working on the world’s biggest issue with other passionate professionals

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.