We’re Cruise, the self-driving ride-hailing service.

We are building the world’s most advanced, all-electric, self-driving cars to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving cars will help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

At Cruise, our engineers have opportunities to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the cutting-edge of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to solve one of today’s most complex engineering challenges, see the results of your work in hundreds of self-driving cars, and make a positive impact in the world starting in our cities, join us.

About the role:

The Director of Simulation is a critical engineering leadership role that will help ensure Cruise’s success in shipping and maintaining our self-driving vehicle fleet. The Simulation team designs test frameworks for every aspect of our autonomous vehicle software systems, which include complex framework interactions, real-time safety-critical operations, sensor fusion, deep learning, behavioral planning, diagnostics, and controls. These test tools enable our Engineering and QA teams to evaluate features before they ship, recreate field performance, and augment the vehicle’s reality via true-to-life 3D simulation to test for extreme driving scenarios and edge cases.

This person will be responsible for all Simulation deliverables, including deployment and optimization of our test frameworks, designing an extensible and robust architecture, maintenance of deployed solutions, and ensuring the fidelity of test output. The Director will lead the growth and development of Simulation, mentor managers and engineers, work with Technical Leads on design decisions and code review, and instill a culture of engineering excellence for how Simulation develops, operates, and functions as a team. 

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for guiding and directing the Simulation department at Cruise
  • Set up processes within the team to ensure engineering excellence including, but not limited to design reviews, resource estimation, delivery schedule, customer interaction, prioritization, and continuous improvement.
  • Work with Engineering, QA and Systems Engineering departments to understand and prioritize feature needs and guide development activities
  • Work with technical leads within Simulation and AV to set architectural direction and anticipate strategic and scaling-related challenges.
  • Work with recruiting to drive a diverse hiring pipeline and ensure roles are prioritized and filled
  • Design and build an organizational structure for efficient and high-quality output
  • Work with all interfacing organizations in establishing incoming and outgoing SLAs.
  • Foster a collaborative culture of testing and documentation
  • Serve as an embodiment of our values
  • Ensure your team delivers timely, high-quality output

You should apply to this role if you have the following qualifications

  • 10 or more years of experience building and leading software engineering teams
  • Have shipped and maintained a product on the market
  • Experience as a software developer
  • Experience with AWS, GCP, or other cloud infrastructure providers
  • Passion for self-driving technology and its potential impact on the world
  • Attention to detail and a passion for correctness

Bonus points!

  • Experience developing or validating stochastic systems.
  • Experience with ROS or other Robotics frameworks
  • Fluency in C++ or similar languages
  • Experience working with or working as a Systems Engineer
  • Experience designing and deploying complex systems
  • Experience with visual design and 3D graphics
  • Experience working with relational databases
  • Experience working with Docker development and deployment workflows
  • Experience installing, configuring, and managing AWS or on-premises server infrastructure

Perks of being a Cruiser

While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits to support the extraordinary humans who serve as the backbone in making our self-driving cars go:

  • Competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) Cruise matching program to help you meet your long-term financial goals
  • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
  • Flexible vacation and 12 paid company holidays
  • Healthy lunch, snacks, dinner
  • Paid parental leave & family expansion stipend
  • Monthly gym stipend
  • Quarterly offsites & working retreats
  • On-site massages
  • State-of-the-art equipment for your work station

Learn more about Life at Cruise through the lens of a Cruiser on our LinkedIn Page.

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