Software Engineering Lead - Embedded Systems

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ABOUT ZIPLINE

Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and life-saving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people!

THE ROLE

Zipline has a vision for equitable access to health care that starts with radical new drone delivery technologies. Embedded systems lie at the heart of each autonomous aircraft Zipline produces. As an embedded systems lead you will be responsible for delivering the embedded software for new unmanned aerial systems. To achieve this you will:

  • Motivate your team with a clear vision and create ambitious and credible plans for your team’s work
  • Build your team by mentoring engineers and hiring highly competent engineers 
  • Hold a high bar for technical quality through code review and process, creating a maintainable code base over time
  • Write reliable embedded software in C++ and/or Rust, targeting Embedded Linux
  • Support the design of electromechanical systems through component selection, design trades, and experiments

We rely on every Zipliner to be a leader, regardless of their role or tenure, but we have very high expectations for those with management responsibilities. Our leaders are here to serve those around them, and make more leaders--not followers. They listen carefully and do whatever it takes to help those around them be extraordinary. They often do this at the cost of their own ego and prestige.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE YOU’LL NEED TO SUCCEED

People and Team

  • Past success leading engineering teams. We are open to candidates with a broad range of experience from tech lead to director.
  • Experience building a team - finding and convincing top talent to contribute to your work.
  • The ability to turn complex goals and competing priorities into a clear plan of action.

Technical

  • Strong skills in embedded software. In particular, experience with C++ or Rust on Embedded Linux.
  • The ability to write highly reliable software: real-time, safety-critical, autonomous systems deployed at massive scale.
  • The bravery required to dive deep into tricky problems and find simple solutions which stand the test of time, whether they involve the schematic or the code

Nice to have:

  • Experience with perception and/or robotics
  • Experience working with microprocessors and RTOS
  • Experience deploying and managing IoT products
  • Experience with motor control or battery state estimation. 
  • Experience or interest in the Rust programming language

The ideal candidate may not have all of the skills and experience listed above. If any of these apply, you might be a good fit!

WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW   

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities.

We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
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    • ReactLibraries
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    • DjangoFrameworks
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Location

South San Francisco, CA 94080

What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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