Autonomous Vehicle Test Operations Lead

| Greater Denver Area

The company

Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety, increase efficiency, and optimize their workforce. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, and other top-tier investors.


The role

The AV Test Operations Lead will report to the Director of System Integration and Test and will be responsible for the build out and scaling of the 24-hour operation of two different autonomous vehicle test sites, associated test assets, and (maybe) personnel. The successful candidate will be up for an engineering and logistic challenge to efficiently and effectively run a multi-site test and development operation, greatly affect a rapidly growing integration and test team, and support the integration and validation of complex autonomous vehicle systems, and work with a broad set of engineering and commercial teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

    • Triage incoming requests for test resources or test execution
    • Manage multiple shifts of operations at 2+ different test sites
    • Prioritize integration & test work, shared resources, and test requests based on company goals, engineering needs, and upcoming milestones
    • Establish and iterate upon test operations escalation path and processes
    • Partner with facilities manager and test site leads to keep test sites in great condition and operating smoothly
    • Request and arrange test site improvements as product functionality expands
    • Manage and arrange maintenance for test assets including multiple autonomous vehicles
    • Facilitate customer demonstrations
    • Understand and help prioritize test exceptions and help drive toward a product that meets all customer, business, and technical expectations
    • Partner with other engineering teams to trial site setup procedures, field reporting strategies, and data ingestion processes
    • Help hire, train, and develop a team of dispatch technicians and field technicians
    • Ensure system is characterized across a host of environments
    • Commit to travel and perform field work, depending on test site and customer locations (up to 25%)

Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a technical discipline
    • Experience operating a test operations or AV operations group
    • Experience working on projects with hardware, software, and integrated systems
    • Strong organization skills
    • Demonstrated ability to implement clear, lightweight processes
    • Test, debug, and system engineering mindset
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Demonstrated strong leadership and people skills

Ideal Qualifications

    • Experience standing up, expanding, and operating an autonomous vehicle test or operations team
    • Experience with robotics software engineering, autonomous vehicle systems, computer vision, machine learning, and/or planning and controls
    • Technical project management experience with complex system of systems
    • Familiarity with C/C++, ROS, and Python
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Our company is just steps away from hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and the New Terrain Brewery.

An Insider's view of Outrider

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re fired up to solve the urgent problem of yard automation needed for a more resilient supply chain. No one walks alone at Outrider. If anyone is stuck or needs help, people line up to lend a helping hand. This is an interdisciplinary problem, so the best and brightest engineers across multiple areas of expertise must work together to solve it.

Michael Cutter

Principal Computer Vision Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day starts on the computer modeling robotic designs. Next, our team holds a daily standup to discuss progress and goals. Then, I assemble prototypes. During lunch, I mountain bike with coworkers on N. Table Mountain. The afternoon is my favorite -- testing the robots on our autonomous vehicles. I love watching robots do cool things.

Martin Sotola

Robotics Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At first, I was overwhelmed by unfamiliar software, robotics, and logistics jargon and the fast pace. Hard work, hustle, and awesome co-workers reduced my learning curve. In no time, I was contributing and saw my responsibilities expand -- working with engineering, commercial team and customers. I’ve seen exponential growth in my career and myself.

Kayla Holcomb

Associate Project Manager

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Daily, we’re solving complex, cutting-edge engineering problems. We encourage and welcome new and innovative ideas. In close collaboration with our customer-facing teams, engineering turns ideas into products that solve big pain points for very large companies. The majority of our team's ideas have morphed into solutions deployed at customer sites.

Dan Ambrosio

Senior Software Engineer and Head of Software Integration

What are some social events your company does?

When we’re not working or noshing on snacks provided in the kitchen, we’re sipping pints together in the brewery across the road. Many like to go hiking, running or mountain biking several days a week on N. Table Mountain also across the road. Others do Cross Fit or hang out socially outside of work. And, there’s a monthly company-sponsored lunch!

Tessa Ronan

Autonomous Vehicle Controls Engineer

What are Outrider Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
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Life Insurance
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Company Equity
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Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Outrider also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
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