Head of Autonomy

| 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

We’re searching for a talented, pedigreed software engineer who has developed and implemented all aspects of autonomy software and hardware for safety-critical, ground robotics applications.

 

In this role, you'll be the engineering lead for a category-defining ground vehicle system aimed at automating tractor-trailer movement at large logistics hubs. Your team and job scope will include all aspects of planning, perception, navigation, and infrastructure, and incorporate both cutting-edge techniques as well as proven, off-the-shelf technologies to support all autonomous trucking functions....and create unprecedented value and functionality for the modern supply chain.

 

The Head of Autonomy will report to the Vice President of Software Engineering. This role is mission-critical for helping deliver a safety-critical system for industrial automation. The opportunity offers a technical, hands-on team leader the chance to help develop a market-defining enterprise product that combines autonomous vehicle technology with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.

 

The ideal candidate will embrace our goal to drive zero-emission, self-driving vehicle adoption, and help us realize our potential to define, build, and lead a new, category of robotic automation for the enterprise.

Duties and responsibilities

    • Lead and build the autonomy engineering team -- expect to spend 60-70% of your time performing hands-on development, with the remaining 30-40% managing schedule, removing obstacles, designing/coaching the team to hit aggressive milestones, and working with Outrider recruiting to add world-class engineers to the organization
    • Design, implement, test, and support all aspects of ground vehicle autonomy, including planning, perception, navigation, and infrastructure subsystems
    • Qualify all subsystems using objective measures
    • Understand and keep up-to-date with state of the art
    • Identify opportunities for increasing performance and reliability while reducing cost

Required qualifications

    • Background in developing the autonomy (sensing & decision-making) functions of a commercially-deployed, autonomous ground vehicle
    • Referencable ability to build and lead a high-performing engineering team
    • Masters or PhD, or Bachelors degree with commensurate experience in a related field
    • Ability to read/write/debug C++
    • Familiarity with Linux development and target environments
    • Prior experience developing and supporting all aspects of autonomy for a production ground-vehicle system, or an advanced research prototype (end-to-end, full lifecycle development preferred)
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ideal qualifications

    • Background in safety-critical software/system development (preferably a ground robotics functional safety standard such as ISO 26262 or IEC 61508)
    • Background using Atlassian tools for development (JIRA, Confluence, BitBucket)
    • Ability to read/write/debug Python
    • Prior use of Git for software version control
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Location

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

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
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.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
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