Lead/Director of Software Engineering at Tortuga AgTech (Greater Denver Area, CO)

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Do you want to help build real technology for a meaningful purpose? Do you want to fight to make the world’s fresh produce healthier, tastier, and more sustainable?

As the Robotics Software Lead at Tortuga, you’ll lead our strategic and tactical software development efforts and execution while empowering the robotics software working team. You’ll drive the world-changing performance of our groundbreaking fleet of robots. You’ll be starting with a well-structured codebase (no disaster!) to pioneer revolutionary robot behaviors, new features and services for our customers, and support tools for our operations team.

As a leader at Tortuga, you’ll be fundamental to our success, growth, and culture. You’ll bring experience and a passion for our mission while also thriving in a fast-paced, flexible, and energized startup environment. You’re excited to grow your role and leadership skills as Tortuga grows.

What you’ll do

  • Work directly with the CTO to translate strategic plans and metrics into software strategy and implementation

  • Lead blue-sky problem solving to design new software systems, algorithms, and architectures that drive best-in-world performance

  • Empower, mentor, manage, and coach the team to solve challenging real-world perception, localization, navigation, path planning, and manipulation problems

  • Communicate and collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to design solutions, test prototypes, and troubleshoot field performance

  • Manage the software rollout pipeline to the production environment (a literal field) to support the operations team in their deployments and testing

  • Establish, track and report on performance metrics and impact

  • Understand and manage stakeholder expectations  within the team and across the company

What we’re looking for

  • Required: 6+ years experience in professional, full-stack software development in autonomous navigation, robotics, or relevant fields, including mastery of C++ and ROS

  • Required: Specific familiarity with custom hardware and integration, navigation, motor controllers, arm planning, camera implementation, and image acquisition

  • Required: Bachelor of Science in Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science, or other related field; Master of Science a plus

  • Required: 2+ years experience directly managing and coaching a 4+ person team in production software development

  • Preferred: Knowledge of Python, experience with ROS2, experience with AWS

  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment; startup experience a major plus

  • Exceptional problem solving skills, including troubleshooting, data analysis, and timing code execution

  • Great communication skills, results-oriented, and able to meet or exceed deadlines

The base salary range below represents the low and high end of our salary range for this position. Actual salaries may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to experience, education, responsibilities, and regular and/or necessary travel. The range listed is just one component of Tortuga’s total compensation package for employees.   

Denver area base salary range: $165,000 - $215,000 per year.   Relocation assistance is available for out-of-state candidates.

This position is based in Denver, with the ability to work from home 1-2 days a week, based on business needs (100% remote is not available).

All salaried, full-time employees receive:

  • Meaningful company equity

  • Unlimited paid time off

  • 401K plan with 3% employer contribution

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance 

  • Flexible working hours 

  • Annual wellness stipend  

A word about COVID-19

We are highly sensitive to the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic brings to people, as team members and as individuals at home. We want you to be safe, to keep our team safe, and to do our part to help reduce the impact of the pandemic. We are an Essential Business so the majority of our work is performed at our office. Our office abides by all COVID-19 guidelines established by the State of Colorado and the City of Denver.

About Tortuga

Tortuga AgTech’s mission is to build a healthier society, and a thriving planet, through smarter farming. We’re pursuing our mission by building robotic harvesting and precision analytics systems for the world’s leading fresh produce growers (delicious things like strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs). We’re building not just because it’s fun, but because we believe thoughtful, well-built advanced technology can help farmers grow healthier, fresher, more environmentally sustainable produce for everyone. We’re backed by some of the most respected early-stage investors in Silicon Valley, as well as ag industry veterans. 

Tortuga means “turtle” in Spanish. Around the world, turtles are symbols of wisdom, patience, and connectedness to the Earth. We’re proud to be based in Denver, CO - a growing and leading robotics hub in North America, and a great place to live! 

Tortuga is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • C++Languages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ROSLanguages
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • SolidWorksDesign
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • wikijsManagement


We have free parking and are conveniently located just north of downtown Denver with easy access from I-25, I-70 and Highway 36.

An Insider's view of Tortuga AgTech

What are some social events your company does?

We gather around to socialize during a weekly social hour in the office, and coordinate a lot of special holiday events. We celebrate Thanksgiving with a great potluck and even national pancake day! Our sustainability committee promotes Bike to Work Day with breakfast and prizes. Everyone can, and does, contribute new ideas for social events.


Field Robotics Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

It's very exciting to see our company scaling quickly; both in terms of employees and deployed robots. It's a fun challenge making sure that we have all of the tools and processes in place to ensure that we handle this growth effectively, in a manner that leads to the most value added for our customers.


Sr. Robotics Software Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I have grown immensely as a Robotics Software Engineer since I have joined. Working at the edge of robotics and AI technology has taught me to be creative, resourceful, and patient. I have also learned a great deal about what it takes to make features and a new product useful for internal and external customers.


Software Robotics Engineer II

What's something quirky about your company?

Being a part of the Operations team has it's perks. Whether it is celebrating breaking company records in the field, grabbing dinner at an English pub with colleagues, or playing Catan with the founders on the weekends, there is never a shortage of good times. We definitely work hard, but we also set aside time to make sure we play hard as well!


Field Robotics Engineer

What are Tortuga AgTech Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
We offer a $1,000 wellness benefit annually for all full-time employees, for any item a Tortuga team member deems helpful or encouraging of their mental or physical well-being.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We offer both a traditional and Roth 401(k), as well as an employer contribution of 3% of your salary, which vests immediately.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We have adopted a hybrid work schedule and most positions have the flexibility of working from home, based on business needs.
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free lunch on our Tech Talk Thursdays, as well as during our Town Hall meetings.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
We provide relocation assistance for certain positions, which will be clearly indicated when the position is posted.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning

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