Senior Manager of Software/System Test Engineering

| 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 Manager of Software/System Test Engineering will report to the VP of Systems Engineering and will be responsible for building, managing, and leading a function and organization focused primarily on: a) comprehensive design verification and validation; b) use-case test procedure creation; and c) bug identification, logging and resolution of the hardware, software, and systems that fully automate distribution yards.
This position is mission-critical for delivering a safe, effective, first-of-its-kind industrial technology, and will build the foundation for the company’s overall system test procedures and organization. The successful candidate will build the team and the infrastructure to integrate, test, and validate autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains and boast safe, error-free, and effective operational performance.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Build, manage, and lead the Software and System Test team
  • Help refine system and sub-system requirements with a focus on testability
  • Generate, organize, manage, and oversee the execution of system and design verification tests to validate compliance with specifications before releasing hardware and software deliveries to customers
  • Partner closely with Systems Integration team to oversee development of hardware test harnesses and work with mechanical and electrical engineering personnel to implement them
  • Define and guide the development of software test harnesses and test tool infrastructure
  • Lead the test framework and test vision across the entire company
  • Run and expand the software simulation testing function to maximize coverage and depth of sim tests
  • Verify the attainment of system and subsystem performance metrics
  • Define what proper testing of this system means; partner with System Integration and Development teams to figure out how modules are designed and should be tested
  • Build and run the team and function focused on detailed analysis of vehicle operational/performance data
  • Design and execute the tests required for functional testing
  • Work with the Systems Integration team to understand and prioritize test exceptions and help drive toward a product that meets all customer, business, and technical expectations
  • Drive company toward requirements-driven development while adding immediate value during requirements definition and nimble product development processes - solve for incomplete requirements, help define requirements, ensure requirements are there
  • Undertake business travel as necessary to support product development and customer deployment
  • Contribute generally to the growth and success of Outrider and the building of a vibrant company culture focused on the responsible deployment of zero-emission, autonomous vehicle technology

Required qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science and/or electrical/electronics engineering
  • C/C++ development experience
  • Background in test functions for safety-critical systems
  • Demonstrated experience working with a system of systems
  • Experience testing a complex software stack
  • Ability to work in a fluid environment without predefined processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and people skills
  • Experience leading and growing software development and test teams
  • Sterling references

Ideal qualifications

  • Design, development, integration, testing, and/or QA experience with autonomous ground vehicles or tractor/trailer combinations ('18-wheelers')
  • Experience building and managing a group of 15-20 engineers

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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
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
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
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