Outrider
Autonomous Yard Operations
Golden, CO

Director of Production

| 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
Outrider seeks a Director of Production to design, build, and evolve autonomous vehicle assembly/engineering operations from low-quantity production through to scaled, world-class production operations that maximize quality and minimize cost. The Director of Production will 1/develop the blueprint for a process that assembles a kit of off-the-shelf hardware and integrates proprietary software, and then 2/use that blueprint to directly guide day-to-day assembly operations on-site and with third-party OEMs and contract manufacturers.
This position requires a high degree of knowledge in assembly process flow design and optimization and advanced manufacturing tools and planning, as well as technician / operator leadership with a “roll-up-your-sleeves” attitude.
The ideal candidate has successfully taken an assembly or manufacturing operation through the full lifecycle -- from concept through to commercial scale -- and has applied advanced manufacturing tools, preferably within a start-up environment involving electric, sustainable transportation and/or autonomous hardware.

Responsibilities

  • Design and implement the most efficient process flow and layout of assembly operations in the Outrider facility to ensure the highest level of quality and process efficiency
  • Develop and publish KPIs for quality, volume, schedule, and safety status and monitoring, as well as strategic and operational objectives
  • Develop and publish technician instructions, specifications for tools, part presentation specifications and other workstation documentation
  • Deploy manufacturing data systems to capture assembly and manufacturing quality data as well as provide operator instructions and other relevant operator / technician information critical to specific tasks
  • Minimize the assembly and manufacturing footprint of the Outrider operation in coordination with and in consideration of engineering, facilities, supply chain, and operational requirements
  • Lead, coach and mentor the operator and/or technician teams supporting the internal and external assembly and manufacturing operations for the company
  • Train the teams in the use of the appropriate statistical tools, process qualifications and quality protocols for the respective workstations or areas
  • Collaborate with the supply chain function to deploy ERP modules relevant to areas of the assembly and manufacturing operations such as MRP and production control
  • Ensure that the assembly workforce is following with all regulations including ITAR and US Customs, OSHA, ISO and other regulations. Drive a safety culture within the Assembly and Advanced Manufacturing organization
  • Bring leadership, enthusiasm, and strucutre to the role in a fast-paced, fun, and collaborative environment
  • Occasional business travel (up to 25%, including international) required to visit equipment suppliers or potential third-party integrators

Required qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in assembly, production, and advanced manufacturing disciplines at a vehicle, hardware or other systems manufacturer
  • Fluency in manufacturing and quality tools, including lean manufacturing processes and techniques, GD&T, PFMEA and APQP
  • Experience implementing / sustaining work order, routing and WIP management processes with major a ERP package, such as SAP or Netsuite
  • Background implementing and sustaining ISO 9001-compliant processes
  • Participation in a successful ISO certification or re-certification audit
  • Excellent verbal and written interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills, especially within a fast and dynamic operation
  • Proficiency in Quality (SPC, DoE) and MES operations software
  • Experience in a startup or similar fast-paced environment where there is frequent change and a need to demonstrate and act with a sense of urgency, flexibility and adaptiveness
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Engineering, Operations Research, or related discipline

Ideal qualifications

  • Experience implementing ISO 9001-compliant processes from scratch to successful ISO 9001 certification
  • Master’s degree in Engineering or related discipline
  • ASQ, CMfgE, and/or CPIM certifications
  • ISO-9001 certification

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary range of $120,000 - $185,000. For benefits, check this out!

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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 for both the primary and secondary caretaker.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Flexible time off.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Outrider hosts monthly company outings.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
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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

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Software Engineering Lead - AV Motion Planning

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
You'll be the engineering lead for a category-defining motion planning capability that incorporates physics/kinematics, path planning, and trajectory optimization for an autonomous tractor-trailer combination capable of forward and reverse movement, including articulated backing, hitching/unhitching, and docking/undocking at warehouse loading docks. This subsystem will enable unprecedented functionality using durable, tried-and-true, classical motion planning techniques.

Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Autonomy

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
The Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Coordination will report to the Chief Software Engineer and be responsible for developing the command-and-control subsystem for mission-level planning to orchestrate and optimize single- and multi-vehicle autonomous traffic. We’re searching for a seasoned and accomplished software engineer with a track record of demonstrated high achievement who can lead software development for multi-robot orchestration from concept through testing and commercialization. The Senior Software Engineer -- Multi-Robot Coordination will develop software for tasking large vehicles to operate autonomously alone or in a group.

Senior Robotics Software Engineer - Manipulation

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
The Robotics Software Engineer will report to the Manager of Robotic Systems and support the development of proprietary software and hardware products that automate manual tasks performed in busy freight shipping environments utilizing robotic manipulation and associated technologies. This is a mission critical team working in a dynamic environment building a robotics system from the ground up for rapid commercial deployment. This individual will be responsible for a large portion of our system and will have a high degree of autonomy in their work. This position requires exceptional algorithm creation, software development, and engineering skills related to perception-driven robotic manipulation. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for software development that redefines large enterprise supply chains through demonstrated safe, error-free, and effective operational performance. 

Perception Engineer -- Localization, Mapping, and Calibration

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
This position will be leading our efforts around localization, mapping, and calibration as we work to build novel solutions to some of the hardest challenges around finely tuned autonomous systems. The Perception Engineer will report to the Principal Computer Vision Engineer and develop perception software capabilities through all phases of Outrider's pilot and deployment programs. This position plays an essential role in helping deliver a reliable, profitable, performant, safety-critical system -- it offers a very talented software engineer the chance to help develop a market-defining enterprise product that combines autonomous vehicle technology with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.

Principal Software System Test Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
The Senior Autonomous Vehicle Software Test Engineer will report to the Director of Systems Integration, Validation, and Test Engineering and be responsible for comprehensive verification and validation; test procedure creation and execution; strategy and tool development; and bug identification, logging, and resolution. 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 test and validate autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains and boast safe, error-free, and effective operational performance.

Electrical Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
13 hours ago
+16
Design, analyze and test complex electronic systems that enable advanced autonomous vehicles. Develop production-ready electronic subassemblies (PCBs, wire harnesses, electronic enclosures, etc.) that can be manufactured at scale. Collaborate with systems, software, and test teams to refine electronic architectures. Develop, improve and sustain electronic testing fixtures and processes. Evaluate new electronic components and their impact on system safety and performance. Support field testing and debugging, both locally and at remote customer sites. Debug wire harnesses, electronic assemblies, PCBs, and installed systems.

Configuration Manager

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
18 hours ago
+16
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.

Technical Program Management Intern

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 days ago
+16
This Technical Project Management internship will provide the opportunity to learn about Technical Project and Program Management. You will work on projects that will give you hands-on experience with a variety of tools, project management methodology, and engineering/business analysis. The opportunity will allow you to sharpen your communication and problem-solving skills in an engineering environment. We expect you to be motivated and proactive. You will work collaboratively with team members, actively participate in discussions, decisions and all project activity. You will work as part of a team and as an individual. You will be engaged and should take pride in your work.

Embedded Software Engineer Intern

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 days ago
+16
The Embedded Software Engineer Intern will be responsible for contributing to major embedded software components in Outrider's autonomous vehicle solution. The role requires exceptional software engineering skills – you will be responsible for helping build and support autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains and boast safe, error-free, and effective operational performance.

Electrical Engineer Intern

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 days ago
+16
The 2021 Summer Intern - Electrical Engineering will report to Electrical Engineering Management and support the development of proprietary hardware products for autonomous trucking systems targeted at a private-property application at large logistics hubs. This position requires a very capable electrical engineering student with exceptional problem-solving and project management skills. The successful candidate will work as a member of the electrical engineering team and work on tasks that further the development of autonomous vehicle features that redefine logistics automation.

Senior DevOps Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 days ago
+16
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Senior Integration Test Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
2 days ago
+16
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Senior Software System Test Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
3 days ago
+16
The System Test and Automation Engineer will report to the System Validation and Test Manager and will be responsible for comprehensive verification and validation; use-case and regression test procedure creation and execution; and bug identification, logging and resolution. 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 be up for a challenge to build foundational test frameworks and automation from the ground up, own and lead projects, greatly impact a rapidly growing test team, and test and validate autonomous vehicle systems that redefine large enterprise supply chains.

Recruiter

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
3 days ago
+16
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.

Mechanical Engineering Intern

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
3 days ago
+16
The company Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. 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

Director of Production

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
4 days ago
+16
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.

System-Safety Engineering Intern

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
1 week ago
+16
The company Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. 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

Principal State Estimation Engineer

Outrider
Greater Denver Area
1 week ago
+16
We are looking for someone who knows how to build state estimation solutions from the ground up to help us solve an integral pillar to deploy our system into production. The ideal candidate will know the nuances of ground vehicle state estimation and how to build that solution for Outrider’s use case. We are tackling this with a cutting edge sensor suite including LIDARs, vision, encoders, and inertial sensors.