Senior Software Engineer II, Performance Analytics

San Francisco, CA

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software stack is a sophisticated workload that includes compute and data intensive functions within perception, prediction, planning and control. This role is within the ML Accelerators (MLA) team which drives maintenance and optimization of the software stack for real-time, on-road performance. This means optimal workload mapping onto a heterogeneous, resource-constrained hardware, co-architecting the HW platform with HW engineers and building platforms and tools for AI deployment and performance profiling, diagnosis and optimizations that can be employed by AV developers. MLA engineers work in close collaboration with AV engineers throughout the lifecycle of creating new AV features which is essential to the success of our mission.

In this role, you will be driving the technical strategy and execution of major initiatives to monitor, analyze and triage runtime performance bottlenecks and issues of the AV SW stack. As the leader of the Performance Analytics team, you will drive analysis and characterization of the system performance, creating concrete insights about trends and risks in terms of AV performance on different platforms and deployed operational regions. You will collaborate closely with leaders in MLA, AI, Robotics, Simulation and HW teams to bring visibility and observability for real-time and stable execution requirements of the AV SW stack; all foundational initiatives that will accelerate the company’s momentum to a full-fledged, driverless AV deployment.

If you're interested in a leadership role in the exciting and innovative domain of Autonomous Vehicles, to work on the intersection of Analytics, AI and AV, let's chat!

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead and manage a team of engineers within the Performance Infrastructure org, to demonstrate empowerment, growth, psychological safety, collaboration, and other Cruise values
  • Drive strategic planning, vision setting and establishing scalable execution processes to sustain and improve observability and response time to performance insights and alerts
  • Build scalable solutions and establish full performance observability into all AV production systems (road and simulation)
  • Build systems and processes to create concrete insights and alerts about the AV workloads on different AV platforms and in different driving environments
  • Drive initiatives to proactively identify risks and opportunities for performance optimizations, w.r.t AV topline metrics (safety and reliability)
  • Invest heavily in recruiting, finding opportunities for external engagement to improve the Cruise engineering brand

What you must have:

  • MSc in Computer Science / Engineering or equivalent domains, with 5+ years of industry experience
  • Hands-on experience in using open source tools to develop Analytics / Data-Science Solutions.
  • Proficiency in predictive modeling and data mining using cloud based big data technologies (BigQuery, RedShift etc.)
  • Prior experience in engineering management (people and projects)
  • Strong interest in developing solutions for High Performance Computing (HPC), Parallel Programming, Performance-Driven Development (PDD), or similar domains
  • Prior experience building, managing, leading, and growing productive and cohesive teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated experience thinking strategically with analytical and problem-solving experience

Bonus points!

  • Expertise in Statistical Analysis, Visualization tools.
  • Experience with ML/AI and robotics software stacks and ROS architectures
  • Experience with edge computing, embedded systems and real-time OS

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex - a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) - a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

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