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Lead Embedded Systems Software Engineer

Company: Sequoia Capital
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: May 6, 2021

Job Description:

Do you want to change the world? Zipline uses drones to deliver critical and life-saving medicine to thousands of hospitals serving millions of people in multiple countries. Our mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Join Zipline and help us make this a reality for billions of people. About You and The Role Zipline is growing our team and needs embedded systems leaders that are excited to solve problems in real-time safety-critical software, together with an excellent team. You will work side-by-side with engineers to solve technical problems. You will set ambitious goals, hold yourself and your team accountable, set technical standards, hire engineers that are smarter than yourself, and build a resilient and deeply fulfilled team to tackle challenges of ever increasing difficulty. At Zipline we value Servant Leadership; we have the opportunity -- and responsibility -- to serve our species with each delivery we make. We rely on every Zipliner to be a leader, regardless of their role or tenure, but we have very high expectations for those with people leadership responsibilities at Zipline. Our leaders are here to serve those around them, and make more leaders--not followers. They listen carefully and do whatever it takes to help those around them be extraordinary. They often do this at the cost of their own ego and prestige. It is imperative that the Embedded Systems Lead lives by this value as well. We will expect you to empower and strengthen the team, model the behaviors you want to see, and achieve excellence! Zipline designs and operates the world-'s largest drone delivery service providing access to critical medical supplies. Leading the way in drone delivery often means exceeding the capabilities of what-'s available off the shelf and as a result we are engineering the majority of our system in-house. Doubling down on the reliability of our systems and inventing new robots is a critical path to delivering to our next billion customers--people whose lives will be meaningfully affected by smarter, more equitable access. Zipliners are forces of nature: We have been able to achieve things that most believe to be impossible. What You'll Do

  • Build your team by driving an inclusive hiring process that holds a high bar.
  • Exponentially increase the reliability of Zipline-'s take-off and landing systems, harnessing skills in safety-critical embedded systems and controls and dynamics to perform a flawless recovery every time.--
  • Spearhead the development of embedded software for Zipline-'s next generation aircraft to enable Zipline to serve new communities.
  • Create and execute on a plan to strategically burn down technical debt and gaps in test coverage.--
  • Develop new drivers and embedded software to enable new telemetry systems to empower flight operators to fix systems ASAP so patient-'s medical products are never delayed.
  • Give constant direct feedback to both cross-functional and direct team members.
  • Harden the cellular communications stack from cellular driver to internet protocol to ensure reliable and continuous command and control.
  • Select, implement and demonstrate the functionality of a high-precision GPS system to allow for accurate delivery at a fraction of the cost.
  • Find ways to make the codebase better for other engineers through every feature your team builds, for example removing tech debt or cruft, adding debugging or logging tools, increasing test coverage, improving toolchains or build times, etc. What You'll Bring
    • Sufficient technical experience or background to effectively lead lean technical programs.
    • Prior experience in fast-paced, high-growth environments like startups.
    • An entrepreneurial disposition; you are able to creatively solve hard problems, get up to speed quickly, and bring a curious, can-do zest to all the challenges you face.
    • The ability to thrive leading in structured and unstructured environments, including early stage in blue sky innovative programs and late stage in high-reliability program lifecycles.
    • Passion for developing and coaching growing engineers.
    • A customer-centric mindset and the capacity to ruthlessly prioritize the development of new technology.
    • Success deploying safety-critical electromechanical systems to the field.
    • Experience developing software on an embedded real time operating system or embedded Linux.
    • Experience designing, simulating and implementing control algorithms in C.
    • Strength in C and Python; fluency in C++ or Rust a plus.
    • Familiarity with RS-485, I2C, CANbus, Ethernet, SPI, and similar.
    • Familiarity with electrical design, including schematic review and component selection. The ideal candidate may not have all of the following skills and experience. If any of these apply, you might be a good fit! What Else You Need To Know Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws or our own sensibilities. We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

Keywords: Sequoia Capital, San Francisco , Lead Embedded Systems Software Engineer, Other , San Francisco, California

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