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Embedded Software Manager - Powertrain



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Powertrain team is a multi-disciplinary hardware and software team responsible for designing the electric drivetrain at the heart of our life-saving drone delivery service, operating in some of the harshest environments on earth.

As the Embedded Software Manager for Powertrain, you and your team will be responsible for delivering C/C++ embedded software for battery and battery fleet management, power management software, drive inverter software, and a number of motor control applications throughout the vehicle. These components are at the core of a new unmanned aerial system that will enable Zipline’s mission of 100 million deliveries per year across the globe. Zipline’s future success depends on the development of electric drivetrains systems that are low mass, low cost, high reliability, and produced at high volumes.

We are looking for a leader with a strong foundation in embedded software and the proven capacity to lead and grow a high-performing team.

What You'll Do

  • Lead the embedded software department responsible for the full vertical stack from low-level embedded firmware to implementing control algorithms; from concept, prototyping, validating, and shipping code to production.
  • Grow the team including hiring and coaching for performance.
  • Craft the roadmaps for battery fleet software, drive inverter software, motor controls application, and automated manufacturing.
  • Step in where needed, rolling up your sleeves to write code, triage field failures, and lead test campaigns in hardware or software to get to the root-cause of issues.
  • Work with cross-functional partners to anticipate software features, and balance the needs of field upgrades, new features, and internal tool development.

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 8 years of design experience in writing and shipping production embedded software code and systems in C, C++, or Rust.
  • Past success growing and leading a high-performance team, including direct leadership and leading as a ‘lead-of-leads’.
  • Design experience with mixed-signal, high-speed digital, high performance embedded computing..
  • Experience in one of: battery management and estimation, motor controls, embedded controls, and/or other safety-critical embedded software applications.
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain technical challenges and solutions to fellow engineers and non-engineers alike
  • Must be eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco headquarters

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $170,000 - $210,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
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!