2022-01-05 Waymo

Technical Lead Manager, Trucking - Perception

Mountain View, California, United States
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
San Francisco, California, United States

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the World’s Most Experienced Driver in hopes of improving the world's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. Our Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, our fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 20 billion miles of simulation testing.

Now we’re turning our attention to other things as well. Over the past year, we’ve been conducting road tests of Waymo’s self-driving trucks in California, Arizona, and Georgia. Our software is learning to drive big rigs in much the same way a human driver would after years of driving passenger cars. The principles are the same, but things like braking, turning, and blind spots are different with a fully-loaded truck and trailer.

In this role, you'll be working with a small but rapidly growing team, benefitting from shared technology of the greater Waymo and Alphabet organizations. Our team is made up of robotics specialists from some of the leading technology companies of our time - with deep expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-world deployment of advanced technology.

We are looking for strong technical managers who can lead a diverse team of engineers to develop the perception system for Waymo Via’s trucks. In this role, you will develop and integrate new technologies required to perceive, understand, and anticipate the world around an 80,000 lb truck driving at highway speeds. Waymo’s Technical Lead Managers are best-of-best innovative and charismatic leaders with premier technical talent and excellent organizational and interpersonal capabilities. In Perception for Trucking you will develop new approaches to extend range and understand the highway environment, as well as integrate end to end capabilities.

We are developing at a break-neck speed and seek pragmatic innovators to launch the world’s first autonomous trucks. Join us.

In this leadership role, you'll:

  • Lead a team of software engineers that build perception, semantic understanding, and prediction technology for self-driving trucks
  • Innovate and build novel perception, semantic understanding, and prediction approaches for 80,000 lb vehicles traveling at highway speeds
  • Adapt existing perception, semantic understanding, and prediction approaches from the urban domain to the highway domain
  • Attract, grow, and retain a diversity of talent, providing technical direction and career growth opportunities
  • Inspire and motivate the team to work together as a cohesive and productive unit
  • Guide all technical aspects of development, including technical requirements definition, design, implementation, unit testing, and integration
  • Work closely with engineering partners and stakeholders to drive organizational alignment

At a minimum we would like you to have:

  • Must have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Robotics or similar technical field of study
  • Managed a team and set technical direction
  • Experience managing projects spanning across multiple teams
  • Experience in Python and/or C++
  • Experience developing and implementing machine learning systems
  • Strong written and verbal communications 

It’s preferred that you have:

  • Experience in the Autonomous Vehicle industry
  • Delivered a complex integrated product to market
  • 3+ years of experience as an engineering manager

Note: The following is only applicable for roles hired in the US. As we keep the safety of our employees and our communities top of mind, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to be a critical prevention measure to help end the pandemic.  Because of this, Waymo requires all US-based employees who perform work onsite for Waymo to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a disability, medical condition or religious belief, Waymo will provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with federal, state, and local law.

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