2022-01-05 Waymo

Technical Lead Manager, Trucking - Planning Foundations

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.

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.

In this role, you'll be leading a rapidly growing team at the intersection of motion planning and control. This team is responsible for developing end to end behavior unique to driving a class 8 truck, including handling a fully loaded trailer and driving sustained grades. As the lead of this team you will have to develop a full end-to-end understanding of the trucking product and develop an expert intuition on what it will take to drive a 80,000lbs vehicle safely and proficiently without anyone to take over. You’ll also be tackling deep technical challenges within Waymo’s planning and control architecture in ways that weren’t necessary for passenger vehicles. For example, accurate modeling of lateral and longitudinal acceleration dynamics is a key ingredient for safe execution of driving behaviors.

To sum it up, we are looking for a Tech Lead Manager who is curious and passionate about Level 4 autonomous driving and disrupting the trucking industry. In this leadership role, you'll:

  • Lead a team of software engineers that build motion planning and decision-making systems for the self-driving trucks, ensuring that the behavior of our vehicles is safe, smooth, and predictable to other road users
  • Design and lead efforts to create foundational technologies to safely navigate heavy vehicles in complex and nuanced situations
  • 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 minimum we'd like you to have: 

  • Must have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Robotics, Mechanical Engineering or similar technical field of study
  • Proven experience delivering complex and novel technology, including bringing a system (and team) from early stages all the way through a successful launch or delivery
  • Hands on experience with motion control or trajectory planning is a must for this role, including a theoretical understanding and a history of implementing solutions in code
  • Experience in Python and/or C++
  • Strong written and verbal communications 

It’s preferred if you have: 

  • Experience in the Self Driving Car or Truck industry
  • 2+ years of experience as an engineering manager
  • Experience with requirements definition and verification

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.

We appreciate your interest in Waymo. Waymo is an equal employment opportunity employer. Waymo’s policy is not to discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. Waymo also prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories. Waymo will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal records in accordance with applicable law. Waymo also makes workplace accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by applicable law.

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