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Software Engineering Lead



Software Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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 the Role

Zipline builds and operates fleets of delivery drones to get critical and life-saving products, fast, to where they’re needed. To power this, our software team is building out long term, scalable solutions to expand rapidly, while empowering our world class distribution centers to serve our customers as fast as possible. As a lead, you will be responsible for setting the course for your team, building roadmaps with your customers, and helping grow the impact of the folks you support.

We’re looking for an engineering lead excited to lead a small but mighty team of software engineers responsible for our Fleet Applications. These tools are the core toolkit that our operations team use to interact with our deployed fleet of assets in real time. The tools visualize our fleet of autonomous vehicles, enable interaction with the vehicles via high level commands and visualize contextual information about the state of the fleet and the health of our assets. You will work on the applications that let us wrangle an ever growing fleet, with expanding autonomy capabilities. Our ideal candidate works well in startup environments, is comfortable wearing many hats, and can work with other engineers on the team to produce impressive results.

What you'll do in this role

  • Lead a team of 5+ engineers at different points in their career
  • Work across engineering, operations, and program management to deliver outsized results and guide the next generation of autonomous aircraft
  • Hire, mentor, and grow excellent engineers
  • Hold a high bar for engineering best practices
  • Help define the vision for our Fleet Applications in conjunction with your customers internally

What you'll bring

  • 9+ years experience in software engineering
  • 3+ years as an Engineering Manager or similar leadership role directly managing teams of 3+ engineers in a fast-paced environmentHands on technical leadership with a strong software engineering background
  • An understanding of backend or full stack development and microservice architecture
  • A track record of building and leading software teams focused on cloud applications
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams, stakeholders, and executive leadership
  • Previous experience in autonomy, robotics, or hardware is nice to have but not required

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!
Please Note

We have received reports stating that certain individuals are reaching out to people under false pretenses, claiming to be Zipline employees, affiliates, agents, or representatives. They may seek to gain access to your personal information or to acquire money from you by offering fictitious employment opportunities or by claiming that they are contacting you on Zipline’s behalf.

Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at security@flyzipline.com upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.