Staff Safety & Systems Investigator


  • Full Time

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

We are looking for a technical expert in AV to join our Safety & Systems team in ensuring the safety of our autonomous vehicle fleet. The Safety Investigator will lead safety investigation programs including program development and daily execution of investigations and follow-up to ensure continuous improvement.

In this position, you will collaborate cross-functionally with Software, Hardware, Operations, Safety, Systems Engineering, Security, Government Affairs, Legal and other teams in order to build and continuously improve an industry-leading safety assurance process in line with our company’s overall commitment to creating a safer world through autonomous vehicles.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop and own a comprehensive safety investigation program that addresses technical risk, human factors, system safety, and organizational risks.

  • Lead investigations into significant events impacting our fleet or safety profile including collisions, near misses, or trends.

  • Develop standardized tools, methods, and training for others to facilitate high quality investigations to scale impact

  • Conduct root cause analysis using industry standard methodologies while tailoring approach to the level of complexity and safety risk potential of the event or concern.

  • Generate findings investigations with cross functional teams and track to closure in our systems of record.

  • Work with teams across Cruise to develop solutions to address findings to continuously improve safety and system performance and determine short and long-term corrective and preventive actions.

  • Provide leadership updates on results of investigations

  • Perform periodic analysis of investigation findings to identify and assess trends affecting safety

  • Participate in program audits to ensure effective traceability and readiness for internal and external reviews.

  • Promote safety culture at Cruise through our Safety Management System including leading efforts to expand our safety assurance and risk management programs related to investigations.

What you must have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Computer Science, Safety, Human Factors, or a related technical degree and 5+ years work experience

  • Strong understanding of autonomous vehicle systems and operations

  • Technical acumen to learn rapidly about systems of various complexity and applying knowledge to diagnose issues in both technical AV and human based processes

  • Ability to lead cross-functional teams with clear communication, prioritization, and project management skills.

  • Analytical proficiency demonstrated through experience in extracting insights from and understanding expert-provided data such as quantitative risk assessments, reliability analyses, and/or statistical data analyses

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Self motivated and ability to network internally

Bonus points!

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering or a related technical field

  • Hands-on experience with investigations for system safety and organizational risk using industry methods (5 why's, fishbone analysis, CAST, etc.)

  • Expertise in safety analysis for autonomous vehicles or similar industry

  • Familiarity with product safety and liability

  • Experience interacting with regulators

The salary range for this position is $156,400 – 230,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. – learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private – learn more about RLO here

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

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