Staff Systems Test Engineer, Reliability


  • 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.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

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, join us.

We are seeking a dynamic Staff Systems Test Engineer to own and lead the testing and quality assurance of our autonomous vehicles software subsystems/system as well as entire integrated AV system end to end (E2E)level testing for the entire software stack. You will be responsible for creating tests in various simulation frameworks, reviewing test results for gate merge/release, comparing on-road and simulation results to understand testing gaps, training others on the creation and analysis of tests, and designing new test tools and improvements to existing tools. You will be leveraging your extensive experience and expertise to consistently deliver innovative and impactful solutions that significantly improve our ability to successfully predict on-road performance and raise the bar on test/simulation coverage, effectiveness and efficiency. You will be a role model and mentor for the team and positively impact engineers across the organization.

An ideal candidate will be a thoughtful leader in system testing with extensive technical leadership experience in systems level testing and validation on products that solve complex problems such as autonomous driving. In this role, you will be working towards department wide goals, independently defining and working hands-on to successfully deliver various autonomous vehicle testing initiatives. You will own the team’s test architecture and will be responsible for generating test programs and scripts. You will have a direct impact on Cruises’ future products by ensuring elite solutions to demanding test and engineering challenges. You will be one of the technical leaders of the department and guide current and future technology choices, with a deep understanding of the business and operational impact of different technology tradeoffs.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Release metrics and gating

    • Lead the creation and validation of comprehensive test suites to cover our operational domain.

    • Lead cross-functional initiatives to deliver measurable continuous improvement in the robustness, efficacy and efficiency of the tests.

    • Lead the effort to triage road failures, use triage results to understand & document the test and process gaps, and work with partner teams to ensure that we close the gaps in a timely manner.

    • Collaborate with cross-functional software, hardware, system engineering and safety teams to develop robust exit criteria for releases that meet and exceed safety standards and delights customers.

  • Feature test

    • Champion and be an advocate for quality throughout the development process 

    • Develop best practices for test strategies at all levels including unit, component, integration and system tests.

    • Using your in-depth understanding of business requirements and AV system architecture, help the cross-functional teams understand the risks and come up with mitigation strategies. 

    • Create test strategies and test plans, and lead other engineers by example on test creation, execution, and analysis, using industry standard processes.

    • Set the standard through insightful code/test reviews.

    • Characterize the expected on-road performance of new features with thorough test coverage and in-depth analysis of results that inform release readiness.

  • Framework improvement

    • Advocate for industry-leading tools and frameworks that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of system tests, and work with cross-functional teams to implement them and demonstrate significant impact.

    • Build consensus across cross-functional teams to come up with a prioritized set of problems to be addressed in existing tools/frameworks and collaborate with partner organizations to implement solutions, and demonstrate measurable impact.

    • Create requirements and design docs for new tools to increase our testing capabilities, working with Simulation, Systems Engineering, Data Science, and Data Analytics teams to ensure alignment.  Ensure these new tools are delivering measurable improvements.

    • Prototype test tools for future implementation in the production environment.

  • Organizational

    • Extensively document standard processes.

    • Train and mentor other Systems Test Engineers.

    • Represent Systems Test in cross-functional teams

    • Raise the overall technical depth of the team

    • Lead through influence, building bridges across organizations

    • Lead initiatives across functional areas and multiple departments

    • Identify and drive areas of growth for the team.

    • Provide accurate technical assessment for promotion of engineers.

    • Continuously raise the hiring bar for Cruise.

What you must have:

  • Consistent track record of driving cross-functional initiatives delivering innovative solutions that significantly impact the product, architecture, or productivity of the team.

  • Subject matter expert on system test for products that solve complex problems such as autonomous driving.

  • Technical leadership experience with shown ability to guide strategy and make technological trade offs based on business/operational needs.

  • Ability to lead through influence providing mentorship to other engineers, enabling them to grow and be more effective.

  • 8-10 years of experience in system test, automation and root-cause analysis in fields similar in complexity to autonomous driving 

  • Deep understanding of an aspect of the AV stack; such as planning, controls or lidar, localization, calibration and mapping(LLCM)

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to convince other organizations to address issues in a timely manner through thorough documentation and presentation.

  • Strong spatial comprehension and computational skills

  • Good foundation in physics, motion control, and kinematics

  • Professional experience with Python/C++ and SQL

  • Passionate about self-driving technology and its potential impact on the world

  • Minimum BS degree in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, computer engineering, math, physics, or other relevant course of study

The salary range for this position is $170,000 – 250,000. 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:
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • 401(k) match 
    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays. 
    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave
    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).
    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks 
    • CruiseFlex – a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • 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 & 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.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) – a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.
  • We’re Safety Conscious
    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

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.

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