VP of Artificial Intelligence

Seattle, Washington
Research – Artificial Intelligence
Full Time
Our mission is to protect life.
We’re out to make the world a safer place by solving big problems and taking on the public safety challenges of our time. From our company's inception building the TASER device to a full suite of hardware and software solutions, we are focused on providing police agencies with the state-of-the-art devices and services they need to successfully serve and protect us. In the next few years, we're going to eliminate the burden of paperwork in policing, so officers can increase the time they spend building relationships and serving in their communities. We’ll put video at the heart of the police record so our justice system can get to the truth faster. And we won't stop innovating until the bullet is rendered obsolete.

It’s a big mission, but it’s one we’ll pursue relentlessly every single day. 

Your Impact
As Axon’s VP of Artificial Intelligence, you will report directly to the Chief Product Officer & EVP Software and be responsible for leading a range of applied science initiatives across Computer Vision (CV), Natural Language Understanding (NLU), and other domains to harness Axon’s vast and growing network of sensors, signals, and data to provide measurably differentiated outcomes for our public safety customers and the communities they serve.
 
As a machine learning thought leader and key partner in Axon’s product and technology organization, you will identify key strategic opportunities and define, grow, lead, and retain a world-class team of scientists, engineers and researchers. The ideal candidate will have a proven science background and a consistent track record of success with hands-on execution and demonstrated ability to manage AI teams. You will actively collaborate with peer engineering and product teams to ship and operate services at scale.
 
So, why bring your considerable talents to Axon?
 
The difference here is the challenge and the mission. Officers and community relationships are strained like never before. Violent crime is spiking as every policing decision is scrutinized. Public safety is a segment of society that has been neglected by the brightest minds in tech - until recently. We've assembled a stellar team, we're making a difference already but our ambitions are much larger. We've offered body cameras to every officer in the U.S. so we can all get to the truth faster and accelerate justice. We're going to use the power of video and A.I. to eliminate paperwork in policing, so officers can increase the time they spend building relationships and serving their communities. And we won't stop innovating until the bullet is rendered obsolete by TASER smart weapons.
 
We need someone willing to be fearless - taking on bold challenges, ugly problems in society that may cause others to shrink. By accelerating adoption of our technologies, you'll help protect life in public safety for officers and the communities they serve around the world.

Your Day to Day

    • Lead the vision and design of Axon’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning products, solutions and growing network of sensors, signals, and data
    • Define, build, grow, and lead a world-class team of scientists that deliver novel, strategic data science approaches and diverse, industry-leading skills in deep learning, computer vision, natural language process, personalization, and data engineering and tooling
    • Oversee the AI strategy and planning for the entire product lifecycle including gathering and prioritizing product requirements and defining the product vision
    • Work with customers to plan and prioritize features and feature requests, develop a comprehensive understanding of the AI competitive landscape, and evaluate market trends
    • Bring your industry expertise to challenge existing assumptions and introduce new technologies and processes as well as develop a collaborative and inclusive team that fosters a culture of ownership, experimentation, and innovation
    • Collaborate with other Product Management and Engineering leaders globally to drive industry leading AI solutions across all products
    • Partner with the AI Ethics Board, to ensure we are developing police technologies and AI features in our products and services in a reasonable and ethical fashion

Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
    • 8+ years in a leadership role and experience owning and driving artificial intelligence strategy and the entire product lifecycle
    • Proven background and experience in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Machine Learning
    • Success influencing and leading a global AI team as well as partnering with senior leadership in a fast-paced, dynamic environment of consistent growth
    • Experience having shipped commercial software at scale
    • Strong leadership presence and ability to question and challenge the status quo at all levels of the organization
    • Experience building and scaling world-class teams

Preferred Qualifications

    • PhD
    • Ability to strategically execute within a fast-paced, deadline-oriented and complex environment
    • Possesses critical thinking and analytical skills, including the capacity to identify, assess and prioritize competing deadlines and needs
    • Ability to strategically execute within a fast-paced, deadline-oriented and complex environment
    • Excellent problem solving skills, written and verbal communication

Compensation and Benefits

    • Competitive salary and 401K with employer match
    • Discretionary paid time off
    • An encouraging parental leave policy
    • An award-winning office/working environment
    • Ride along with real police officers in real life situations, see them use technology, get inspired
    • And more...
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.