Manager, Embedded Avionics Software Engineering (R2398)

Dallas Metro Area
Aircraft Engineering – Software /
Full Time Employee /
On-site
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

Job description:
The VBAT Software team is a motivated group of engineers focused on developing complex avionics software that merges hardware, operating systems and applications for cutting-edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Embedded Software engineers work with customer programs, electrical engineers, Guidance, Navigation and Controls (GNC) engineers, systems engineers, test engineers and the autonomy team to design and develop software systems which utilize modern aerospace sensors, state-of-the-art UAV avionics, and groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence applications. 
 
As the Embedded Software Manager, you will craft, refine, and execute strategies that optimize the avionics software development process for the family of V-BAT aircrafts. Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team of Electrical, Mechanical, Systems, GNC, and AI engineers you will ensure avionics software is delivered with quality, efficiency, and meets all technical and program requirements. We are looking for a technical expert, passionate about building an avionics software department which establishes the process and engineering rigor to deliver software which is central and critical to the operation of state-of-the art UAV’s. Someone who is not afraid to take charge, make decisions, and do what honor dictates to make things happen. Ideally someone with experience in delivering innovative avionics software solutions to robotics or aircraft vehicles. 

What you'll do:

    • Work closely with engineering managers and leads, product managers/owners, to ensure rapid execution and on time, high quality delivery for the system.  
    • Identify project risks & issues and facilitate effective stakeholder meetings with diverse cross-functional technical leaders by becoming a peer in discussions when necessary, articulating ambiguity, and providing guidance along with any necessary escalations to the Executive Team 
    • Own and support the creation of data driven project plans which identify, prioritize, and concisely communicate any arising risks, issues, and blockers.  
    • Facilitate cross-functional meetings and regular communications to bring accountability & ownership among stakeholders by clearly defining owners, mitigation plans, dates, and ensure proper prioritization of key deliverables throughout the life of the project. 
    • Define Architecture and design of software systems to monitor/control robotic vehicles - including participation in requirements gathering, architect, design reviews and documentation  

Required Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated track record of assuming ownership over development processes and features and delivering outstanding outcomes  
    • Proven track record of successfully shipping products, showcasing the ability to navigate through development cycles, overcome obstacles, and deliver high-quality solutions to meet project deadlines and exceed client expectations in a fast-paced environment  
    •  Proactively identify opportunities for improvement within software development projects, demonstrating initiative to propose and implement innovative solutions that enhance efficiency, quality, and overall project success and V-Bat reliability  
    • B.S., M.S, PhD degree in Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline, such as Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering 
    • Strong embedded software development experience in C/C++ 
    • Rock-solid fundamentals in software engineering and the software development life-cycle
$157,776 - $236,664 a year
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Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background and possible reference check.

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.