Director of Mission Assurance - Autonomous Mobility Systems

Foster City, CA
System Design and Mission Assurance – Verification & Validation
As Director of Mission Assurance at Zoox you will be responsible for defining and implementing a system V&V (verification and validation) process that will ultimately lead to vehicle certification. You are responsible for ensuring the vehicle is developed and tested using a process that results in end-to- end traceability of both functional safety targets and product requirements, You will be working with various engineering teams in the hardware and software domains to ensure compatibility of subsystems and overall correctness and completeness of the system level functional requirements.


    • Staff engineering team to perform system level verification and validation
    • Collaborate with executive staff to define and execute automotive systems certifications
    • Plan, prepare, generate, and execute system level hardware and software testing, including hardware-in-the-loop and on-vehicle testing
    • Supervise a team to create testing methodologies and work products to ensure safety compliance
    • Use specific verification methods such as formal analysis to ensure compliance
    • Use statistical analysis methods to determine component failure rates within acceptable confidence levels


    • Collaborative team player with strong written and in-person communication skills
    • B.S. or higher degree in Aerospace, Automotive, Robotics, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering
    • 20+ years of leadership and engineering experience in the aerospace industry
    • Experience with product development cycle management from concept to product manufacturing and deployment
    • Analytical skills and experience with system level failure analysis
    • Experience with hazard analysis, functional decomposition, validation, and verification

Desired Experience

    • Flight Control Systems design
    • Operational Flight Program development
    • HW/SW Integration
    • Integrated Systems Verification and Validation
    • Formal Qualification Testing
    • System level functional hazard analysis and validation
    • System validation experience according to standards such as: ISO-26262, ARP4754A, ARP4761, DO-178C, DO-254, IEC 61508
    • Preferred: FAA qualification and experience
    • Automotive systems certification experience


Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.