Sr Systems Engineer

US-PA-Pittsburgh | US-CA-San Francisco
Advanced Technologies Group - Safety & Systems Engineering

Uber Overview

About Uber


We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.


For the people who drive with Uber, our app represents a flexible new way to earn money. For cities, we help strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.


And that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re thinking about the future, too. With teams working on autonomous trucking and self-driving cars, we’re in for the long haul. We’re reimagining how people and things move from one place to the next.

Job Description

About the Role


Our systems engineers bring knowledge of standard methodologies from a variety of industries, and apply tools and agile processes to right-size efforts around generating and maintaining system-level documentation and interface specifications.


What You’ll Do

  • As a Senior Systems Engineer, you will have extraordinary technical intuition spanning electrical, mechanical, and software systems
  • Comprehend and catalogue a myriad system elements and interactions in the contexts of development, test, production, and deployment of a complex product
  • Generate concise, clear systems engineering work you're doing, communicate business and technical requirements at differing levels as appropriate to the audience, and adapt rapidly based on new information
  • Work in a small, self-optimizing team passionate about delivering results, not building an empire


What You’ll Need

  • Be fluent in system architecture diagrams, concept of operations documents, ICDs, APIs, requirements management processes, and system verification plans
  • Understand how to assess risks, weigh potential trade-offs, and swiftly generate an insightful analysis of alternative solutions when required
  • Differentiate between meaningful and unimportant issues and help others do the same
  • Continually craft a systems engineering framework to be complementary to, and augmented by, rapid system prototyping iterations happening in parallel
  • Communicate with external partners thoughtfully and with deference to intellectual property and business relationship considerations
  • Have a confirmed ability to move fast and the confidence to innovate where industry standard methodologies come up short


Bonus Points If

  • Product systems engineering responsibilities or a prior product/program manager role requiring strong technical background in an engineering discipline
  • Success at a startup, within an Agile development process, as a member of a dynamic skunkworks division, or in another non-traditional engineering environment
  • Effective adaptation of standard systems engineering processes to unusual new technology applications
  • Familiarity with sophisticated, safety-critical software within automotive or another industry (e.g., aerospace, defense, medical, transportation)
  • Exposure to automotive functional safety standards such as ISO 26262
  • Regular collaboration, in person and via video conference, with international business partners
  • You flourish with learning new technologies, pivot easily but thoughtfully to new ideas, and don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions.
  • Versatile teammate - You are willing to adapt to whatever role is most needed in a given moment, and you rely on others' candid feedback for continuous improvement
  • Passionate - You feel ownership over everything you work on, and you hold yourself to higher standards and expectations than your current leader does
  • Business savvy -You understand requirements beyond the written word and how your technical contributions will influence the viability of future products


About the Team


At the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), we are building technologies that will transform the way the world moves. Our teams in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Toronto are dedicated to mapping, software and hardware development, vehicle safety, and operations for self-driving technology. Our teams are passionate about developing a self-driving system that will one day move people and things around more safely, efficiently, and cost effectively.


The System Safety team within Uber ATG is charged with ensuring that, at every stage of development, our self-driving vehicles are demonstrably free from unreasonable risk when operating on public roads. We also hold primary responsibility for establishing durable specifications that will guide the integration of self-driving technology onto the Uber network at global scale. Our safety experts apply analytical skills and expertise throughout the product development lifecycle, and we work with software engineers, hardware engineers, test teams, and external partners to efficiently deliver the appropriate level of assurance for on-road, highly automated systems. Our systems engineers bring knowledge of standard methodologies from a variety of industries, and apply tools and agile processes to right-size efforts around generating and maintaining system-level documentation and interface specifications. 


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