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Principal Engineer, Commercialization



Mountain View, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with the mission to be the most trusted driver. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World's Most Experienced Driver™—to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, a fully autonomous ride-hailing service, and can also be applied to a range of vehicle platforms and product use cases. The Waymo Driver has provided over one million rider-only trips, enabled by its experience autonomously driving tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions in simulation across 13+ U.S. states.

Software Engineering builds the brains of Waymo's fully autonomous driving technology. Our software allows the Waymo Driver to perceive the world around it, make the right decision for every situation, and deliver people safely to their destinations. We think deeply and solve complex technical challenges in areas like robotics, perception, decision-making and deep learning, while collaborating with hardware and systems engineers. If you're a software engineer or researcher who's curious and passionate about Level 4 autonomous driving, we'd like to meet you.

Day-to-day activities and responsibilities:

  • You will take on technical leadership for part of Waymo One's backend systems. The exact team will depend on your interests and qualifications, but we have teams working on systems such as vehicle scheduling, dynamic pricing, partner APIs, and experimentation.
  • You will build a solid long-term technical foundation while also fielding the near-term needs of Waymo One. Our service is still early, and we need an adaptable leader who can reprioritize on the fly.
  • This is primarily a technical role and does not require people management, though we could consider that if the candidate is interested.

Required experience:

  • Technical lead of a significant backend effort, ideally with several moving parts
  • Strong ability to work with other teams, including non-engineering teams. You should be able to negotiate technical solutions that match product needs and timelines
  • Working across many different parts of a complex stack, not just focusing on a single piece of software

Preferred experience:

  • An ideal candidate is seen as a "fixer" in their prior roles, someone whom leadership tapped to drop into projects and turn them around or clarify focus
  • Ability to dive into a complex backend system and make sense of it, including live debugging and learning the codebase
  • C++ and distributed systems experience
  • Experience working at another transportation company or similar consumer-oriented experience

The expected base salary range for this full-time position across US locations is listed below. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for the role location or, if the role can be performed remote, the specific salary range for your preferred location, during the hiring process.

Waymo employees are also eligible to participate in Waymo’s discretionary annual bonus program, equity incentive plan, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Salary Range
$323,000—$410,000 USD