GM Cruise LLC Systems Engineer - Data & Storage in San Francisco, California

Systems Engineer - Data & Storage

at Cruise Automation

San Francisco, CA

We're the driverless car company. We’re building the world’s best autonomous vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about.

Our vehicles are on the road in California, Arizona, and Michigan navigating some of the most challenging and unpredictable driving environments. We’re hiring people who want to solve some of today’s most complex engineering challenges and make a positive impact.

Cruise is looking for a Systems Engineer to help lead feature definition and technology development to ensure seamless onboard and offboard vehicle communications, data storage and retrieval, data propagation, and interoperability between applications.

As a Systems Engineer on the Autonomous Vehicle Integrity team at Cruise, you’ll have the chance to work at the intersection of hardware, software and AV technology and have a hand in nearly every component of a technically sophisticated autonomous system.

This is a great opportunity for individuals to apply transferable skills and experience from another industry, such as aerospace / avionics, defense, industrial, power, telecommunications, UAVs / drones, robotics, automated manufacturing, or medical instrumentation.

Systems Engineers collaborate across the company, synthesizing efforts with all stakeholders to ensure that features and functions are developed safely, effectively, and securely. As subject matter experts in their respective domains, Systems Engineers must comprehend the many complex interfaces and interactions required to integrate in-vehicle systems and all related AV technologies.


  • Drive the requirements definition, analysis, development and documentation of feature technical specifications

  • Conduct feature scoping assessments, define use cases and performance measurements

  • Define system interfaces between key components

  • Ensure systems and communication protocols are specified securely

  • Translate system requirements and implementation architecture into testable product requirements and design specifications

  • Conduct and participate in feature and system DFMEAs

  • Manage traceability between hardware and software systems and their test evidence

  • Analyze validation test evidence to challenge assumptions and harden requirement rationales

  • Lead technical discussions, build and manage relationships with cross-functional teams and relevant internal and external stakeholders


  • 5+ years experience in systems engineering or similar role for safety-critical components

  • Working knowledge in one or more of: data engineering, scalable data pipelines, cloud platform (AWS) and infrastructure, big data and analytics, Apache Spark

  • Working knowledge of telematics, and distributed systems architecture using telematics as the preferred method of communication

  • Working knowledge of data logging for distributed, safety-critical, real-time systems

  • Experience taking requirements from R&D and design to shipping and large scale production

  • Familiarity with Requirements Management tools such as DOORS, JAMA, Rhapsody, etc.

  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to present complex topics to technical and non-technical audiences

  • Experience with FMEAs,, fault tree and hazard analysis

  • Solid presentation, writing and documentation skills

  • Ability to identify and act on opportunities to improve processes and increase efficiency

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or related STEM field

Bonus Points:

  • An understanding of IP networking, network design methodologies & troubleshooting (Ethernet, TCP/IP, L2/L3, MPLS)

  • Experience with robotics or autonomous vehicles

  • Experience with machine learned applications

  • Experience working in a regulated environment

  • Skilled in cross functional team communication; scrum and agile techniques


  • Solve difficult problems that have immediate and valuable real-world applications

  • Competitive salary and benefits including matched 401k, medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexible vacation and 10 paid company holidays

  • State of the art equipment for your work station

  • Lunch, snacks, and dinner

  • Free rides in self-driving cars!

GM Cruise LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GM Cruise LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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