Head of Systems Engineering


Mountain View, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Jan 9

Who we are:

Founded in 2017, Gatik is the leader in autonomous middle mile logistics. We deliver goods safely and efficiently using medium duty trucks with a focus on short-haul, B2B logistics for Fortune 500 customers such as Walmart and Loblaw. Gatik enables our customers to optimize their hub-and-spoke operations, enhance service levels and product flow across multiple locations while reducing labor costs and meeting an unprecedented expectation for faster deliveries.

About the role:

We are seeking a Head of Systems Engineering to lead our systems engineering efforts as we develop system and sub-system requirements for the Gatik Autonomous Vehicles based on product requirements and use-cases. The ideal candidate is a professional engineer with extensive experience in systems engineering, with early career experience in hardware or software engineering. Further, the candidate has experience in managing and building systems engineering teams and has managed the disciplines of systems engineering (requirements management, systems integration, and system validation) for both hardware and software and interacting with cross-functional teams.

The candidate should have practical experience in modeling complex systems using tools such as Excel, Python, Labview or Simulink. The person is a generalist within the systems engineering field, analytical in nature, and seeks to understand the problem from the perspective of others in order to determine the best design solution

We seek team members who understand functional safety including standard engineering practices such as V-model development, FMEAs. If this describes you, and you want to work with energetic and enthusiastic people who get down in the trenches and get things done, please consider this opportunity.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to…

  • Develop System and Sub-System requirements for the Gatik Autonomous Vehicles from the Product Requirements and Use-Cases
  • Work with the Engineering Leads and Safety Leads to determine additional requirements and develop the optimum solution within the design space
  • Have a good understanding of System Validation processes and needs.
  • Document and track requirements through to implementation and validation using the V-model or W-Model as appropriate

We’re looking for someone who has...

  • 5+ years of systems engineering with exposure to system requirements management, systems integration, and validation aspects
  • 5+ years of management experience - ideally including managing multiple teams as a department head
  • Experience in requirements management includes system design, system requirements generation, definition and modeling
  • Experience in system Integration includes building and bringing up prototypes to test designs and validate the hardware and software integration, including building hardware-in-the-loop tests
  • Experience in system validation includes ensuring that the system requirements are properly validated and the requirements are met
  • Experience modeling complex systems using Excel, Python, Labview, or Simulink. This can be in systems design or validation
  • Experience in both hardware and software domains
  • Exposure to safety-relevant system design including typical safety standards
  • Experience in modern design methodologies for systems engineering processes such as the V-Model and W-Model

It’s preferred if you have…

  • 7+ years of varied experience in automotive or aerospace with a startup, OEM or Tier 1
  • Experience managing multiple types of systems engineering teams. Particularly both Systems Design and Systems Integration
  • Experience in development and validation
  • Working with the hardware aspects in addition to software
  • Ideally an undergrad degree in a related discipline such as mechanical, electronics or software and then a postgraduate degree in systems engineering combined with relevant experience

More about Gatik:

With headquarters in Mountain View, CA and offices in Canada, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Gatik is establishing new standards of success for the autonomous trucking industry every day. Visit us at Gatik for more company information and Jobs @ Gatik for more open roles.

Gatik News:

  • America’s Best Startup Employers of 2022
  • Gatik has been named as a 2023 FreightTech 25 winner!
  • Gatik and Walmart Achieve Fully Driverless Deliveries in 2021
  • 50 List of Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies of 2021
  • Gatik and Loblaw achieve First Fully Driverless Deployment in Canada in 2022
  • Gatik CEO Gautam Narang was Named Among the Most Exceptional Entrepreneurs of 2022
  • Co-founder and Chief Engineer, Apeksha Kumavat, Recognized on the Inc. 2022 Female Founders 100 List

Taking care of our team:

At Gatik, we connect people of extraordinary talent and experience to an opportunity to create a more resilient supply chain and contribute to our environment’s sustainability. We are diverse in our backgrounds and perspectives yet united by a bold vision and shared commitment to our values. Our culture emphasizes the importance of collaboration, respect and agility.

We at Gatik strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow because we know that together we can do great things. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse team. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

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