Technical Advisor, Simulation

  • Cruise
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 22, 2021

Job Description

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

The Simulation team delivers products that accelerate and validate our autonomous vehicle (AV) development through specialized frameworks and tools. Cruise is looking for a highly experienced Advisor to the VP of Simulation. In this executive level role, you will be responsible for executing strategic and operational programs for the entire Simulation team. Our ideal candidate will be technically adept and metrics driven, with outstanding communication skills and executive presence. This person will be a force multiplier, incubating new projects, developing technical roadmaps, finding areas of improvements and efficiencies, and demonstrating cross-functional relationships to drive execution across all of Simulation.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Drive operational programs across the Simulation team
  • Develop partnerships with a wide range of internal partners and customers
  • Lead technical deep dives and have a deep understanding of our technical road map, our customers’ requirements and needs, and a vision for how to achieve our goals over the next 6-12 months
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with executives, senior leaders, and partner teams to achieve project objectives and deliverables
  • Identify, develop, and implement continuous process improvements
  • Advise the Simulation leaders, acting as proxy for the VP

What you must have:

  • Passion for safe, fully-electric, self-driving technology and its upcoming impact on the world
  • 12+ years of experience in a similar role or industry
  • 8+ years in engineering leadership roles
  • Strong communication skills (written/verbal) and executive presence. Comfortable speaking across all organizational levels and departments to complex technical issues and topics
  • Deep understanding of engineering and a desire to implement and advocate for standard methodologies across the organization
  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, or similar technical field

Bonus points!

  • Experience developing and using simulation systems
  • Exceptional ability to write clean, fast, reliable and highly scalable software
  • Prior simulation experience, especially an understanding of autonomous vehicle simulation


Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental leave
    • Fertility Benefits 
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
  • We’re Remote Friendly
    • We believe that your value to the team can be provided at a Cruise office or from the comfort of your home. Depending on your function, enjoy the flexibility of remote work and join our growing community of remote employees in the continental United States.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

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Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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