These Tech Teams Are Paving the Way for the Future in 2023

Uber, John Deere and PNC are just a few of the companies hiring to hit their ambitious goals for this year.

Written by Michael Hines
Published on Jan. 31, 2023
These Tech Teams Are Paving the Way for the Future in 2023
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At some companies, “business as usual” means doing the same thing over and over because it works and grows the business incrementally. At others, it means taking big swings to spark big growth, with employees challenged to solve new problems and take on ambitious projects. The tech companies featured here fall into the latter camp and all have major aspirations for 2023. 

Take BAE Systems, whose employees are working on a NASA mission to monitor hourly air pollution across North America. At Axon, which creates hardware and software for law enforcement, fire departments and emergency services providers, the company’s tech team is diving into multi-modal artificial intelligence. Over at Uber, the Uber Eats team is doubling down on its efforts to integrate sign-ups for its service directly into restaurant point-of-sale systems.

These three companies are all hiring, as are the twelve others featured here. Continue reading to hear from leaders at each about their company goals for the year and the cities they’re recruiting in.

 

The Uber team outside of its office

Uber is a global ridesharing company that also operates a food delivery service, Uber Eats.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“Uber Eats partners with more than 825,000 restaurants and merchants in more than 11,000 cities across six continents,” Engineering Manager Purnima Aiyar told Built In. “To help them sign up and get online in a fraction of the time, we recently created a self sign-up flow for point of sales (POS) merchants in the United States and Canada in partnership with Toast and Clover. The new integrations have simplified the onboarding process into just a few clicks, allowing hundreds of thousands of merchants to complete setup and POS configuration faster than before. 

“In 2023, we plan to advance our self sign-up integrations and offer this experience to even more merchants who are looking to streamline delivery options by allowing them to sign up for Uber Eats directly using their existing POS system for a faster and more effortless onboarding experience.”

“The new integrations have simplified the onboarding process, allowing hundreds of thousands of merchants to complete setup and POS configuration faster than before.”


Where Uber is currently hiring:
  • San Francisco
  • New York City
  • Seattle 
  • Dallas
  • Sunnyvale, California

 

The Cerebral team

Cerebral is a healthtech company focused on mental healthcare. The company operates a subscription service that enables people to see a doctor virtually and receive a prescription to treat various conditions as well as access therapy.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“We’re very excited about our continued efforts to build and launch product enhancements that support our business as an outcomes-driven, convenient, affordable and accessible mental health care provider,” said VP of Engineering Sarah Griffis. “On the tech side, we are highly focused on our monolith decommissioning project using technologies like Kafka, Node.js and micro front ends. Our tech culture is thriving and we’re looking to make it even stronger with a constant focus on sustaining a collaborative and humble environment that encourages thoughtful innovation. 

“We continue to make significant progress in our tech team DEI efforts and will continue to build strong team diversity through partnerships with organizations like Ada, our employee resource groups and by closely collaborating with our people team. Overall, we’re excited about our future and believe that 2023 will be a huge year for Cerebral!”

“Our tech culture is thriving and we’re looking to make it even stronger.”


Where Cerebral is currently hiring:
  • Remote

 

Two members of the Tempus team

Tempus uses artificial intelligence and big data to enable physicians to make near real-time data-driven decisions to deliver personalized patient care while facilitating the discovery, development and delivery of optimal therapeutics.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“We have amassed the world’s largest multi-modal data set to support both personalized patient care and therapeutic research and discovery,” said VP of Engineering Operations Alifya Kagalwalla. “Researchers from across the globe come to us to utilize that data to power the next wave of clinical innovation. 

“Our technology teams are preparing to scale collaboration with external researchers looking to dive into Tempus’ clinical, molecular and imaging data in order to derive new insights and build new models. This not only relies on having secure paths to access large volumes of Tempus’ de-identified, licensed data but also engineering our cloud-based technology platform to support data curation, discovery, analysis and scaled research workflows that have the potential to impact precision medicine materially.

“Our SRE team has built an infrastructure-as-code-powered platform that ensures scalability and security for a highly collaborative development environment. This allows us to manage hundreds of systems and workspaces without linearly scaling the engineering team. At Tempus, we believe innovation and collaboration are crucial to shaping the next decade of patient care.”

“Researchers from across the globe come to us to utilize that data to power the next wave of clinical innovation.”


Where Tempus is currently hiring:
  • Chicago
  • New York City
  • Bay Area
  • Tempus is particularly interested in filling its open real world data scientist and senior software engineer, connectivity, roles

 

The Western Union team

Western Union is a financial services company that specializes in cross-border and cross-currency money transfers. Along with its consumer business, Western Union also offers technology solutions for business, which range from currency transfers to risk management solutions and platforms.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“I’m truly excited about what we have on the horizon for 2023 as we pivot toward the execution of our “Evolve 2025” strategy with a focus on our customers who are aspiring to grow,” said Global Head of Omni Channel Customer Experience Engineering Prakash Hariharan. “Experimentation and agility will be key to meeting our customers’ needs as we scale globally and adapt the learnings from the pilot rollout of our modernized digital and retail experience.”

“I’m truly excited about what we have on the horizon for 2023.”

Where Western Union is currently hiring:

  • Austin, Texas
  • New York
  • Denver
  • Western Union is currently working under a hybrid model with a general guidepost of being in the office 50 percent of the time based on business needs. 

 

The Samsara team

Construction companies, food and beverage distributors, local governments and more use Samsara’s IoT technology and cloud platform to monitor and manage equipment, increase safety, automate workflows and more.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“Our customers, who are ingrained in the world of physical operations, will face complex challenges this year, with fuel and maintenance costs on the rise and a competitive, tight labor market,” said Chief Product Officer Jeff Hausman. “We are continually innovating to help them reduce costs, improve safety and stay resilient. In 2023, our R&D teams will build new and exciting solutions that harness the power of data to deliver actionable insights. From streamlined workflows to safety event detection to fleet electrification, we look forward to further connecting the world of physical operations and maximizing value for our customers.”

“We are continually innovating to help them reduce costs, improve safety and stay resilient.”


Where Samsara is currently hiring:
  • Remote
  • San Francisco

 

The Zoom team at the office

Zoom is a video communications company that also offers solutions for VoIP phone systems, virtual whiteboarding and AI tools for analyzing call transcripts.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“Zoom has many different products, and I’m responsible for Team Chat,” said Head of Product Sharvari Nerurkar. “The last year was fantastic for our team. We launched several new capabilities that made collaboration in Zoom more seamless, and 2023 is set to be yet another exciting year with several new features lined up. The one I am most excited about is the ability to continue your conversations before and after a meeting. A meeting is rarely over when it ends: there are often notes, action items and further discussions that are important. Very soon, we will be launching the capability to continue your meeting chats once the meeting has ended or even before it starts. 

“You will be able to share the agenda with participants, join the meeting and chat as you normally do and then have those conversations available after the meeting. This enables the context to be preserved and also allows people who might have missed the meeting to catch-up with the conversation and contribute. Imagine all the time you spent earlier bringing folks up to speed, starting new conversations or writing emails. You can save all of that and have peace of mind that there is now a dedicated space to collaborate with all the meeting invitees. It’s once again Zoom bringing innovation on how we collaborate and connect worldwide.”

“Very soon, we will be launching the capability to continue your meeting chats once the meeting has ended or even before it starts.”

 

Where Zoom is currently hiring:

  • Remote
  • San Francisco
  • Denver
  • International 

 

The John Deere office

John Deere manufactures construction, lawncare and agricultural equipment. Along with equipment, John Deere also builds software for the farming, construction and forestry industries.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“After 10 years at Deere, I am amazed that I still get excited by the tech we create,” said Melissa Neuendorf, advanced digital lead. “Not only did the CES 2023 Deere opening keynote create goosebump moments for me, but I saw it happen to the hundreds of other people in the room who gasped more than once when they realized how our cutting-edge technology is being used by real customers around the globe, three of whom were front row in the auditorium. As someone who has dedicated more than 20 years to building software products, in 2023 I’m looking forward to Deere’s continued innovations in the electrification and sustainability space.”

“After 10 years at Deere, I am amazed that I still get excited by the tech we create.”

Where John Deere is currently hiring:

  • Remote
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 
  • Chicago
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Los Angeles
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina 

 

The Cox Automotive team at a trade show

Cox Enterprises is the $20 billion holding company for Cox Automotive and Cox Communications, as well as various companies in cleantech, healthcare, journalism and more. As part of this global family of businesses, Cox Automotive is a technology company that is transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars. Cox Automotive’s brands include household names like Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“We’re focused on moving our brands and experiences deeper into automotive commerce by not only helping consumers find the right vehicle, deal and dealer but also by connecting them with dealers who transact the way they want to,” said SVP of Product and Engineering at Cox Automotive Michael Wulf. “We’ll also create tierless advertising solutions that are personalized to the consumer and enable our original equipment manufacturer (OEM), dealer and near endemic partners to drive greater value to our partners and consumers. We’re better integrating our customer relationship management tool into our retail offering to help streamline connections between dealers and consumers, too.

“The products and projects we’re most excited about include KBB MyWallet, Cox Automotive’s consumer tool that allows users to customize their car-buying experience and shop for what’s in their budget. Nearly 80 percent of car shoppers start their journey on either Autotrader, KBB or one of our dealer sites. With MyWallet, we leverage this access by improving the shopping and buying experience and by creating quality connections with retailers. 

“Then there’s our tierless ad solution, which removes the disconnect between OEM and dealer marketing to help stream messaging, reduce duplication and clean up the confusion created by multiple advertising campaigns and approaches. We’re also focused on automotive commerce and will be standing up automotive commerce on Autotrader, KBB and thousands of dealer websites to streamline and improve the online buying process.”

“We’re focused on moving our brands and experiences deeper into automotive commerce.”

Where Cox Enterprises is currently hiring:

  • Atlanta
  • Phoenix
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • San Diego
  • Austin, Texas

 

 

The ADP team

ADP provides payroll and HR software for small, midsize and enterprise companies in construction, financial services, retail and more.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“The next generation of our Workforce Now product is a primary focus for ADP this year,” said SVP of Product Development Vipul Nagrath. “At a time when human capital management (HCM) is so essential, organizations and leaders want something that is easy to use but also robust enough to handle a diverse array of key functions such as hiring the best talent, training and retaining, and engaging with talent all the way to retirement. 

“Our user-centric product is continually enhanced to tap into the real-time needs of end users to provide secure, personalized data and information. HCM systems are critical to every organization, regardless of its size. Workforce Now is there to anticipate our users’ needs, provide full lifecycle HR tools and ultimately bring the power of human capital management all together for an organization.”

“The next generation of our Workforce Now product is a primary focus for ADP this year.”


Where ADP is currently hiring:
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Alpharetta, Georgia
  • New York City
  • All locations are for the Workforce Now team

 

Kate Puech
Director of AI Engineering

Axon develops software and hardware for law enforcement agencies, first responders and emergency services providers. 


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“What I like most is the company’s mission: protect life, preserve truth and accelerate justice,” said Director of Engineering Kate Puech. “Applying my machine learning engineering skills to such a challenging and impactful mission is very fulfilling. In 2023, Axon AI will continue researching how the latest and greatest AI technologies can responsibly support our company’s mission. We will continue exploring privacy-preserving techniques, synthetic data and data-efficient machine learning. We will also continue investing in ethical evaluation for our models to assess and improve the experiences of communities where we deploy our products.

“A new area of research in 2023 that I am thrilled about is multi-modal AI. Traditional AI only deals with either text, image or voice, but recent breakthroughs have shown that we can train more powerful AI to deal with all of these dimensions at once. This is super exciting and has many applications that can benefit our customers and the communities they serve!”

“A new area of research in 2023 that I am thrilled about is multi-modal AI.”


The roles Axon is currently hiring for:

“Life at Axon is fast-paced, challenging and meaningful,” Puech said. “Here, you’ll take ownership and drive real change in an organization dedicated to making communities safer and committed to ethical AI. Our ethics and equity advisory council helps us center the needs and perspectives of communities in the creation of our products. 

“We are always looking for passionate AI research scientists, machine learning engineers as well as embedded/distributed system experts who love building cutting-edge solutions and want to help transform the public safety tech space. Specific to AI, we seek individuals with expertise in computer vision, natural language understanding, data-efficient learning, privacy-preserving ML and multi-modal semantic search.”

 

A Clearcover employee storyboarding on a whiteboard

Clearcover is both a car insurance company and an insurtech company. In addition to offering drivers coverage, Clearcover helps insurance agents take their businesses to the next level with its AI-powered lead-gen, customer qualification and claims tech.


What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“Clearcover has spent the last six years digitally transforming the way the car insurance industry operates, and in 2023, we plan to continue disrupting these traditional processes,” said Chief Innovation and Product Officer Adam Fischer. “Our company theme this year is ‘our greatest climb,’ as our team is working to conquer a unique set of challenges. We will continue to expand our agent and partner channels, focusing on streamlining the consumer experience so that our agents and partners can scale their businesses with ease and efficiency. 

“We aim to push ourselves even more as we continue to enhance our record-setting claims experience, evolving our ClearAI and proprietary technology stack to better solve the needs of today’s drivers. And we are excited to venture into new opportunities by providing embedded insurance solutions that offer companies our seamless, digital end-to-end auto insurance experiences for their customers. With some of the industry’s most efficient tech and top-producing teams, we are excited about our journey and confident we’ll reach important milestones toward our goals this year.”

“Clearcover has spent the last six years digitally transforming the way the car insurance industry operates, and in 2023, we plan to continue disrupting these traditional processes.”


Where Clearcover is currently hiring:
  • Remote
  • Chicago

 

 

The PNC team

PNC is a financial services company offering banking and lending products for consumers and small businesses. The company also offers technology solutions for small businesses and enterprise companies.

 

Tell us about your growth plans in 2023. What new product, feature, or project are you most excited about in 2023? 

“With PNC’s ongoing technology transformation, in 2023 we are continuing to invest in developing and delivering a modern banking platform to provide simple, relevant and best-in-class products and experiences for our customers and employees,” said PNC Technology Services Management CIO Charaka Kithulegoda. “Thousands of our employees have come together to deliver on this transformation. From back-office operations to our digital capabilities, our teams are innovating on technology, digital experiences and how we work together to deliver the next generation of banking.”

“We are continuing to invest in developing and delivering a modern banking platform to provide simple, relevant and best-in-class products and experiences.


Where PNC is currently hiring:
  • Pittsburgh
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Birmingham, Alabama 
  • Philadelphia
  • Cincinnati
  • Kansas City, Kansas

 

John Schumacher
VP, Group Product Manager • Grainger

Grainger is an online and physical retailer of industrial supplies and tools. Along with selling replacement parts, tools and machines, the company also offers consulting services and software solutions.


Tell us about your growth plans in 2023. What new product, feature, or project are you most excited about in 2023? 

“What I am most excited about is combining our deep-rooted industry knowledge and growing skills in AI and advanced analytics,” said VP, Group Product Manager John Schumacher. “We are using approaches such as deep learning to scale our ability to provide prescriptive and predictive insights to enhance business operations for our customers and ourselves. For example, we are leading the way with differentiated, patented features in areas like visual search and exploring how to utilize 3D object recognition and augmented reality. 

“In 2023, I look forward to our continued innovation and work to create a data-first organization. Ultimately, through our ongoing transformation, we are looking at ways to leverage modern technology and innovation to drive service for our 4.5 million customers and long-term advantage for Grainger.”

“In 2023, I look forward to our continued innovation and work to create a data-first organization.”

 

Where Grainger is currently hiring:

  • Chicagoland area 

 

The Magna International team with their autonomous pizza delivery robots

Magna is more than one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. It is a mobility technology company with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team of over 170,000 employees and an organizational structure designed to innovate like a startup. With 65+ years of expertise, and a systems approach to design, engineering and manufacturing that touches nearly every aspect of the vehicle, it is positioned to support advancing mobility in a transforming industry. Its global network includes 345 manufacturing operations and 90 product development, engineering and sales centers spanning 28 countries.


Tell us about your growth plans in 2023. What new product, feature, or project are you most excited about in 2023? 

As a mobility technology company and one of the largest global automotive suppliers, Magna influences many aspects of the mobility ecosystem,” said Senior Director of Engineering and Global Lead, New Mobility, Muthu Subramanian. For 2023, our focus will be continuing to develop and refine our products for scaling. Right now, I am really excited with where we are headed in the micro-mobility space with our autonomous delivery-as-a-service platform and battery-as-a-service offerings. Our autonomous pizza delivery pilot program was a lot of fun last year and we are excited to continue and expand on that this summer, among other projects. We see a need to expand into this underserved market and are building up to that.

For 2023, our focus will be continuing to develop and refine our products for scaling.

 

Where Magna is currently hiring:

  • Detroit/Metro Detroit
  • Boston

BAE Systems, Inc. develops space and airplane technology for NASA, the Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence agencies. This includes satellites for tracking and forecasting weather and data and analytics software that monitors pilot health in fighter jets.

 

What are your growth plans for 2023? What new product, feature or project are you most excited about?

“Our team is very excited about NASA’s Tropospheric Emission: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission, which is expected to launch this year,” said Leslie Buchanan, TEMPO program manager. “The TEMPO spectrometer, built by BAE Systems, will be the first-ever space-based instrument to monitor air pollutants hourly across North America during daytime. It will collect high-resolution measurements of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants. I’m extremely proud of the skillful contributions and dedication of our team, which most recently provided support for integration with the host spacecraft and testing. We’ve learned a lot working alongside NASA and our commercial counterparts and look forward to TEMPO’s data revolutionizing air quality forecasts and becoming a vital asset in protecting the health of humans and the environment.”

 

Where BAE Systems, Inc. is currently hiring:

  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Columbia, Maryland
  • Fairborn, Ohio
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Broomfield, Colorado
  • Westminster, Colorado

 

Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Photos via Shutterstock and featured companies.

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