Shield AI
Our mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems.
San Diego, CA

Developer Experience Engineer (R2399)

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Employer Provided Salary: $135,712-$184,357 Annually
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Introduction to Shield AI

Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

Job description:

As a Developer Experience Engineer on the Hivemind Edge team, you will be solely responsible for tools that affect build, CI and other tools that improve day-to-day efficiency of the autonomy developer. You will also own and drive autonomy software release management, CI/CD infrastructure/toolchains, and will unblock/support autonomy engineers in any build/release related to your team’s tooling/advice. Your goal is to overcome challenges and roadblocks to enhance developer experience across the company.

What you'll do:

  • Utilize a DevOps mentality (not cloud infra devops, but writing code to optimize developer workflow) to reduce friction across the company for developers.
  • Develop, support and enhance C++ build systems across the org, to ensure repeatability and robustness of builds and ease-of-use for developers.
  • Develop, support and enhance CI systems to ensure repeatability and robustness of execution and tests in CI and ease-of-use for developers.
  • Drive the application of software systems to both internal and third-party consumers of Hivemind Edge. 
  • Architect appropriate tools for internal developers who build software into Hivemind Edge. 
  • Lead integration development between hardware, embedded, software & AI teams that contribute to easier and more efficient development.
  • Align interfaces in the team with other teams. 
  • Build out systems architectures and infrastructure as needed to support development efforts. 
  • Other devops duties as assigned.

Required qualifications:

  • BS in computer science or related engineering field with 5+ years of professional experience.
  • DevOps experience with a cloud service like Google, Azure, AWS
  • Strong proficiency with C++ 11 AND Python in a production environment.
  • Strong understanding of CMake.
  • Strong demonstrated proficiency in continuous integration/delivery (e.g., Jenkins, ADO). 
  • Strong knowledge of git.
  • Strong knowledge of scripting in bash and python.
  • Strong system administration in Linux (w/ Windows a bonus).
  • Familiarity with monitoring and logging.
  • Familiarity with cloud container orchestration systems (ex: Kubernetes, Docker).
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, strong communication skills, being a
  • trustworthy teammate, and being kind to others. 
  • Some experience with common debugging and profiling tools (e.g., gdb, valgrind, etc.).
  • Strong desire to learn and grow on the job.

Preferred qualifications:

  • DevOps experience with Azure
  • Jetson / Raspberry PI programming experience integrating with peripherals.
  • Knowledge of ROS ( )
  • Knowledge of Gazebo or other robotics simulation tools.
  • Experience with drones or automated vehicles.
  • Experience in other similar DevOps roles, with hands on implementation


Total package details:

Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)

Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)

*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity

Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 

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What are Shield AI Perks + Benefits

Shield AI Benefits Overview

Medical, Dental, and Vision
Access to medical (HMOs & PPOs), including dental and vision. Shield AI pays 90% for employees and 75% for dependents. Life insurance policies are available including Voluntary Term Life and AD&D.

Retirement Services
Invest in your future with 401K matching retirement services provided by Vanguard. Shield AI fully matches the first 3% of contributions and matches half of your next 2%, coming out to ~4% match from us.

Paid Parental Leave
Shield AI offers up to 12 weeks paid parental leave for mothers AND fathers. We want you to be present and support your family. While you're out, your team has your back!

Learning and Development
We offer leadership-specific training, expert speakers, and 24/7 access to Udemy. Shield AI encourage all teammates to take 1 hour per week to learn or sharpen a skill. We call it a DEAL hour (Drop Everything And Learn).

Paid Time Off
You accrue 6.15 hours of paid time off (PTO) per paycheck. This is ~12 hours/month or ~20 days per year. However, you can take up to and accumulate a maximum of 336 hours (42 days) of PTO total.

Company Events & Merch
If Monday-Friday isn't enough time with teammates, there's always the weekend! From pickleball tournaments to company baseball games and happy hours, we love spending time with each other. You can do so in custom company merch, which has included Patagonia, JBL and Lululemon.

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
In-person all-hands meetings
The witty team at the Eagles Wing in DC loves to stand up during weekly standup!
Flexible work schedule
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Shield AI offers restricted stock units (RSU) as part of its standard compensation package.
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Up to 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Shield AI's vacation policy includes four weeks paid time off for all employees.
Paid holidays
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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