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

Director of Engineering (San Diego, CA)

| San Diego, CA
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Introduction to Shield AI
Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense and our allies. Most recently, we acquired Heron Systems and Martin UAV as wholly owned subsidiaries of Shield AI. Join our team and shape the future of artificially intelligent systems. 


Shield AI is looking for an expert software engineer, and world-class leader to scale our Hivemind Commander teams. The Hivemind Commander team team is chartered with developing mission planning, command and control and training experiences/UIs for operators, a critical part of the overall architecture of human-in/on-the-loop interactions with autonomous systems.

What you’ll do at Shield AI:

  • Grow the team. This team has seven developers today and is expected to more than double in size by 2023. 
  • Make software development faster, and our products more capable and reliable through design and implementation of the right tools, processes, and architectures. 
  • Make our internal infrastructure reliable and secure. 
  • Define and enforce modern software design practices. 

People we’re looking for:

  • B.S. in Computer Science with 10+ years of work experience. Similar degree or equivalent practical experience acceptable. 
  • You have rock-solid fundamentals in software engineering. 
  • You have extensive expertise in the area of software operations and site reliability engineering, to include large scale test, integration, deployment systems, Operations Security, and IT operations. 
  • You have demonstrated the ability to build, lead, train and mentor a software engineering team at scale. 
  • You are a relentless learner who can comfortably develop the specialized knowledge necessary for tactical leadership of a small software engineering team, and the perspective required for strategic leadership of a large engineering team.
  • You can recognize efficiency and inefficiency in software engineering processes; prioritize remedies based on accurate cost-benefit analysis; and then lead engineering teams through the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of the remedies.
  • You have experience defining, encouraging, and enforcing modern software design practices. 

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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. 
 
To conform to U.S. Government regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. 

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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 6 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 swag, which has included Patagonia, JBL and Lululemon.

Catered Lunches
We provide nutritious and delicious catered meals to the in-office several times each week to keep everyone productive and happy.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Shield AI offers restricted stock units (RSU) as part of its standard compensation package.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
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
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

An Insider's view of Shield AI

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is collaborative and lively, but there's also plenty of space for independent deep work.

Michael

Engineering Manager - State Estimation

What does your typical day look like?

I get to do hands-on work every day -- touching the aircraft, learning how it's put together and how it operates, diagnosing issues and troubleshooting, and more. That's really what drew me to this job because I want to do more than sit behind a desk.

Kirby

Mechanical Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

The most successful people on my team have a "no job is too small" and team-first mentality. They understand & appreciate the value of building fast -- with rigor and long-term sustainability in mind. They are also intellectually curious and frequently read papers, books, etc., and are retrospective of our performance so we can constantly improve.

Vibhav

Senior Staff Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is to protect service members and civilians at scale by building a defining technology company of this generation. We will achieve this by being mission driven; living our values of honor, service, and excellence; and building the world's best AI pilot.

Ryan

CEO

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Shield AI has given me a lot of flexibility to determine my own schedule and develop work habits that work well for me. I also have been consistently supported when I express that I'm feeling overburdened and have been encouraged to rest and recuperate.

Evan

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

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