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Principal Applications Engineer at Motional

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Mission Summary

We are seeking a talented Principal Applications Engineer to join us in building the next generation of services, integration and automation.

We are building an autonomous driving system that is used by hundreds of users and operators, spread out across different cities in Asia and the United States of America. This individual supports research, development and operations by working as a thought leader and trusted advisor. With an ever expanding footprint, we enable teams of researchers, engineers, testers, and operators across the entire company to explore uncharted territory by enabling our self-driving cars to learn from new environments and go where no other self-driving car has gone before.

The Principal Applications Engineer works to ensure the suite of applications being used by Motional is scalable, reliable, available and manageable.

The Motional Pittsburgh office is located in the new Hazelwood Green development at 4734 Second Avenue, a culmination of the city’s goal of restoring an economic driver to the neighborhood in a thoughtful, inclusive, and sustainable way. With views along the Monongahela river, the Pittsburgh office is in the heart of this new state of the art development.

What you'll be doing:

Things you'll get to work on:

  • Strategy input ensuring that applications and integrations align with the growth strategy of the organization.
  • Improve the methods and practices that influence the architecture and design of an application.
  • Identify solutions and services for business needs through RFI/RFP process.
  • Design and implement integration flows and enhancements, including APIs and/or file-based integrations
  • Gather and analyze business and customer requirements to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement in efficiencies and processes through integration.
  • Manage API connectivity, and service mesh technologies.
  • Develop master data management strategies for our critical application ecosystem and track sources of truth across systems
  • Prepare and manage technical documentation and self-service resources on integrations.
  • Simplify the configuration, discovery and routing of numerous independent services.

What we're looking for:

  • Demonstrated and advanced understanding of application security, APIs and data structures.
  • Desired understanding and experience with AWS, Azure or GCP.
  • Work with large-scale services and applications to deliver enhancements and integrations.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to team to build cloud competencies.
  • Write high quality, and maintainable code.
  • Use your deep software development expertise to guide others on better software practices and principles.
  • Experience with system integration technologies (e.g. RESTful APIs, OAUTH 2.0, event brokers,
  • data virtualization).
  • Experience with integration platforms (e.g. MuleSoft, Boomi, Workato, Zapier)
  • BS in Computer Science or related field.
  • Prior experience with global footprints.
  • Experience in architecting, designing, and implementing public or private cloud solutions.
  • Familiarity with Docker, containerization technology, and Kubernetes.
  • Familiarity with Serverless Architectures.
  • Experience in CI/CD environments.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and tuning systems.
  • Ability to articulate ideas to non-technical audience.

Bonus points:

  • Technical certifications for AWS, Azure
  • Knowledge of scripting and automation tools including Chef, Ansible Tower, Python and PowerShell
  • Project management experience, certification

If you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications outlined above - that’s okay! We encourage you to apply if you think this is a role that would make you excited to come to work every day and that you can deliver the results we need.

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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What are Motional Perks + Benefits

Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

An Insider's view of Motional

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

For the past 15 months we've been a remote organization, hiring 450 remote team members across our global organization. We recognize as we start our return to normalcy, we must remain flexible and continue to evolve, understanding that balance is essential. There is a conscious, respectful and phased out approach being made by each team leader.


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