Software Engineer Lead - Core Systems and Infrastructure

Xwing is seeking a highly experienced software engineer to lead the development of core back-end software systems and APIs for autonomous aviation. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a world-class engineering team in autonomous transportation and aerospace. While this role does not require prior robotics or autonomous vehicle experience, it is valued. A successful candidate for this role will demonstrate an exceptional ability to navigate complex problems, break them down into more manageable components, clearly communicate an elegant solution and path to solving them that aligns with the company's priorities and objectives. 

About us:
We’re an early-stage, San Francisco-based startup working to increase human mobility by developing autonomous flight capability for small passenger aircraft. Our team, led by a former successful entrepreneur, consists of hands-on passionate individuals with experience from the foremost aerospace companies and academic institutions. We all share a drive to build exciting products that challenge conventional thinking. Learn more at
  • Lead the design and architecture of core software systems
  • Obtain buy-in on your design and architecture decisions
  • Communicate effectively within the company and with external partners
  • Mentor junior team members
  • Ensure that systems fulfill existing and future requirements
  • Continuously improve development tools and methods
  • Work with company leadership other tech leads (Embedded systems, GNC, Perception) to prioritize  the development roadmap
Required qualifications:
  • University degree in computer science / engineering or equivalent professional experience
  • 7+ years of relevant software engineering experience
  • Hands-on experience developing highly reliable and scalable software
  • Expert knowledge of at least one programming language
  • Working experience with AWS, Google Cloud Compute or Microsoft Azure clouds APIs
  • Accustomed to writing high-quality code, in an efficient and well-document manner
  • Experience working with various data storage systems and large datasets
  • Ability to work in a team and coordinate with other engineering teams per company priorities
  • Ability to challenge conventional thinking in a fact-based and professional manner

Desirable qualifications:
  • Fluency in C++ and Python preferred
  • Experience building RESTful APIs
  • Experience with large scale deployments
  • Experience with ML pipelines
  • Experience with real-time systems

 Employment terms:
To conform to U.S. Government aerospace technology export regulations (EAR / ITAR), 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. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Employer provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, employer complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employer expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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