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Staff Software Engineer - Developer Productivity



Software Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Zipline’s software team delivers safety-critical software at lightning speed. A small team of software engineers builds the tooling that enables development to run like a well-oiled machine. In this role, you will work closely with software engineers across all areas of the org: autonomy, firmware, flight software, avionics, and simulation. You will work on leveling up our build system, enabling teams to gather more insight from our CI/CD pipeline, and keeping development flowing. At times your job will be high-level, identifying strategic investments or deciding which new tools to use. At times your job will require you to be deep in our codebase, debugging and improving it. And at times, your job will be customer-centric, pairing with other software engineers on critical infrastructure, designing new pipelines, and migrating codebases to new platforms.

What You'll Do

  • Own our Bazel build system
  • Improve the speed and reliability of our CI/CD pipeline
  • Own one-off tools, for example custom workflows or a build insights dashboard
  • Manage compute clusters
  • Build tooling to support engineering test flights
  • Improve the code review process
  • Create reusable libraries and refactor code to improve the team’s overall productivity
  • Build bots and automation that delight the team

What You'll Bring

  • 9+ years of experience in a software development role at engineering-led companies
  • Expertise in developer tooling, modern tools and best practices
  • A generalist mindset, with excitement to own problems end-to-end
  • A customer-centric mindset, with an ability to quickly embed with other engineers and regularly pair program
  • Strong, defensible opinions on what makes an excellent software development experience

What Else You Need to Know

This role is an in-office opportunity based out of our South San Francisco HQ.
The starting cash range for this role is $170,000-210,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!