Cruise Automation is hiring a

Senior Software Engineer II, Product Engineering, Fleet

San Francisco, United States

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

We are seeking a talented Backend Engineer with Frontend Experience to join our Fleet team. The ideal candidate will have experience in Go, Java, and Typescript and will be comfortable working with relational and non-relational databases like PostgresDB or Cassandra in a microservices architecture. In addition, experience with GCP and Azure cloud platforms is preferred.

The Fleet Management group is responsible for building the tools that ensure we have an ample supply of cost-effective Autonomous Vehicles mobilized to respond to and service customer demand. As a member of this team, you will support customers in Operations and Consumer Products to maximize the value of our fleet by covering the full vehicle lifecycle, assisting with new vehicle introduction, ingress and egress of AVs, the maintenance of custom hardware, real-time triage of on-road events, and support for efficient fleet orchestration in close partnership with Dispatch.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to own the technical design and architecture of projects within our domain, and to take a role in driving the tech initiatives, technical design and architecture,  planning and delivery of our initiatives through a combination of mentorship, active communication, and through direct contributions to the code base.

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Design and implement efficient, scalable, and reliable backend systems that support our fleet management initiatives

  • Collaborate with product owners, designers, and other engineers to develop new features and functionality

  • Develop and maintain APIs that support both internal and external customers

  • Write high-quality code that is well-documented, thoroughly tested, and maintainable

  • Develop and maintain frontend applications that provide a rich user experience

  • Own the technical design and architecture of projects within our domain

  • Take a role in driving tech initiatives, technical design and architecture, planning, and delivery of our initiatives

  • Mentor other engineers on the team, and provide feedback on code and architecture reviews

  • Participate in on-call rotation to ensure that our services are highly available and performant

  • Own deployed code to our live production fleet of autonomous vehicles

What you must have: 

  • MS or Ph.D. in CS, Math, Physics, or equivalent real-world experience.

  • 5+ years of experience as a software engineer, with a focus on backend development in a microservices architecture

  • Strong proficiency in Go, Typescript, and GraphQL

  • Experience with databases like PostgresDB, Cassandra, Spanner

  • Broad knowledge of cloud computing platforms like GCP and Azure, API design and deployment (Real-time, REST, GraphQL), distributed systems, SOA and/or microservice-based architectures, datastores types and their tradeoffs, compute deployment strategies including serverless, common security vulnerabilities and mitigation, and web frontend development tech such as React

  • Strong understanding of software engineering principles and design patterns

  • Experience with software development best practices, including testing, code reviews, and agile development methodologies

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other engineers, product managers, and designers

  • Experience building modern front-ends using frameworks like React and state management tools like Redux

  • Excellent written communication skills. Your ideas, feedback, key decisions, and technical designs will be shared with other senior engineers, partners, and the company's leadership.

  • Strong product sense. You are aware of the value proposition of the products you are building and can drive informed decision-making around what should be built or bought and why.

  • A passion for self-driving technology and its impact on the world

Bonus points!

  • Experience with Isitio service mesh

  • Experience with Temporal and Spanner

  • Experience in fleet management, fulfillment, dispatch, or logistics systems.

  • Experience in the autonomous vehicle or rideshare industry


The salary range for this position is $146,300 - 215,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. - learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private - learn more about RLO here

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners. 

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