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Director Autonomous Vehicles Software R&D

Kion Group AG

Kion Group AG

Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2023
Warehousing and logistics systems play an increasingly critical role in contributing to the competitiveness of many companies and, at the same time, to the effectiveness of the general world economy. The modern intra-logistics solutions combine state-of-the-art mechatronics, complex software, advanced robotics, modern computational perception, and sophisticated AI and operations research algorithms to provide high throughput and efficient processing for many mission-critical commercial logistics applications.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovation-minded AMR/Robotics leader to lead the development of software for fleets of autonomous robots, with possible swarm robotics behavior, to solve challenging problems in:

Autonomous robotic innovations and research include novel ways of intelligent navigation, path planning while minimizing energy usage, and the ability to operate accurately at high speeds in communication-denied and GPS-denied environments.
Autonomous robots that collaboratively accomplish warehouse automation and material flow tasks, with the goal of quick market introduction, using agile methodologies.
Apply modern AI and machine learning methodologies to solve complex robotics problems involving synthesis of solutions that can measurably streamline operations of fleet and swarms of robots.
Research, define and implement intelligent robot behavior onboard for collision avoidance and energy optimization.
Develop novel perception-based navigation solutions, leveraging advances in sensor technology and sensor fusion algorithms and the power of IoT and AI at the edge and in the cloud, that can demonstrably increase the reliability and adaptive control of highly automated mobile robot systems.
Contribute to application of deep learning in mobile robotic navigation algorithms.
Provide contribution or subject matter expertise in developing various robotic fleet management, AMR energy management, Dynamic path optimization and analytics related products (descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive) with ability to offer these products in a cloud-based As-a-Service delivery model.

What we offer:

  • Career Development

  • Competitive Compensation and Benefits

  • Pay Transparency

  • Global Opportunities

Learn More Here: https://www.dematic.com/en-us/about/careers/what-we-offer

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The base pay range for this role is estimated to be $ 125,000-225,000 at the time of posting. Final compensation will be determined by various factors such as work location, education, experience, knowledge, and skills.

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Tasks and Qualifications:

This is What You Will do in This Role:

  • Set strategic direction for architecture, application development, and test automation.

  • Cultivate relationships across the Software R&D organization, the broader R&D organization, and Product Management as well as with Finance, Procurement, and the Global Software Organization

  • Contribute to the thought leadership and technical direction within the Software R&D team

  • Mentor and evangelize Agile, Lean, and Continuous Development coding best practices

  • Develop new leaders and grow the capabilities of the team.

  • Design and build high-performing infrastructure that will enable a continuous deployment and delivery pipeline.

  • Establish a continuous improvement process, that includes key metrics, for the products and services offered.

  • When building solutions, ensure that the team is leveraging engineering best practices (e.g. test-driven development, CI/CD) to frequently validate requirements understanding, ensure an ongoing flow of communications, and deliver quality products on a regular schedule.

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of Senior Managers, Software Engineers, Project Managers/Scrum Masters, Technical Product Managers, Architects, onshore and offshore, FTEs and contractors, and leveraging a broad cross-functional organization.

  • Develop strategic partnerships with third-party service and software providers as needed, to enable quick speed to market for the products and services offered.

  • Lead the way on all team hiring, reviews of performance, handling of any performance/ disciplinary issues, and necessary restructuring as the team’s scope expands and work advances.

What We are Looking For:

  • Master's or PhD degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.

  • Minimum 10 years' experience in technology, software development, implementation, and support of systems, applications, and tools.

  • 5+ years experience in AMAMR-related areas of machine computational/environmental perception including expertise with one or more SLAM algorithms, collision detection, computer vision, machine learning, and ground robotic software (ROS).

  • Familiarity with autonomous AMR/Drone components, operations, and technology.

  • 3+ years of experience architecting and designing (architecture, design patterns, reliability, and scaling) of new and current systems

  • 3+ years of experience managing agile software projects across multiple and geographically distributed teams.

  • Must have excellent problem-solving and organizational capabilities that can align resources and teams to execute the strategic vision of the department.

  • Ability to influence and work effectively with across all levels, in business and technology organizations, and with external vendors.

  • Experience developing and implementing software product roadmaps

  • Superior communication style to plan and accomplish goals working with various levels of management

  • Strong ability to present complex topics to a variety of audiences including business and technology leaders as well as technologists.

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