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Senior Engineering Manager of Test

Hivemind Systems, R2633

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Shield AI

Shield AI

501-1,000 employees

AI pilot for autonomous drones and aircraft

AI & Machine Learning

Compensation Overview

$168.2k - $252.2kAnnually

+ Bonus + Benefits + Equity


San Diego, CA, USA

Software Development
Quality Assurance
Engineering Management
Required Skills
Data Analysis
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or related field); or 9 years and a Master’s degree; or 7 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing and leading teams
  • Proven track record of leading successful test programs for complex autonomous systems, from conception to deployment.
  • Extensive knowledge of software development practices, including test-driven development (TDD), continuous integration (CI), and version control systems (e.g., Git).
  • Experience with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing setups, including integration with physical sensors, actuators, and control systems.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and address technical challenges in autonomous systems.
  • Proficiency in Python with data analysis tools and techniques for reviewing and interpreting test data
  • Experience with Unix-based systems, command line tools, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and external stakeholders.
  • Leadership experience, including mentoring junior team members and driving organizational change initiatives.
  • Develop and implement testing strategies for AI and autonomy systems, encompassing both software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop tests.
  • Lead a team of test engineers in executing test plans, including component tests, integration tests, and end-to-end system tests.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including software developers, autonomy engineers, product managers, to define test requirements and validate system functionality.
  • Establish and maintain a suite of simulation environments for testing and validation purposes, ensuring realistic scenarios and edge cases are adequately covered.
  • Work closely with the simulation team to integrate test scenarios, validate simulation models, and ensure consistency between simulated and real-world environments.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing setups to validate system performance in real-world conditions.
  • Conduct data review and statistical analysis of test results, identifying trends, anomalies, and areas for improvement.
  • Develop reporting dashboards and metrics to track testing progress, system performance, and reliability metrics.
  • Drive continuous improvement initiatives in testing processes and methodologies, leveraging best practices such as test-driven development (TDD) and agile methodologies.
  • Educate development teams about designing for testability.
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop mitigation strategies to address potential failures or safety hazards in autonomous systems.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to the test team, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

Shield AI's development of Hivemind, an AI pilot for drones and aircraft, stands out for its ability to operate autonomously without GPS or communications, a technical milestone that enhances both military and commercial aviation capabilities. This focuses on critical reliability and strategic innovation in scenarios where traditional systems might fail. Working here not only involves engaging in cutting-edge technology that is reshaping aerospace but also contributing to significant defense and safety operations in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and international allies.

Company Stage

Series F

Total Funding



San Diego, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



Medical Insurance Coverage

Long Term Disability Insurance

Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA

Employee Assistance Program

Subsidized Gym Membership

Pet Insurance

Competitive Compensation

Retirement Services

Life Insurance

Parental Leave

Bereavement Support

Flexible Work Hours


Paid Holidays

Commuter Benefits

Relaxed Dress Code

Yearly Swag Items

Unlimited Snacks

Bottomless Beverages

Annual Celebrations

Work From Home Benefits

Standing Desks and Widescreen Monitors