Senior Platform Engineer (Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Startup)

Toronto, ON M8Z 2R4

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Senior Engineer Job Number: 1870

Job Description

We're recruiting a Platform Engineer for a Silicon Valley-founded Autonomous Vehicle tech company that has a significant Toronto product development site. This opportunity is a unique chance to join an AV startup that is taking off. We have a strong partnership with our client having placed their Head of Software Engineering and Head of Hardware in Toronto. 



  • Real opportunity to commercialize AV - they solve real problems and have real customers, contracts, and revenues with some of the biggest global enterprises. 

  • Industry-leading team in robotics and AI that have worked successfully together in a distributed team model.

  • Become one of the key Toronto-based leaders & help establish the company as a leader in the Toronto AV community.

  • Collaborate with leading research teams @ U of Waterloo and U of Toronto.

Platform Engineer Summary

  • The platform team builds the onboard software ecosystem that supports the development and real-time operation of our autonomous vehicles to enable an engineering framework on top of a distributed, always up-to-date, safe and secure software platform and operating system. Members of this team work at the core of the vehicle software stack.

  • We are seeking talented & experienced software engineers to develop mission-critical, complex and scalable software with great passion and attention to detail when it comes to performance and robustness, and to stretch capabilities of both high-performance and constrained environments for our autonomous vehicles. 


  • Design and develop the real-time system and application development framework

  • Implement the onboard communication layers and the task management subsystem

  • Support the autonomy system developers to make sure their components are running efficiently and with minimal compute and memory usage

  • Develop vehicle software and backend infrastructure systems

  • Design robust, high throughput SW to power the autonomy stack

  • Lay the groundwork for a large, ever evolving network of autonomous vehicles operating all over North America

  • Evangelize and introduce SW design best practices and SOTA tools and frameworks



  • Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in CS or related field

  • Strong experience writing modern C++ and Python

  • 5+ years of software development experience

  • Experience building large scale service oriented applications

  • Solid understanding in middleware technology and distributed systems

  • Experience in systems programming and operating systems

  • Experience designing and building backend systems

  • Strong understanding of design fundamentals behind robust CI/CD pipelines

  • Experience with cloud infrastructure

  • Strong cross-team communication skills and very customer driven


Bonus Points

  • Experience developing scalable APIs, frameworks and web apps with ability to build, launch, and iterate quickly

  • Experience with network optimization, especially WebSockets, data compression and latency reduction

  • Background in networking and real-time communication

  • Experience (and lots of opinions about) building maintainable, multi-node applications


Apply today or contact Wendy Firestone, Director of Talent, at wendy AT grossmandorland DOT com to learn more.




About gdR

Founded in 2007, gdR’s mission is to grow the leadership capacity and capabilities of people and companies in the Canadian tech ecosystem through executive search, team recruiting and leadership development. We’re actively involved in the community by creating opportunities for people to connect and learn from one another e.g. Canadian Tech at Scale (in partnership with Shopify & Friends), which brings 200+ engineering leaders together. gdR values inclusion in Canada’s tech ecosystem and partners with employers that provide equal opportunities for individuals from diverse groups. If you’re interested in moving to Canada, although we can’t sponsor you, we have put together resources to help you with your journey. Follow gdR on LinkedIn and Twitter updates on new roles in tech.

Meet Your Recruiter

Wendy Firestone
Director, Talent

Wendy has been an integral part of the gdR team since 2008. Wendy's focus is executive searches ranging from Manager to C level across product, design, data.

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