Created on 18 Apr 2021

Engineering Manager - Manufacturing Software

Redwood City, United States Full Time Onsite
Senior Developer (over 5 years of working experience) Aerospace

Python C++ Flask Linux

We are looking for a hands on technical leader to own our internal manufacturing software systems.  Skydio builds complex flying robots and through an in-house manufacturing capability our goal is to ensure high quality and greatly reduced iteration time for improving processes.  We have developed a robust software system that models and tracks the manufacturing process, runs and tracks tests on the line, and ultimately ensures the quality and performance of each and every Skydio product made.  Your team will be responsible for growing this system to meet the demands of a growing hardware portfolio and customer base.

About the Team:

  • We use Python + Flask on the backend and React + typescript on the frontend.  We make heavy use of protobuf for IPC/RPC and also use python typing to provide strong type-safety guarantees across the stack.  We are also navigating embedded Linux systems and use C++ for many of our on-vehicle, performance-sensitive subsystems.
  • We are an agile team (lower case a) and operate on a 2 week sprint cadence.  We use JIRA for task and release tracking, Slack for collaboration, and Notion for documentation and collaborating on things like RFCs for new system designs.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Own development and operation of the mission critical software systems that drive Skydio internal manufacturing processes for all Skydio products
  • Grow and mentor a team of top software engineers that will design and build the next generation of Skydio manufacturing software
  • Work closely with manufacturing and operations stakeholders (including contract manufacturers) to drive efficiency and observability into the manufacturing process through software
  • Adapt manufacturing software architecture and operation to support both a growing hardware portfolio and manufacturing capability
  • Integrate the manufacturing software with both internal ERP and Skydio enterprise cloud services to ensure a seamless and intuitive purchase and out-of-box experience for customers
  • Drive the adoption and implementation of security best practices in the cloud, local testing environments, and device configuration processes
  • Uphold and improve Skydio’s high development standards through best practices learned from your past experience

What makes you a good fit: 

  • Experience managing small but effective software engineering teams and operating production software systems
  • Familiarity with priorities and challenges of manufacturing and working knowledge of manufacturing/ERP/MES/Shopfloor systems
  • You are equally comfortable with both full stack web development and navigating low-level Linux software systems
  • You are excited to work in a small and growing company constantly balancing getting things done quickly and making investments for the long term
  • You understand how to model complex systems in software and are simultaneously excited about making operational processes more reliable and efficient

At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multi-disciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.  

As such, we do not make hiring or other employment-related decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, generic information or characteristics, veteran, military or family status, or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.



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Skydio is the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI to create the world’s most intelligent flying machines for use by consumer, enterprise, and government customers. 

Founded in 2014, Skydio is made up of leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities from around the world. 

Skydio designs, assembles, and supports its products in the U.S. from its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, to offer the highest standards of supply chain and manufacturing security. 

Skydio is trusted by leading enterprises across a wide range of industry sectors and is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreesen Horowitz, Levitate Capital, Next47, IVP, Playground, and NVIDIA.