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Sr. Systems Engineer, Robotics AI (Seattle, WA)

Are you inspired by invention? Is problem solving through teamwork in your DNA? Do you like the idea of seeing how your work impacts the bigger picture? Answer yes to any of these and you’ll fit right in here at Amazon Robotics AI. We are a smart team of doers that work passionately to apply cutting edge advances in robotics and software to solve real-world challenges that will transform our customers’ experiences in ways we can’t even imagine yet. We invent new improvements every day. We are Amazon Robotics and we will give you the tools and support you need to invent with us in ways that are rewarding, fulfilling and fun.

The Systems Architecture group at Amazon Robotics AI works across disciplines to balance technical priorities and business drivers, simplify and ensure correctness of system design, and ensure efficient integration of subsystems across disparate domains. Our team focuses on concept and new product programs for complex systems that have concurrent development and tightly-coupled integration across disciplines, important safety requirements, or long hardware lead times or architectural constraints that inhibit rapid design iterations. The team adapts traditional systems engineering tools and best practices for the speed of development at Amazon. We use multidisciplinary analysis, integrative modeling, and systems engineering frameworks to simultaneously increase performance and robustness, while reducing cost, timeline, and the number of iterations required to deliver value to the customer.

Key job responsibilities
Amazon Robotics AI is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer/Architect to join a dynamic team that provides systems leadership for concept development, architecture, and design of robotics systems and industrial equipment. In this role, you will:
• Define, expand, and explore the design space for complex, multidisciplinary robotics and automation problems
• Identify and analyze the cross-functional tradeoffs between design alternatives, including impact on performance, schedule, cost, risk, complexity, and scale
• Break down and frame problems using CONOPS, use cases, functional/physical decompositions, and other system representations to clarify needs and align technical teams
• Identify design choices to ensure our products are safe, reliable, and usable, and can be deployed and supported at Amazon scale
• Build quantitative models and analyses (Excel, MATLAB, Python, internal tools) to conduct trade studies, refine requirements, and understand key system drivers across the integrated systems of systems
• Perform technical risk assessments (such as TRL, Gap Analysis, FMEDA, etc.), devise mitigation plans, and create system test strategies
• Mentor junior engineers in systems engineering best practices, and participate in hiring of new team members

About the team
About the Project: This particular role on the team will be focused on maturing our ORCA system and also support some early tech development. Working with a newly formed team of cross-functional engineers and product managers. The goal of this team is to conceive, prototype and deliver next generation automation and robotic systems to solve some of Fulfillment’s most challenging automation problems. This team operates with a high level of autonomy and a startup mindset is critical to being a successful member of this team.

•Experience with eliciting and clarifying business and end user needs, and connecting those needs to system concepts, requirements, and designs
•Experience leading technical collaborations and creating alignment across diverse groups (e.g., technical disciplines, subsystem teams, development partners)
•Experience identifying and analyzing dependencies, tradeoffs, and sensitivities across multi-disciplinary systems
•Understanding of systems engineering tools and best practices, and experience tailoring the processes to help new product development teams go fast
•BS or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Operations Research, Mathematics, Physics, or another STEM discipline
•5+ years of experience

•Experience developing and supporting hardware/software systems or systems or systems across the product life cycle
•Experience with 1 or more relevant domains: Industrial Automation, Robotic Vehicles/Manipulation, Automotive, Medical Devices, Enterprise and/or Embedded Software, Autonomy, Perception and Controls, Human Centered Design
•Advanced degree in an Engineering field
•7+ years of experience in system design

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You'll also hear us say that at Amazon, it's always "Day 1." What do we mean? Our approach remains the same as it was on Amazon’s very first day — to make smart, fast decisions, stay nimble, innovate and invent, and focus on delighting customers.

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Permanent Full Time

Jul 29, 2022

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Dependent on Experience

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Bachelors Degree

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5-10 years

Job Summary

Amazon Robotics AI is seeking a Senior Systems Engineer/Architect to join a dynamic team that provides systems leadership for concept development, architecture, and design of robotics systems and industrial equipment.

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Apply at or search Job ID: 2075085 at . Make sure in your application to state you heard about the role from BWiAI.

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