Senior Operational Safety Engineer



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2023
The Senior Operational Safety Engineer/Operational Safety Engineering Manager will be responsible for leading day-to-day activities related to Zoox’s processes to manage operational safety risks. In doing so, you will work closely with Software (Planner, Perception, Firmware), Operations, Vehicle Engineering, Safety Design, Hardware, and Legal teams to ensure a rigorous, disciplined, risk-based approach.
This position will require the ability to build strong relationships and build stakeholder consensus in working towards novel safety solutions (operational, engineering, etc.) to mitigate risk. A successful candidate will be able to navigate ambiguity, and drive consensus with a pragmatic and balanced view across inputs from stakeholders. This candidate should also be able to support an on-call incident management process, and contribute to Safety Management System, Safety Planning, Compliance and Policy activities.


  • Lead and manage discussions around potential safety concerns that are raised to the Operational Safety Team, driving toward decisive next steps.
  • Partner with the Safety Learnings Engineer and others cross-functionally to develop and implement pragmatic requirements or solutions. Work closely with the Safety TPM to ensure safety learnings are fully implemented.
  • Continuously look to improve existing Operational and Field Safety processes, including communications, escalation, and resolution.
  • Be part of the on-call incident management process and support other operational safety initiatives.
  • Assist with formal reviews of the Operational Safety program with executive leadership and present data findings and areas of improvement.


  • BS degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related field with at least 8 years of experience working with safety-critical systems, or a combination of experience and education
  • Demonstrated expertise in safety risk management (qualitative and quantitative) to inform decision making
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal), ability to multitask and manage discussions with different viewpoints
  • Motivated self-starter with a track record of leading safety initiatives/process development, gaining stakeholder consensus, and always looking to improve on the status quo
  • Ability to manage incidents on-call with poise and professionalism

Bonus Qualifications

  • Working experience in transportation safety, the automotive industry or the autonomous driving technology industry
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: AI (planning, prediction, perception, etc.), ADAS development, or software safety critical systems
  • Familiarity with applicable industry safety standards such as MIL-STD-882, ISO 26262, ISO 21448 PAS, etc.
  • Have experience on technical standards committees
There are three major components to compensation for this position: pay, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The pay range for this position is $161,000 to $215,000. A sign-on bonus may be offered as part of the compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location and level. Leveling, as well as positioning within a level, is determined by a range of factors, including, but not limited to, a candidate's relevant years of experience, domain knowledge, and interview performance. The pay range listed in this posting is representative of the range of levels Zoox is considering for this position.
Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process please reach out to accommodations@zoox.com or your assigned recruiter.
A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.