Senior Engineering Manager, Virtual/Augmented Reality

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Your Impact
We are working with cutting edge technology and need your help to make it all come together. You will join an interdisciplinary team tackling the biggest challenges in public safety training head-on, including immersive VR based empathy, coping and de-escalation training to help officers engage with the communities they serve, with greater awareness and safety. We seek to accomplish this while abiding to the following guiding principles:
  1. Build AR and VR Solutions for Social Good: With our mission to Protect Life, we develop AR/VR solutions that benefit both law enforcement and the community, while addressing key issues in society.
  2. Empower Agencies with Data: Deliver ongoing data and analysis that provide agencies with key insights that enable them to make decisions that result in building better, more efficient, and positive programs.
  3. Develop an Active and Diverse Virtual Platform: Leverage the latest in AR & VR technologies to create a robust portfolio of solutions and the highest-quality content, that enable users to be more effective in their roles and manage the challenges of 21st century public safety.
As one of the founding members of the Axon's AR/VR team, you will lead architecture on Axon's VR/AR products, help drive the overall strategy & roadmap, and be a part of the teams designing, building, and testing prototypes for future public safety oriented XR experiences. You will build and lead a team of web, cloud, and Unity developers, as well as build out QA for the solutions. This role will partner with product, UX, artists, content, and engineering teams across Axon to ensure we are building out world class training products using the latest technologies, in ways that have yet to be fully recognized.
You will perform in a leadership role among the team, responsible for a wide variety of engineering efforts ranging from the development of our applications in Unity, to the hosting of our applications/services in the cloud, to the web interfaces where customers access/manage data from our solutions. You will advise on strategy and best practices, to ensure we build out a scalable solution for the long term. You will explore new technologies within AI to help agencies extract insights and streamline training, and networking to enable better multi-trainee experiences.
Our AR/VR Team Culture
We believe that happy teams make the best products, so we foster a friendly, open, introspective team culture that encourages everyone to speak their mind, collaborate together, and have fun. (The team has weekly VR happy hours in headset.)
We believe we can only succeed if we deeply understand our customers and get to know them. We spend a lot of time with law enforcement officers to learn about their needs, watch their experience and see the real impact of our work. We also work closely with our Axon Community Impact team, along with other community subject experts to create our content and curriculum to reflect the needs of both law enforcement + community.
Responsibilities
  • Develop a technical vision and strategy for Axon's XR initiatives, while driving development of system requirements and architecture to create new virtual reality experiences.
  • Design and lead multi-year technical roadmaps and take full responsibility for planning, overall execution and success of complex technical projects.
  • Collaborate with your Product and Design counterparts to iterate on the product vision and roadmap.
  • Build and manage a diverse team, from the ground up, that enables Axon to consistently develop XR solutions at quality and scale, while pushing the envelop on what can be accomplished with the technology.
  • Guide team on use of new and emerging technologies, while balancing risk and reward.
  • Ensure high quality and future maintainability output from a team with a strong emphasis on tracking metrics and monitoring errors in the field.
  • Ensure and encourage communication across related global teams such as quality assurance, backend services, mobile application and desktop application teams.
  • Define and implement series of engineering processes and best practices for Axon XR development.
Basic Qualifications
  • 10+ years of work experience architecting, developing, and launching software products and/or services.
  • Proficient in both high-level scripting languages (e.g. Python) and lower-level compiled languages (e.g. C#/C++)
  • Proficient with game engine technology (e.g. Unity, Unreal, RealityKit).
  • Experience with AR/VR and related technology ; ARKit/ARCore experience a plus
  • Familiar with Machine Learning tools and techniques, especially as applied to 3D interactive experiences
  • Understanding of networking protocols and technologies like TCP/IP, UDP, QUIC, RTP, WebRTC
  • Familiar with agile development philosophy and practices
  • Experience leading small to mid-sized software development teams
  • Experience leading/managing 3rd party vendors
  • Passionate about quality design, code, tools and architectures
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing titles on XR platforms (Hololens, Oculus, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR)
  • Deep knowledge of computer graphics (lighting, shading, rigging, fx, etc)
  • Proficient with computer graphics content creation tools (Maya, Houdini, Nuke, etc)
  • Experience developing apps for public release (e.g. iOS technology)
  • Experience in REST architecture for web services and building secure, scalable APIs
  • Experience designing and delivering high-availability Cloud Service Technologies (Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure) including Kubernetes or Docker.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Competitive salary and 401K with employer match
  • Discretionary paid time off
  • Robust parental leave policy
  • An award-winning office/working environment
  • Ride along with real police officers in real life situations, see them use technology, get inspired
  • And more...
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Location

Downtown Seattle: easy opportunities to get outside, enjoy south lake union, popular bars & restaurants, workouts, multiple transportation options

An Insider's view of Axon

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Healthy work environment, tons of snacks and drinks, laid back attitudes with performance aspirations. I am astounded at the culture that has been grown here.

Beth

Sales

What does your typical day look like?

There isn't one person who isn't passionate about the work the company is doing. Whenever there might be a slow or grueling day/project, you quickly become reminded of the importance of your work. Leadership cares about the employees, and ensures a healthy/fun environment. Values are well defined and drive the culture.

Suraya

Program Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Co-workers care about your well being, and want to win together. Very strong company mission that makes it easy to buy into. Long established company that is entering a massive growth spurt. With massive change comes some uncertainty. But Axon has shown more proactive coaching and training than any company I've seen in my short tenure.

Cliff

Inside Sales

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is bigger than just cameras or weapons. We're working every day to make the bullet obsolete. To make this a reality, we live and breathe six core values that serve as guiding principles: BE OBSESSED. AIM FAR. WIN RIGHT. OWN IT. JOIN FORCES. EXPECT CANDOR.

Rick Smith

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Fast-paced. Large company with a small company feel.
High decision velocities. Empowered, small, high-performance teams doing intellectually stimulating work with a purpose. It’s a great combination of doing good and doing well.

Sahil

Finance

What are Axon Perks + Benefits

Axon Benefits Overview

We take care of your health, mental & physical wellbeing, paid parental leave. In fact, we believe that mental health is even more important now. All Axon employees have 24/7 access to on-demand therapists, coaches, or psychotherapists via the Ginger platform. They can access help when they need it, privately with licensed professionals.

All Axon employees have access to: Real-time behavioral health coaching within seconds
* Virtual therapy & psychiatry sessions within hours that have been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
* Personalized skill-building activities curated by your coach

Also, we encourage you to take care of yourself, your families, and remind you to take breaks. We work hard, yes, but we want to sustain your health, creativity, and drive.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Axon hosts company sponsored family events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Orca Pass
Company Outings
Star Wars premiere movie night, annual Grand Canyon trip, summer time BBQ's and much more!
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Monthly happy hours and town hall meetings with leadership
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
GymPass discounts
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

plus --> financial wellness programs, locker rooms & showers, discounted entertainment tickets, discount mobile phone plans, stocked fridge & pantry, embedded customer learning, annual company trip.

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