Sr. Principal Product Manager / Director of Product (AI and Machine Learning)

| Seattle
Our mission is to protect life.
We’re out to make the world a safer place by solving big problems and taking on the public safety challenges of our time. From our company's inception building the TASER device to a full suite of hardware and software solutions, we are focused on providing police agencies with the state-of-the-art devices and services they need to successfully serve and protect us. In the next few years, we're going to eliminate the burden of paperwork in policing, so officers can increase the time they spend building relationships and serving in their communities. We’ll put video at the heart of the police record so our justice system can get to the truth faster. And we won't stop innovating until the bullet is rendered obsolete.
It’s a big mission, but it’s one we’ll pursue relentlessly every single day. 
Your Impact
In this exciting role, you’ll own and drive Axon’s AI products and lead our machine learning efforts while working with research scientists & engineers as well as partners from across our organization to set compelling roadmaps and deliver scalable AI-enabled solutions. This will require you and your team to use state-of-the-art ML modeling, data and infrastructure techniques to not only build highly performant AI models but also to help educate internal and external stakeholders on the best ways to leverage the power of AI ethically and responsibly.
The ideal candidate is willing to be fearless and more than willing to take on bold challenges. You thrive in entrepreneurial environments while remaining calm and resourceful in the face of ambiguities and competing priorities. You are not only able to develop and drive high-level strategic initiatives, but can also dive deep in the details and deliver results. You are adept at seeing around corners to anticipate bottlenecks, making well-informed trade offs while balancing business needs versus technical constraints. You are able to influence with your high judgment, negotiation skills and analytical reasoning.
By building great products and accelerating the adoption of our technologies, you'll help protect life in public safety for both officers and the communities they serve around the world.

Your Day-to-Day

  • Drive the vision, strategy, and execution of Axon AI modeling efforts & product portfolio across multiple business pillars
  • Listen to Customers and foster strong connections across AI, Product and Business teams to better align team vision & roadmap with Customer expectations
  • Breakdown large, complex projects into manageable pieces, develop functional specifications, then deliver them in a successful and timely manner
  • Stay current with Machine Learning science & infrastructure trends to identify critical technology intersections where the time needs to invest
  • Conduct periodic product reviews with Axon’s independent AI Ethics Board
  • Identify and evaluate strategic external partners for Axon AI to join forces with to deliver on our roadmap
  • Clearly communicate vision, plans, and results to partner teams, executives, and other stakeholders
  • Provide coaching and guidance to junior staff members, participate in devising career development plans and talent reviews. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or an equivalent highly technical field
  • 5-7 years of hands-on product management experience in a software development organization that builds large-scale distributed systems using a Customer-centric, working backward, metrics driven, iterative product development approach
  • 3+ years of experience delivering multiple AI-enabled products from defining the vision and strategy to leading execution by working closely with science and engineering teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills backed by a strong business acumen and technical vision
  • Adept at elaborating user scenarios, developing product specifications and devising proof of concept prototypes
  • Ability to understand complex technical/architectural trade offs and articulate impact on overall product performance and business implications while tailoring the message to various audience groups (e.g. engineers, researchers, executives)
  • Possesses practical knowledge of the machine learning life cycle and associated trade offs.
  • Able to make sound decisions related to modeling approaches, ethical considerations, data collection requirements, annotation needs and post deployment continuous learning

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or P.h.D. Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or an equivalent highly technical field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with machine learning platforms and deploying models at scale in cloud environments (such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud)
  • Prior machine learning and deep learning experience as a researcher, engineer, or manager
  • Ability to script in Python and use data science tools like Spark is a plus
  • Familiarity with IoT/Edge AI and implications of running ML models on-device with constrained compute, power and latency budgets

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 police officers to see them use our technology and get inspired
  • And more...

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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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
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
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
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Monthly happy hours and town hall meetings with leadership
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
GymPass discounts
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend

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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