Senior Systems Engineer


Culver City, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Post Date: 06/07/2021
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  • Company Address: 406 Broadway Avenue Suite 369, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

About Bird

Bird's mission is to make cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions.

Job Description

Bird is a global team guided by a shared vision: to make cities more livable through safe, sustainable electric mobility. From our first e-scooter ride in 2017 to the thousands of rides taking place every day, our passionate team and award winning custom vehicles have helped riders complete hundreds of millions of carbon-free trips in more than 150 cities around the world. And we're just getting started.

Your Role:

The Vehicle Engineering team at bird is responsible for development of all vehicle components from concept to production. As a Senior Systems Engineer, you’ll have systems level design responsibility to help develop Bird vehicles and provide engineering input and solutions to develop key brand differentiators.


  • Collaborate tightly with the mechanical, electrical, firmware, and product teams to design new features and increase product robustness.
  • Provides general engineering support for system integration
  • Writes system requirements, and drives those into subsystem and component requirements
  • Troubleshoots complex systems from a hardware and software perspective
  • Writes technical documents including Technical Specifications, Patent Applications, Reports, Requirements
  • Contributes to test case development to support validation
  • Champions DFMEA process and drives mitigations into requirements documentation and test cases 
  • Help provide design direction of vehicle components, load cases, and validation testing.
  • Help develop system architectures
  • Develop topology and wiring harness documents.
  • Develop vehicle models and engineering drawings for new products and leverage team resources to complete vehicle design.
  • Independently organize and manage multiple design projects from concept to complete drawings for production.
  • Work with the test and validation team to solve problems and make sure learnings feed back into design work.
  • Work with Suppliers to co-develop specifications for new parts and subsystems

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical engineering, or a related equivalent is required
  • 5+ years of mechanical/electrical/systems design experience
  • Matlab/ Simulink modeling - Model based controls development a plus.
  • Canalyzer and other Vector tool experience
  • Hands on experience with electrical systems including PCB design and debug
  • Understanding of construction methods and tooling options as it relates to volume of production
  • Solid CAD skills (Solidworks or NX)
  • Experience with product development from concept to validation and deployment.
  • History of making design decisions based on experience and FMEA understandings.
  • Experience interfacing with design validation teams and providing test support documents
  • Knowledge of automotive industry standards such as SAE, ISO, UL, and GB/T.
  • Experience working with suppliers
  • Proficient with basic Microsoft office tools (word, excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions.
  • Strong understanding of vehicle systems and their interactions
  • A creative curiosity, collaborative ethic, hardworking enthusiasm, and driving personal vision
  • Excellent communication skills and team-working tendencies
  • Multi-tasking and self-starting.

Culture at Bird

We're an ambitious, smart and open-minded team that is passionate about our mission.  Each day is unlike the last, as we’re constantly moving forward, challenging each other, and working together to create the future of micro-mobility.

Perks up

We’re committed to helping our team members, and with the evolution of our company to a remote work organization due to the pandemic, their needs have changed. That’s why we offer generous employer-paid healthcare coverage, a WFH monthly stipend, a wellness allowance, and more. Plus, a new resource to help support personal and professional developments—all the goods needed to move on our mission together.

Bird is the world

Bird stands for a culture of inclusion. We celebrate different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives —encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work. We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions. For these reasons and more Bird is a proud equal employment opportunity employer. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive, open, and diverse work environment.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Sweet. Let’s chat.

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