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Manager, Robotics Software Engineering

Scythe Robotics

Scythe Robotics

Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Our Mission at Scythe

Humanity has lost touch with nature - we’ve traded dirt and trees for asphalt, and we rely on loud, polluting, gas-powered machines to care for our limited natural spaces.
Scythe is forging a new future by building intelligent, all-electric machines that unlock a new superpower: the ability to care for the outdoors pollution-free at enormous scale. From today’s first steps in landscape maintenance to full-fledged re-terraforming in the future, Scythe is pioneering autonomous machinery that supports the ingenuity of humans, multiplying our power to nurture our planet.
At Scythe, you’ll work with a team of world-class experts in everything from computer vision to mechanical engineering, pushing the limits of possibility and growing by overcoming hurdles along the way.
The world needs what we’re building—come join us in making it a reality.

Manager, Robotics Software Engineer at Scythe

We're looking for an experienced, results-oriented technical leader to spearhead robotics software development at Scythe. This Scyther will coach and develop software engineers to grow an outstanding team delivering excellent product performance. We have a highly collaborative culture, so we need a leader who can inspire innovation and facilitate engagement across both the software team and the company at large.

You'll support and mentor other Scythers while creating new best practices informed by your expertise. We expect you to be able to “see around corners,” thrive in leading a fast-paced, self-managed engineering environment, and be a collaborative, low-ego teammate who helps Scythe realize its big mission.

What you’ll do at Scythe

The key jobs for this role include:

  • Lead robot software hiring including the full loop from identifying gaps in our talent, generating job descriptions and interview panels, and guiding informed hiring decisions
  • Engage your team by maintaining regular meetings with each team member to ensure they have a reasonable workload and the support they need to be successful
  • Play a crucial role in growing and developing a high-performance software team with human-centric leadership that brings out the best in its members and enables individuals to achieve their professional goals
  • Encourage learning and enforcement of high-quality coding standards and software team practices

What you know well

  • Managing software teams with a mix of senior and junior engineers on real-world products
  • Representing an engineering team in a company alongside non-engineering teams
  • Building great teams through hiring, training, development, and tough conversations
  • Proficiency in software development in a variety of languages, ideally some static/compiled (we use C++ and Rust) and dynamic (we script with Python)
  • Mathematical concepts such as geometry, linear algebra, graph theory, probability theory, and statistics

What you’ve maybe done

  • Wrote software that ran in real-time on mobile robots (e.g. perception, localization, motion planning/controls)
  • Worked with ROS or other middleware systems like DDS or Zenoh
  • Built software against relational databases like Postgres and SQLite
  • Developed metrics around software practices like the DORA system

Why Scythe?

  • Scythe is an early-stage but well-capitalized startup. Have a huge impact alongside an awesome team of experts shipping something the world has never before seen
  • Competitive salary and equity compensation
  • Fully-sponsored medical, vision, and dental insurance, including 75% funded dependent coverage
  • 401(k) retirement plan (non-matching today)
  • Headquarters in Longmont, CO (near beautiful Boulder, CO.) Enjoy the bounties of nature and open spaces close to home with mountain biking, hiking, skiing and more.
  • Satellite offices in Austin, TX and Fort Pierce, FL
  • Flexible paid time-off and remote work to let you do your best work where and when you want
  • Highly collaborative learning culture where personal freedom, growth, and responsibility are valued
  • An opportunity to have an incredibly positive impact on the world


Scythe is a total compensation company, which provides employees with a comprehensive salary, equity, and benefit package. However, only the minimum salary amounts are listed here. Scythe carefully considers a wide range of compensation factors, including education, years of experience, competencies and other relevant business considerations. These considerations can cause your compensation to vary along with your compensation mode preferences. The Manager of Robotics Software Engineering position has an expected minimum annual cash salary of $160,000. The actual pay may be higher depending on your skills, qualifications, and experience. Equity and benefits packages are NOT included in this estimate. Please note that this information is provided for those hired in Colorado only, and this role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well.

Scythe is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.