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BrightDrop - Sr. Systems Engineer

  • Warren
  • Engineering
  • Full time
  • Added
  • JR-202309126


Note: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively.  The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.  This position requires employee to be onsite 1-3x per week.”

At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles to our last mile delivery solutions and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce. To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future. 

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us.

The Role:

In this role you will be responsible for the development of system level requirements for BrightDrop’s last mile products including the BrightDrop EP1.  Working side by side with product engineers to roll those requirements down to subsystem and component designs.  You will need an innovative mindset and a high degree of creativity and initiative to solve complex problems.


  • Generate and document systems level requirements for hardware and software systems.

  • Lead technical discussions with cross functional teams to communicate and collect input on new and existing specifications.       

  • Translate product features into system requirements and design specifications.

  • Work with Product Engineers to create component specific requirements. 

  • Ensure that requirements are implemented during all stages of product development. 

  • Create and review system/component test and validation plans to ensure targets and requirements are met. 

  • Collaborate with other members of the engineering team to evaluate through testing new design concepts. 

  • Understand the impact of performance requirements on product timing and cost.

  • Lead DFMEA activities. 

  • Support component and system level testing.

  • Establish, configure, test and maintain operating systems, application software and system management tools.

  • Oversee the development of customized software and hardware requirement.

  • Plan and implement systems automation as required for better efficiency.

  • Formulate and design the security system in place to maintain data safety.

  • Timely report on any glitches, delays, roadblocks, etc.

  • Provide linkage between software and hardware to ensure compatibility (hardware software interface)

  • Familiarity with V model design, Agile Software Development, Waterfall, etc.

  • Expected to challenge the HOW and WHY rather than only how.

  • Understand scope and complexity as it relates to different phases of the life cycle.

  • Plan for Over the Air software updates.

  • Assess and calculate the technical features of the plan to ensure that the Systems Engineering procedures are operating correctly and grow the system from idea to end product.

  • Interact with technical program managers, security, asset management and customers to resolve problems.

  • Establish and document requirements. Clearly define the tasks that the function/feature will perform and how. The success of the design and development phase depends significantly on this phase being well executed.

  • Design and develop the function/feature based on the requirements. The functionalities are designed and tested using the model-based development environment. The function/functionality needs to be tested as it is being developed, ensuring that bugs and errors are fixed early on.

  • In the model-based development, simulation tools such as MATLAB/Simulink can simulate real-world scenarios. The potential bugs and errors are highlighted and rectified during this phase. Once the development process, testing and architecture are complete and the results are satisfactory, the model – a block diagram – is provided to the software development team.

Additional Description


  • BS Degree in Engineering (Masters preferred).

  • 3+ years of experience in Systems Engineering.

  • Experience writing technical specifications and documentation.

  • Ability to work comfortably and effectively with a cross functional team.

  • Positive attitude, integrity, and confidentiality.

  • High level of independent judgment and decision making.

  • Action-oriented, hands on, and drives for results.            

  • Willing to roll up your sleeves to get the job done.

  • Energized by a startup-type environment with high levels of ambiguity.

The expected base compensation for this role is: ($106,460 - $ 161,240 USD Annual). Actual base compensation within the identified range will vary based on factors relevant to the position.

Bonus Potential: An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.

Benefits: GM offers a variety of health and wellbeing benefit programs. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement savings plan, sickness and accident benefits, life insurance, paid vacation & holidays, tuition assistance programs, employee assistance program, GM vehicle discounts and more.

About BrightDrop

BrightDrop is a tech company transforming commercial delivery and logistics. Its portfolio of electric delivery vehicles, smart eCarts, and software solutions are designed to create a smarter, safer, more sustainable future. BrightDrop is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors. For more information, visit

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.