Software Development Engineer in Test

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

About Us

We’re Blue River, a team of innovators driven to radically change agriculture by creating intelligent machinery. We empower our customers – farmers - to implement more sustainable solutions: optimize chemical usage, reimagining routine processes, and improving farming yields year after year. We believe that focusing on the small stuff – pixel-by-pixel and plant-by-plant - leads to big gains. By partnering with John Deere, we are innovating computer vision, machine learning, robotics and product management to solve monumental challenges for our customers.

Our people are at the heart of what we do. Through cross-discipline collaboration, this mission-driven and daring team is eager to define the new frontier of agricultural robotics. We are always asking hard questions, rapidly iterating, and getting our boots in the field to figure it out. We won’t give up until we’ve made a tangible and positive impact on agriculture.

Position Summary:

As a Software Development Engineer in Test you will work with your teammates to deliver continuous See & Spray improvements to market. The schedule is aggressive and the agricultural season waits for nothing and nobody (except rain). The system needs to meet the high performance and reliability standards that our customers expect and rely on. We tackle our objectives with cross functional engineering teams consisting of systems and embedded software, test and QA, mechatronics, computer vision and machine learning engineers. These teams are empowered to figure out how to meet the challenges, plan and prioritize work - managers don’t have all the answers.

Position Responsibility:

Ultimately testing our product needs to be done in a field but we prefer to catch as many problems as possible on our test benches first. As a Software QA Engineer you will help extend and maintain our test automation framework. Creating libraries, interfaces, and other infrastructural algorithms that support the development of test cases, traceability of test results, and overall management of the QA testing process. You will also directly develop test cases to ensure that the many software and hardware components of our complex, distributed system work together reliably. You work closely with a development team to learn about new features and how they can be tested. You develop and execute them on our test beds and test machines in the field as needed. You work with developers, DevOps, systems, and other engineers to ensure our test framework adequately supports our testing needs.

  • Create and maintain test framework software.  
  • Extend infrastructure to track tests and test results in our test management system.
  • Develop test cases for various software and hardware components.
  • Proactively build out test fixtures as needed to expand test coverage.
  • Work closely with developers to identify what framework items are needed.
  • Test on the real machine in collaboration with our field team.

Required Experience:

We value a variety of voices. You don’t need to check every box on this list to apply.

  • Strong Python skills to maintain and extend test framework
  • Good understanding of Linux OS
  • Expertise in automated testing of complex distributed robotics systems
  • 3-5 years QA experience
  • Experience with CI systems such as Buildkite/Jenkins
  • Comfortable with C++

At Blue River, we’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity.  While we have more work to do to advance diversity and inclusion, we’re investing in our programs, including recruiting, mentorship, career development, and learning & development to ensure they support our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

We support each employee in living a full life, enabling a thriving career, and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission while collaborating with incredible people. We are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align completely with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request an accommodation.

Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

The US base salary range for this position is $136,000 - $240,000, along with eligibility for Blue River’s bonus and benefit programs.

Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

During the recruitment process, we may identify an alternative role or level which you are more suited to. If your ideal role at Blue River differs from the advertised position, we will provide an updated pay range as soon as possible during the hiring process.


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