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Head of Engineering, Arene - North America

Company: Woven Planet
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: January 18, 2023

Job Description:

Woven Planet is building mobility for a safer, happier and sustainable world. A subsidiary of Toyota, Woven Planet innovates and invests in new technologies, software, and business models that transform how we live, work and move. With a focus on automated driving, smart cities, robotics and more, we build on Toyota's legacy of trust and safety to deliver mobility solutions for all.

For nearly a century, Toyota has been delivering products and services that improve lives. Automation that originated to increase the efficiency of daily activities has evolved into the safe, reliable, connected automobiles we enjoy and depend on today. Now, we are looking to the next 100 years and to extending that dream for a better life for all people from cars to smart cities.

Our unique global culture weaves modern Silicon Valley innovation and time-tested Japanese quality craftsmanship. The complementary strengths enable us to optimize safety, advance clean energy and elevate well-being. We envision a human-centered future where world-class technology solutions expand global access to mobility, amplify the capabilities of drivers, and empower humanity to thrive.


Woven Planet Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota headquartered in Tokyo, is on a mission to design a happier planet through secure, connected mobility solutions. Woven Planet's vision is "Mobility to Love, Safety to Live". Under this shared goal, our company is transforming how people live, work, and play through new innovations.

Woven Planet North America is a subsidiary of Woven Planet which is working in an integrated way with the head office. Woven Planet North America has several offices in the United States, including Paolo Alto and Ann Arbor.

Arene's goal is to open vehicle programming to everyone by simplifying vehicle software development and increasing deployment frequency without compromising safety and security. This will create a whole new market of vehicle application developers who, through software, integrate a vehicle into our daily lives in novel ways. Arene aims to significantly improve how vehicles are designed and developed, and we're working closely with Toyota to realize this goal in its next-generation vehicles.

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About the Role

We are looking for an Engineering Manager in Arene Engineering and Solutions, in our Ann Arbor, Michigan office, who is passionate about leading an organization that is responsible for designing and building the next generation in-vehicle platform that can host applications ranging from automated driving to in-cabin experiences.


  • Grow and mentor multiple engineering teams with skill sets ranging from embedded software engineering to automotive towards a common vision of software-driven architecture and vehicle abstraction.
  • Act as a leadership figure by engaging people and caring for them.
  • Establish processes, frameworks, and team culture to enable engineers to be successful,
  • Inspire software engineering best practices for developing high-quality, maintainable, and safe code that will be deployed to vehicles.
  • Along with technical leadership, provide technical guidance to the team.
  • Engage and contribute to architecture discussions within the vehicle team as well as software tooling teams and application development teams and empower sound technical decision-making.
  • Along with Product & System Engineering, agree on a delivery schedule and quality criteria.
  • Work with the Arene Product Owner and Architect to deliver the product in an agile fashion and according to agreed requirements, budget, quality, and schedule.
  • Bridge the traditional automotive world with the modern large-scale software world through out-of-the-box thinking.
  • Work with external partners and suppliers to integrate 3rd party solutions into the product.
  • Participate in strategic activities toward global vision execution.
  • Define, align and track objectives and key results for the team.

    Qualifications - Successful professionals on our team should be able to demonstrate these skills on a daily basis:
    • Excellent English communication and people engagement skills;
    • Experienced team manager in the software engineering domain. Deep knowledge of extensive software development. Experienced in producing code;
    • An empathic leader capable of understanding human beings and identify their strengths and their weaknesses;
    • A leader capable of enabling a safety culture in which no compromise can be made on safety and security;
    • Excellent technical abilities, capable of quickly understanding complex technical situations that usually involve people, processes and products;
    • Experience working in multicultural teams and openness to various cultures;
    • Excellent knowledge of project & product management practices;
    • Excellent knowledge of modern software development practices;
    • Mindset for ownership, growth, and a bias for progress;
    • Deep commitment to quality.

      Desired Qualification - Experience with the following practices, technologies, and tools is valued, but not strictly required. We focus on growing as a team and will help each other learn these skills.
      • Knowledge of quality management systems;
      • Automotive Industry engineering;
      • Problems and conflicts resolution;
      • Security-conscious software design and implementation;
      • Familiarity with the ISO 26262, SOTIF, or other standards for functional safety;
      • Familiarity with modern development processes and tools.

        By submitting your application you agree to the following terms:

        Our Commitment

        --- We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity.

        --- We pledge that any information we receive from candidates will be used ONLY for the purpose of hiring assessment.

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