Team Lead, Automotive Research & Development


Permanent - Full Time

Area of Interest:

Embedded Development


Waterloo, ON, Canada

Who we are

Geotab ® is a global leader in IoT and connected transportation and certified “Great Place to Work™.” We are a company of diverse and talented individuals who work together to help businesses grow and succeed, and increase the safety and sustainability of our communities.

Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab’s open platform and Geotab Marketplace ®, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes.

Our team is growing and we’re looking for people who follow their passion, think differently and want to make an impact. Ours is a fast paced, ever changing environment. Geotabbers accept that challenge and are willing to take on new tasks and activities - ones that may not always be described in the initial job description. Join us for a fulfilling career with opportunities to innovate, great benefits, and our fun and inclusive work culture. Reach your full potential with Geotab. To see what it’s like to be a Geotabber, check out our blog and follow us @InsideGeotab on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Join our talent network to learn more about job opportunities and company news.

Geotab cares about your safety. You may be required to be vaccinated based on the nature of your work (ex: travel requirements) or due to changing local governmental health requirements.

Who you are:

We are always looking for amazing talent who can contribute to our growth and deliver results! Geotab is seeking a Automotive Research & Development, Team Lead who will oversee and grow the Automotive R&D team in order to meet the team’s goals and deliverables. If you love technology, and are keen to join an industry leader — we would love to hear from you!

What you’ll do

As a Automotive Research & Development, Team Lead your key area of responsibility will be to expand reverse engineering human resources to global markets and ensuring the training, tools and support are available. To be successful in this role you will be a self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills, and have the ability to quickly understand complex, technical concepts. In addition, the successful candidate will have strong analytical and project management skills with an ability to identify needs, develop effective solutions, and manage projects through completion. The successful candidate will also be able to manage multiple timelines and contrasting priorities to ensure timely results.

How you’ll make an impact
  • Reverse engineer vehicular systems including electrical, hardware and communications systems and protocols.

  • Document and design methods to collect data from vehicles in a way that is digestible by Geotab's hardware and software teams.

  • Investigate high priority vehicle behaviour issues that interfere with Geotab's products.

  • Work with OEMs in a technical capacity to implement industry standard data and diagnostics that are compatible with Geotab's products.

  • Work with OEMs in a technical capacity to implement custom and proprietary data and diagnostics support in Geotab's products.

  • Support the global reverse engineering vision and process by contributing to the use, design and implementation of the software tooling.

  • Use BigQuery, and Google Cloud compute for automated analysis of vehicle data and identify vehicle support gaps from our products.

  • Provide expert project leadership and guidance to team as SME.

  • Oversee the activities and performance of direct reports.

  • Provide direction, coaching and mentorship to the team.

  • Engage in the development of the team by coaching, providing feedback, identifying areas of growth and training opportunities.

  • Collaborate and support employees during the performance management process, meeting KPAs and career development planning.

  • Grow the reverse engineering ecosystem and develop training resources and documentation for other teams within Geotab.

  • Develop and contribute to product architecture and strategic planning.

  • Support Geotab global strategic initiatives.

What you’ll bring to this role
  • Experience with vehicle systems, including electrical and communications architectures.

  • Experience with automotive diagnostic standards (e.g. SAE J1939, SAEJ1979, KWP/2000, UDS 14229, ISO 27145 WWH-OBD).

  • Experience with physical layers (e.g.CAN bus, K-Line/ISO9141, VPW/PWM, Single Wire CAN etc).

  • Experience with vehicle interfacing and analysis tools and automotive diagnostic scan tools.

  • General experience diagnosing vehicle related problems using conventional tools (probing connectors, harness building, circuit testing).

  • Experience with writing and debugging scripts (e.g. Python, Matlab, etc.)

  • Strong programming fundamentals, and embedded C/C++ considered an asset.

  • Experience with workflows for software development.

  • Experience with SQL or Google Big Query equivalent.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to problem solve to well-judged decisions.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Leadership experience in a team-oriented workplace considered an asset.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset and comfortable in a flat organization.

If you don't see yourself fully reflected in every job requirement listed above, we still encourage you to apply.

Why job seekers choose Geotab

Work from home and flex work arrangements

Baby bonus & parental leave top up program

Home office reimbursement program

Online learning and networking opportunities

Electric vehicle purchase incentive program

Competitive medical and dental benefits

Retirement savings program

*The above are offered to full-time permanent employees only

How we work

At Geotab, we have adopted a flexible first working model in that we have systems, functions, programs and policies in place to support both in-person and virtual work. However, you are welcomed and encouraged to come into our beautiful, safe, clean offices as often as you like. When working from home, you are required to have a reliable internet connection with at least 50mb DL/10mb UL. Virtual work is supported with cloud-based applications, collaboration tools and asynchronous working. The health and safety of employees are a top priority. We encourage work-life balance and keep the Geotab culture going strong with online social events, chat rooms and gatherings. Join us and help reshape the future of technology!

We believe that ensuring diversity is fundamental to our future growth and progress and is an integral part of our business. We believe that success happens where new ideas can flourish – in an environment that is rich in diversity and a place where people from various backgrounds can work together. Geotab encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to accommodating people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes and when people are hired. We will ensure the accessibility needs of employees with disabilities are taken into account as part of performance management, career development, training and redeployment processes. If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information about our diversity and inclusion as well as accommodation policies and practices, please contact us at Click here to learn more about what happens with your personal data.

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