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Ten questions with RoboSense’s Bill Li

Ten questions with RoboSense’s Bill Li

In a regular series of interviews, we speak to autonomous vehicle industry recruiters to find out what they're looking for in candidates, how their recruitment process typically works and what advice they’d give to those pursuing a career in autonomous and connected vehicles.

In our latest Q&A, we catch up with Bill Li, Human Resources Director at LiDAR provider RoboSense.



1. Can you tell us a bit about RoboSense and the roles you typically recruit for?

Founded in 2014, RoboSense is the leading provider of Smart LiDAR Sensor Systems incorporating LiDAR sensors, AI algorithms and IC chipsets, that transform conventional 3D LiDAR sensors to full data analysis and comprehension systems. The company's mission is to possess outstanding hardware and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide smart solutions that enable robots (including vehicles) to have perception capability more superior to humans. 
We have attracted an all-star team from leading corporations and institutions around the world, with 500+ employees in six global locations – Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Stuttgart, and Silicon Valley – to support RoboSense's fast-growing innovation and development. 
Until 2019, RoboSense owned more than 500 patents globally. We are looking for R&D talent and experts in LiDAR systems, marketing roles and others. We welcome more like-minded people to join our team.

2. What types of candidate should apply to RoboSense?

We definite ideal candidates across five aspects:
  • First, he/she has a very strong self-driving force, willing to unswervingly move forward towards the established goal and continue to pay attention to it. Even in difficult circumstances, he/she can overcome external and their own difficulties and persist in achieving the goal.
  • Second, he/she has a strong desire to succeed. He/she has clear career plans, constantly setting goals to challenge himself/herself and pursue career excellence.
  • Third, he/she has excellent execution capabilities. This includes individual execution and team execution. Individual execution refers to the capability of turning the organizational requirements and goals into his/her own actions and completing tasks with high quality and quantity. Team execution refers to the team's continuous efforts to integrate organizational strategy with satisfaction, accuracy, and speed in terms of reviewing results. It is a systematic project that shows the effectiveness, competitiveness, and cohesion of the entire team.
  • Fourth, he/she has exceptional communication skills. This refers to the ability to give feedback to certain audiences by listening and clearly expressing his/her own opinions, and to communicate with others.
  • Finally, he/she is professional. This is demonstrated in the way he/she solves a professional problem at work and his/her outputs. 

3. How does the recruiting process usually work at RoboSense?

Our recruitment process includes five steps:
  • Internal evaluation of the recruitment position;
  • Candidate search (including internal and external search);
  • Interview and evaluation;
  • Hiring decision;
  • Pre-training and assessment.

4. What experience or expertise do you value most in applicants?

He/she has successful product landing experience, and demonstrates active thinking in product design, quality, performance, cost, etc. He/she is absolutely competitive in the market. At the same time, the candidate’s rich experience in smart LiDAR products and solutions is what we value the most.

5. How much competition is there for the best candidates?

It depends on the hiring positions. Generally speaking, we believe that each vacant position must have at least three qualified candidates competing for it. We will adopt a group interview, inviting industry experts, the department director, and the directors of other functional departments to give a comprehensive evaluation of the candidates.

6. What mistakes do candidates typically make during the application/interview process?

The typical mistakes comprise a lack of understanding of the industry and their career motivations and plans, exaggerating their abilities and past performance, etc.

7. What skills do you think will be most important for candidates as the autonomous and connected vehicles sector develops?

In addition to their professional knowledge and skills in the field of autonomous driving, we also value candidates' self-management ability and a spirit of pursuing excellence.

8. How many roles do you expect to recruit for over the next twelve months?

We plan to recruit about 15-20 positions, mainly in the fields of optics, hardware, technical support, LiDAR solutions, AI perception algorithms, and business development.

9. What one piece of advice would you give to someone seeking to build a career in autonomous and connected vehicles?

Keeping focused and enthusiastic, and maintaining faith is very important. The autonomous and connected vehicle industry is a booming and challenging one that involves the intersection of multiple disciplines, including 5G, sensors, control systems, etc. As mentioned above, we need people who always strive for the best.

10. Finally, what would attract someone to develop their career at RoboSense?

RoboSense has always maintained rapid development and gradually achieved a leading position in the LiDAR industry. To date, RoboSense LiDAR systems have been widely applied to future mobility, including autonomous driving passenger cars, RoboTaxi, RoboTruck, automated logistics vehicles, autonomous buses and vehicle-to-infrastructure by domestic and international autonomous driving technology companies, OEMs, and Tier 1 suppliers.
RoboSense has an elite team of experts who can help new employees to learn and grow quickly. The company has more than 60% R&D members allocated in China, Germany, and the United States. Most of them come from world-renowned universities such as Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Houston and Tsinghua University. 
We are committed to creating a positive, simple, efficient, easy-to-communicate working environment for team members to learn and grow quickly.

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