Performance Engineer

Performance Engineer

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6 River Systems (6RS) is a Shopify (SHOP) company leading the way to faster fulfillment. E-commerce has changed the world and our solutions power winning warehouses of the future. We’re revolutionizing warehouse automation with collaborative mobile robots driven by artificial intelligence and advanced cloud-based software.


Our culture is built on trust, smarts, and collaboration. As a team, we encourage open discussion about particularly challenging problems. We are as passionate about hiring the right people as we are about building great products.

Position Overview

We are searching for someone to join our growing Data Insights team, on the Customer Insights Squad.  The team works with the customer success manager and directly with customers to identify opportunities to improve the end-to-end 6RS warehouse automation system.  We are looking for an inquisitive and creative engineer who will use both data analysis and on-the-ground observations (ie qualitative plus quantitative data) to provide insights into the behavior of the robots, their surroundings and ways to increase the performance of the 6RS system.  Candidates should be comfortable using visualizations to extract useful observations from large data sets and presenting the findings to internal and external teams.  

In a "typical" day you could interface with customers to identify performance improvement opportunities which might involve traveling to a customer site.  While at the office you may work closely with engineering to validate the opportunities; leveraging the data the system is continuously collecting. Finally you will work with product management on getting the more promising features on the road map for development and testing back at customer sites.  Our environment/culture is fast-paced, collaborative and encourages innovation and creativity. The ideal candidate will be able to grow with the company and take on additional leadership roles over time. This is a unique opportunity; you will have an immediate impact on the success and growth of our company.  This role reports to the Head of the Data Insights Team, which is an integral part of our fast growing Product Management team.

Key Activities

  • Visit and observe customer sites to generate recommendations for product roadmap.
  • Develop KPIs to measure the impact of feature requests for existing customers and work with product management to prioritize
  • Create dashboards and tools for the customer to use to make better decisions in their operations
  • Experiment with models, simulations and even live full scale warehouses to help prove out improvement opportunities
  • Build tools for analyzing system data to provide visibility to other less technical teams
  • Cross collaboration with product management, engineering, and customer success teams
  • Creatively utilize large data sets to analyze complex and ambiguous problems 

Position Requirements

  • 1+ years of work experience
  • Undergraduate degree in technical discipline (Engineering, Statistics, Data, Math)
  • Familiarity with SQL, Python and data visualization tools 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a rapidly changing environment with fluid priorities
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Experience in a manufacturing, fulfillment, warehousing or other logistics/supply chain industry is a plus, but not required
  • Experience owning projects from concept to production, including proposal, discussion, and execution
  • Skilled at answering technical questions in a friendly and encouraging manner

Why 6RS? Recognized by the Boston Globe as a Top Place to Work

  • Entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up combined with the stability of a global commerce company
  • Competitive compensation packages and Shopify RSUs
  • Company-paid health, dental, and vision coverage for all employees
  • Paid holidays, vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Annual 401k contribution from the company 
  • Lifestyle spending account 

About 6 River Systems
Founded in Waltham, Massachusetts in 2015, 6 River Systems is a leading collaborative mobile robotics fulfilment solution and part of global commerce company Shopify. Founders Jerome Dubois and Rylan Hamilton were previously executives at Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics). The 6 River Systems solution is operating in more than 20 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, fulfilling millions of units each week for companies including Lockheed Martin, CSAT Solutions, ACT Fulfillment, DHL, XPO Logistics, and Office Depot. To learn more, visit

About Shopify
Shopify is a leading global commerce company, providing trusted tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size. Shopify makes commerce better for everyone with a platform and services that are engineered for reliability, while delivering a better shopping experience for consumers everywhere. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Shopify powers over one million businesses in more than 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Allbirds, Gymshark, PepsiCo, Staples, and many more. For more information, visit

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