Vehicle Program Director



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Zoox is developing autonomous mobility from the ground up. The Vehicle Program team ensures that this groundbreaking vehicle is delivered, meeting its high-performance targets while remaining on time, within budget, and to a very high-quality standard.
Reporting to the VP of Vehicle Development, the Vehicle Program Director is responsible for program management and delivery of one of the vehicle programs within Zoox. The L5 program is Zoox’s ground-up robotaxi, created to optimize the full autonomous rider experience. It embodies the future of transportation enabled by the bespoke design of an autonomous vehicle. This role serves as the chief technical and program lead for our L5 robotaxi vehicle. You will be responsible for high-impact decisions, both technical and strategic in nature.

In this role, you will:

  • Work cross-functionally with the Vehicle Development team and across Zoox to plan and execute the vehicle program.
  • Determine program milestones: Work with core team members to define key program timing.
  • Define the deliverables: Align on requirements for each team at each milestone and define the benchmark for completing them.
  • Set the schedule: Build a realistic and achievable timing plan with input from core program team members.
  • Review progress: Create regular status checks to ensure the program remains on track.
  • Track Progress: Create and maintain a clear dashboard showing program status.
  • Resolve or escalate issues: Collaborate with teams to find solutions or mitigations.
  • Escalate for management support: Ensure appropriate resources are in place across the cross-functional team to execute program deliverables.


  • BS or MS degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience
  • 15+ years of experience in engineering or program management in the automotive or equivalent industry
  • Demonstrable track-record of managing complex cross-functional projects involving hardware and software
  • Experience in product development at all stages; product ideation, design, release, prototyping, validation, launch and production
  • Proficient in tools required to manage complex projects (i.e. Gantt charts)

Bonus Qualifications

  • Program management certification
  • Proficiency using JIRA to capture and track engineering development tasks
  • Experience with root cause analysis in high pressure environments
  • Product execution in a highly dynamic start-up environment


  • There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary range for this position is $228,000 to $340,000. A sign-on bonus may be offered as part of the compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location and level. Leveling, as well as positioning within a level, is determined by a range of factors, including, but not limited to, a candidate's relevant years of experience, domain knowledge, and interview performance. The salary range listed in this posting is representative of the range of levels Zoox is considering for this position.
  • Zoox also offers a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (e.g. sick leave, vacation, bereavement), unpaid time off, Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights, Amazon RSUs, health insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and life insurance.
About Zoox
Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or interview process please reach out to accommodations@zoox.com or your assigned recruiter.
A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.