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Senior/Staff Technical Program Manager - Simulation Software

Zoox

Zoox

IT, Operations
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 19, 2024
Zoox has embarked on a highly ambitious journey to develop a full-stack autonomous mobility solution for our cities. As a technical program manager, you will work cross-functionally with engineering leaders across software, hardware, vehicle engineering, and product to drive our corporate strategy into tactical and detailed road maps that facilitate effective execution at each stage of our growth curve. You will work with each engineering team to develop project schedules, identify milestones, flag risks, estimate budgets, and clearly communicate ongoing progress.
This role is focused on managing Simulation programs and working cross-functionally with partner teams across the organization. Simulation is essential for Zoox to rapidly iterate on our driving software and hardware, and to validate our safety before we drive in the real world. We create virtual worlds to challenge our robots, from real world data, entirely novel scenarios, or a combination of both. Our simulations need to run at a huge scale to cover everything that might happen, and to help prove our driving to be safe.

In this role, you will:

  • Partner with a wide range of department leaders to translate the top-down corporate strategy and milestones into detailed product roadmaps, timelines, and deliverables
  • Establish standard reports to provide concise and effective communications to key stakeholders on program status, issues/risks, and accomplishments
  • Ensure problems are transparent and risks are identified and proactively ensure that risk-mitigating actions are ongoing within the functional teams
  • Define KPIs and other methods to measure metrics that best translate progress toward goals
  • Lead execution of milestones and take it across the finish line with all stakeholders
  • Influence key decisions by working cross-functionally within teams and across departments to reach the right conclusions
  • Maintain a strong technical understanding of our software lifecycle, clearance process, and test operations

Qualifications

  • BS or MS degree in computer science, engineering or equivalent job experience
  • At least 8 years of experience in engineering, program management, or management consulting
  • Deep familiarity with software, hardware, or automotive development processes
  • Strong track record of managing complex cross-functional projects
  • An ability to keep the big picture in focus and to provide clear, well-structured, and concise communications tailored to each appropriate audience
  • Proficient in tools or processes required to manage complex projects (i.e. Gantt charts, risk matrix, Smartsheet, JIRA, etc.)
  • Excellent written, presentation, and verbal communication skills are a must, ability to create visualizations of KPIs and program risks

Bonus Qualifications

  • PMP or equivalent
  • Experience with autonomous vehicles, test platforms, simulation, and/or automotive or aerospace processes is highly desired
  • Experience with developing and scaling strategy, processes, plans, procedures, reporting and handling escalations
  • Experience working with cloud technologies and full stack development
  • Strong references that highlight your ability to build strong working relationships with senior leaders, program managers, and engineers across functions and departments
Compensation and Benefits
There are three major components to compensation for this position: salary, Amazon Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), and Zoox Stock Appreciation Rights. The salary will range from $190,000 to $278,000. A sign-on bonus may be part of a compensation package. Compensation will vary based on geographic location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.
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.
Accommodations
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.