Senior Technical Program Manager - Driving Software Validation Tools



IT, Operations
Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Zoox is on an ambitious journey to develop a full-stack autonomous mobility solution for cities. We are seeking a Technical Program Manager that will drive the development of safety analysis tools and infrastructure needed to unlock this future.
As a Technical Program Manager, you will work across software and safety teams to develop tactical plans that drive clarity and execution for engineering teams. In this role, you will coordinate the development of tools that validate driving software performance, including data pipelines, behavior analysis tools, and efficient mass simulation frameworks.
The ideal candidate has a software or systems engineering technical background and effective program management experience. You can cut through competing priorities using supporting data and analysis to drive execution. You have experience developing project schedules, identifying milestones, flagging risks, estimating budgets, and clearly communicating on-going progress. You enjoy challenges in a fast moving, iterative, development environment.


  • Translate the top-down corporate strategy and milestones into detailed product road maps, timelines, and deliverables with department leaders
  • Define and track resource requirements (headcount and budget) with cross-functional leaders and finance teams
  • Ensure every team understands what they need to deliver at all times
  • Define and manage process and regular meetings
  • 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
  • Proactively mitigate and retire risk with engineering teams
  • Support key decisions working cross-functionally across engineering, finance, and strategy to reach the right conclusions


  • BS or MS degree in Engineering or Computer Science or equivalent job experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in program management of technical programs or engineering technical leadership.
  • Proficiency using JIRA or other issue tracking tools
  • Experience generating project/program plans, gantt charts, identifying critical paths, and iterating with cross functional teams to deliver results
  • Familiarity with large scale software development processes
  • Strong track-record in managing complex cross-functional projects
  • Strong references that highlight your ability to build trusting working relationships with senior leaders and engineers across functions and departments
  • An ability to keep the big picture in focus and to provide clear, well-structured, and concise communications tailored to each appropriate audience

Bonus Qualifications

  • Experience with software pipeline infrastructures, machine learning, or simulation
  • Experience with safety critical or high integrity systems
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 $168,000 to $240,000. 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.
Vaccine Mandate
Employees working in this position will be required to have received a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and/or the World Health Organization. In addition, employees who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine (“Booster”) will be required to receive a Booster. Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.
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.
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.