Senior Strategic Technical Program Manager, PMO

  • Cruise
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 06, 2021

Job Description

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

The Program Management Office at Cruise delivers the largest programs for the success of the company. Our scope spans all divisions in the organization, requiring us to work directly with executive leaders and investing partners to build Autonomous Vehicles and commercial services - at scale. As a Program Manager, you will tackle the most sophisticated, multi-disciplinary engineering and commercialization challenges with leaders throughout Cruise.

What you’ll be doing:


  • Define the vision, strategy and roadmap for your product areas. Lead our executives and key partners elegantly through decisions to drive toward our strategic goals.
  • Use a variety of planning tools to synthesize timelines between organizations that use both Agile and waterfall-type methodologies.
  • Balance technical and analytical insights with intuition to formulate compelling resource strategies while adjust quickly to new information.


  • Be responsible for program timelines, helping our teams determine and achieve their goals
  • Manage and external partners and executives across the organization, including Hardware, Software, Operations, and Finance
  • Identify risks, develop mitigation strategies, and facilitate conflict resolution.
  • Develop and institute the appropriate level of process to balance structure and flexibility.
  • Technical
  • Use technical judgment in working with large, cross engineering teams
  • Decompose multi-faceted engineering challenges into clear and measurable risks and achieve consensus for team recommendations
  • Drive a culture of thorough and clear metrics development to measure, achieve, and exceed program results.

What you must have

  • Bachelors In Computer Science, Engineering, or similar technical field
  • 7+ years in industry, proven experience in program management (technical preferred)
  • Experience leading sophisticated fast-paced initiatives spanning multiple teams and organizations, often with conflicting priorities and schedules
  • Effective at building consensus across different functions
  • Self motivation and passion to develop your teams, encourage standard methodologies, and constantly improve processes
  • Thrive in ambiguity, crafting simplicity and order
  • Passion for self-driving car technology and its impact on the world

Bonus Points!

  • MBA or similar experience with finance and commercialization strategy
  • Technical experience with autonomous vehicles or other sophisticated, high quality products from design through launch and scale
  • Operations or commercial launch experience with familiarity balancing customer, technical, and business tradeoff

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental leave
    • Fertility Benefits 
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
  • We’re Remote Friendly
    • We believe that your value to the team can be provided at a Cruise office or from the comfort of your home. Depending on your function, enjoy the flexibility of remote work and join our growing community of remote employees in the continental United States.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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