Manager, Technical Program Management (Robotics)

  • Cruise
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Apr 24, 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.

What you’ll be doing:

We are looking for a hardworking Technical Program Manager to lead the TPMs in the Robotics department in San Francisco. The Robotics department is responsible for a significant area of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software stack such as Planning, Controls and also leads the release process of the software on the vehicles.

As the Lead TPM, you will be responsible for managing and growing a team of TPMs as well as leading planning and execution across the Department. TPMs are responsible for the “when” and the “how” of the program, and hold their teams accountable to deliver on engineering projects to achieve business objectives. At Cruise, we believe in managers who remain deeply technical, and understand the challenges their teams are facing, even though they may not be chipping in directly to the codebase.

If you're interested in solving some of the most exciting machine learning problems in the industry, let’s chat!


  • Lead and grow a team of TPMs to drive programs in Robotics department
  • Ensure high-functioning, high-output teams that breakdown work into incremental landmarks and drive impactful on-time delivery
  • Work with teams across Cruise to cultivate a culture of test driven development, team critical metrics to drive and building consensus across teams
  • Invest heavily in recruiting, finding opportunities for external engagement to improve the Cruise engineering brand
  • Help define, build, and embody Cruise engineering culture and principles
  • Embody Cruise behaviors: Stay Safe, Own It, Stay Focused, Seek Truth, Work Together, Be Humble


  • Drive the formulation and review of department roadmaps and objectives on a quarterly and monthly cadence
  • Drive agile planning frameworks that optimize work that should be agile vs planned
  • Partner with Technical Product Managers to turn requirements and technical specs into achievable implementation roadmaps, including planning timelines and landmarks and identifying cross-team dependencies
  • Work with Engineering Managers to ensure teams tackle a balanced assignment of critical initiatives, iterative improvements, and proactive engineering investments. Support calculation of team capacity vs estimated workload, and ensure the team can deliver on their commitments


  • Ensure smooth execution of programs and continuously improve execution over time
  • Promote quality communication within the TPM group to effectively execute, filter, summarize reporting across the department to resolve, bring up issues and celebrate wins.
  • Lead and improve multi-functional planning and execution processes for other TPMs to follow and clarify blocking issue path for execution decisions
  • Responsible for instrumenting monitoring to measure group efficiency and effectiveness
  • Establish confidence from partner teams to continuously minimize distractions or conflicts and push groups to maximize their output.


  • Use technical judgement in working with large, cross engineering teams
  • Work with Technical Leads on design decisions, and chip in to the department design reviews to ensure we continue to raise our technical standards

What you have:

  • 6+ years of TPM including as a technical leader (1+ years as a manager)
  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, or similar technical field
  • Track record of driving execution across large engineering org and driving teams toward the next level of difficulty
  • Experience leading sophisticated fast-paced safety critical initiatives spanning multiple teams and organizations, often with conflicting priorities and schedules
  • Effective at building consensus across different functions.

Self motivation and passion to lead your teams, encourage standard methodologies, and constantly improve

  • Passionate about self-driving car technology and its impact on the world


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

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