Senior Technical Program Manager, Product Engineering

  • Cruise
  • San Francisco, CA
  • May 15, 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.

We’re currently hiring a Senior TPM to work with the Product Engineering team in San Francisco:

The Product Engineering team is bringing autonomous vehicles to market. They own Cruise Anywhere, the autonomous ridesharing service (available to Cruise employees), as well as the dispatching and management tools needed to operate a driverless fleet.

Technical Program Managers are responsible for the “when” and the “how of the engineering program”, and are held accountable for our teams delivering projects within the agreed upon timeline and requirements.

Planning

  • Lead technical specification portion of product documentation, and coordinate Design Review process
  • Maintain intimate knowledge of systems, and identify unnecessary complexity or unmet dependencies
  • Turn requirements and product specs into implementation roadmaps, including identifying cross-team dependencies and balancing new projects with tech debt or other proactive initiatives
  • Collaborate with Product Manager and Engineering Managers to prioritize projects based on constraints (e.g. Eng capacity, fixes required to meet existing SLAs)
  • Drive planning for their respective engineering teams

Execution

  • Run relevant sprint meetings (planning, retro, etc.) alongside Engineering Managers and Technical Leads
  • Drive and create processes for engineering tracking and execution
  • Document status updates on progress towards OKRs, including monitoring project health
  • Update company planning schedule as needed
  • Supervise and flag ongoing risks, and address mitigation

Delivery

  • Ensure projects have appropriate tests and have been vetted for bugs prior to release
  • Coordinate with Product Manager and Engineering Managers to ensure acceptance criteria have been met, and that projects are completed and delivered on schedule
  • Validate non-functional requirements have been met, such as latency, performance, scalability, and cost
  • Communicate schedule and progress to larger company program

Support

  • Supervise bug reporting; if bugs/issues, research root cause and drive resolution
  • Drive engineering metrics like uptime and other SLAs

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Lead multiple cross engineering projects
  • Develop project roadmaps and delivery plans
  • Work with engineers to define project success criteria and objectives
  • Communicate across teams and outside agencies about team progress & needs
  • Refine processes & tools used by your team and its multi-functional contributors
  • Supervise and report on project progress, proactively drive corrective action as needed
  • Build trusted relationships with team members and all relevant partners

You may be a good fit if you have:

  • 5+ years of shown experience in fast-paced tech company
  • The ability to adapt and operate under ambiguity
  • Ability to influence without authority across engineering teams
  • Excellent program management skills and experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or prior work experience as a software engineer
  • Production-level experience leading full stack applications
  • Experience using scalable backend APIs using Node.js, Go, or similar languages
  • Experience using modern front-ends using React, Webpack, Babel, or similar tools

Bonus points!

  • Experience with robotics or autonomous vehicles
  • Experience with large real-time and/or high-availability systems
  • Experience in Simulated Testing Environments

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 HR@getcruise.com.

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.

Organization Type

Company

Organization Size

1001-5000

Sectors

Transportation

Drawdown solutions

Electric Cars

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