We’re Cruise, the self-driving ride-hailing service.

We are building the world’s most advanced, all-electric, self-driving cars to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving cars will help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

We seek and embrace diversity in all of its forms. We continuously push ourselves to think differently and take ownership wherever it's needed. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed. If you share our passion for achieving what some say is impossible, join us.

The AV Frameworks team builds performance-critical frameworks, reusable libraries, and components in modern C++ that are foundational to the entire engineering organization at Cruise. Our team provides the basic message-passing and logging primitives used by the on-car software stack, manages resource budgets, establishes best practices, and advises feature teams on how to best utilize the hardware and fit into the larger resource model.

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

We are looking for a talented Senior Technical Program Manager to support the AV Frameworks team in San Francisco, CA.

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
  • Work with Engineering Managers to calculate capacity and estimate effort for upcoming plans
  • 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
  • Maintain company level planning

Execution

  • Run relevant sprint meetings (planning, retro, etc.) alongside Engineering Managers and Technical Leads
  • Attend relevant customer/other meetings to monitor progress, answer questions, and clarify details
  • Escalate and coordinate with dependent teams to unblock work
  • Drive and create processes for engineering tracking and execution
  • Document status updates on progress towards deliverables, including monitoring project health
  • Update company planning schedule as needed
  • Monitor 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/milestones 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

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

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with our AV Robotics, Infrastructure, Machine Learning Platform, and Simulation teams to deliver key functionality that is used for the development of Autonomous Vehicles
  • Turn requirements and product specs into implementation roadmaps, including identifying cross-team dependencies and balancing new projects with tech debt or other proactive initiatives
  • Work with Engineering Managers to calculate capacity and estimate effort for upcoming plans
  • Collaborate with Technical Program Managers and Engineering Managers to prioritize projects based on constraints
  • Drive sprint/quarterly planning, execution, and retrospectives meetings alongside Engineering Managers and Technical Leads
  • Align cross-functional teams, ensuring effective communications at all levels
  • Define and monitor metrics/KPIs based on business requirements, and proactively escalate when needed
  • Track and report on project progress, proactively drive corrective actions as needed
  • Build trusted relationships with team members and all relevant stakeholders

You may be a good fit if you have:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s Degree in CS, Math, EE, or related engineering/science field
  • 3+ years of experience managing complex technical projects in a fast-paced tech company and/or highly regulated industry
  • Proven ability to influence members across the team to maximize performance, and to provide clear data & options to decision-makers
  • Hands-on experience with modern project management processes and tools. E.g. Agile, Scrum, Jira, and Google Suite
  • Strong technical and non-technical communication skills
  • Ability to understand complex technical systems
  • Ability to identify and act on opportunities to improve processes and increase efficiency
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team without acting as a direct authority figure

Bonus points!

  • Experience with modern C++ development
  • Experience working with ROS or other robotics frameworks
  • Significant Agile experience

Perks of being a Cruiser:

While doing meaningful work is the best perk of all, we also offer the following programs and benefits to support the extraordinary humans who serve as the backbone in making our robot cars go:

  • The opportunity to solve difficult problems that have immediate and valuable real-world applications
  • Competitive salary and benefits including 401k Cruise matching program to help you meet your long-term financial goals
  • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
  • Paid parental leave so you can spend time with the newest addition(s) to your family’s fleet
  • Health and Wellness reimbursement
  • Flexible vacation and 10 paid company holidays
  • State of the art equipment for your work station
  • Healthy lunch, snacks, dinner

Take a glimpse through the lens of a Cruiser on our LinkedIn Page

Cruise LLC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Cruise LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Pursuant to applicable laws, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. And if you believe that you will need any type of accommodation, please let us know.

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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