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.

At Cruise, our engineers have opportunities to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the cutting-edge of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to solve one of today’s most complex engineering challenges, see the results of your work in hundreds of self-driving cars, and make a positive impact in the world starting in our cities, join us. 

About this role

We are looking for a talented Technical Program Manager to Lead the TPMs in the Robotics department in San Francisco. The Robotics department owns a significant area of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software stack as well as the teams that manage our release process as well as the Embedded Systems teams. 

 A little bit about the teams within this department. 

The AV Robotics teams work closely with the Perception teams and manages interface between prediction and planning and use destination inputs from the customer, planning provides a route, decides how to handle obstacles along this route and generates a path to follow down the road. The Embedded Systems team writes and supports drivers, the operating system, hardware abstraction, testing on hardware, and launching the software on the vehicle. The Release Management builds processes that enable safe continuous AV improvement and are responsible for technical analysis of all AV behavioral issues. Finally, the Localization & Mapping (LLCM) team is responsible for providing accurate six degrees of freedom vehicle pose estimates in real-time to all other software modules running on the AV (planning, perception, etc.), as well as accurate 3D/2D lidar map representations of each of our cities of operation.

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 research and 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 contributing directly to the codebase.

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

 Day to day responsibilities:

  • Managing
    • Manage and grow a team of TPMs within the Robotics Department 
    • Ensure high-functioning, high-output teams that breakdown work into incremental milestones and drives impactful on-time delivery 
    • Work with teams across Cruise to foster a culture of test driven development, team KPIs to drive and building consensus across teams
    • Invest heavily in recruiting, identifying 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 
  • Planning
    • Drives 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 milestones and identifying cross-team dependencies
    • Work with Technical Leads on design decisions, and contribute to the department design reviews to ensure we continue to raise our technical standards
    • Work with Engineering Managers to ensure teams take on a balanced assignment of strategic initiatives, iterative improvements, and proactive engineering excellence investments. Support calculation of team capacity vs estimated workload, and ensure the team can deliver on their commitments
  • Execution
    • Promote quality communication within the TPM group to effectively execute, filter, summarize reporting across the department to escalate issues and celebrate wins. 
    • Lead and improve cross-functional planning and execution processes for other TPMs to follow and clarify escalation path for execution decisions
    • Responsible for instrumenting monitoring to measure group efficiency and effectiveness
    • Develop mechanism to make sure the TPMs team maintains cross functional project scope and escalate scope risk to ensure on-time delivery.
    • Establish confidence from partner teams to continuously minimize distractions or conflicts and push groups to maximize their output.

 Requirements:

  • 8+ years of technical industry experience (3+ robotics or non-deterministic systems), including as a technical leader (2+ years as a manager)
  • Track record of driving execution across large engineering org and driving teams toward the next level of rigor 
  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, or similar technical field (former engineer) 
  • Experience managing complex fast-paced safety critical initiatives spanning multiple teams and organizations, often with conflicting priorities and schedules
  • Self motivation and passion to lead your teams, encourage best practices, and constantly improve
  • Proficient with Agile testing methodologies and best practices
  • Passionate about self-driving car technology and its impact on the world

 Bonus points

  • Domain experience in path planning, optimization, control theory, graph theory, machine learning
  • Exposure to verifying and validating safety critical software and systems 
  • Experience developing autonomous vehicles

Perks of being a Cruiser

While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits to support the extraordinary humans who serve as the backbone in making our self-driving cars go:

  • Competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) Cruise matching program to help you meet your long-term financial goals
  • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays
  • Healthy lunch, snacks, dinner
  • Paid parental leave & family expansion stipend
  • Monthly gym stipend
  • Quarterly off sites & working retreats
  • On-site massages
  • State-of-the-art equipment for your work station

Learn more about Life at Cruise 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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