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Snapshot

We are keen to hire a Programme Specialist, on a one year contract, for our Worlds team to work on a number of medium term projects in a mission-driven team.

The Worlds team provides DeepMind Researchers with the best training and testing environments possible. These range from bespoke mini-games, aimed at answering specific research questions, to expansive first-person environments using modern game engines. The team is important in helping steer DeepMind’s research forward. Projects we’ve worked on include AlphaGo, DM Lab, and DQN on Atari and more recently XLand as well as contributions to countless publications.

The role of a Program Specialist within this function is to collaborate with leaders across teams within Worlds to help organise and enable everyone to be the best at what they do and to make fast-paced progress, ensuring efficient processes and successful outcomes.

In this role you will build positive relationships with team members to collaborate and support effective ways of working. You will need to be proactive, curious and thoughtful about deepening your understanding of people; their preferences, their needs and their work.

You’ll also deepen your domain knowledge, working alongside many different disciplines to ensure all our work is advancing towards DeepMind’s mission.

The role

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the team with all required elements of end-to-end project planning and delivery, using your knowledge of project methodologies including tools and techniques such as stand ups, retrospectives, agile boards, project plans; remove blockers and ensure teams are enabled to do their best work
  • Facilitate conversations, meetings and opportunities for collaboration to drive the best outcomes; create connections and relationships
  • Track progress, maintain up to date information and relevant technical documentation, anticipate and propose solutions to issues and risks
  • Identify opportunities to improve ways of working, tools or processes and suggest solutions
  • Lead brainstorms and idea sharing, help to identify key themes, simplify complex problems and discover solutions
  • Support the drive for engagement across the team by building and maintaining relationships, sharing constructive feedback, challenging established ways of thinking and encouraging them to achieve their full potential
  • Evaluate the success of programs against their aims, goals and objectives
  • Demonstrate a curious attitude and a commitment to learning and understanding your teams technical field, and your broader understanding of AGI, in order to inform how you enable people, teams and optimise research


About you

  • Knowledge and expertise in project/program management with the skill to navigate through ambiguity and adjust and adapt plans and strategies as project conditions change
  • Experience supporting teams to deliver projects
  • Experience in solving complex challenges, implementing scalable and sustainable solutions
  • Willingness to dive into details, processes and actions as needed, to help the project operate at pace and to ensure nothing falls behind
  • Knowledge and experience in supporting individuals in a robust environment and during times of change
  • Strong communication skills, ability to develop relationships with key partners and use these to influence action and outcomes
  • Skilled in all aspects of creating and delivering impactful presentations
  • You are very organised, are highly effective at prioritisation, and have an appetite for working in a very fast paced, changeable environment.
  • You are passionate about solving AGI, proactive about learning and acquiring knowledge to enhance your domain knowledge

Competitive salary applies

 

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