2018-11-28 Waymo
Release Manager
Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Building on software and sensor technology developed at Google, Waymo is now launching the world’s first fully self-driving transportation service that will take members of the public from A to B at the touch of a button.

Waymo takes an integrated approach to building the world’s first self-driving car, with researchers, product managers, and technical program managers working side by side. We seek to understand the needs of our users and the opportunities of the technology to ensure we build the best product. From self driving behavior to user interfaces, we work to inspire the product vision and then make it a reality.

In this technical program manager role you'll:
  • Manage daily build checks, pre-push release testing and logistics, production pushes, release related communication, and documentation. This involves coordination with multiple Waymo teams (driving operations, software quality operations, software, hardware, offboard, and systems engineers, customer experience, product)
  • Evaluate risk of issues affecting upcoming releases, as well as risk of proposed fixes; perform change control
  • Manage release branch creation and investigate and address integration, build, and other technical issues
  • Synthesize information on feature readiness, issues and safety metrics to drive effective decision making around release promotion, scope and schedule
  • Find ways to optimize, accelerate, and automate existing processes and procedures, develop new ones in order to support Waymo’s evolving program goals and allow the team to deliver on a predictable and consistent schedule, while maintaining flexibility to adjust to changes. This includes identifying and managing dependencies on hardware, firmware, changing regulation landscape, scaling the release vetting process to multiple platforms and hardware versions, multiple locations, new road types, and weather conditions
  • Ensure documentation is known and used and/or adopted by others to make a project or program repeatable and scalable 

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, technical field or equivalent practical experience. 3+ years of experience as a release manager, test engineer or TPM/PgM with equivalent responsibilities
  • Able to recognize technical dependencies in projects across the org. Ability to identify technical issues and understand how to resolve them
  • Able to manage and prioritize an overall program that spans multiple projects, services or organizations
  • Experience mentoring and training up others to assist in key projects
  • Able to supplement effective project management with analytical, technical and leadership skills to deliver complex projects and manage the relationships among them
  • Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal, and analytical skills; the ability to communicate complex interaction concepts and risks clearly and persuasively in a highly eng-driven environment
At Waymo, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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