2021-03-30 Waymo
Product Operations Manager, Autonomous Software Validation
Chandler, Arizona, United States
Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the World’s Most Experienced Driver in hopes of improving the world's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. Our Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, our fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 20 billion miles of simulation testing.

The Waymo Product Operations team is the glue amongst Product, Engineering, Strategy, Business Development and Operations to ensure the launch and smooth operations of Waymo objectives. The team is also responsible for ensuring that Waymo Operations has the tools and technology infrastructure to be successful.  Product Operations interfaces closely with Product and Engineering teams to set and execute the vision and roadmap for software and hardware required to support Waymo’s  objectives and the Operations team.  This includes building the technical infrastructure to support vehicle operations, customer support, and driving operations.

As a Product Operations Manager, you will partner with Operations Leadership, Product Managers, and Engineering Managers to envision, build and execute on a variety of strategic initiatives needed  to enable Waymo to operate safely, efficiently, and at scale in three exciting industries: ridesharing, trucking, and delivery.  This is a critical, senior-level position in which you will be expected to re-imagine how software development, validation and mileage testing/requirements tie together and how they can be improved through the lens of Waymo’s leading autonomous driving technology.

In this role you will:

  • Drive process improvement and automation strategies to help ensure the efficient delivery of manual and autonomous testing mileage to continuously improve the Waymo Driver.
  • Work with Data scientists, Product Managers and Engineering to lay out strategy and plan for autonomous driving software validation through large scale mileage collection and other innovative initiatives.
  • Work with Product Managers, Engineers and Operations teams to envision, prioritize, and execute the long-term strategy and near-term roadmap for tools that enable scalable businesses built on Waymo autonomous driving technology.
  • Write high-quality strategy and business requirements documents to convey operational needs to Product & Engineering teams.
  • Lead cross-functional stakeholder groups (Operations, Product, Eng, TPM, Legal, Security, etc.) on go-to-market plans for new product and feature launches.
  • Continually refine and improve the technology that supports Waymo Operations through internal and external customer feedback and an agile build-test-learn-iterate framework.
  • Regularly present your work to Waymo leadership and various stakeholder groups.

At a minimum, we'd like you to have:

  • 5+ years experience in Product Operations Management, Product Management, Technical Program Management, or Strategy and Operations at a relevant technology company.
  • Understanding and experience driving software development life-cycle (requirements, design, development, test, release, and post-launch analysis) and ability to contribute to architecture and system design discussions.
  • Highly analytical: Comfortable pulling data and modeling business problems in Excel and leveraging data to derive actionable insights to manage a business area.
  • Ability to manage time and priorities effectively in a fast-paced and sometimes ambiguous startup environment.
  • Solid experience planning for and managing several large-scale, complex technical projects and coordinating cross functional project members to deliver quality results on time.
  • Excellent relationship building, collaboration, consultation and influencing skills.
  • Excellent written and oral business communication and people skills. 

It's preferred if you have:

  • Degree(s) in Computer Science/Engineering or related technical field
  • MBA from a top-ranked program
  • Experience working with internet technologies, scripting/programming languages and/or databases, such as SQL, Python, HTTP, JavaScript, HTML, Cookies, XML


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