Technical Program Manager, Software

Wayve

Wayve

IT, Operations
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Who are we

Established in 2017, Wayve is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, driven by breakthroughs in Embodied AI. Our intelligent, mapless, and hardware-agnostic technologies empower vehicles to navigate complex environments effortlessly.

Supported by prominent investors, Wayve is advancing the transition from assisted to fully automated driving, making transportation safer, more efficient, and universally accessible. Join our world-class, multinational team of engineers and researchers as we push the boundaries of frontier AI and autonomous driving, creating impactful technologies and products on a global scale.

Where you will have an impact

As a Technical Program Manager working with our Software organisation, you will be responsible for ensuring our core development teams are able to efficiently develop and ship the world’s first AV2.0 Driver.

Working closely with Wayve’s Engineering and Program leaders, you will enable our multi-disciplinary research and development teams to build and iterate fast.

In this role you will grow with the company and be critical in establishing what good delivery looks like across Wayve. You will also act as a coach to others, driving a delivery-mindset and embedding good practices across teams.

Challenges you will own

You will be part of managing program delivery with the Software organisation, consisting of:

  1. Engineering Infrastructure: building and maintaining the platforms and tooling required to train and validate ML models at scale
  2. Onboard Systems: hardware bring-up and management; platform for inference and control; remote system management
  3. Embodied AI Development: feature development for commercial autonomy products
  4. Evaluation and Validation: workflows for fast experimentation, evaluation and reliable production delivery
  • Drive the end-to-end planning, execution, and delivery of software programs, ensuring adherence to project timelines, budget, and quality standards.
  • Collaborate with program managers, product managers, software engineers, and other teams to define clear program requirements, scope, and success criteria.
  • Develop and maintain detailed project plans, identifying dependencies, risks, and mitigation strategies.
  • Drive effective communication and coordination among team members and stakeholders to ensure project progress, risks, and issues are properly addressed.
  • Track project milestones and deliverables, providing regular updates to senior management and key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration, ensuring clarity, alignment and synergy among different teams.
  • Identify and resolve project-related issues and risks, proactively addressing any obstacles to project success.
  • Lead regular program reviews and provide status updates to relevant stakeholders, addressing any program-related issues, risks, and challenges.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, leveraging lessons learned from previous programs to enhance future project execution.

This role will be based in our London King’s Cross HQ, but we are open to discussing hybrid roles for the right candidate.

What you will bring to Wayve

We understand that everyone has a unique set of skills and experiences and that not everyone will meet all of the requirements listed below. If you’re passionate about self-driving cars and think you have what it takes to make a positive impact on the world, we encourage you to apply.

  • You have at least 5 years of experience as a Technical Program Manager or similar role, working closely with multi-disciplinary engineering teams to successfully develop and ship products at an early stage of maturity.
  • You have a strong technical background, with a solid understanding of software and systems engineering principles and technologies.
  • You have a deep understanding of software development lifecycle and methodologies, with a track record of leading software programs using agile or iterative approaches.
  • You embrace the challenge of learning new technical concepts and requirements quickly, translating them into actionable work plans.
  • You have strong problem-solving and analytical abilities, with a detail-oriented mindset.
  • You have exceptional project management skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks, manage resources effectively, and deliver results within tight deadlines.
  • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building strong relationships with technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • You get energy from enabling and coaching others.
  • You have a bias for action and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, adapting quickly to changing priorities.
  • You are deeply curious about building something new and relish the idea of helping to define AV2.0 and how we build it.
  • You consider yourself to have an optimistic and open-minded attitude towards solving problems and want to take on the challenge of AVs: the space-race of our generation!

This is our ideal candidate, but by no means the only candidate; we all have different strengths. If you don’t match 100% but believe you could do the job well, we would love to hear from you.

What we offer you

  • The chance to be part of a truly mission driven organisation and an opportunity to shape the future of autonomous driving. Unlike our competitors, Wayve is still relatively small and nimble, giving you the chance to make a huge impact.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits.
  • A dynamic and fast-paced work environment in which you will grow every day - learning on the job, from the brightest minds in our space, and with support for more formal learning opportunities too.
  • A culture that is ego-free, respectful and welcoming (of you and your dog) - we even eat lunch together every day.
  • Benefits such as an onsite chef, workplace nursery scheme, private health insurance, cycle scheme, therapy, yoga, two onsite bars, large social budgets.
  • This is a full-time role based in our office in London. At Wayve we want the best of all worlds so we operate a hybrid working policy that combines time together in our offices and workshops to fuel innovation, culture, relationships and learning, and time spent working from home. We also operate core working hours so you can be where you need to be for family and loved ones too. Teams determine the routines that work best for them.

At Wayve we're committed to creating a diverse, fair and respectful culture that is inclusive of everyone based on their unique skills and perspectives, and regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, ethnicity, age, religious belief, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

DISCLAIMER: We will not ask about marriage or pregnancy, care responsibilities or disabilities in any of our job adverts or interviews. However, we do look to capture information about care responsibilities, and disabilities among other diversity information as part of an optional DEI Monitoring form to help us identify areas of improvement in our hiring process and ensure that the process is inclusive and non-discriminatory.

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