United States, California, Palo Alto, United States

Posted on: 2022-05-12

Category: emobility

Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:



Salary not provided

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Self-Driving

About the company:

Doing something different is never easy. It requires courage, optimism and grit. Core to our mission is building a team of adventurous individuals determined to make a positive impact on the world. This means challenging ourselves constantly. Stretching beyond the bounds of conventional thinking. Reframing old problems. Seeking new solutions. And operating comfortably in a space of uncertainty. While our backgrounds are diverse, our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. Do you like doing the impossible? We’d love to hear from you.

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

We are seeking a Technical Program Manager to join our self-driving team and support our software team. You will work with highly talented leads and engineers to manage the team’s scope, schedule and dependencies 

The right candidate will be an excellent communicator with proven industry experience in successfully leading software teams and delivering complex software projects.


  • Plan, create and maintain complex software schedules for multiple programs.
  • Create and execute work streams for Agile SW development teams based on program needs.
  • Collaborate with different engineering managers, technical leads and developers in establishing agile processes that meets the team and programs needs.
  • Work closely with cross-functional stakeholders like hardware, software, test and other partners in identifying team’s dependencies and effectively removing bottlenecks.
  • Anticipate and identify risks, develop actionable mitigation strategies that sets up the team for success .
  • Lead bug scrub meetings with the team and represent the team cross-functionally.
  • Provide strong leadership by reframing problems when the team is faced with ambiguity, obstacles/deadlocks and steer them towards solving prioritized problems.
  • Expertly manage stakeholder expectations for both technical and non-technical issues, when the team encounters challenging issues or obstacles.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science or Engineering, Electrical engineering or other related technical fields.
  • 2+ years of proven industry experience in successfully leading strong technical software teams or program management teams, and delivering complex software projects.
  • 3+ years of experience in Automotive or related industries.
  • Proven technology and technical program management expertise in delivering new technologies and products, and in managing teams in matrix organizations across multiple locations.
  • Experienced with agile processes and running scrum meetings.
  • Excellent communication, organization and collaborative skills.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience in ADAS, Autonomous vehicle systems and/or sensors is a plus.
  • Experience in rapidly growing businesses that have expanded globally.
  • Experience with leading hardware projects is a plus.
  • Experience with JIRA and Confluence.

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at [email protected].


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