Quantum Systems Engineering & Architecture Manager

Berkeley, CA
Engineering Strategy – Systems Engineering & Architecture
The Systems Engineering & Architecture Manager is responsible for establishing and coordinating the process to design, create, and integrate dozens of technical components to deliver the world’s most powerful computers. This experienced engineer works cross-functionally across the computing stack to translate strategic direction into an inspiring technical roadmap. The Systems Engineering & Architecture Manager is part of the Engineering Strategy team and works closely with the Chief Quantum Engineer and Chief Architect to manage the process of scoping requirements, managing critical resources, and treating risks throughout the lifecycle of complex technical products.


    • Facilitate the process to translate product ideas, concepts, and requirements into system requirements
    • Create and convene the systems architecture and engineering workgroup whose objective is to scope requirements and then identify, forecast, and manage milestones, risks, and resources in support of achieving strategic objectives
    • Collaborate to design and integrate projects and components that comprise a hybrid quantum-classical computing system
    • Administer the portfolio of trade studies to test assumptions, validate theories, and model and simulate engineering and architecture decisions
    • Manage the systems development life cycle including rapid iterations to design, develop, deliver, test, and evaluate components and systems for implementation
    • Surface ideas and facilitate prioritizing and selecting concepts to accelerate innovation for current and future systems; establish and manage processes to advance and integrate promising concepts into the technical roadmap
    • Inventory, monitor, and treat risks
    • Create optionality to maximize expected value of future systems
    • Facilitate broad employee engagement in the systems planning process
    • Advance scientific understanding toward engineered systems that are built and sustained by a broad workforce
    • Develop a nimble technical problem-solving capacity
    • Develop evaluation tools, interpret data, assess program performance to drive rapid iterative development and to optimize results
    • Coordinate with the product management and program management teams to align customer and business strategy objectives
    • Resolve differences, adapt to unexpected events, and facilitate change to achieve outcomes; provide timely guidance to cross-functional stakeholders
    • Establish and manage expectations and relationships across the company to achieve program goals
    • Capture and implement learning to improve engineering approaches
    • Deliver tools that provide insight on program status to a variety of stakeholders


    • You have experience as an RF engineer OR you may be an accomplished mechanical, electrical, industrial, aeronautical, computer, or systems engineer
    • Demonstrated success as a technical program manager
    • Experience as a supervisor or empowered cross-functional leader
    • Thorough understanding of systems engineering techniques and methods
    • Excellent knowledge of change management principles and organizational dynamics
    • Robust communication skills with both senior executives and technical experts
    • Ability to identify, prioritize, and solve critical challenges in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment
    • You initiate and manage new projects with little guidance or supervision
    • A flexible mindset to tailor processes to various team cultures and needs
    • High emotional intelligence, including the ability to inspire and influence peers


    • Bachelor's degree in math, science, engineering, or related technical field
    • PMP certification
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Rigetti Computing offers a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare coverage. For more information, refer to our Careers page.


Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA. We design and manufacture superconducting quantum integrated circuits. We package and deploy those chips in a low-temperature environment, and we build control systems to perform quantum logic operations on them. We build software to integrate our systems directly into existing cloud infrastructure.

Our product, Quantum Cloud Services, is the world’s first full-stack programming and execution environment for quantum/classical computing. QCS includes Quil (quantum instruction language), our programming standard for quantum/classical computing.

We were founded by Chad Rigetti in 2013, and today employ over 100 people, about 40 of whom hold PhDs in physics, computer science, math, chemistry or engineering.

For more information, refer to our About page.