Technical Program Manager

Los Altos, CA; Cambridge, MA /
Core Engineering – Program Management /
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re pushing the boundaries in making mobility safer, helping people live independent and purposeful lives, designing alternative fuel sources, and amplifying decision making abilities. Join us in our mission to improve human life quality through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, we’ll help…

- Develop vehicle and robot technology to help people enjoy newer independence levels, access, and mobility.
- Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.
- Discover new materials making batteries and hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful.
- Develop human-centered AI systems that predict human behaviors to augment (not replace) human decision making to increase the quality of decisions (e.g. mitigate cognitive biases) and/or facilitate faster innovation cycles.

Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in what we research and how we perform our research to benefit society. TRI is a Toyota subsidiary, fueled by a diverse and inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries PhD degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us!

We strive for a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun environment with forward-thinking people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI and transform mobility through designing technology for safer cars, enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources. Start your impossible with us.

We’re seeking experienced technical program managers (TPMs) passionate about developing and deploying technology to improve safety, accessibility, convenience, and efficiency of mobility solutions affecting millions of consumers. The TPM works alongside Technical Leaders across multiple specialized engineering sub-teams ensuring overall coordination and delivery of individual subsystems and fully integrated systems. This includes synthesizing SW/HW integration project schedules, identifying/mitigating risks, and clearly communicating goals and status to project partners. The project spans numerous Toyota offices and time zones, keeping all partners coordinated on project progress/timelines.

Reports into TRI Product & Program Management Team. Some domestic travel required (<20%). Occasional international travel possible (1-2x per year).


    • Leading internal partnerships between Research and Core Engineering organization.
    • Help teams accelerate research by implementing standard methodologies, right-sizing to team needs in achieving measures of success (e.g., roadmap, tracking, communications, risk management, infrastructure/operational support).
    • Facilitate & lead inter-team collaboration, performance, and productivity through transparent communication of requirements, deliveries, dependencies and skills.
    • Support large-scaled central initiatives across Toyota divisions by identifying adoption interests, managing multi-functional dependencies, delivery timelines, facilitating the transfer of technology, developing POCs and models that can be transitioned or adopted in future products.
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Well versed in Scrum-based, Agile development practices in an agile environment, advocating right size solution, standard methodologies and tools for internal customers (primarily research teams)
    • Identify solution opportunities by using existing framework, industry practices and technology functions to help accelerate research at TRI.
    • Manage resource allocation & project pipelines.
    • Provide project reporting status, progress, risk reporting to all levels within the organization.

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering or equivalent work experience.
    • 5+ years of aligned industry experience leading multiple software development projects / programs concurrently.
    • 3+ years of experience as TPM, engineer, or engineering manager in Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), automated driving systems, perception, high-definition mapping, machine learning, and/or robotics systems.
    • Ability to dive into technical details to coordinate planning and progress with individual contributors, technical leaders, and partners.
    • Experienced in Scrum-based Agile development including leading user-stories, backlogs, sprint planning, retrospectives and possibly fulfilling the role of ScrumMaster / Product Owner.
    • Comfortable engaging, presenting to and influencing individual contributors and executive leadership.
    • Excellent written / verbal communication skills, attention to detail, interpersonal skills and proven success leading engineers.
    • Experience influencing without authority, i.e., working with multi-functional teams to get things done via individuals reporting elsewhere.
    • Thrives in ambiguity, setting own goals and effectively delivering to them in constantly evolving environment.
    • Experience with Google’s G-Suite, Jira, Confluence, Slack, and video-conferencing tools.

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