Technical Program Manager - Hardware

Foster City, CA
Advanced Hardware Engineering – Technical Program Management
As our technical program manager, you will support our hardware development effort. You will work cross-functionally with our engineering leaders across software, hardware, vehicle engineering, and product to help us achieve our strategic and tactical milestones. You will work with engineering teams to develop project schedules, identify milestones, flag risks, estimate budgets, and clearly communicate on-going progress.

Our hardware team is in charge of designing the custom hardware that goes into Zoox’s future fleet of self- driving robots. Everything from the low-level systems to the sensors both in and outside the robot are created in-house by our team of scrappy mechanical and electrical engineers. We need someone who can assist our team to keep all the circuit boards and assembly projects in order.

As with any startup, we move fast here at Zoox, and many candidates will be asked from time to time to wear many hats. We would love to hear from you if you are game for adapting to the challenges, taking on new roles as needed, and hitting deadlines. If you’re not shy about herding the cats and managing the chaos then this role was made for you!


    • Work with department leaders to translate the top-down corporate strategy and milestones into detailed product road maps, timelines, and deliverables
    • Work with cross-functional leaders and finance to define and then track resource requirements (headcount and budget)
    • Ensure every team understands what they need to deliver at all times
    • Define and manage process and regular meetings
    • Establish standard reports to provide concise and effective communications to key stakeholders on program status, issues/risks, and accomplishments
    • Ensure problems are transparent and risks are identified and proactively ensure that risk mitigating actions are on-going within the engineering teams
    • Set the agenda for key decisions to be made at each meeting to eliminate bottlenecks and retire risks
    • Support key decisions working cross-functionally across engineering, finance, and strategy to reach the right conclusions


    • BS or MS degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent experience
    • 5+ years of experience in engineering, program management, or management consulting
    • Experience with hardware development and manufacturing processes
    • Prior experience working with contract manufacturers (CMs)

Bonus Qualifications

    • Strong track-record in managing complex cross-functional projects
    • Proficient in tools required to manage complex projects (i.e. Gantt charts)
    • Strong references that highlight your ability to build strong working relationships with senior leaders and engineers across functions and departments
    • An ability to keep the big picture in focus and to provide clear, well-structured, and concise communications tailored to each appropriate audience
    • Ability to manage confidential information

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.