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Senior Program Manager

Brain Corporation is a San Diego-based AI company that specializes in the development of self-driving technology. Our AI tech represents the next generation of artificial brains for robots - it enables machines to perceive, learn, and navigate complex environments, while avoiding people and obstacles. We partner with commercial equipment manufacturers, and global consumer electronics brands, to transform their products into self-driving robots.

We are seeking a passionate, experienced full-time Senior Program Manager to join our Program Office team. The ideal candidate will have a technical background and a proven track record of running highly complex commercial product development projects. To be successful, you will need to seamlessly blend various project management methodologies, processes, and tools between multiple partners to achieve a common goal. This is a high visibility role and needs a dynamic individual to drive progress on major company initiatives.

Task & Responsibilities

  • Primary cross-functional lead for a multiple strategically important time sensitive programs, coordinating local/partners project tasks, deliverables, and activities with multiple partner teams for full scale and derivative product development.
  • Lead complex product development involving software, electro-mechanical hardware, firmware design, integration, testing and commercial product launch.
  • Develop, maintain, and track project schedules, technical/capital and resource requirements, and other KPIs to ensure project is completed on time, on spec, and on quality
  • Responsible for developing, aligning, and meeting expectations of the overall program.
  • Act as liaison and main point of contact with technical project leads both internal and from partner organizations on program
  • Ensure timely and effect communication with partners 
  • Proactively identify potential issues and help develop mitigation options
  • Coordinate activities with the technical SW, HW, TE, SWQA, NPI teams and track progress
  • Understand the big-picture and ensure detail tasks are aligned

What you need

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical field related to robotics (EE, ME, CS, CE, etc.)
  • 10+ years project/program leadership at a professional level
  • 5+ years doing Software, Hardware design or suitable technical responsibility in product development
  • Proven success running large complex projects
  • Commercial product development experience from requirement to production release
  • Both Phase-Gate and Agile process experience
  • Proven experience in process development - Development, QA, CM, NPI
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Natural peer and team leadership skills
  • Calm under pressure, ability to identify and eloquently manage conflicting constraints
  • Desire work in a highly visible and critical role

Things that make a difference

  • Experience in SWQA project leadership – Test plans and execution
  • Experience working with ODM/OEMs and Contract manufacturers
  • Hands on experience in SW or HW design

This position is located in our San Diego Headquarters and reports to the Senior Director of Program Management Office. Travel is estimated to be <10% time.

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