• Senior Technical Program Manager

    Company/Location (search) UK-London
    Posted Date 2 months ago(10/29/2018 4:25 AM)
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    # Positions
    Position Category for Posting
    Software Development
    Company/Location (search) : Country (Full Name)
    United Kingdom
  • Job Description

    Alexa is the groundbreaking, cloud-based intelligent agent that powers Echo and other devices designed around your voice. Our teams are creating the speech recognition science and technology behind Alexa. Come join us! Our goal is to delight our customers by delivering the world’s best speech recognition powering the world’s best artificial intelligence.

    We are looking for a strongly technical, customer-focused Sr TPM with a start-up mentality and skills that span research science, software engineering, program management and strategic vision.

    In this role you will be responsible for scoping and delivering large projects end-to-end. Responsibilities include collection of business and systems requirements from internal and external customers, writing specifications, driving project schedules from design to release, and managing the production launch. You will lead and coordinate design/implementation efforts between internal teams and outside merchants and vendors to develop optimal solutions for new features, verticals, and markets. You will be expected to make appropriate tradeoffs to optimize time-to-market, clearly communicate goals, roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes to internal cross-functional and remote project teams.

    The right candidate will possess a strong program management background, will have demonstrated experience leading medium to large projects, and will have a well-rounded technical background in current web technologies. You must be able to thrive and succeed in an entrepreneurial environment, and not be hindered by ambiguity or competing priorities. This means you are not only able to develop and drive high-level strategic initiatives, but can also roll up your sleeves, dig in and get the job done.

    As a Senior TPM, you will be required to:
    · Anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make trade-offs, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints.
    · Drive large, complex projects and break them down into manageable pieces, develop functional specifications, then deliver them in a timely manner.
    · Drive communication and lead meetings with customers and executives
    Your program management and communication skills allows you to effectively drive written and verbal communication, to lead meetings with scientists, program managers, customers, and executives, and seamlessly adapt information for use by key stakeholders. Your domain knowledge enables you to translate feedback into actionable items for research and engineering teams.
    · Drive automation and standardization of processes for analyzing, building and deploying speech recognition models across products and locales
    Your software engineering and program management background allows you to drive design and implementation of fully automated pipelines working across products and locales. Your research background and start-up mentality informs you about the right trade-offs between a research and production platform. Your domain knowledge helps you to establish standardized data schemas and APIs across teams.
    · Drive and coordinate the development of new features for the speech recognition system
    Your research and speech recognition background enables you to define requirements on new features and data collections. Your program management skills and start-up mentality allow you to execute complex data collection and annotation tasks under tight time and resource constraints.

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, or equivalent.
    • Total 10+ years of industry experience in planning, tracking, and delivering software applications.
    • 3+ years' experience managing complex technology projects.
    • Experience with project delivery for large, cross functional projects.
    • Experience managing projects and teams in an Agile environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to simplify complex topics for broad audiences, both business and technical teams
    • Capable to taking initiative and working with minimal direction; self-starter even when assignments are vague or undefined
    • High attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master of Science in Computer Science, or equivalent.
    • A deep understanding of software development in a team, and a track record of shipping software on time.
    • Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive, and a track record of delivery.
    • Passion for building new products in a fast paced, team-oriented environment.
    • Understanding of system architecture and OO design. Experience in development of distributed/scalable systems and high-volume transaction applications

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