Jobs for Developers

Staff Technical Product Manage - Developer Platform

CruiseSan Francisco, CaliforniaFull-time$161k - $237kOct 20, 2023
Apply for this job

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

As a Staff Technical Product Manager for Developer Platform at Cruise, you will help build the future of our software delivery lifecycle platform. You’ll own both the compute layers that power Cruise’s scaled build, test & simulation platform, as well as the developer experience for this software delivery lifecycle. Our ideal candidate will be technically adept and metrics driven, with outstanding communication skills, executive presence, and customer obsession.

Cruise rapidly develops new autonomous capabilities while ensuring maximum safety of our technology. Our developer platform enables engineering teams to iterate rapidly and thoroughly vet their software.

We're seeking an expert in developer platforms with a robust understanding of cloud computing (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) and build, test & observability tools. Your mandate is to accelerate the development of new autonomous capabilities by delivering solid tools for the software delivery lifecycle that machine learning engineers as well as other platform teams utilize. You’ll leverage your technical expertise plus developer acumen to figure out how to optimize the compute and experience for maximum productivity. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Drive the product vision and strategy for Cruise’s build, test & observability tools, informed by a deep understanding of customer needs, product analytics, industry innovations, and a strong grasp of cloud computing (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) and developer tools (Jenkins, Buildkite, Datadog, New Relic).

  • Partner closely with senior engineering teams to define and align on KPIs and roadmaps that ensure high productivity of Cruise’s machine learning and other platform engineers.

  • Develop product roadmaps in collaboration with relevant product and engineering teams that execute on product vision and strategy.

  • Define success metrics for our products and drive the execution and continuous evaluation of these metrics.

  • Create strong partnerships with our engineers, forming continuous feedback loops that enable a better understanding and solution of their problems.

  • Source input from multiple channels to ensure that we're solving the most impactful problems and prioritizing effectively to drive maximum impact.

  • Thoughtfully address product lifecycle and adoption/migration experience for the products you own, providing clear guidance and recommendations to our engineers.

What you must have:

  • 5+ years of product management experience delivering highly impactful and innovative developer tools at scale

  • Proven expertise in leading highly technical developer platforms, with a special focus on software delivery lifecycle

  • Strong familiarity with cloud computing, especially VM and compute management on platforms like GCP, Azure and AWS

  • Solid understanding of open source and vendor tools for build (e.g. Jenkins, Buildkite, Docker), test, and observability (e.g. Datadog, New Relic)

  • Thorough experience in setting and improving KPIs for developer productivity

  • Basic understanding of machine learning workflows

  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and champion a compelling product vision for developer tools, communicating this effectively with leadership and key team members.

  • Robust experience in collaborating with cross-functional teams, particularly Engineers in a range of product areas, from platforms to apps to machine learning.

  • Proficiency in deriving key product insights from quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity, crafting simplicity and structure in complex scenarios.

  • An innate sense of curiosity and creativity, driven by the desire to discover novel solutions and advance the industry.

The salary range for this position is $161,500 - $237,500. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks available for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. - learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private - learn more about RLO here
  • We’re Safety Conscious

    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email [email protected].

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Candidates applying for roles that operate and remotely operate the AV: Licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding your application, currently holding an active in-state regular driver’s license or equivalent, and no more than one point on driving record. A successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV Motor Vehicle Record check is also required.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners. 

Alternative Jobs