Program Manager, SMS Safety Risk Management


  • Full Time

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.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

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, join us.

We're Cruise, the driverless car company.

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.

We seek and embrace diversity in all of its forms. We continuously push ourselves to think differently and take ownership wherever it's needed. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed. If you share our passion for achieving what some say is impossible, join us.

About the role:

The Program Manager, SMS Safety Risk Management leads the development and implementation of the SMS Safety Risk Management program. This includes crafting and maintaining documents, tools, records and procedures to achieve the implementation and management of the program, and all the interactions with all SMS components. The Program Manager brings value to the team with Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) and Event Risk Classification (ERC) management and tracking, and Risk Register maintenance and reporting. This role also supports the comprehensive SMS structure by crafting trend reports and documenting processes and templates for the overall continuous improvement and positive performance of all components of Cruise’s (SMS).

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Manage the Safety Risk Management (SRM) program framework by improving and maintaining program elements, to include hazard identification, safety risk assessment, risk prioritization and decision making protocols within SMS framework.
  • Communicate and coordinate with SMS Ambassadors and Liaisons for the improvement of protocols and execution of SRM.
  • Interface and align SMS SRM elements with other teams across Cruise.
  • Build the SRM procedures, tools and risk register in coordination with Cruise SMEs and Safety Reps to identify, track, trend and report out on safety risk across the organization.
  • Interpret data outputs from Cruise safety programs to provide strategic information for leadership decision making.
  • Provide quality control review and oversight of products resulting from SRM processes.
  • Provide expertise and assist with the development of training and communication materials for SMS.

You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • Proven experience of 5+ years with SMS, Operational Safety, Safety Risk Management Programs and/or similar safety programs in a safety critical industry: Automotive, Nuclear, Aviation or similar
  • Experience implementing SMS and/or programs which support SMS within an operational organization
  • Experience leading sophisticated fast-paced safety critical initiatives impacting multiple teams and organizations, often with conflicting priorities and schedules
  • 5 Years of proven track record in facilitating and/or performing system analysis, risk analysis and/ or Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs)

Bonus points!

  • Experience working with Engineering or Human Factors
  • Masters in Operations, Aviation, Safety or any related field
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills; ability to collaborate with various and diverse set of groups and individuals
  • Highly organized with excellent time management and ability to excel in a collaborative and dynamic environment with a growing organization
  • Understanding of project management principles and proficiency in facilitating cross functional groups or activities

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
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex – a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • 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 & 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.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) – a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.

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, 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

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.

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At Cruise, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #StaySafe culture transcends and informs all we do, and because of this, as of October 31, 2021 Cruise will be mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all US-based Cruisers who need or want to access any of our US Cruise facilities and engage in any business travel — including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event. 

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a strongly-held religious belief, Cruise will consider requests for an accommodation.

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.