Staff Technical Product Manager, AV Acceleration Tools


  • 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.

About the AV Product group:

Our group leads product strategy for Cruise's core technology – the software that runs on Cruise's vehicles enabling them to drive autonomously and safely. We chart the course toward launching and scaling our AVs globally, and are responsible for leading the company to fulfill this mission by partnering closely with engineering, data science, program, operations and commercial teams. Do you want to work with products that change the world for the better? Our team is at the core of making self-driving cars a reality!


About the Role: 

As a Staff Technical Product Manager, AV Acceleration Tools in the AV Product group, you will be responsible for owning the strategy, product vision, roadmap and outcomes for one or more of the internal tools used by thousands of AV engineers. These internal AV Acceleration tools are critical to the success of Cruise’s expansion goals, and help speed up AV development, while ensuring safety, reducing time to market and cost. You will focus on solving problems globally, optimizing across various areas (like AI, Robotics, Safety and Systems, Test tooling) within Cruise's AV software stack to enable autonomous driving capabilities on the road across multiple vehicle platforms. 


Cruise launched the first driverless ride-hail service to San Francisco in Q1 2022, and we’re looking at expanding the service and offerings to new markets, on new vehicle platforms. You will be helping us get there: defining key pieces of our AV development and testing strategy to expand to these markets, and set the groundwork for scaling by increasing the efficiency of technical solutions in our current SF and Phoenix markets.


You will serve as a leader within the AV product team, evolving our innovation practice as we go to market. Collaborating broadly across engineering departments, you'll apply cutting-edge technology to increase the AV driving safety and quality across geo-spatial domains and scene contexts. 


What you'll be doing:

  • Define the vision, strategy and roadmap for your product areas; applying extensive knowledge in complex technical products to set direction in a research setting with significant experimentation.

  • Communicate roadmaps, priorities, experiments, and decisions clearly across a wide spectrum of audiences from internal customers to executives.

  • Synthesize technical and analytical insights into PRDs and requirements that provide partners with a clear understanding of what to do and why.

  • Lead executives and key partners through sophisticated decisions to drive progress toward our strategic goals.

  • Partner closely with Engineering, Program management, Data Science, Commercial operations, Systems Engineering and Consumer Product to define goals and the roadmap needed to reach them.

  • Identify and lead improvements to the team's innovation and approach enabling us to scale our team and impact.

  • Exemplify outstanding product development and management practices in everything you touch.


What you have:

  • 6+ years of product management experience delivering highly impactful and innovative products at scale

  • Proven success leading highly technical (robotics, machine learning or computer vision) products

  • Experience formulating and driving a principled product vision, and being responsible for the narrative with leadership and key team members

  • Experience leading product development from zero to first release and beyond

  • Ability to generate crucial product insights through quantitative and qualitative analysis

  • In-depth knowledge of modern software development and machine learning engineering practices

  • Outstanding communication skills: verbal and written, with engineers, non-technical partners, and executives

  • Thrive in ambiguity, crafting simplicity and order

  • Creativity and curiosity: you're driven to find novel solutions and push forward an entire industry


The salary range for this position is $193,900 – 285,000. 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:
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • 401(k) match 
    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays. 
    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave
    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).
    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks 
    • 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.
  • 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. 

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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. 

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