Staff Technical Program Manager, AI


  • 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.

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.

We are looking for a Staff Technical Program Manager to lead highly technical, executive-level cross-functional programs within Cruise for our driverless vehicles! In this role, you will partner with engineering teams critical to Cruise’s mission. The ideal candidate is someone that can align multiple groups and teams towards unified goals and drive progress towards meeting our company objectives. You will lead intra and intr-department cross-functional dependencies and relationships. This is a highly cross-functional role where you will be working with partners from across AD Tech including Directors and VPs.


  • Partner with leaders across Product Management, Program Management, and Engineering functions to document and supervise program requirements, and turn these into engineering work plans with clear cross-team dependencies

  • Drive the formulation and review of department roadmaps and objectives on a quarterly and ongoing cadence

  • Work with Engineering leaders to ensure teams address a balanced assignment of critical initiatives and proactive engineering excellence investments and ensure teams don't become overburdened


  • Ensure smooth execution of cross dependent programs and continuously improve execution over time

  • Ensure consistent delivery of critical projects that meet the companies objectives, identifying and removing organizational barriers to execution

  • Promote quality communication across departments to effectively complete and report progress, risks, and wins to an executive audience.

  • Lead and improve planning and execution processes at the intersection of multiple departments

  • Responsible for instrumenting monitoring to measure group efficiency and effectiveness

  • Establish confidence from partner teams to continuously minimize distractions or conflicts and push groups to increase their output


  • Be the point of contact for high visibility multi-functional workstreams by owning communication of team, initiative, and objective statuses to all partners, including senior management and executives

  • Build systems to coordinate the proactive identification, tracking, and resolution of risks across multiple engineering organizations.

  • Define and maintain a work breakdown structure and balance agile project management methodologies with overarching company program schedules

  • Coordinate with product and engineering management to measure progress towards our goals to ensure schedules are met and wins are celebrated

  • Use technical judgment in working with large, cross engineering teams to track dependencies and risks effectively

  • Ability to apply technical software or hardware development knowledge to collaborate closely with engineers and/or scientists to transform prototypes into shippable features


  • Serve as an embodiment of Cruise behaviors: Stay Safe, Own It, Stay Focused, Seek Truth, Work Together, Be Humble

  • Support the growth of the team, act as a mentor, and support onboarding processes and career development

What You Must Have:

  • Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, or similar technical field

  • 7+ years of technical industry experience, including as a TPM or equivalent technical leader

  • Proficient with Agile methodologies and JIRA based program management tools and standard methodologies

  • Experience improving and delivering reliable software through continuous integration, automated testing and code reviews

  • Track record of driving execution across large engineering organizations and driving teams towards the next level of difficulty

  • Experience leading sophisticated fast-paced critical initiatives spanning multiple teams and organizations, often with conflicting priorities and schedules

  • Experience building consensus across different functions and groups

  • Self-motivation and passion to lead end to end programs, encourage standard methodologies, and discover ways to constantly improve

The salary range for this position is $170,000 – 250,000. 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:

    • 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, 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

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.

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.