• Sr. Technical Program Manager

    Location US-MA-Cambridge
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/2/2018 3:27 PM)
    Job ID
    742039
    Company/Location (search) : Country (Full Name)
    United States
  • Job Description

    The Amazon Alexa (Speech) team is a group of developers and scientists working on audio, speech and natural language solutions that revolutionize how customers interact with Amazon’s products and services. The team’s mission is to push the envelope in automatic speech recognition (ASR) and our solutions are at the core of products such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV.


    Amazon is seeking a Sr. Technical Program Manager. In this role you will be responsible for scoping and delivering large projects end-to-end. You will align priorities across multiple engineer and science teams in different organizations and own initiation, tracking and delivery of features. 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 teams and our customers to develop optimal solutions. 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. You will communicate status to senior leadership and to stakeholders.

    The right candidate will possess a strong program management background, will have demonstrated experience leading medium to large projects. You will have a deep technical background in one or more of machine learning, speech recognition, systems programming, performance optimization and distributed system development. You must be able to thrive and succeed in an entrepreneurial environment, and not be hindered by ambiguity or competing priorities. You are able to drive alignment across a broad organization that may not be aligned on priorities, escalate when appropriate and deliver results. 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 Sr. TPM, you will anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make tradeoffs, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints. An ability to take large, complex projects and break them down into manageable pieces, develop functional specifications, then deliver them in a successful and timely manner is expected. Maturity, high judgment, negotiation skills, ability to influence, analytical talent and leadership are essential to success in this role.

    Prior experience with speech recognition or machine learning is desired but not required for this role. If you have deep technical expertise in the areas mentioned above and are interested in learning about speech recognition and machine learning, you are welcome to apply.

    Basic Qualifications

    • 5+ years of Technical Program Management experience in a related industry
    • 5+ years of coding experience in Java, C++ or Perl
    • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Math or related technical field
    • Experience managing one or more of machine learning applications, systems software or distributed systems
    • Experience with business applications such as Word, Excel and Project

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical individuals.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Track record for being detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and follow-through on projects




    Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Women / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.
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