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Technical Program Manager, Avionics



IT, Operations
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The Avionics team is a multi-disciplinary hardware and software team responsible for designing robust avionics systems for our life-saving drone delivery service in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Zipline’s aircraft avionics must be successful in a wide range of challenging real-world climactic and EMI environments. Our team plays a vital role in system architecture - designing for performance and reliability, while minimizing mass and cost. A critical part of the team’s design responsibility is Zipline’s FAA-approved safety system to ensure the safety of employees, customers, and bystanders. Our sophisticated flight systems also require us to build custom solutions with high-performance embedded computing, high-speed communication buses interfacing to sensors, and tightly integrated radio systems.

As the Technical Program Manager for the Avionics team, you will be the focal point for coordinating resources across the electrical, mechanical, and software engineering sub teams working on the Avionics systems. You will work within the team and across engineering to align priorities, coordinate timelines, and lead complex scope, resource, and schedule trades. For those that are deeply excited about leading with influence and representing a global mission, this is an incredible opportunity to leverage your skillset.

What You'll Do

  • Manage the Avionics hardware and software roadmaps across programs: balance, drive, and align key features while surfacing gaps and mitigating risks to projects
  • Measure and improve development velocity: own engineering timelines, unblock teams, cross-check plans, and streamline cross-functional dependencies
  • Engage across the development lifecycle: from architecture reviews, through validation, and into volume production
  • Engage across electrical, mechanical, validation, and embedded software domains within Avionics to drive coherent execution across major projects
  • Translate and integrate company goals into larger Avionics execution strategy
  • Bring the right people together to make critical decisions, quickly

What You'll Bring

  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a technical program manager.
  • Past success in managing technical projects in fields such as automotive, aerospace, transportation, or medical devices.
  • Demonstrated skill in aligning priorities, coordinating timelines, and leading complex scope, resource, and schedule trades.
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating in a fast paced, cross-functional environment.
  • Clear communication skills and the ability to explain challenges and solutions to fellow engineers and non-engineers alike.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US.
  • Must be able to work in person at Zipline’s South San Francisco office.

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $130,000 - $165,000. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!