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Senior Director Program Management

At Bossa Nova we create service robots for the global retail industry. Our robots’ mission is to make large scale stores run efficiently by automating the collection and analysis of on-shelf inventory data using state of the art computer vision and artificial intelligence. We drive autonomously through aisles, navigating safely among customers and store associates. If we were a self- driving car we’d be operating at level 5 autonomy.

Oh, we should add, it’s real, happening today, you can meet our robots in some of the world’s biggest retailers.

Position: Sr Director Program Management

Location: San Francisco or Mountain View, CA

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer you will lead the Program Management Office (PMO) for the company. The major functions of this role encompass leading and growing the company’s program management team, refining our development process and owning the overall program schedules for our product offerings.

You will create and carry out processes that support high-level milestone execution in a fast paced, multi-disciplinary team. You'll set the tone for how programs are run and products are built.

Success in this role means building scalable processes which allow Bossa Nova to continue it’s rapid growth and customer expansion, and provides the right balance of structure vs agility and flexibility. As the senior PM leader, you will have the opportunity to craft this team and as a senior leader in the business you will interact significantly across all aspects of the business, both internally and externally facing.  


  • Establish processes for planning hardware and software engineering deliverables. communicate and enforce process.
  • Lead, recruit and work with a team of project managers on project estimation, resource coordination and scheduling.
  • Evaluate risks to program schedule and help to define and drive mitigation plans.
  • Deliver project status and risks to leadership team. Foster alignment across stakeholders of goals, objectives and timelines.
  • Set program/project management best practices and mentor team members.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience shipping products and working collaboratively with teams.
  • Experience leading program management for complex systems (hardware and software) required.
  • Leadership experience at senior level; proven success at recruiting and developing world class development teams.
  • Experience working in a dynamic engineering environment and real-time crisis management skills. Ability to parse tasks among HW, FW and SW and drive to closure
  • Proven ability to work with complex projects, especially with multi-product ecosystems.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability in risk management and mitigation.
  • Experience with (and opinions about) different engineering methodologies.
  • Experience in program and bug tracking systems. Jira and Confluence preferred
  • Program management of geographically dispersed teams preferred.
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