At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re working to build a future where everyone has the freedom to move, engage, and explore with a focus on reducing vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities. Join us in our mission to improve the quality of human life through advances in artificial intelligence, automated driving, robotics, and materials science. We’re dedicated to building a world of “mobility for all” where everyone, regardless of age or ability, can live in harmony with technology to enjoy a better life. Through innovations in AI, we’ll help…
- Develop vehicles incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the actions of the driver.
- Develop technology for vehicles and robots to help people enjoy new levels of independence, access, and mobility.
- Bring advanced mobility technology to market faster.
- Discover new materials that will make batteries and hydrogen fuel cells smaller, lighter, less expensive and more powerful.
- Develop human-centered AI systems to augment (not replace) human decision making to increase the quality of decisions (e.g. mitigate cognitive biases) and/or to facilitate faster innovation cycles.
Our work is guided by a dedication to safety – in both what we research and how we perform our research our goal is to benefit society. As a subsidiary of Toyota, TRI is fueled by a diverse and inclusive community of people who carry invaluable leadership, experience, and ideas from industry-leading companies. Over half of our technical team carries PhD degrees. We’re continually searching for the world’s best talent ‒ people who are ready to define the new world of mobility with us!
We strive to build a company that helps our people thrive, achieve work-life balance, and bring their best selves to work. At TRI, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds ‒ a fun environment with forward-thinking people who enjoy solving tough problems and the financial backing to successfully achieve our goals. Come work with TRI if you’re interested in transforming mobility through designing technology for safer cars, enabling the elderly to age in place, or designing alternative fuel sources. Start your impossible with us.
We are looking for experienced technical program managers who are passionate about developing and deploying technology that will improve the safety, accessibility, convenience, and efficiency of mobility solutions affecting millions of consumers. The technical program will work alongside experienced technical leaders from more than a dozen specialized engineering sub-teams to ensure overall coordination and delivery of individual subsystems and an integrated system. This includes synthesizing software and hardware integration project schedules, identifying and mitigating risks, and clearly communicating goals and status to project partners. The project spans numerous Toyota offices and time zones. Part of the job will be to keep all of the partners coordinated on project progress and deadlines.
These positions report to TRI’s Manager of Automated Driving Technical Program Management. Some domestic travel required (<20%) with potential for occasional international travel (1-2x per year).
Handle multiple projects within a multi-functional program to deliver capabilities and/or infrastructure to support automated driving objectives.
Organize and drive engineering teams to define software architecture, software design, develop, test and deploy in-car passenger user experience and automated driving capability.
Set, track and report status against scope, schedule, test plan and achievement objectives with members of the project team and broader organization/partners.
Identify, lead, track and communicate risks, opportunities, issues and changes to maintain project objectives and success.
Facilitate inter-team collaboration, performance, and productivity through clear communication of requirements, dependencies, and skills needed for success.
Produce and deliver executive-level presentations to successfully drive projects through review gates.
Lead delivery and consensus on technical decisions across multiple cross-functional teams (Engineering, Cloud, Simulation, Continuous Integration & DevOps, etc.) ensuring proper software engineering practices employed to deliver high quality, safety-critical releases
Support a Scrum-based, Agile development approach as appropriate for assigned projects and/or sub-teams. This may include developing and managing user stories, tasks, backlogs, sprints (including coordinating sprint planning, demos, and retrospectives). Possibly fulfilling the role of a ScrumMaster.
Coordinate with other project managers, program managers, product managers, systems engineers, software engineers, hardware engineers, researchers, suppliers, members of other Toyota divisions, and TRI’s executive team to ensure clear communication and efficient work flow.
Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering or equivalent work experience.
3+ years of aligned industry experience in running software development projects or programs
Experience leading multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to dive into technical details to coordinate plans and progress with individual contributors, technical leaders, and partners.
Experienced in Scrum-based Agile development including, but not limited to, managing user-stories, backlogs, sprints, retrospectives. (Possibly fulfilling the role of a ScrumMaster and/or Product Owner.)
Comfortable engaging, addressing and influencing company leadership ranging from individual contributors to Director and VP-level leaders.
Organized with excellent written & verbal communication skills, good attention to detail, social skills and having shown success in engineering leadership roles.
Experience influencing without authority, i.e., working with technical and multi-functional teams to get things done via individuals who officially report to another manager.
Thrives in ambiguity, setting own goals and effectively delivering to them in a very fast-changing environment.
Experience with Google’s G-Suite, Jira, Confluence, Slack, and video-conferencing tools.
5+ years of relevant (technical) program management experience.
Experience as TPM or directly managing engineers specific to Automotive, Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) or (ideally) Automated Driving systems.
Experience managing projects/programs within high-paced software development, startups, research & development organizations, or similar.
Experience with Portfolio for Jira, Jira Dashboards, and Jira Query Language (JQL).
Scrum or Agile certification (product owner, scrummaster, SAFe, LeSS, etc).
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