Senior Technical Program Manager - Alexa Product Advisor, Alexa Product Advisor

Employer
Amazon
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
17 Jul 2022

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Job summary
'Product Advisor' is our effort within Alexa Shopping to make Alexa the world's most knowledgeable expert on all products and services, helping customers with all their purchasing needs. Our vision for Alexa is to help customers, as their favourite Product Advisor, in their home (e.g. via Echo Family Devices), on Amazon (e.g. on the Amazon mobile app or Desktop), and on the go, in all stages of their shopping journey. This includes providing inspiration and assisting in product discovery, where customers' specific needs are not crystallised yet ("What are the best noise cancelation headphones?") and offering proactive help, where Alexa can predict customers' needs ("There is a new answer to a question you asked on Amazon").
The Contextual Product Q&A team in London is looking for a strongly technical, customer-focused Senior Technical Program Manager with a start-up mentality and skills that span software engineering, research science, program management, and strategic vision.
In this role you will be responsible for scoping and delivering large programs end-to-end to enable customers to have natural, engaging conversations with Alexa about products they have discovered or about to buy.
Responsibilities include collection of business and systems requirements, writing specifications, driving project schedules from design to release, and managing the production launch. You will lead and coordinate design and implementation efforts between teams across Amazon to develop optimal solutions for new features, verticals, and marketplaces. You will be expected to make appropriate trade-offs to optimize time-to-market, clearly communicate goals, roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes to internal cross-functional and remote project teams.
As a Sr Technical Program Manager you will:
• Work closely with Software Managers, Product Managers, Engineers and scientists to drive architecture, engineering, product designs, decisions, and timelines.
• Develop and execute project plans and run the day-to-day Agile project activities across the Contextual Q&A group
• Own the stakeholder relationships with the group's customers and dependencies.
• Assess and mitigate risks, anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make trade-offs, and balance business needs versus technical constraints to optimise risk taking and maximise business benefit.
• Drive communication, collaboration, and commitment across multiple disparate stakeholders with competing priorities.
• Report on development status, quality, operations, and system performance.
• Communicate in person and writing to technical staff and management up to the VP level.
• Mentor and coach technical staff of on good communication and project management skills.
• Tackle challenging, novel situations every day. Along the way, we guarantee that you'll learn a lot, have fun and make a positive impact on millions of people.
Amazon is an equal opportunities employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on objective criteria including your experience and skills. We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. We welcome applications from all sections of society irrespective of colour, race, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, disability, age or trade union membership. Please let us know if you have any special requirements in relation to this recruitment process.
Basic Qualifications
• Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, or equivalent.
• 5+ years of industry experience in planning, tracking, and delivering software applications.
• 3+ years' experience managing complex technology projects.
• Experience with project delivery for large, cross functional projects.
• Experience managing projects and teams in an Agile environment.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to simplify complex topics for broad audiences, both business and technical teams.
• Capable of taking initiative and working with minimal direction; a self-starter even when assignments are vague or undefined.
• High attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Preferred Qualifications
• A deep understanding of software development in a team, and a track record of shipping software on time.
• Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive, and a track record of delivery.
• Passion for building new products in a fast paced, team-oriented environment.
• Experience in development of distributed, scalable systems and high-volume transaction applications.
Basic qualifications
· Experience managing technical programs across cross functional teams, building processes and coordinating release schedules
· Experience owning roadmap strategy and definition
· Experience working directly with engineering teams
· System design experience
Preferred qualification
· Strong quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills
· The ability to communicate, persuade and influence, both verbally and in writing
· A Master's Degree in Business or Engineering
· Experience launching consumer-facing products and services in high growth environment
· Agile product development experience and skill
· A deep empathy for the customer's experience, and the ability to translate it into new features, products, and businesses
Amazon is an equal opportunities employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. Protecting your privacy and the security of your data is a longstanding top priority for Amazon. Please consult our Privacy Notice to know more about how we collect, use and transfer the personal data of our candidates.
Amazon is an equal opportunities employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. Protecting your privacy and the security of your data is a longstanding top priority for Amazon. Please consult our Privacy Notice (https://www.amazon.jobs/en/privacy_page) to know more about how we collect, use and transfer the personal data of our candidates.

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