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Technical Program Manager (R2725)

Shield AI

Shield AI

IT, Operations
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024
We are looking for an exceptional Technical Program Manager to manage our next-generation autonomous aircraft development programs. You will be responsible for planning and managing the schedule, cost, development, and delivery of strategic products to customers. This role requires a versatile individual who can understand the aviation autonomy market and empathize with users, plan and manage a complex software development program, and make difficult and informed decisions regarding integrated hardware, software, and systems engineering efforts.
The ideal candidate will maintain ownership over the product lifecycle, proactively engage and align stakeholders, demonstrate exceptional levels of communication, and ensure on-time and on-target delivery of product to customers.


  • Coordinate engineering execution and operations hand-offs to crush schedule, cost, performance objectives.
  • Establish clear objectives: Work closely with product managers, and technical leads to establish clear objectives traceable to mission impact, strategic impact, financial outcomes, and program objectives.
  • Project Management: Define project plans including milestones, timelines, and interdependencies. Estimate, allocate, and track resources. Establish efficient and effective battle rhythm for communication, coordination, decision making, quality control, and work-product delivery
  • Drive Timely, High Quality, Critical Decisions: While TPMs aren't expected to design systems, they shall possess a strong technical understanding to drive the process of swift, rigorous, good technical decision making.
  • Communicate with excellence: Ensure stakeholders with dependencies are aware of status, milestones, and any challenges. Ensure suppliers understand stakes, intent, and expectations.
  • Empower the team: Obsess over whether your teams are empowered with a) the time, information, and tools to be effective b) clear and appropriate accountability, authority, and resourcing c) effective, efficient, swift processes and policies. Destroy obstacles to progress – anything that diminishes the capabilities of the team.
  • Deliver outcomes: Oversee and material contribute to the curation and creation of technical documentation to ensure engineering outputs are properly delivered to “customer” organizations. RTM packages, Work Instructions, Engineering Change Orders, Service Bulletins, Flight Crew Information Files, Flight Manuals and Service Manuals.


  • Bachelor’s or MastersDegree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in technical program management or managing product development lifecycles
  • Proven track record of leading and facilitating cross-functional teams to successfully bringing products to market.
  • Self-starter with a proven track record of forging clarity and structure in the face of ambiguous or dynamic constraints.
  • World-class analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize disparate viewpoints to deliver well-informed, data-backed decisions.
  • Relentless learner who can develop specialized knowledge in niche domains.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Experiencing owning and driving technical projects that balance engineering development realities against the speed of business growth.
  • Experience translating technical information and customer needs into comprehensible product narratives.
  • Experience conducting product, technology, and market discovery with subject matter experts.
  • Eligible to obtain and maintain a U.S. Secret clearance.
  • Defense, national security, or aerospace domain familiarity through employment or education.