Technical Programme Manager, Automotive



London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Who are we?

Our team is the first in the world to use autonomous vehicles on public roads using end-to-end deep learning. With our multi-national world-class technical team, we’re building things differently.

We don’t think it’s scalable to tell an algorithm how to drive through hand-coded rules and expensive HD maps. Instead, we believe that using experience and data will allow our algorithms to be more intelligent: capable of easily adapting to new environments.

Our aim is to be the future of self-driving cars: the first to deploy in 100 cities across the world bringing autonomy to everyone, everywhere.

The impact you will have

As a Technical Program Lead working with our Software organisation, you will be responsible for ensuring our core development teams are able to ship the world’s first AV2.0 Driver as an automotive product.

Working closely with Wayve’s Engineering and Program leaders, you will enable our multi-disciplinary Software and Robotics teams to deliver automotive grade products.

In this role you will grow with the company and be critical in establishing what good delivery looks like across Wayve. You will also act as a coach to others in a delivery-mindset to help teams be self-sufficient in good practices and function better.

This means you will:

  • Drive the end-to-end planning, execution, and delivery of automotive software products, ensuring adherence to project timelines, budget, and quality standards like ASPICE and ISO26262.
  • Represent Wayve in front of customers and lead automotive programs from the early stage of planning to production.
  • Collaborate with program managers, product managers, software engineers, and other teams to define clear program requirements, scope, and success criteria.
  • Develop and maintain detailed project plans, identifying dependencies, risks, and mitigation strategies.
  • Drive effective communication and coordination among team members and stakeholders to ensure project progress, risks, and issues are properly addressed.
  • Track project milestones and deliverables, providing regular updates to senior management and key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate cross-functional collaboration, ensuring clarity, alignment and synergy among different teams.
  • Identify and resolve project-related issues and risks, proactively addressing any obstacles to project success.
  • Lead regular program reviews and provide status updates to relevant stakeholders, addressing any program-related issues, risks, and challenges.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement, leveraging lessons learned from previous programs to enhance future project execution.

You will be essential to Wayve’s mission, deeply enjoy what you do, take immense pride in being a small part of something big, and love pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

This role will be based in our London King’s Cross HQ, but we are open to discussing hybrid roles for the right candidate.

About you

  • You have at least 5 years of experience as a Technical Program Manager for ADAS, L2 or L3 programs and successfully shipped automotive software to production.
  • You have a strong technical background, with a solid understanding of AD systems and software stacks.
  • You have worked at a Tier1 or OEM and are familiar with the lifecycle of automotive series programs from planning to production.
  • You have a deep understanding of software development methodologies, with a track record of leading software programs using agile or iterative approaches.
  • You are familiar with ASPICE and ISO26262
  • You have strong problem-solving and analytical abilities, with a detail-oriented mindset.
  • You have exceptional project management skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks, manage resources effectively, and deliver results within tight deadlines.
  • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building strong relationships with technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • You get energy from enabling and coaching others.
  • You have a bias for action and thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, adapting quickly to changing priorities.
  • You are deeply curious about building something new and relish the idea of helping to define AV2.0 and how we build it.
  • You consider yourself to have an optimistic and open-minded attitude towards solving problems and want to take on the challenge of AVs: the space-race of our generation!

This is our ideal candidate, but by no means the only candidate; we all have different strengths. If you don’t match 100% but believe you could do the job well, we would love to hear from you.

Our offer:

  • Competitive compensation, on-site chef and bar, lots of fun socials, workplace nursery scheme, comprehensive private health insurance and more!
  • Immersion in a team of world-class researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs
  • A position to shape the future of autonomous driving, and thus bring about a real world deployment of a breakthrough technology.
  • Help relocating/travelling to London, with visa sponsorship
  • Flexible working hours - we trust you to do your job well, at times that suit you and your team.

Wayve is built by people from all walks of life. We believe that it is our differences that make us stronger, and our unique perspectives and backgrounds that allow us to build something different. We are proud to be an equal opportunities workplace, where we don’t just embrace diversity but nurture it - so that we all thrive and grow.