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Manager/Sr. Manager, Engineering Technical Program Management

Position Description:

As a Manager/Senior Manager for Engineering Technical Program Management, you are in a leadership position within the Engineering organization – to partner with Engineering, Product Management & Customer First teams to build and deliver key products, projects and programs. You will provide hands-on project / program management for Engineering’s most critical initiatives and will manage a team of Engineering Technical Program Managers supporting Okta’s Products.

You will be the point person for clarifying strategic level goals and outlining the execution plans to achieve them. Employing both a strategic and tactical approach is a requirement in this role. You will not only have strong TPM experience and people management, but also Engineering process development and implementation in a SaaS and Agile environment.

 

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

· Partner closely with the Director of Engineering Program Management to manage and support a high performing team of Engineering TPMs who partner with product management and engineering to execute organizations’ priorities

· Lead by example, demonstrating principal-level technical project and program management expertise

· Structure, kick-off, and run continuous and/or time-bound programs within and beyond the Engineering organization by clarifying priorities, enabling the execution of deliverables, defining program process flows, and providing continuous transparency.

· Program manage various initiatives within and beyond Engineering, across multiple teams; taking a hands-on and proactive approach to unblock progress, introduce efficiencies, and provide workflow solutions.

· Champion the adoption of agile best practices within Engineering and Product Management; provide guidance to Scrum Masters

· Build and maintain alignment across multiple teams for keeping a focus on execution, continuous improvement, and operational excellence.

· Lead the introduction of new processes / workflows, to benefit Engineering teams or cross-organizational initiatives, by bringing proposed solutions to the teams and rolling them out in an iterative manner.

· Anticipate and mitigate risks - by having close involvement with teams’ goals and challenges, applying past experience, and keeping in mind the big picture.

· Provide clear and crisp transparency to the status and progress of initiatives.

 

Minimum REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Proven change management experience - able to successfully roll-out operational / process changes, addressing feedback and achieving adoption

 

* Minimum 12 years of technical program management experience in a software, SaaS or systems development environment – kicking off and managing cross-organizational programs

* Minimum 10 – 15 years of technical project management experience in a software, SaaS or systems development environment – working hand-in-hand with Engineers to deliver

* Experience partnering with Product Management and Engineering teams together to deliver customer-facing features

* Minimum 5 - 7 years of experience, proven success managing a team of people with clear metrics and accountability

* Excellent verbal and written communication; experience effectively communicating and presenting to teams located across different locations and people ranging from individual team members to C-level executives.

* Strong leadership skills; able to successfully influence without authority

* Strong technical aptitude/affinity; experience working directly with software, test and/or system engineers

* Experience working in a startup environment desired

* Self-starter; able to work well in an ambiguous and constantly changing, fast paced environment

 

Education and Training:

* Bachelor’s degree

* Training in Agile and Scrum

 

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