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Aurora delivers the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.

Technical Program Manager - Release Management
Dallas, TX, US
Mountain View, CA, US
Pittsburgh, PA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

At Aurora, we’re on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. It all starts with the Aurora Driver, a platform created from industry-leading hardware and software and designed to adapt across a variety of vehicle types and industries.

We’re led by a team of self-driving luminaries, and we’ve forged strategic partnerships with leading transportation companies—including ride-hailing network Uber, truck-manufacturers PACCAR and Volvo Trucks, and the world’s largest automaker Toyota—setting us up to deliver the Aurora Driver in both trucks and passenger vehicles. We are funded by Amazon, Uber, T Rowe Price, and some of Silicon Valley’s best venture capital firms, including Sequoia, Greylock, and Index Ventures.

Aurora is in the best position to lead the self-driving space with a team of unparalleled depth and expertise, the technology to deliver, and the partnerships to build a transformative business for the long-term.

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. The Release Engineering team focuses on delivering the latest autonomy software to our fleets. Developers use our tools and systems to test their changes both offline and online. We support automated testing, release packaging, release crafting, and fleet deployments in cooperation with our Vehicle Services and Operations teams.

As a Release Manager, you’ll work with the tools, systems, and infrastructure required to deliver our software products to the fleet throughout the verification and validation process. This includes working with Operations teams to understand testing failures, routing/tracking those issues to owners within our Platform and Autonomy teams to completion, and ensuring the organization has visibility into the health of our release pipelines.

In this role, you will

  • Lead release management processes across the organization. You are the go to process driver for release management. 
  • Ensure software releases are shipping - moving through offline and online verification and validation processes, and getting to a “green” state, with high levels of confidence and predictability.
  • Monitor product release status, facilitate release readiness and release Go/No-Go reviews, and coordinate product release activities.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of teams across the company to get software release issues tracked to completion: Operations, Software, Hardware, Product, Safety
  • Support and enhance the continuous build and release process of our self-driving software, driving adoption of release processes.
  • Coordinate with other Software and Operations teams to ensure that the release packaging processes are keeping in step with quickly developing and fast-paced R&D efforts
  • Communicate status to software release stakeholders
  • Proactively remove obstacles to drive momentum and progress, identify gaps in communication related to release management across the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in release management for a large commercial product with both software and hardware components.
  • Experience with a structured release cadence that involves building releases and tracking them through their testing phases to production
  • Experience working with continuous integration (CI) build systems and/or release crafting systems in multi-faceted, large-scale software development environments (Buildkite / Github)
  • Experience orchestrating cross-team efforts to burndown bugs and issues to resolution
  • Communication skills for a broad range of audiences: individual engineers, larger technical teams, executives, the entire company
  • Able to relocate to Dallas or travel to Dallas 30-50% time as needed

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Prior experience in releasing software for R&D platforms
  • Prior experience in a customer-facing, leadership role
  • A background in safety and systems engineering best practices
  • Familiarity with modern cloud-based software development (AWS)
  • Familiarity with modern web development technologies
  • Proficient with at least one computer language



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in Pittsburgh, Mountain View, San Francisco, Bozeman, Dallas and Seattle. We also offer a competitive benefits package that supports the whole you, including:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and RSU package
  • Premium choices for Medical, vision, and dental
  • 401k benefits
  • Life and disability benefits
  • 18 weeks paid leave for new parents and caregivers
  • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
  • Fertility benefits through Carrot
  • Working from home support
  • Professional growth and mentorship opportunities through the Aurora Academy
  • Wellness Platforms (Spring Health, Headspace, Aaptiv, Quit Genius)

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit.

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

About Aurora

Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. Chris Urmson helped lead Carnegie Mellon’s efforts in Darpa’s Grand Challenges, then was a founding member of Google’s self-driving team. Sterling Anderson worked on the tech at MIT before leading Tesla’s Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.