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

Technical Program Manager - Hardware Safety Analysis
Mountain View, CA, US
Pittsburgh, PA, US
Job Description / Skills Required

Who We Are

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 Hardware TPM for Safety Analysis will be responsible for providing coordination and analysis support for the VO and NVO Safety Case artifacts in the hardware organization.  This individual will work closely with the Safety and Hardware Development teams to ensure the hardware kit is in accordance with the hardware safety requirements and the Technical Safety Concept (TSC).

In this role, you will

  • Lead sprint planning, execution, and manage day-to-day development for Module & Track HW programs using a pre-defined roadmap and pre-defined processes
  • Partner with the module development, systems, and safety TLMs and represent the relevant HW teams at weekly cross-function meanings.
  • Pro-actively schedule meetings or discussions with cross-functional partners to help unblock the engineering teams.
  • Act as a liaison between the module development, systems, safety, and cross-functional teams for planning, logistics, and ad hoc requests specifically for hardware safety case activities.
  • Provide program status updates, risk assessments, and mitigation plans for weekly hardware program reviews and updates
  • Own the process of how hardware will satisfy the Technical Safety Concept, reporting progress against these goals, and messaging to ensure all cross-functional stakeholders are aware & up-to-date

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience managing complex hardware development programs
  • Experience with developing safety critical hardware, bonus points for experience in robotics, automotive, or the aerospace/defense industry.
  • Experience with launching new hardware products to market and managing hardware product life cycles.
  • Strong technical understanding of fault/failure mode analysis and mitigating the effects of identified failure modes.
  • Experience with project management tools such as Smartsheets, MS Projects, etc.
  • Experience with task management tools such as Jira, Jira Tools, Confluence, etc.
  • Experience and familiarity with the Agile development methodology (no certification is required)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in a safety critical hardware industry (aerospace/defense, automotive, medical devices, etc)
  • Experience with the full product lifecycle (including development, verification, and market introduction)
  • Experience with AV or robotics



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 8+ locations across the United States. We offer a competitive benefits package to qualifying employees. Our Career Page includes everything you need to know about working at Aurora.

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. You can find all the latest news on our Blog


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.