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Technical Project Manager

A&K Robotics

A&K Robotics

IT, Operations
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Technical Project Manager

About us
A&K Robotics is a leader in self-driving technology. We develop autonomous vehicles that are changing how we move around our world. Our main product is an autonomous electric mobility pod designed to empower people to get around with more freedom and independence, starting in airports. We are working with the world’s leading airports and airlines to deliver category-defining travel experiences and we’re looking for more outstanding team members to contribute to our growth and help our customers win!

Role & Context:

We’re looking for a Technical Project Manager with a diverse skill set, who wants to put their passion towards building something that will help people experiencing mobility limitations. We’re seeing rapid market growth and are looking for someone with a unique blend of technical expertise, project management experience, and product vision. You will be instrumental in steering our product to launch through coordinating our multi-disciplinary team of hardware and software developers, while defining product vision and strategy to align our product market fit and company goals. By joining our team, you won't just be working on any project – you'll be shaping the future of travel, making a tangible difference in the lives of people worldwide. Your work here matters. You will be part of bringing our vision to life, and creating a seamless, enjoyable travel experience for our global community.

What you’ll be doing at A&K:

  • Coordinating our multi-disciplinary team of engineers, developers, and designers to drive our product launch. This is a technical role, but the most important skills are interpersonal - to help your teammates do great work and be their best selves.
  • Creating a big picture vision and collaborating with great people to turn it into a reality. You will understand the needs of our customers better than they do and will define, gather, and write our requirements for features and long-term projects that our team will execute on.
  • Accelerating new feature development by building and maintaining detailed project plans, coordinating schedules, allocating staff time, and updating schedules. The clear documentation, architecture overviews, and product roadmaps will facilitate efficient and scalable collaboration across the company and with 3rd party vendors/partners.
  • Anticipating potential project challenges early and proactively devising risk mitigation strategies to support adaptable and smooth project execution in the face of dynamic and uncertain scenarios.
  • Regularly preparing and presenting reports on the progress of initiatives to key stakeholders, including executive leadership
  • Building and sustaining relationships with essential or strategic partners and suppliers, recognizing both their immediate importance and long-term value to the company's goals

What you’ll bring to the team:

  • 5+ years’ technical or technical product development experience
  • 2+ years’ experience leading teams to ship products or software to market in a quick and iterative manner as a Project Manager or similar role
  • Demonstrated project planning experience, including coordinating schedules, allocating staff time, and creating product or development roadmaps that account for complex task interdependencies
  • Ability to work on and prioritize multiple simultaneous initiatives, understanding how they are connected and making tradeoffs when necessary
  • Customer-centric mindset, with an ability to stay clear-minded when adapting and being flexible for a quickly-evolving market
  • Hands-on experience with basic prototyping, fabrication, manufacturing, or testing/QA
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills - ability to work within constraints, budgets and think outside the box
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills – conflict resolution, motivation, mentoring
  • You take immense pride in your work and pay attention to the smallest details
  • You take ownership and responsibility for your tasks and actions, and lead by example
  • Excellent writing skills that demonstrate organization and understanding of the big picture, while enabling you to efficiently and effectively communicate each team member’s work in the context of overall team goals and strategy
  • Demonstrated aptitude for using Jira or other similar project management software, with an ability to quickly adapt to and master new tools as needed.
  • Bachelor of Computer Science, Engineering, Science, or other technical discipline

Nice-to-haves:

  • Experience with autonomous mobile robots or self-driving vehicles
  • Experience with electronics, sensors, firmware, communication protocols, and/or power management
  • Experience with mechanical design and CAD
  • Experience with design for manufacturing principles
  • Experience writing code (preferably C++)
  • Experience with common software development life cycle methodologies such as Agile and CI/CD, and adhering to best practices, including the application of common software design patterns

Most importantly, you share our values:

  • Diversity makes innovation. We debate, listen, respect and include different perspectives
  • Always strive to learn and be better. We push the bar higher and insist on the best
  • Create value for people. Think big, be bold and see opportunities where others see challenges
  • Make it better than we found it. Consider the long-term impact of our actions today
  • Grit. Good things take work. We commit, battle and deliver as a team

* Applications with a project or experience portfolio will be prioritized, diversity of projects is considered an asset

Compensation and Perks:

  • Salary: $100,000 to $140,000, pending experience
  • Ground floor stock options in a growing company
  • Medical benefits
  • Central Vancouver office location and gym access at current location
  • Secured bike storage
  • Healthy office snacks
  • Significant opportunities for career advancement if you can demonstrate that you’re up to the task