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Director, Technical Program Management



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Director, Technical Program Management

About This Role

Strava is the leading digital community for active people with more than 120 million athletes, in more than 190 countries. The platform offers a holistic view of your active lifestyle, no matter where you live, which sport you love and/or what device you use. Everyone belongs on Strava when they are pursuing an active life.

We are seeking a Director of Technical Program Management to lead cross-functional programs that span Product Management, Design, Engineering, and Marketing. In this role, you will be responsible for overseeing the planning, execution, and successful delivery of complex technical programs that align with our strategic objectives. The position will partner with teams to develop and improve successful ways of working and maintain strong and clear communication channels.

The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of the product development process, and can partner with cross functional teams to architect ways of working for scale. We are looking for candidates who are comfortable with ambiguity and are able to provide structure and leadership in managing complex programs. You’ll influence how we approach problem solving and scale those learnings across our product development process.

This is a hybrid role, based in our San Francisco office.

For more information on compensation and benefits, please click here.

You’re excited about this opportunity because you will:

  • Lead, mentor, and develop a team of technical program managers.
  • Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement within the team.
  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to ensure successful program delivery.
  • Define and manage the overall program roadmap schedule, ensuring alignment with business goals and priorities, and keeping team members on track and motivated to meet deadlines and milestones.
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of program plans by the members of your team, including scope, schedule, budget, and resource allocation.
  • Monitor and communicate changes in project scope or execution to stakeholders.
  • Evaluate and improve program management processes and methodologies on an ongoing basis.
  • Organizing and facilitating effective project kick-off meetings, follow-up or progress meetings, and working sessions.
  • Own project communication to make sure stakeholders and team members are informed and aligned, including distributing notes and next steps.
  • Translate and distill information from individual teams and ensure shared understanding.
  • Contributing to a collaborative ethos that fosters accountability and trust.

We’re excited about you because you have:

  • Minimum 7 years of program management experience
  • Excellent understanding of the product development life cycle, including agile and waterfall methodologies
  • Strong leadership and people management skills
  • Appreciation for quality and craftsmanship
  • Experience with program management software and tooling (e.g. JIRA, Confluence, Airtable, etc.)
  • Experience facilitating diverse stakeholder group input
  • Strong communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and presentation skills
  • Highly collaborative approach, a portfolio of work that demonstrates cross functional impact and approach to learning

About Strava

Strava is Swedish for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do. We’re a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. With billions of activity uploads from all over the world, we have a humbling and adventurous vision: to be the record of the world’s athletic activities and the technology that makes every effort count.

Strava builds software that makes the best part of our athletes’ days even better. Just as we’re deeply committed to unlocking their potential, we’re dedicated to providing a world-class, inclusive workplace where our employees can grow and thrive, too. We’re backed by Sequoia Capital, TCV, Madrone Partners and Jackson Square Ventures, and we’re expanding in order to exceed the needs of our growing community of global athletes. Our culture reflects our community. We are continuously striving to hire and engage diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger team together.

Despite challenges in the world around us, we are continuing to grow camaraderie and positivity within our culture, and we are unified in our commitment to becoming an antiracist company. We are differentiated by our truly people-first approach, our compassionate leadership, and our belief that we can bring joy and inspiration to athletes’ lives — now more than ever. All to say, it’s a great time to join Strava!

Strava is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the values of Strava, we make all employment decisions including hiring, evaluation, termination, promotional and training opportunities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, disability, gender or identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, marital status, height and/or weight.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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