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Technical Program Manager -Software Programs

Program Management | Remote in Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective. 

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.


The Role

We are seeking a hands-on Technical Program Manager partner with our software engineering team to drive software development and testing. As a member of the Product team, you’ll work with other teams across disciplines to facilitate both short-term tactical work and longer-term strategic initiatives. 

In this role you may be working on tactical project management (e.g. agile-based scheduling and reporting), communicating updates to internal stakeholders, and identifying and mitigating risks to projects (e.g. coordinating and defining test plans, maintaining a backlog). We will rely on you to keep schedules up to date and accurate, and to hold our teams accountable to producing cutting-edge technology on time. You have strong execution abilities and will drive cross-functional teams towards shared outcomes through coordination, communication, and collaboration. 

On our small, tight-knit team, you’ll get leadership visibility and have a direct impact on the software we use to sail around the world, collecting first-in-class data. You will be a part of a team of talented individuals who are just as passionate about supporting one another as they are about our planetary mission. Honesty and willingness to accept feedback are critical, as is a sense of humor and generally having fun!


  • Manage the software team’s overall progress towards business and technological milestones
  • Establish, maintain, and expand the software team’s Jira boards, dashboards, and test plans
  • Coordinate with other teams like Technical Infrastructure Engineers, Operations team members, Product Managers, etc. to ensure that dependencies and acceptance criteria are clearly defined and documented
  • Partner with engineering managers and tech leads to scope timelines and level of effort
  • Navigate between cross-functional software engineering teams to ensure work and issues are tracked and executed on


Required skills and experience

  • Experience working with Jira, Confluence and Atlassian tools in detail
  • Experience with Agile software development
  • 2+ years of experience in a project/program management role focused on software engineering
  • Experience working with complex cross-functional team structures
  • Experience working with on products with integration points with electromechanical components or in the robotics space is a plus
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts, and dive into a problem with a solutions-oriented, outcome-focused mindset
  • Strong technical understanding and ability to establish credibility with engineers
  • A clear and concise communicator, who can ensure that all parties are on the same page and working towards a shared plan 

Desired skills and experience

  • BA/BS (or MA/MS) or equivalent experience
  • Ability to thrive within a fast-paced, ever-changing startup environment

Location: This position is remote friendly but based out of Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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