Technical Program Manager

At Oculus Research, we’re developing the future of virtual and augmented reality. As a Program Manager, your job will be figuring out what we need to do to build it. You’ll be a critical member of a multi-disciplinary team contributing to our efforts to gain a scientific understanding of haptics, human perception, audio, input, computer vision, optics, display technology, and whatever else we dream up to create the ultimate VR/AR experience. You will work closely with internal Oculus teams, academic institutions, external partners, and vendors to help: define requirements and deliverables, schedule and track project progress, order and manage equipment, coordinate with other internal teams, schedule shared resources, and manage partner relationships. To be successful, you will be eliminating barriers to your team’s success, clearly communicating their work to all stakeholders and ensuring the big picture stays in focus while delving into the details on specific issues. Ideal team members are adaptable and resilient, eager to attack unfamiliar problems with curiosity and tenacity, and able to use a light touch to find ways to help the team be more efficient.

Responsibilities

  • Program Manage our research lab’s efforts to develop VR/AR hardware prototypes.
  • Work with research teams to identify scope, constraints, dependencies, and risks.
  • Develop project schedules to help them to complete research prototypes, user studies, and technology transfer to product teams.
  • Ensure that the information your team needs is complete, current, accurate, and easy to find.
  • Recognize when further information is required and work to provide it.
  • Proactively identify technical, legal, procedural, logistical, and communication issues and drive creative solutions to fix them and manage risk.
  • Identify resources needed and work closely with team leaders to maintain full visibility of the project schedule and potential roadblocks.
  • Work with teams to alleviate project bottlenecks.
  • Coordinate communication between internal and external teams.
  • Drive deliverables from external partners and ensure that they have the information and resources needed to succeed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field.
  • At least 6 years of experience as a project manager in research, software development, or hardware development.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with hardware vendors and other external partners, including writing statements of work and negotiating purchase agreements.
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information to non-experts.
  • Experience building, coordinating, and maintaining schedules across multiple teams, managing shared resources, and coordinating with a legal team on IP or similar issues.
  • Organizational and planning skills, and attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to operate effectively and autonomously across multiple teams
  • Track record of transitioning immature or emerging technologies into consumer products.