Senior Software Program Manager

Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation

Software Engineering, Operations
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024

Senior Software Program Manager

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Software Program Management
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


Joby Software Program Managers facilitate a focused, realistic, and managed delivery for cross-functional teams aligned with overall SW Program Goals.


SW Program Managers embedded within the SW Teams:

  • Partner with the specified team(s) to understand their goals, tasks, and deliverables to meet the overall program objectives while avoiding or mitigating remediation efforts due to “technical debt”.
  • Manage the scrum process for multiple cross-functional software teams, including daily standup, story grooming, retrospectives, and sprint planning to craft the roadmap of work that supports Joby’s objectives within the established release cadence.
  • Negotiate/influence others to facilitate communication, discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution.
  • Help teams develop longer term goals and translate those goals into Epics and Stories. Facilitate Backlog grooming and use Jira/JAR in the established Joby Software Jira Configuration for day-to-day management of activities, risks, and issues.
  • Use Confluence and other tools to document meetings, decisions, et al in a traceable fashion.
  • Facilitate cross-team and/or cross-Joby projects and/or issue resolution as necessary to communicate risks, issues, plan, and status. Identify mitigation strategies and impact to staffing or schedule.
  • Work with the suppliers and manage budget, cost, schedule and compliance process.
  • Identify and track risks and issues with ongoing projects. Schedule and facilitate meetings, document, create tasks, track progress and marshal resources as needed to achieve resolution.
  • Represent the teams in some planning/reporting forums.
  • Train, support, and coach team members in good Agile/Scrum practices.
  • Guide Joby Team Members in DO-178C best practices.


  • Project Management of Enterprise level cross functional Software Teams and Projects (e.g. Systems, Embedded, Life-safety critical software). Hands on / direct program management of software engineers to manage their schedules and deliverables.
  • Bachelor’s in engineering or related fields and 8+ years of experience with SW development project scheduling and management.
  • Prior experience with the Agile development process and knowledge of Scrum and Kanban methodology.
  • Demonstrable experience in the simultaneous management of multiple engineering projects utilizing some of - facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Hands on experience / fundamental understanding of iterative and incremental development.


  • Experience within a regulated environment, FAA, DOT, Mil-Spec.
  • Experience with safety critical software development projects in Aviation or Automotive industry
  • Proficiency with JIRA, Jira Advanced Roadmaps, and/or Polarian
  • Proficiency with common workplace software: Word, spreadsheets, Confluence, Slack, etc

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay, bonus, and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $131,700 - $201,900/yr. The compensation package offered will be determined by location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.

Please still apply if you don’t meet all items in the desired section! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse and effective workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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