Skip to Main Content

[[JOB_TITLE]] at Sleep Number

Search All Jobs

Search Jobs By Location

Job Details

Apply Now

Principal Technical Program Manager

Job Location San Jose, California

SleepIQ Labs is a subsidiary of Sleep Number Corporation which owns and operates all entities under the Sleep Number and SleepIQ technology brands.  SleepIQ Labs the pioneer of biometric sensor solutions and sleep monitoring technologies and was acquired by Sleep Number in 2015.

In this role, you will manage programs and or projects without direct reports. In order to do so it is required of you to understand the technologies at the heart of our solutions including algorithms, cloud deployment technologies, embedded software, networking protocols and scalable solutions.

The programs include some research as well as software development and testing. Some may require integration with other components of the Sleep Number product offering or third-party partners. It could be speculated that this role combines aspects of agile scrum master and product owner as well as project management in the waterfall methodology. The Product group at Sleep Number operates in a mixed agile-waterfall methodology which is evolving as the team matures. The process combines software and hardware development timelines together with timed deliveries to address the sales cycles in the retail industry.

You will read marketing requirements and provide feedback creating a rich dialogue over features, timelines and risks in order to fulfill the overall strategy of the company. You will produce user stories or comment on these complimenting acceptance criteria, clarifying scope of work and interacting with engineers in order to meet the deliverables to the rest of the organization according to a pre-determined schedule and cadence.

You will be responsible for managing the technical integration between SleepIQ Labs and Sleep Number product development teams which include durables, hardware, electronics, embedded software, cloud software and operations, consumer mobile apps, home delivery apps, store demo apps and customer support portal.

You will have direct influence and responsibility for key functions at SleepIQ Labs to implement improvements of execution, taking us to the next level in our development practices.  

Together, Sleep Number and SleepIQ Labs will continue to redefine and elevate what consumers can expect from their Sleep Experience. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establish, implement cross functional processes to accelerate technical product development and tracking against time, quality and scope.
  • Partner with cross-functional leaders across the organization to identify and solve operational and execution issues
  • Convert marketing use cases into clear technical product requirements that can be implemented and tested in a timely fashion and in increments via sprints and iterations
  • Negotiate with marketing and with engineering to reach working plans that meet the market requirements and can be accomplished within the time and budget allocated
  • Lead the clear definition of technical processes across projects and teams
  • Align organizations around common technical processes
  • Distill technical issues to marketing and executives for clear understanding of the risks and trade-offs
  • Ensure the team priorities are in support of the product roadmap
  • Proactively identify and resolve strategic issues that may impair the team’s ability to meet strategic, financial, and technical goals
  • Manage the design/build/test/release process end-to-end
  • Manage prioritization and trade-offs among customer experience, product performance and operational support load
  • Ensure that the company’s products meet compliance standards by ensuring the development and coordination of appropriate quality measures
  • Ensure that software developed meets all Non-functional Requirements, including scalability, high availability, redundancy, performance, usability, and serviceability

Key Performance Indicators:

The metric for success for this role includes on time, high quality, within budget product line deliveries.

Process Metrics

  • Estimation Accuracy
  • Risk Management
  • Schedule Variance
  • Product development time
  • Product development cost
  • On time delivery

Quality Metrics

  • Number of engineering changes
  • Number of revisions
  • Customer satisfaction

Technical Metrics

  • Computer/Software/Backend Uptime
  • Preventative Maintenance 

People Metrics

  • Interactions with you are effective and provide clear and accurate transfer of information
  • You will be seen as a go-to for process and technical expertise as needed
  • You gain respect from software and hardware engineers, testers, operations and management

Position Requirements: 

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering
  • 15+ years of technology development experience
  • 10+ years of technical program management in high technology companies
  • Proven track record of delivering complex, high value deliverables through organizational change, technical analysis, product and program management
  • Designing and executing strategies that converge business and technology for the benefit of increased revenue, margin and optimal customer experience
  • Ability to leverage the voice of the business and identify the largest impact activities
  • Experience delivering software products used by consumers, technicians and corporate users
  • 5+ years of experience with both Agile and waterfall methodologies
  • 5+ years of hands-on work as a system engineer or a software/hardware engineer

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Technical depth in:
    • Embedded firmware design
    • Electronics and micro processors for IoT
    • Networking and signal processing
    • Cloud software development
    • AWS elastic cloud computing
    • Quality assurance
    • Continuous integration and delivery
    • Cloud operations and scalability
  • Experience with Jira, Confluence and MS-Office
  • Testing and quality control best practices
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to connect people with different points of view and with varying levels of experience
  • Ability to make timely, data-driven decisions across new and existing product portfolios
  • Experienced in translating ideas into specific, qualified and quantified action items. Ability to develop detailed plans with specific goals, priorities, timelines and budgets to convert ideas into products
  • Manager by influence. A strong leader that ensures the team meets or exceeds project deliverables timelines and functional objectives

Working Conditions (if applicable):

  • Standard office environment

Sleep Number is an equal opportunity employer, committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting qualified people of all backgrounds, regardless of sex; race; color; creed; national origin; religion; age; marital status; pregnancy; physical, mental, communicative or sensory disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

Job ID R986
Apply Now

Sign Up for Job Alerts

Areas of InterestBe the first to know about events, exclusive updates, & get job info that matches what you’re looking for. Choose at least one category & location from the auto-suggestions & click “Add.” Select additional categories & locations by clicking “Add.” Finally click “Sign Up” to subscribe for job alerts.