Head of Technical Program Management, Sonatus

$168.5-259.5k

Plus equity

JIRA
Confluence
Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

Office located in Sunnyvale, CA

Sonatus

Cloud-based solutions for software-defined vehicles

Be an early applicant

Sonatus

Cloud-based solutions for software-defined vehicles

101-200 employees

B2BCarsInternet of ThingsElectric VehiclesSaaSCloud Computing

Be an early applicant

$168.5-259.5k

Plus equity

JIRA
Confluence
Expert level
San Francisco Bay Area

Office located in Sunnyvale, CA

101-200 employees

B2BCarsInternet of ThingsElectric VehiclesSaaSCloud Computing

Company mission

Sonatus' mission is to create transformative solutions that unlock the full potential of software-defined vehicles..

Role

Who you are

  • Sonatus is seeking a highly skilled Head of TPM with expertise in technical program management
  • This pivotal role requires a meticulous leader with deep knowledge in project management, process optimization and tracking, metric analysis, and dashboard creation
  • The ideal candidate must possess robust business acumen, technical proficiency and extensive managerial experience to ensure successful and optimized project execution, must have a positive and a can-do attitude, and be able to provide clarity as one navigates through ambiguous and complex situations
  • 10-15 years of progressive experience in IT and automotive industries, with a strong focus on technical program management and leadership roles
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Business Administration, or a related field; advanced degree preferred
  • Proficiency in utilizing Jira, Confluence, and Applicable Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools (e.g., Jama, CodeBeamer, DOORS) for project management, metric analysis, and documentation
  • Comprehensive understanding of engineering methodologies such as Agile and Waterfall, with the ability to tailor approaches to project needs
  • Familiarity with automotive compliance standards, particularly ISO 26262, ISO 21434, and other relevant regulations
  • Proven track record of successful project delivery, team leadership, and stakeholder management in a complex, matrixed organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to influence and negotiate effectively
  • Certifications in project management (e.g., PMP) and familiarity with automotive-specific standards (e.g., ASPICE) would be advantageous

What the job involves

  • Process Optimization: Define and implement optimized processes for the TPM team to effectively manage projects, leveraging agile and waterfall methodologies as appropriate
  • Metric Analysis and Dashboard Creation: Utilize tools such as Jira, Confluence, and ALM tools (Jama, CodeBeamer, DOORS) to measure metrics, analyze data, and create comprehensive dashboards for project tracking and reporting
  • Technical and Business Acumen: Apply deep understanding of engineering methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall, to drive efficient project delivery and ensure alignment with business objectives
  • Project Oversight: Track and report on complex project statuses, ensuring milestones are achieved within scope, schedule, and budget constraints
  • Compliance and Standards: Ensure adherence to automotive compliance standards (e.g., ISO 26262, ISO 21434) throughout project life cycles, maintaining rigorous documentation and audit trails
  • Collaboration and Stakeholder Management: Collaborate effectively with engineering, product management, and sales teams to align project goals, ensure product quality, and meet project timelines
  • Customer Engagement: Negotiate with customers to define project requirements, manage expectations, and deliver optimal solutions that exceed customer satisfaction
  • Leadership and Team Development: Provide strategic leadership and mentorship to a team of TPM professionals, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement
  • Communication: Communicate project status, risks, and recommendations clearly and effectively to stakeholders at all levels, both verbally and in written reports

Otta's take

Theo Margolius headshot

Theo Margolius

COO of Otta

Software-defined vehicles represent the biggest innovation in automobiles for decades, but there are large obstacles in the way of its growth. The software that defines such vehicles requires over-the-air (OTA) updates and other forms of maintenance if vehicles will be future-proof, and this can quickly become a time-consuming and resource-intensive process.

Sonatus develops cloud-based solutions for software-defined vehicles, providing a platform called Digital Dynamics that empowers automakers to harness vehicle data, add feature updates, diagnose problems, and maintain vehicle infrastructure wirelessly and in real time. The company achieves its flexibility through cloud-empowered data infrastructure, no-code software solutions, and working closely with clients.

Whilst the company faces competition from other IoT vehicle software companies such as Blackberry, Sonatus shows great potential to compete through its all-in-one approach to OTA vehicle software management. This has garnered the company impressive funding, which it will use to support its electric vehicle platform and increase production volume. In 2023, the company further exemplified its growing influence through a break into the Japanese market and an appearance on Forbes' America's Best Startup Employers 2023 list.

Insights

Top investors

Few candidates hear
back within 2 weeks

Company

Funding (2 rounds)

Dec 2022

$75m

SERIES A

Jul 2021

$35m

SERIES A

Total funding: $110m

Company benefits

  • Stock option plan
  • Health care plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Unlimited paid time off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family leave (Maternity, Paternity)
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Free food & snacks

Company values

  • Respect - for people, truth, and the role technology plays in improving lives
  • Intelligence - that breaks barriers, fuels innovation, and creates the future
  • Collaboration - with those who are committed to making a difference that goes beyond self
  • Excellence - that far exceeds expectations and continuously strives to improve outcomes

Company HQ

Sunnyvale, CA

Founders

Experience as Senior Director of Engineering for Nuova Systems from 2005 to 2012. Founder of Diamanti from since 2012.

Yu Fang

(CTO)

Head of Mobile Engineering for NAUTO from 2016 to 2018. Experience as CTO of CARDFREE.

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Diversity & Inclusion at Sonatus

  • Sonatus is a tight knit team aligned around a unified vision. We put progress ahead of politics and are not afraid of asking tough questions. Sometimes we get too busy to say it, but you can be confident that you and your contributions will matter every day. We embrace diversity in all regards because respect is ingrained in our every fiber.

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