Technical Program Manager

We are looking for a passionate and seasoned Technical Program Manager to join the Creator Marketplace mission — the group at Spotify dedicated to helping artists thrive. Spotify is creating a platform for creativity that brings artists and fans closer together. Creator builds the features and services that help artists (and the teams around them) grow, engage, monetize and understand their fans. The role is based in NYC, where the Creator mission is centered, though we have teams in Stockholm, London and Boston, as well.

You will be responsible for enabling and ensuring great collaboration throughout the product development cycle of a core strategic platform/capability area, while keeping true to tech, product & design principles. Your job will be to amplify the effectiveness of this complex, cross-disciplinary team, as well as collaborate with key stakeholders.

Who you are

  • You have at least 8 years working in technical project/program management roles, preferably in platform teams with complex systems
  • You have practical experience with agile and lean values, principles, and techniques
  • You have experience running large, cross-functional software projects and can easily communicate status at a moment’s notice
  • You are flexible, and use your judgment to apply the model and approach that best fit with the context
  • You confidently and coherently communicate across disciplines and levels within the organization, translating complex ideas for stakeholders in Design, Tech, Product, Data, Marketing, Sales, etc.
  • You’re a great communicator within your team and bring clarity to the projects you take on: defining goals and success measures, freeing up lines of communication, identifying and removing blockers, encouraging collaboration, and, most importantly, continuously looking for ways to improve how we work.
  • You are the glue of a happy, productive, cross-functional team; making space for the creative work across all disciplines to happen in a transparent, open environment. You fight for the right user-centered process to achieve a practical balance of quality and speed

What you’ll do

Working with team leadership, you will help drive, and own outcomes for key internal and cross-functional initiatives, in support of the Creator mission. You will have a broad array of responsibilities including:

  • Program Management (primary responsibility):
    • Facilitate overall roadmap planning: unpack a broad, cross-functional initiative into specific workstreams, help teams define scope, deliverable, and schedules, and coordinate release planning across multiple teams for multiple stakeholders
    • Design and facilitate best in class operational processes to track and communicate progress across a program of work, ensure it is on track, facilitate decision-making, resolve blockers and surface challenges
    • Help define & track KPIs to monitor health of the program
    • Coordinate with Insights and User Research teams to ensure product development is data-informed
    • Craft and execute on cross-functional communications strategies for large program teams
    • Find creative ways to help our teams connect with our objectives
    • Help monitor and ensure overall team health
    • Understand and communicate complex engineering issues and ensure they are on a path for resolution
    • Coordinate project/program reviews, planning sessions, and other team events, as necessary
    • Enable continuous improvement during the project, ensuring learnings are captured, shared, and integrated
  • Mission Operations (shared responsibility with the rest of the operations team)
    • Collaborate across the Operations team to help drive Mission-wide processes, such as goal-setting, tracking, and broad communications
    • Help push the envelope on best-in-class product discovery management, working with leadership to improve the process of vetting new opportunities
    • Help shape and refine the process around recruiting & scheduling participants in our Customer Advisory Board with the Product Insights team
    • Aide in establishing rituals to enable continuous access to our customers for research and opportunity vetting.

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better product for our users and our creators. This is something we value deeply and we encourage everyone to come be a part of changing the way the world listens to music.

Psst! If this job is your perfect match and you want some inside tips before you apply, read this blog post by our Head of Talent Acquisition Fredrik Johnsson

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