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Technical Product Manager - Robotics Software

Company: Zebra Technologies
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Remote Work: Hybrid
Overview:
Calling at Changemakers! -Become a Fetcher -and join a community of innovators and doers. -Fetch Robotics is a leading provider of Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR's) that is revolutionizing the logistics industry. Now, as part of Zebra Technologies, we are looking forward for the next step in making robotics an integral part of making society better. We are searching for the brightest and most passionate Product Managers to enable humans and robots to work together. -By combining autonomous mobile robotics with the power of the cloud, the Fetch Cloud Robotics Platform provides on-demand automation solutions for material handling and inventory management, with the power to find, track, and move almost anything in any facility. Fetch Robotics' solutions and services are deployed in leading distribution, fulfillment, and manufacturing centers around the world, augmenting workforces to drive increased efficiency and productivity. -Zebra's focus on robotics automation combines workflow solutions for human workers -with Fetch Robotics' solutions. The result will provide an innovative offering that drives greater efficiencies and higher ROI through better orchestration of technology and people. - -At Zebra, we extend the edge of possibility by shaping the future of work on the front line-reinventing how businesses run and moving society forward. We develop new technologies and create new solutions with partners to help organizations act with greater visibility, connectivity, and intelligence-delivering better experiences for workers and those they serve. -The Product Management team drives the development, product definition, and planning to optimize the company's products and solutions. The Product Management team evaluates in-depth market analysis and leads business case development for optimization of existing products and solutions alternatives and/or to create the next generation of new products. Collaborates with research and development to create products and validate early product definitions. This role is both strategic and technical in nature and requires meaningful industry experience. -As a Technical Product Manager, Principal focused on Robotics software, you will be responsible for the entire roadmap of the robotics autonomy stack that drives our Autonomous Mobile Robots, including perception, navigation, SLAM, coordination, ROS, and robot applications. The role encompasses identifying capabilities to improve the robot behavior for a variety of use cases, define new robot modes to better interact with people, obstacles, and equipment, as well as identifying limitations and improvements of existing robotics systems to better address new applications.

Responsibilities:
As a Robotics Software Technical Product Manager, Principal, you will:

  • Own the entire strategy and execution of the autonomy and robot behavior stack, including value proposition, differentiations, roadmap, release planning, go to market, beta testing and customer validation utilizing feedback from real world deployments.
  • Provide clear definition of robot behaviors in diverse situations found in warehousing and manufacturing operations, so robots behave in a safe, predictable, and efficient manner.
  • Through comprehensive knowledge of the customers and their needs, market, competitive landscape, distribution channels and Zebra offerings, the Product Manager Principal defines clear, actionable, and customer-driven product requirements.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders throughout the development process in negotiating design trade-offs that may be needed, while preserving the requirements stated in the product epics. Internal stakeholders include but not limited to engineering, end users, channel partners, sales, support organizations, and manufacturing.
  • Drive product lifecycle management responsibilities for a specific robot family, including:
    • Work closely with operations and supply chain to properly manage, forecast, ramp plans, component obsolescence, and product hold issues.
    • Manage transitions and discontinuations of product lines.
    • Manage product related communications to both internal and external associates
    • Actively support the Sales organization as required in select sales presentations, competitive analysis, proposals, and opportunities.
    • Partner with the Product Marketing and Marketing Communications in developing product promotion programs.
    • This position is responsible for ensuring the ongoing review of the competitive environment for his/her product category. This is accomplished through analysis competitive equipment and compilation of other pertinent findings, and the information thus gained is published and/or presented on a regular basis.
    • The Product Manager Principal actively supports the Sales organization as required in select sales presentations, proposals and opportunities. Responsible for competitive analysis, as represented in developed presentation materials including detailed metrics and analysis to support business case and product development process. Also helps in seting - pricing strategy. Establishes product price to maximize sales and profitability
    • Product Management is responsible for insuring that positioning and factual content are correct, and that timing for release of promotional materials fits with the product launch schedule. In addition, product positioning and pricing strategies are owned and managed by the Product Manager Principal and team who coordinate the communication of this information within product marketing.
    • Monitors financial performance of product lines and makes recommendations for pricing action against revenue and margin objectives. Sets target product costs for new products. Evaluates cost reduction initiatives working in concert with sustaining engineering, finance, and other internal partners.
    • Travel as needed to visit customers, partners, attend seminars, trade shows or meet area sales personnel.

      Qualifications:
      • Master's Degree with BS in Engineering Discipline.
      • 12+ years of experience, 5+ years of technical product management expertise.
      • Software product management expertise required. The candidate must have managed and delivered complex software products at scale.
      • Technical understanding of algorithms, vision systems, and probabilistic models. Robotics-specific experience (professional or technical research) is strongly preferred, but not mandatory.
      • Excels in identifying and understanding customer needs and translating them into clear and actionable engineering requirements.
      • Strong planning and execution skills. Able to multi-task and manage complex programs.
      • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to interact with customers.
      • Strong communication skills including written, verbal, and oral presentation skills as well as ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior management, technical leads, clients, and customers.
      • Advanced analytical, problem solving and organizational skills.
      • Demonstrates good judgement in decision making, applies knowledge and experience to guide decisions.
      • Ability to assess complex market landscape and create focused, integrated product plans.
      • Familiarity with Agile principles and the Scrum development process.
      • Strong business acumen.
      • Ability to travel (10%).
      • Experience with functional safety and robotics safety standards highly preferredZebra is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance in applying for a position, please contact us at workplace.accommodations@zebra.com. - The EEO is the Law poster is available here: https://www.zebra.com/content/dam/zebra/compliance/eeoisthelawposter.pdf. The EEO is the Law poster supplement is available here: https://www.zebra.com/content/dam/zebra/compliance/ginasupplement.pdf.We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
        Zebra Total Rewards includes more than just pay and is structured to meet the needs of our changing global business and evolving talent. We are committed to providing our employees with a benefits program that is comprehensive and competitive - including healthcare, wellness, inclusion networks, and continued learning and development offerings. We offer community service days, in addition to the traditional insurances, compensation, parental leave, employee assistance program and paid time off offerings depending on the country where you work.
        Salary: USD 161000.00 - USD 241500.00 Yearly
        Salary offered will vary depending on your location, job-related skills, knowledge, and experience.
        Additionally, all Zebra roles are eligible for cash incentive programs. For example, sales roles have additional opportunity to earn substantial variable compensation tied to quota achievement. In most other roles, the Zebra annual cash incentive program links Company and individual performance together. Some roles may also be eligible for long-term incentive equity awards.

Keywords: Zebra Technologies, Santa Clara , Technical Product Manager - Robotics Software, IT / Software / Systems , Santa Clara, California

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