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Appen Engineering Project Manager in San Francisco, California


About AppenAppen collects and labels images, text, speech, audio, video, and other data used to build and continuously improve the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems. Our expertise includes having a global crowd of over one million skilled contractors who speak over 180 languages and dialects, in over 70,000 locations and 130 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our reliable training data gives leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to deploy world-class AI products. Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.At Appen, we value performance, honesty, humility, and grit. We persevere and remain focused, whilst maintaining agility to achieve quality outcomes and exceed expectations. We’re truth tellers – respectfully of course. We take accountability for our actions, and we believe in giving and receiving direct feedback. We give credit where credit is due, and we show gratitude to others for their contributions. We seek diverse perspectives as we recognize the value in teamwork and collaboration. Through grit, we take ownership, and we don’t give up.

As an Engineering Project Manager,you’ll help orchestrate complex cross-team projects for the Engineering organization, overseeing risk mitigation and dependency management. You’ll have the opportunity to support multiple Scrum teams, leveraging Appen’s Agile practices and values to help the team deliver on its commitments in support of the company’s business imperatives.Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with business owners, technical leads, and Product Managers to manage our most important projects, identifying and proactively managing and communicating cross-team, dependencies, risks, and escalations in order to drive rapid resolution and maintain strong team alignment.

  • Orchestrate removal of impediments and help the Engineering teams find the right resources to solve problems and ensuring that we negotiate effectively across our teams to best utilize our finite resources.

  • Champion Appen’s Agile frameworks and guide the Scrum teams on how to get the most out of self-organization while executing on Appen’s Agile best practices.

  • Drive accountability and facilitate discussion, decision-making, and management of resource contention and dependencies within and across Technology teams.

  • Assist with internal and cross-team and cross-organization communications, improving transparency, and radiating information to the right team members and stakeholders.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong process and project management skills with the ability to identify and apply solutions in rapidly changing business environments.

  • Strong technical background and/or experience working with software engineering teams is highly desired.

  • Excellent communication and mentoring skills and a keen ability to keep track of a multitude of diverse action items, risks, and dependencies across multiple teams.

  • Ability as a servant-leader to develop strong collaborative relationships at all levels in the organization and across functional teams.

  • Identify areas for process improvement and help champion those efforts.

  • Knowledge of and experience with Agile techniques, like: User Stories, Sprint management and Scrum ceremonies, velocity and burn-up/burn-down analysis, retrospectives, and other performance analysis and reporting tools.

  • Experience using tools like Jira, Github, Gliffy/Visio (or other process flow-charting tools) and familiarity with knowledge management and collaboration systems like Confluence and SharePoint.

  • Skilled at building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on articulating and solving business problems.

Qualifications And Experience

  • 3+ years of experience as a Project Manager for software development and/or cross-functional technology teams.

  • 1+ years of experience as a Scrum Master for a software development team that applied Scrum principles and practices.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.

  • Scrum Master, Product Owner, and/or PMP certification is a plus.

  • Experience working in AI product teams and/or with Data Science teams is a plus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job LocationsUS-CA-San Francisco

Posted Date1 week ago(2/23/2021 7:11 PM)