Technical Program Manager

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Technical Program Manager
Location: Berkeley, California (remote)

The Technical Program Manager is responsible for planning, driving, and delivering on Rigetti’s most ambitious development efforts.  You play a critical role in ensuring that our entire portfolio of individual projects is aligned and building towards our goal of creating the world’s most powerful computer.  Our machines are complex systems that pull on the expertise of world-class physicists, engineers, and technicians - our TPMs are polymaths that are capable of discussing things like nano-fabrication, microwave circuitry, test, and evaluation best practices, and techno-economic decisions all within the same day.  As a seasoned engineer or project manager, you understand the need to drive consensus between diverse groups of stakeholders and are energized to serve as the glue which holds together our development roadmap.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate, plan, and own technical development roadmaps.  You will chart realistic, ambitious roadmaps to meet company-wide technical goals owning the outcomes and contingency planning.
  • Track and monitor program progress and performance.  You will ensure that our development programs stay on track, surfacing risks and issues that need to be considered, and document any schedule slippages that may occur. 
  • Translate product goals into concrete specifications and deliverables.  You hold the “top-down” view of our QC platforms and work to ensure that all “bottom-up” development work converges on that big picture vision.
  • Surface and drive consensus on system-level tradeoffs.  You will be at the center of our technical issue resolution processes and will need to be able to our groups of experts through complex decision analysis
  • Brief stakeholders on program status.  You will be responsible for creating clear and concise briefing materials and communicating status to technical and executive stakeholders.
  • Document schedules, plans, risks, issues, and blockers. Ensure traceability in all aspects of our development and that we are able to integrate lessons learned.
  • Serve as a hub of information for stakeholders across the organization, and look for ways to increase frictionless information flow.
  • Manage and improve processes.  We are a fast-moving engineering organization, you specialize in ensuring that we have just enough processes in place
  • Look for opportunities to accelerate our development.  You hold the most information about program status and are constantly looking for insights from across the company, external partners, and the greater QC industry that can accelerate our progress.
  • About You

  • 5 years of project/program management experience on complex integrated hardware, software, cryogenic, and/or RF systems
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent technical experience
  • Excellent communications skills, comfortable tailoring messaging based on stakeholders.  Can speak technically with engineers/physicists or business implications with executives.
  • Experience in a research and development or test and evaluation organization
  • Comfort with data and statistical analysis
  • Ability to turn ambiguous goals into actionable plans
  • Comfortable leading cross-functional teams, and demonstrated experience driving consensus across technical teams
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with technical domain experts across both scientific and engineering disciplines.
  • Nice to Have

  • Advanced degree in Engineering Discipline or MBA
  • Experience with complex manufacturing processes - especially direct exposure to MEMS fabrication
  • Understanding of Systems Engineering concepts including Model-Based Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation Methods, Systems Lifecycle Planning, and Failure Analysis approaches
  • Deep understanding of HW and SW project management best practices, both Agile and Waterfall approaches
  • Experience with JIRA/Smartsheet/Gitlab for project management and planning
  • PMP Certification
  • Prior start-up experience
  • Exposure, interest, obsession with quantum technology or alternative computing paradigms
  • As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we have committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and have adopted a virtual interview process. This position will be based out of our Berkeley headquarters and may be required to work remotely temporarily.  Longer-term, this position will likely be a hybrid role (primarily onsite with some remote work opportunities).

    - A high energy company that will challenge you on a daily basis
    - Great Team working to change the way we think about computing!

    Benefits and Perks:
    Rigetti seeks individuals who are motivated by grand challenges and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the exciting quantum computing space. As long-term visionaries, we offer employees opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth so they can advance our mission to help solve humanity's most important and pressing problems. To support the financial success and health of our employees and their families, we offer the following benefits in addition to a competitive base salary:

    401k Plan
    Generous Equity Grant

     Benefits Premiums:
     Rigetti pays 98% of all benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision) premiums for employees.
     Rigetti pays 95% of all benefit (Medical, Dental, Vision) premiums for our employees' dependents.

    Anthem Blue Cross Life Insurance at no cost to the employee
    Opportunities for additional performance-based equity grants or bonuses 

    To help our employees bring their best selves to work, we also offer various perks to support each individual to perform at their highest level and foster work-life balance. All non-exempt employees are eligible for:

    Flexible PTO as soon as they join
    Fitness Activity & Gym Membership Reimbursement
    16 Week Paid Parental Leave
    FSA & Commuter Benefits
    Employment Assistance Program (EAP)
    Flexible Work Schedule

    As we continue to grow our company, we will prioritize applicants who have created a thoughtful application and share our vision and passion for quantum computing. While we regret that we can't hire every applicant, we keep applications on file for 2 years and will reach out if you're a good fit for a future opportunity. 

    About Rigetti
    Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing. The company has operated quantum computers over the cloud since 2017 and serves global enterprise, government, and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs more than 140 people with offices in the United States, U.K., and Australia. Learn more at

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    Export Licensing Compliance
    This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please note that any offer for employment may be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license. In order to ensure compliance, Rigetti must determine U.S. citizenship or U.S. visa/immigration status of all prospective applicants for this position.

    Any citizenship information provided will be reviewed solely for export control compliance purposes.  Only applicants eligible to receive export-controlled items, software, technology, and information will be considered for this position.  Citizenship information will be handled in accordance with Rigetti’s policies prohibiting discrimination based upon classifications protected by federal, state, or local law.

    Rigetti is committed to full compliance with applicable anti-discrimination laws. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We strive to create an inclusive work environment and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.