1+ months

Principal Program Manager, University Hubs

Seattle, WA 98104


The Strategic Recruiting and Academic Partnerships Team focuses on building top specialized talent communities in Design and Applied Research, including Machine Learning (ML), Computer Vision, Speech Recognition/Natural Language Processing, Optimization, Economics, Sustainability, Hardware, Data Science and Robotics globally at Amazon. We build teams in emerging fields and recruit senior Design and Science leaders. As a core talent function, we also develop Amazon's presence at key gatherings, drive academic relations and facilitate internal community efforts. Our efforts support Amazon's development of new businesses, such as Alexa and Amazon Go while ensuring state-of-the-art research and design are at the forefront of Amazon's more mature organizations.

We are seeking a Principal Program manager for the newly formed University Hubs initiative. A University Hub is regionally-based and incorporates multiple universities and Amazon business units to ensure sustainable and productive scientific partnerships. We will utilize the Amazon Scholars program to bring talent in such Hubs. The Amazon Scholar program is a program aimed at enabling university professors to work on large-scale and high-impact technical challenges at Amazon without leaving their academic institution.

Amazon is a unique place to measure the impact of new scientific ideas, given our scale and our ownership of both an information infrastructure (e.g., customer data) and a physical infrastructure (e.g., fulfillment centers).

The Program Manager for the University Hubs initiative will drive these efforts globally:
· Build the strategy for university partnerships in specific regions to accelerate hiring and R&D development
· Work with broad array of stakeholders to drive a university partnerships agenda, include finance, HR, science leaders, legal, PR
· Partner closely with the Scholars program and PhD Recruiting
· Own KPIs, reporting and communication on University Hubs with customers internally and externally.
Success in this role looks like:
· Ability to multitask, prioritize and complete a high volume of tasks and projects autonomously
· Excellent judgment, discretion and sensitivity when dealing with high profile executives inside or outside the company, and confidential information
· Ability to make informed and timely decisions; understand when to take ownership of a decision and when to involve other parties
· Reacts with appropriate levels of urgency and tenacity to situations that require quick response or turnaround
· Thinks ahead and troubleshoots; removes obstacles before they become problems
· Impeccable attention to detail and problem solving skills
· Remains focused and calm under pressure
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Ability to influence stakeholders and strong PM experience

This person will operate in a complex, international, fast paced environment, where customer experience is paramount and juggling conflicting demands against tight deadlines is the norm.


· Bachelor's Degree
· 7+ years of experience in program or project management
· 7+ years of experience delivering cross functional projects
· 7+ years of experience managing, analyzing and communicating results to senior management
· 7+ years of experience working cross functionally with tech and non-tech teams
· Experience defining program requirements and using data and metrics to determine improvements


· Experience with corporate R&D, building university partnerships for research
· Domain understanding of artificial intelligence
· Highly conversant with Excel, Outlook, Word

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.


Posted: 2020-08-19 Expires: 2020-11-06

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