Senior Program Manager

  • Ancestry
  • Nov 11, 2021

Job Description

About Ancestry:When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.
With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.
Senior Program Manager - Job Description
We’re looking for a highly autonomous Program Manager with 7+ years experience to work from our San Francisco, CA office.  This role works closely with Product and Engineering leadership, managers, and scrum masters as well as works with engineering, design, analytics, and other key team members to deliver innovative, cross-functional, timely features to customers.  This role also emphasizes, coordinates, and communicates team improvement, predictability, transparency and works to identify and overcome delivery roadblocks in a complex, cross-functional environment. Preferred candidates are expected to have great experience and familiarity with agile methodologies, scrum, building relationships, and working with teams to improve.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in project and program management with a keen understanding of team dynamics, product development/engineering, and product management.  Strong communication skills are also essential in coordinating across several multi-disciplinary teams toward unified product and feature releases. 
The successful candidate will not only be responsible for managing multiple product development projects but will also drive delivery execution and broader cross organizational change initiatives as well as: 
Ensure timely delivery of products and features by working with software engineering teams and by developing processes that improve predictability and transparency to dependencies and risk, and ensure that teams are working together efficiently to overcome roadblocks
Lead the process to help key stakeholders understand dependencies and trade-offs throughout the product development process
Ensure informed decisions and governance by bringing together stakeholders and providing a unified view of project status and risk factors
Work closely with cross-functional teams including UX Design, Product Management, Software Engineering, Marketing, PR, Finance, Legal and Customer Support through the product development and platform deployment processes.
Establish and extend best practice enterprise-wide by continuously iterating on program management processes and capturing best practices 
B.S. or B.A. degree preferredScrum master, Advanced Scrum Master certification or other SAFe agile certifications preferred.  Strong understanding of technology including Mobile technologies preferred. 
Must have 7+ years of related software program and/or software product management experience, leading large cross-functional efforts with a proven track record of shipping awesome products.   
Characteristics we are looking for: 
Ability to quickly synthesize information, identify what matters, and cut to the chase. 
Strong bias toward action - preference for execution over process but an understanding of when process is helpful. 
Comfort in building key relationships across the company to ensure smooth integration of new processes and programs 
Comfortable leading informally across the organization to challenge the status quo and develop better ways to enhance the customer experience. 
Passionate, smart, analytical, creative, driven -
“Gets it” and is able to deliver results quickly. 
Demonstrated success in working with and influencing cross-functional teams and working collaboratively with stakeholders, even in remote offices 
Flexible and adaptable to changing demands based upon the needs of the business. 
Proactively seeks feedback and input; actively listens and communicates well with others. 
Strong technical understanding of internet technologies and the operations of a commercial website, with a history of successful partnerships with engineering 
Excellent communication and organizational skills Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with an entrepreneurial approach and drive for continuous improvement#LI- GT1#GDSponsored#IND2
Additional Information:Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  
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