The Path Forward Return to Work program at Zoox is a 16-week paid returnship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce. The program is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caregiving of any kind. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply.  

At Zoox, we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, gain new experience, and make connections with others transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving to transition back to the paid workforce.  

Zoox is on an ambitious journey to develop a full-stack autonomous mobility solution for cities and deploy such a robotaxi solution safely.  We are seeking a Technical Program Manager that will help Zoox System Design and Mission Assurance (SDMA) team to adapt, implement,  mature, and continuously innovate various aspects of the System Safety engineering process.    

This is a high-visibility role.  In this role, you will establish close collaboration and build trusting relationships with senior leaders from cross-functional teams including hardware, software, vehicle engineering, operations, human factors, program management office, legal, and policy to develop project schedules, identify milestone workstreams, flag risks, estimate budgets, and clearly communicate on-going progress.  More specifically, your work will focus on the following areas:


  • Support the establishment and planning of various work streams that are required for the Safety Case in each milestone
  • Manage the planning and execution of system-level hazard analysis activities, traceability of potential safety issues through safety architecture, requirements, implementation, verification, and validation to produce a closed-loop safety case
  • Lead the Risk Management Program for various milestones.  Track all potential safety issues and drive them to closure
  • Define the Field Safety Issue response process for SDMA
  • Work with cross-functional teams to represent SDMA in the Safety Management System working group
  • Manage quarterly program planning and progress tracking for the System Safety team
  • Represent the SDMA System Safety team at key program review meetings
  • It is your job to ensure that engineering groups are coordinated, understand their priorities, and are on-track to deliver on our corporate milestones on time and on budget

What You Bring to the Role

  • Collaborative team player with strong written and in-person communication skills
  • Strong track-record in managing complex cross-functional projects


  • BS degree or higher in an Engineering or Science discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in technical program management
  • Working-level knowledge with system safety and/or systems engineering process

Bonus Qualifications

  • Working experience in automotive industry or the autonomous driving technology industry
  • Experience with safety critical or high integrity systems
  • Familiarity with applicable industry safety standards such as MIL-STD-882, ISO 26262, ISO 21448 PAS, etc.
Vaccine Mandate

Employees working in this position will be required to have received a single dose of the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine OR have completed the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series. In addition, employees will be required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the earlier of (1) April 15 or (2) within two months of becoming eligible for the booster vaccine.

Employees will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal, and local laws.

About Zoox

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.