• Location
    • United States
  • Date Posted
  • Nov. 29, 2021
  • Function
  • Product Engineering

The company

Our mission is to build the Covariant Brain, a universal AI to give robots the ability to see, reason and act on the world around them. Bringing AI from research in the lab to the infinite variability and constant change of our customer’s real-world operations requires new ideas, approaches and techniques.

Success in the real world requires a team that represents that world: diversity of backgrounds, points of view, and experiences. Our common denominator: ambitious expectations, love of learning, empathy for those around us, and a team-first mindset. Read more about our culture at https://www.keyvalues.com/covariant .

The role

The technical project manager is the leader of our onsite team during crucial pilot deployments.  After a customer signs with Covariant, the first robot we deploy sets the tone for the entire relationship: if things go well, the account expands, and the customer sees significant savings from a large robotic deployment.  If things go south, it’s a loss of opportunity and resources on both sides.  As the technical project manager, you make sure that we are on the path to success.  Deployment roboticists, AI engineers, application engineers, and hardware engineers all look to you to lead the team.  You will prioritize the technical work, manage the schedule, track effort remaining, and communicate to the customer in regular updates.

Areas of focus

  • Prioritization
  • Customer communication
  • Timeline estimates
  • Structuring unstructured work, including writing tests and workflows as necessary
  • People leadership

You will

  • Be a key contributor from day 1 on a small team that’s growing fast
  • Push the boundary of possible with a world-class machine learning and robotics team
  • Be a leader in a crucial position, with the fate of Covariant’s customers in your hands

You have

  • Experience and a history of success as a technical project manager, product manager, or technical lead OR
  • Formal training in engineering and a proclivity for leadership
  • Experience in very complicated, long-term technical projects, lasting at least 3 months in duration
  • A great sense of the big picture, with the ability to zoom in and out fluidly
  • Good judgement
  • Willingness to travel to be with our onsite teams during deployments (25%-50% travel)
  • A history of success at whatever you do

Nice to haves

  • Experience and skill at telling stories about the big picture to customers or internal stakeholders
  • A history of leadership
  • Experience with software workflows

Sample week in the life

  • Monday - Fly to the customer site to get started with your week.  The company is four weeks into a pilot deployment.  You’ve been reading up on the desired workflow for correcting errors when the robot makes a mistake (dropping the item in the wrong place, for example), and you want to watch as the customer tries the workflow out for the first time.  It goes ok, but you write a bunch of tickets for improvements you observed.
  • Tuesday – Take notes and collect metrics as the team runs the robot for a one-hour test.  You’ve designed the metrics reporting that we do to the customer, and you want to make sure the data is solid and you understand exactly the story it’s telling.  Take the team out to dinner.  You know they’ll stay at the warehouse until 10pm if you don’t drag them out to eat.
  • Wednesday – Customer meeting day.  You’ve been writing the weekly status report deck and getting input from the team.  Present it to the customer, highlighting the progress we’ve made and trying to give accurate estimates for when we can solve the outstanding issues.  Fly home.
  • Thursday – Time to groom and prioritize the tasks and tickets related to the pilot in JIRA, our task tracking software.  You’re in meetings with the various engineers to understand progress on all of the tickets, and to reset priorities.
  • Friday – Present project status to an internal audience.  Things are going pretty well overall, but you think we’re going to need more resources from the machine learning team to keep the project on schedule.  Lobby the VP of engineering.  Meet with the internal team to coordinate travel and next week’s onsite activities.


Health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family

Unlimited time off Flexible work hours

Lunch and dinner each day

401(k) plan and match

At covariant.ai we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Covariant.ai is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.