What does a Technical Program Manager do?

Technical program managers are responsible for a company’s technical projects of all types and stay involved for each stage of development, from idea to design to their completion. They develop new products and features to create new revenue sources and increase company profits. They may lead hardware and software design teams implementing new programs that will create products, applications, and additional projects that benefit the company.

Technical program managers ensure projects remain on schedule and within the allotted budget, which could mean cutting costs as needed and delegating more staff to work on a program or perform other tasks to maintain the project parameters. Working with management executives, they regularly inspect and report the program's progress. They are responsible for tracking technical issues and finding solutions for problems that may arise. They review test code and designs frequently to ensure a program meets its goals. Technical program managers need a bachelor's degree in management, business administration, computer science, or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Technical Program Manager jobs?
  • Be the liaison between the product management and software development teams.
  • Drive project execution from scoping through delivery.
  • Partner with key team members to ensure visibility and alignment.
  • Partner as a technical liaison between customers and engineering teams.
  • Assist with recruiting, the hiring process, and growing the team.
  • Communicate schedules, dependencies, issues, and risks across teams and to stakeholders.
  • Support the development of strategic plans, goals, and objectives.
  • Socialize ideas, make recommendations, develop plans, and gather consensus to move forward.
  • Produce weekly status reports and attending weekly status meetings.
  • Assess risks and identify solutions to timely, efficient achievement of program goals.
  • Lead program scoping with architecture, engineering, and senior leaders.
  • Keep senior executives and business teams updated on project timelines and results.
  • Align the audience to organizational goals and outcomes, creates engagement and empower teams.
  • Maintain a quarterly view of defined, prioritized, and scoped work.
  • Creatively develop plans to mitigate any issues that affect the project deliverables.
  • Support internal governing bodies including steering committees, investment review boards, and ad hoc or standing work groups.
  • Lead and coordinate design/implementation efforts with internal teams and external partners.
What are the typical qualifications for Technical Program Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, engineering, or computer science or equivalent experience.
  • Participate in all Agile ceremonies including the daily SCRUM.
  • Able to collaborate and lead where necessary.
  • A critical thinker and problem solver.
  • Sound business acumen and ability to prioritize tasks as appropriate.
  • Strive for continuous improvement.
  • Fluent in computing, Jira, R Language, and cloud computing.
  • Fluent in machine learning practices.
  • Can toggle between tasks such as interfacing and templating.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Technical Program Manager Salaries near United Kingdom

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£99,805 /yr
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Technical Program Manager Career Path

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Senior Technical Program Manager
5 Jun 2022

“Grab really promotes internal mobility and good place to work if you want to switch career path”

Programmatic Media Manager
23 Dec 2021

“Working on global brands has been really great for my credentials and my career as a whole.”

Senior TPM
22 May 2022

“The quantity and quality of the information available and the actual opportunities to advance one's career is nearly limitless.”

Technical Program Manager
9 Jun 2021

“There are many great people to work with which you can turn to learn and always make forward progress.”

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Manager of Technical Program Management
4 May 2023

“You will work with some of the best software engineers I have ever had the pleasure of working with”

IT Program Manager
12 Apr 2022

“So you will see folks are incorrect but won’t listen so we move forward that way.”

Amazon Web ServicesAmazon Web Services
Technical Program Manager III
22 Dec 2022

“Work life balance is good; I'm far less stressed than at my previous job.”

Senior Technical Program Manager
23 Aug 2022

“The career growth is unparalleled and it does not matter if you have been at your position for six months or six years.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Technical Program Manager

When working as a Technical Program Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Deliverables, Load Balancing, Negotiation, MS SQL Server and PHD.

The most similar professions to Technical Program Manager are:
  • Program Manager
  • Global Program Manager
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Project Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Technical Program Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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