Lead Program Manager, Research & Development

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San Francisco, CA, United States
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Checkr’s mission is to build a fairer future by improving the understanding of the past. Since graduating Y-Combinator in 2014, Checkr’s product has shifted the on-demand economy and has continued to scale into serving enterprise companies across various industries. As a company that provides modern and compliant background checks for global enterprises and startups, Checkr knows first hand how difficult it may be for individuals with prior criminal history to find employment and we want to help provide fair chances for the formerly convicted. A career with Checkr provides the opportunity to make an impact on the professional lives of millions of people and we encourage all qualified individuals to apply for our roles.

Checkr is looking for an experienced Lead Program Manager to lead the execution across our most important strategic priorities across Product and Engineering. In this role, you’ll also drive the product life cycle for all of product & engineering from Ideation to development to launch. This role is very cross-functional across Product, Engineering, Marketing, Customer Success Ops, Technical Documentation, CS, Finance, Legal and the executive team. We are looking for a leader who owns designing and implementing new processes as we continue to grow and evolve. This work directly impacts our mission in creating a fairer future – come to help us change the world!

What a typical week may look like at Checkr 

  • Iterating on and maintaining the product and development lifecycle.
  • Driving biweekly status updates and achieving development milestones across all R&D.
  • Managing dependencies both within the department and across the company.
  • Facilitating the end to end product lifecycle from Discovery to Launch. Collaborating with cross functional partners from Sales to Product Marketing.
  • Owning the annual and quarterly planning processes for the Product and Engineering organization.
  • Technical knowledge to understand and participate in trade-off discussions.

What we value in a Sr Lead Program Manager

  • 7+ years in a program management role 
  • Exceptional project management, organization, verbal and written communication skills 
  • Experience with large complex projects on web-scale and a track record of impact
  • Deep technical understanding of software platforms at scale
  • Strong grasp of lean and agile methodologies
  • A mix of both startup and enterprise software development experience
  • Ability to design new programs, processes, drive alignment and change management

Brownie Points 

  • Experience working with customer-facing teams to prioritize product and development efforts
  • Worked at a fast-growing startup
  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or Engineering or experience in a related field

What you get:

  • A fast-paced and collaborative environment where we leverage the latest technology
  • Hands-on coaching and professional development
  • Competitive compensation and opportunity for advancement
  • 100% medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Unlimited PTO policy
  • Gym membership, transportation reimbursements
  • Catered lunch, dinner, and snacks 

Equal Employment Opportunities at Checkr

Checkr is committed to hiring talented and qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds for all of its tech, non-tech, and leadership roles. Checkr believes that the gathering and celebration of unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures enriches the workplace.   

Checkr also welcomes the opportunity to consider qualified applicants with prior arrest or conviction records. Checkr’s commitment to diversity extends to hiring talented individuals in spite of a prior criminal history in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws, including the San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance.


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Lead Program Manager, Research & Development
Checkr, Inc.