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Director, Product Management - Wireless Technologies & Radios



San Mateo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from first responders to insurance claims adjusters, utilities, and more!

About the role:

As the Director, Product Management for wireless technologies & radios, you will own Skydio’s roadmap for wireless capabilities spanning the direct connectivity with our controllers, to 5G cellular and overall network connectivity. To do this, you will work closely with our hardware, wireless and embedded software engineering teams to help define and shape both the underlying technology and also the radio products themselves. You will also be working directly with customers to build out our industry-leading workflows to unlock scaled remote operations across Utilities, Public Safety and Federal markets.

Location: This is a hybrid position that requires 3 days/week onsite at our HQ in San Mateo, CA.

What you will be responsible for in this role:

  • Be the product owner for Skydio’s cellular (LTE, 5G), Enterprise wireless technologies (802.x) and Federal multi-band radio protocols, settings, controls and workflows.
  • Be the product owner for radios themselves - both as components built into our controllers and drones, but also to launch standalone productized radio units.

What you will be doing in this role:

  • Engage with customers and internal stakeholders to understand core business problems and develop visions and strategies to solve them.
  • Work cross-functionally, and in close cooperation with the hardware engineering and wireless teams, to define new products, scope and prioritize features, and maintain a clear wireless product roadmap.
  • Work closely with designers and other product leaders to build out end-to-end wireless workflows that are delightful for both technical and non-technical customers.
  • Drive technical and business tradeoffs, providing executive-level recommendations, as the wireless subject matter expert for Product Management.
  • Capture, document, and distill feedback from customers and internal testers to continually improve your products and features.
  • Partner with Product Marketing to develop launch plans, product positioning and messaging to bring your products to market.
  • Collaborate closely with Sales and Customer Success to build and maintain close customer relationships, and ensure proper training and support.

Required experience that would make you a good fit for the role:

  • 10+ years of proven success in defining and delivering complex products, owning end-to-end products spanning hardware and software.
  • Deep technical understanding of wireless protocols including 802.x, multi-band and cellular.
  • Proven ability to leverage technical depth and business acumen to lead strategic tradeoffs and executive-level product recommendations.
  • Experience defining and launching innovative end-to-end product workflows spanning HW, SW and cloud.
  • Highly facilitative team player who strives to enable others to do their best work.
  • A passion for speaking with -- and learning from -- customers.
  • An advanced degree (e.g. MBA), or equivalent experience.

Potential added backgrounds that would make you a great fit for the role:

  • Specific experience working closely and negotiating with cellular providers, rolling out new products on their networks.
  • A background in electrical engineering, wireless engineering, mechanical engineering, or computer science.
  • Direct experience leading products in Robotics, AI, drones or aviation categories.
  • Experience working closely with Utilities, Public Safety or Defense customers.

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $187,000 - $236,500*. Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Skydio full-time employees are eligible to enroll in our benefit plans and take advantage of a variety of incentives and stipends. For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.


At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multidisciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.

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