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Senior Technical Product Manager - Voice / Smart Audio

Department: Product Management

Location: Santa Barbara

Req#: 3010

We are looking for a highly technical Senior Product Manager/Product Owner to work closely with the core Sonos Audio engineering and research team to build the most cutting-edge technology on speech, voice capture, Trueplay and smart audio in the home.    

The ideal candidate will have previous experience as an engineering leader or technical product manager in building software to support voice, speech in hardware products, and experience with Voice Assistant platforms in the market is a huge plus. 

In this role, you will need to possess outstanding communication and collaboration skills. You will influence the strategy for Voice & Smart Audio, work closely with external and internal partners (including making vendor selection decisions), and lead executive briefings. 

You will be leading efforts across multiple teams at Sonos, so your ability to work across teams in a positive and collaborative way is key. 

About You

Our band is large. And while there’s plenty of room for all kinds of personalities and skill sets to succeed, there are certain qualities that will help you thrive here.

Like a never-accept-less work ethic. An exceptionally low ego-to-talent ratio (none of the first, tons of the latter). A relentless craving to push past your limits and try new things. The smarts and the humble confidence to take on big challenges, make mistakes fast and early, embrace tough feedback, then recover quickly with fresh, startlingly perfect solutions. A fearless willingness to defend great work. And a tendency to totally geek out on music.

If this sounds like you, read on and let’s connect soon.

What You’ll Do

  • Owns product backlog for Voice & Smart Audio; provides day-to-day guidance, prioritization and decision-making as the team’s Product Owner 
  • Writes technical product requirements and defines performance and success metrics
  • Presents the “voice of the customer” and owns the tradeoffs for performance vs. cost vs. risk vs. time for a specific implementation
  • Provides direct input into the overall voice strategy and experience roadmap
  • Represents product/customer requirements when engaging with 3rd party technology vendors and provides input on vendor selection
  • Gathers information how voice and other smart audio features are used by customer (market intelligence/competitive analysis, academic research, in-house experimentation in cooperation with UX Research)
Skills You’ll Need

This role requires strong technical, interpersonal, and presentation skills, and as a successful candidate, you are passionate about music and technology.

  • Background in Computer Science, Acoustics, or a related field
  • Experience with embedded systems is required; you have previously shipped software supporting a hardware product
  • Strong familiarity with the audio/voice competitive marketplace, what types of solutions exist, and how they perform
  • The ideal candidate is familiar with large-scale data collection, quantitative testing and evaluation (Voice Services, User Behavior)
  • Understanding of DSP, voice, speech, wake word detection and/or machine learning is highly desired
How to Audition

If this looks like a great role for you, please apply and one of our recruiters will reach out to you if there is a fit.

More About Our Band

In 2002, we set out to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Our mission–to fill every home with amazing sounding music. Yes, it was an ambitious goal. Challenging, too. And that hasn’t changed.

Since those early days, we’ve remained tirelessly focused on finding innovative ways to make listening out loud, with friends and loved ones, the truly transformative experience it should be. We’ve seen our vision capture the imaginations of music lovers in more than 60 countries, as we’ve continued to introduce products, software, and technologies that help people share the songs they love, discover new music they never knew existed, and experience richer, more musical lives.

At Sonos, we are building a team with extraordinary talent to help us fill every home with music. 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.