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Principal Technical Program Manager

Principal Technical Program Manager

  • Location United States - Texas - Houston
  • Travel required Yes - up to 25%
  • Job category IT&S Group
  • Relocation available Negotiable
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 132301BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Are you interested in making a difference in the world? Climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time and we need bold leaders who want be part of the solution. bp is on a mission to become the largest green energy provider in the world by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
We are looking for a Principal Technical Program Manager who will be part of the Digital Engineering Center of Excellence (CoE) reporting directly to the VP of Digital Engineering. In this role you’ll lead technical programs across bp, from driving engineering and operational excellence standards to leading the delivery of new software and services. We need someone who is both technical and able to operate and communicate at all levels, from execution to strategic.


  • Collaborates with technical leaders to define strategy, roadmaps, and execution plans.
  • Takes care of the overall milestone planning, execution, delivery, and release of complex cross-team engineering initiatives.
  • Brings together different disciplines from UX, Product, Technical Specialist / SME Engineering to support alignment across the organisation.
  • Identifies where a coaching or mentoring approach is required and apply these techniques to guide teams and individuals to adopting an agile mindset.
  • Manages ongoing prioritisation of product backlogs within the sub-portfolios.
  • Ensures common performance management tools are used in partnership with other teams.

  • User-first mindset
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of discovery and user experience design process
  • Have sound understanding of modern software engineering (DevOps; CICD, automation, QA, tooling, etc)
  • Be familiar with modern software architecture
  • Be confident in managing security incident responses
  • Be delivery orientated
  • Demonstrate agile ways of working (agile ceremonies, backlog prioritisation)
  • Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Bring new collaboration techniques to the table
  • Demonstrate a flexible mind set
  • Be respectful and embrace inclusion
  • Be a team player

Expected Knowledge
  • A solid understanding of Software Development and Software Operations along with the concept of DevOps
  • Solid understanding and experience of current software development processes, including cloud-based delivery.
  • A good overall knowledge of project delivery and agile practices.
  • Information Technology degree preferred with previous experience as a software engineer.

  • Communication - Able to relate to and communicate with both business and technology people
  • Stakeholder management – Able to understand and respond to the drivers and concerns of a wide range of both business and technical stakeholders
  • Conflict resolution - Must be able to facilitate discussion and the development of alternatives or different approaches
  • Political awareness - Be able to work/collaborate/communicate effectively with upper management, stakeholders, and other external dependencies.
  • Problem solving skills - organizational and analytical skills, and the ability to work round obstacles to get things done
  • Partner/Supplier management – Understanding of key processes and how to get the best from our Partners.

  • Enthusiastic – High-energy
  • Focus on Continuous improvement - Must continually be looking to improve their own skills and encourage the team to do the same
  • Attitude of empowerment - Must be able to lead a team towards self-organization
  • Flexibility: Demonstrate sensitivity to the organizational environment. Tolerate ambiguity, shift priorities, change style and respond with new approaches as needed to deal with the demands of changed conditions
  • Initiative: Actively and enthusiastically attempt to influence events. Seek opportunities to originate action. Act beyond explicit requests and approach work in an optimistic manner. Be a self-starter

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