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'Next Chapter' Returnship Program - Technical Program Manager

Technology   |   Job ID  2109705
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Job summary
Good storytelling starts with great listening. At Audible, that means each role and every project has our audience in mind. Because the same people who design, develop, and deploy our products also happen to use them. To us, that speaks volumes.

Audible’s “Next Chapter” Returnship Program is a 16-week paid full-time internship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. This role is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least one year to focus on caring for a child or other dependent. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply.

At Audible, we are excited to launch our “next Chapter” Returnship Program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experiences, and make connections with other professionals transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering people who’ve taken a break for caregiving to transition back to the workforce.

This 16-week Returnship program is 100% virtual. Upon successful completion of the Returnship, there is a possibility of an offer for full-time employment. We expect candidates for a full-time role to reside or relocate to be within commuting distance of either our Newark, NJ or Cambridge, MA hub, once we return to in-person work 1-3 days a week (currently scheduled for Q1 2022). If you are interested in a remote full-time opportunity, please discuss this with your recruiter.

This opportunity is for a Technical Program Manager (TPM) of Software Development to join the Consumer Domain team. We need your help to manage and drive customer-facing launches that further improve the experience for Audible’s valued member base and prospects. Our goals are to both drive acquisition and onboarding for new customers, and to implement new capabilities that improves the overall customer experience for all members.

This opportunity is as a Technical Program Manager (TPM) within Audible’s Content Discovery Program. The Content Discovery Program is responsible for a wide breadth of systems and functionality to connect Audible customers with content. Examples range from our Personalization, Search and Content Recommendation systems. Our teams design and build architectures for products and features that deliver Audible content to users on all of our surfaces including iOS, Android, Web, Alexa devices like Echo and more. Our technology allows us to unlock the power of our data to streamline workflows, gather insights from instrumentation, and improve our customer experiences with advanced recommendations and data science modeling. We need your help to manage and drive these complex systems in order to ensure we are scaling our systems to keep up with the demands of our customers.

  • A detail-oriented problem-solver who enjoys the process of scratching beneath the surface to find the best solution to challenges.
  • Curious and unafraid to ask questions to gain deeper understanding.
  • A great communicator who can distill important information clearly in both written and verbal correspondence.
  • A relationship builder who looks to find common ground with others and build alignment across different stakeholders.
  • Results-oriented at all times, you work with one goal in mind --delighting our customers all across the world.
  • Able to stay focused and thrive while managing competing and changing priorities and projects at a given time.
  • Passionate about bringing your skills to Audible while being open and eager to learn new things.

As a Returnship Technical Program Manager, you will...
  • Communicate project risks, progress, launches and retrospectives across all stakeholders and teams – consistently and transparently.
  • Interface and communicate with Development and QA teams, Product Managers and Customer support teams on a daily basis. Driving visibility and transparency of dates, upcoming milestones and release dates throughout the Sprint development process.
  • Build relationships with partner groups in Audible and Amazon and leverage those relationships to integrate your team's priorities within Amazon teams and understand how Amazon's projects impact our own work in this highly decentralized organization.
  • Collaborate to define core business objectives in order to deliver the best product, program or project with the most efficient use of company resources.
  • Work with cross functional teams – technology, business and operations to manage multiple projects that have conflicting needs and priorities from concept to launch.
  • Collaborate to define the technical architecture of solutions for services.
  • Strive constantly to improve and establish a new bar in performance (using objective metrics) in project execution.
  • Take advantage of the resources, training and experts around you to stay up to date with tools, trends, technologies and frameworks both industry-wide and within Amazon and then share that knowledge in a meaningful way with the community.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience working within or in tandem with software engineering teams.
  • 2+ years’ experience managing agile software projects.


  • Previous experience as a software engineer.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing through written and verbal communication.
  • Prior experience in building service oriented (SOA) distributed systems.
  • Prior experience in building web based systems using Java/J2EE, Apache Tomcat.
  • Experience building mobile device software and/or applications for large customer bases.
  • Adept at usage of various tools such as Jira or Microsoft Project.
  • Experience deploying distributed, multi-tier applications.
  • Open to relocate to Newark, NJ or Cambridge, MA at the conclusion of the program if offered FT employment post-Returnship.

At Audible, we innovate and inspire through the power of voice. We're changing the narrative on storytelling. As a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, we've redefined the ways people access, discover, and share stories. The stories we tell have the ability to transport and transform everyday moments into meaningful experiences and it's our people who make Audible's service possible. We're listeners, storytellers, and problem-solvers. Our perspectives and experiences power our ideas and come together in our mission to unleash the power of the spoken word. Audible offers a Hub+Home hybrid workplace model that gives employees flexibility between gathering in a common office space (work from hub) and remote work (work from home). Some teams will work mostly at hub, some mostly at home and others hybrid. For more information, please visit

Audible is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Audible is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit
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