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Facebook Technical Program Manager - News in Menlo Park, California


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Facebook News was built to bring people closer to the stories that impact their lives and the community around them. Our aim is to build on our efforts to sustain great national and local journalism and create more value for publishers. FB News is available in the US and the UK and will soon be expanding to other markets.High quality News is brought via our community and key partnerships across the world. In addition to News, FB brings authoritative information via specific destinations like the Climate Sciences Information Center, Coronavirus Information Center, Lift Black Voices and the Voter Information Center to people all over the world.News plays a significant role enabling community and conversations across Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. The News team is looking for a Technical Program Manager to help improve the accuracy of models that predict the quality of news across Facebook. The person in this machine learning team will improve our current benchmarks across countries and languages, while balancing priorities across the company and for the News product. The person will also help build partnerships with other teams at the company who rely on news signals and more broadly will also help frame strategy and response for company level priorities. The person will also be responsible for better guidelines for developing product iterations targeted at more accurate products.

Required Skills:

  1. Create alignment between goals and teams by working with Product and Engineering and own specific scope areas end to end.

  2. Partner with Engineers and Product Managers to improve the accuracy of understanding of news quality.

  3. Drive execution of various news quality machine learning efforts and manage priorities and sources of new demand.

  4. Develop prioritization of markets and languages and drive benchmarking, iterative planning and scaling for new quality understanding and prediction.

  5. Help define guidelines for machine learning processes with a view to realize long term value.

  6. Enable multiple teams to collaborate effectively via processes and culture.

  7. Operate in a matrix organization and manage cross-functional product development.

  8. Represent progress to stakeholders, while ideating improvements and methods to refine operations.

  9. Define and drive success metrics and key performance indicators along with cross-functional partners.

  10. Interface between different cross-functional teams including Engineering, Product Management, Product Marketing, Research, Design and Data Sciences.

  11. Assess business impact, prioritize initiatives and quickly react to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. B.S. in Computer Science or a related technical discipline, or equivalent experience.

  2. 7+ years of software engineering, systems engineering, hardware engineering, or technical product/program management experience.

  3. Experience delivering tech programs or products from inception to delivery.

  4. Knowledge of user needs, gathering requirements, and defining scope.

  5. Experience operating autonomously across multiple teams, demonstrated critical thinking, and thought leadership.

  6. Communication experience and experience working with technical management teams to develop systems, solutions, and products.

  7. Organizational, coordination and multi-tasking experience.

  8. Analytical and problem-solving experience with large-scale systems.

  9. Experience establishing work relationships across multi-disciplinary teams and multiple partners in different time zones.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in digital News - systems, partnerships, business models.

  2. Experience with metric development for online engagement.

  3. Experience delivering tech programs or products from inception to delivery.

  4. Knowledge of user needs, gathering requirements, and defining scope.

  5. Experience operating autonomously across multiple teams, demonstrated critical thinking, and thought leadership.

Industry: Internet

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