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Technical Program Manager, Merchant



IT, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA · Sunnyvale, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA · Sunnyvale, CA, USA · Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

About the Team

At DoorDash we’re building the industry’s most scalable and reliable delivery network to support our three-sided marketplace of consumers, merchants, and dashers. TPMs on our Engineering teams provide fundamental support to the underlying technology services as well as the engineers building these services. It’s no simple task, but it wouldn’t be interesting if it was!

About the Role

Our team is looking for a Technical Program Manager for our Merchant Engineering teams to drive important engineering-wide initiatives related to empowering local economies by helping merchants open, grow and operate more profitably. Programs will require a strong technical understanding, general cross organization coordination/facilitation, stakeholder management, and ownership of results.

You will report into the centralized Technical Program Management team in Engineering. You must be located in either the San Francisco Bay Area or Seattle.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will…

  • Own Merchant Programs - You will partner closely with Engineering, Product, Operations and other key leaders to establish the vision, strategy, technical direction and success metrics for these programs. Focus areas will include building partnerships with other product engineering teams and executing strategic projects to enable multi-vertical scale.
  • Plan & Execute Optimizations - You will drive optimizations related to planning Engineering objectives and key results, develop frameworks for team execution/tracking, and provide visibility to resource allocation and prioritization.
  • Demonstrate Technical Depth - You will develop a full understanding of our technical stack and interdependencies, allowing you to contribute to designs and ensure they are scalable, reliable, and efficient.
  • Nurture Stakeholders - You will manage all stakeholder expectations from leadership to individual teams, possess strong problem solving and negotiation skills, and earn the trust of partners and teams.
  • Navigate a Complex Organization - You understand engineers and enjoy working with them. You will build trust by developing strong technical domain knowledge that adds value beyond project management.
  • Manage Process & Timelines - You will manage timely and succinct communications to leadership and across teams to ensure accountability. You’ll develop processes to ensure teamwork is streamlined to manage complexity and optimized velocity. You are thoughtful about how and when to implement processes with a light touch and clear understanding of success within DoorDash’s culture. You’ll balance urgency and priority while moving the needle on multiple initiatives.

We're excited about you because…

  • You’re experienced in working with platform and/or product engineers and large-scale distributed systems. You can speak to system architecture, scalability and reliability decisions, and design trade offs.
  • You’re a strong leader with the ability to collaborate and build relationships across organizations, bridge gaps between teams, and successfully influence without authority.
  • You have strong ownership, urgency, and drive. You are willing to roll up your sleeves and dive into the details to understand and drive your programs.
  • You have excellent written & verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with confidence, clarity, and focus. You can convey concepts and considerations to non-experts and experts alike.
  • You’ve engaged with Engineering teams on product & platform development with a thorough understanding of software development processes and project planning.
  • You are pragmatic and detailed in your approach and focus on progress, not perfection.


  • Bachelor’s Degree with experience in Computer Science, Software Engineering or other related discipline.
  • 5+ years recent experience as a Technical Program Manager at a technology company.
  • Experience in large-scale distributed systems and system architecture.
  • Experience working with platform engineers and directly engaging on product development, with a thorough understanding of software development processes.
  • Project planning and execution skills that include reviewing technical design documents, estimating, and scheduling.

About DoorDash

At DoorDash, our mission to empower local economies shapes how our team members move quickly, learn, and reiterate in order to make impactful decisions that display empathy for our range of users—from Dashers to merchant partners to consumers. We are a technology and logistics company that started with door-to-door delivery, and we are looking for team members who can help us go from a company that is known for delivering food to a company that people turn to for any and all goods.

DoorDash is growing rapidly and changing constantly, which gives our team members the opportunity to share their unique perspectives, solve new challenges, and own their careers. We're committed to supporting employees’ happiness, healthiness, and overall well-being by providing comprehensive benefits and perks including premium healthcare, wellness expense reimbursement, paid parental leave and more.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We’re committed to growing and empowering a more inclusive community within our company, industry, and cities. That’s why we hire and cultivate diverse teams of people from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that true innovation happens when everyone has room at the table and the tools, resources, and opportunity to excel.

Statement of Non-Discrimination: In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination or harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination and harassment based on “protected categories,” we also strive to prevent other subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (i.e., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at DoorDash. We value a diverse workforce – people who identify as women, non-binary or gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, American Indian or Native Alaskan, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, differently-abled, caretakers and parents, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Thank you to the Level Playing Field Institute for this statement of non-discrimination.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, and any other state or local hiring regulations, we will consider for employment any qualified applicant, including those with arrest and conviction records, in a manner consistent with the applicable regulation.

If you need any accommodations, please inform your recruiting contact upon initial connection.


The location-specific base salary range for this position is listed below. Compensation in other geographies may vary.

Actual compensation within the pay range will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, skills, prior relevant experience, and specific work location. For roles that are available to be filled remotely, base salary is localized according to employee work location. Please discuss your intended work location with your recruiter for more information.

DoorDash cares about you and your overall well-being, and that’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package, for full-time employees, that includes healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan including an employer match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid time off, paid parental leave, and several paid holidays, among others.

In addition to base salary, the compensation package for this role also includes opportunities for equity grants.

California Pay Range:
$176,000$238,000 USD
Washington Pay Range:
$176,000$238,000 USD