Principal Technical Program Manager, Data Platform



IT, Operations
United States · Remote
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2024

About the team

Are you passionate about data engineering, democratizing data, and driving impact? Join our forward-thinking Data Platform Team, where you'll play a key role in developing and implementing our next-generation data platform.

As a Principal Technical Program Manager, you will partner with your teammates within Data Engineering and stakeholders across the Engineering and Product organizations to design data platform solutions in the most exciting and impactful data-oriented spaces here at Zillow. The work spans across business areas and technical organizations within the company.

About the role

Zillow Group is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Principal Technical Program Manager to drive and lead large-scale initiatives that span across our Data Engineering Organization. You will work closely with leadership, teams, and stakeholders to define strategies, facilitate planning, and oversee the execution of key projects.

The Principal Technical Program Manager will play a pivotal role in managing the end-to-end delivery of products, from design through development to release. We need a hands-on “do-er”, which means you will be comfortable driving change, developing strategic technical initiatives, while being able to dive deep through the use of data when needed.


  • Work with Data Engineering, Engineering, and Product leadership in defining the roadmap and technical architecture(data flow) aligned to overall organizational and business objectives.
  • Work across engineering and product teams to understand use cases and requirements for our data platform.
  • Partner with data engineers on your team to deliver compelling solutions that meet the data demands of end users and internal business needs
  • Iterate quickly, test new insights and analyze results
This role has been categorized as a Remote position. “Remote” employees do not have a permanent corporate office workplace and, instead, work from a physical location of their choice, which must be identified to the Company. U.S. employees may live in any of the 50 United States, with limited exceptions.In California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New York and Washington the standard base pay range for this role is $167,100.00 - $266,900.00 Annually. This base pay range is specific to California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New York and Washington and may not be applicable to other locations.In addition to a competitive base salary this position is also eligible for equity awards based on factors such as experience, performance and location. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance and location.

Who you are

  • Solid technical skills with the ability to translate product requirements into technical specifications.
  • Proven experience in executing large-scale initiatives and managing cross-functional teams and delivering with tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated capability in identifying risks, opportunities, and recommending system architectures.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills to drive consensus and process improvements.
  • Experience working closely with Product Managers and Software Development Managers to achieve business objectives.
  • Ability to ask the right technical questions, make appropriate trade-offs, and ensure project success.


  • 8+ years of Technical Program Management experience with related technologies, including leading significant cross functional projects in mid-size or large companies
  • 4+ years of hands-on experience building software solutions within current industry standard technologies
  • Strong knowledge of AWS/Databricks stack and big data technologies like Spark and Airflow
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to think clearly, analyze quantitatively, problem-solve, scope technical requirements, and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to influence stakeholders and build alignment around vision
  • Ability to prioritize multiple opposing priorities in a fast-paced environment

Transferable Skills

Here at Zillow - we value the experience and perspective of candidates with non-traditional backgrounds. We encourage you to apply if you have transferable skills or related experiences.

Get to know us

Zillow is reimagining real estate to make home a reality for more and more people.

As the most-visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates help movers find and win their home through digital solutions, first class partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. Millions of people visit Zillow Group sites every month to start their home search, and now they can rely on Zillow to help make it easier to move. The work we do helps people get home and no matter what job you're in, you will play a critical role in making home a reality for more and more people.

Our efforts to streamline the real estate transaction are supported by a deep-rooted culture of innovation, our passion to redefine the employee experience, a fundamental commitment to Equity and Belonging, and world-class benefits. These benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life, and disability coverages as well as parental leave, family benefits, retirement contributions, and paid time off. We’re also setting the standard for work experiences of the future, where our employees are supported in doing their best work and living a flexible, well-balanced life. But don’t just take our word for it. Read recent reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equity Index, and TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list.

Zillow Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. 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. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact your recruiter directly.

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