Senior Product Manager - Construction

Sunnyvale, CA

Position Description

Blue River Technology serves the construction industry with ground-breaking computer-vision and deep learning based equipment. These machines are changing the future of construction by making operators safer while optimizing their productivity. Our technology dramatically reduces the number of incidents, improves operators productivity, and collects valuable contextual data for the site manager.

John Deere & Company, with over 180 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative products, acquired Blue River Technology in the fall of 2017 as an independently-run subsidiary.  In partnership with John Deere, Blue River has expanded rapidly and together both companies see many opportunities to apply advanced computer vision, machine learning, and robotics technologies to customers across construction and agriculture. 

Our office is located in Sunnyvale, CA and is home to 100+ team members with diverse experience including computer vision, machine learning, systems software, autonomous vehicles and robotics. Our working environment is fast paced and highly collaborative, and employees are excited to use their talents to build a sustainable future at the intersection of the environment and humanity

In this role you will develop and communicate a deep understanding of our customer and their needs through in-depth research, identify and assess opportunities to create products, define and prioritize product initiatives, and collaborate with engineering to deliver these to the market.


  • Build a deep empathy and understanding of both the customer and the market by developing and supporting qualitative and quantitative customer research including in person interviews, surveys, focus groups, and academic/government/industry data
  • Translate customer needs and opportunities into products and features with clear, concise requirements that bring the product to life
  • Identify, research, define, execute and prioritize product development initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional engineering teams balancing performance, complexity value, and speed to market
  • Lead product development initiatives through their full cycle, from ideation to lab and field testing, to customer validation and ultimately commercialization
  • Drive continuous improvement in the way we build products at Blue River
  • Define objectives and key metrics, then measure and track progress towards achieving those objectives
  • Collaborate with leadership on the long term product vision and roadmap
  • Evaluate new market opportunities from the perspective of customer needs, product fit, and business opportunity including business models and pricing


  • 6+ years of product management experience in tech related fields
  • 3+ years of experience with robotics/AVs/ADAS in any capacity
  • BSc degree in a technical field or equivalent practical experience
  • Growth mindset with ability to quickly learn and apply experience to new technologies, domains and problems
  • Enthusiasm for creating impactful products that empower users and customers
  • Exemplary analytics skills using metric and data driven product management practices
  • Proven experience with zero to one product development
  • Proven ability to influence, collaborate, and engage with others from diverse backgrounds ranging from engineers (software, mechatronics, machine learning), to computer vision researchers, to roboticists to field technicians, to equipment managers
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate technical product information in a clear, concise and creative manner
  • Delivery focus and a strong understanding of the software development challenges faced by cross-functional engineering, program management, operations, marketing, UX
  • Strong organizational, planning and problem solving skills with an ability to resolve ambiguity and traverse between high level strategy and low-level details
  • Travel is required to customer locations and local test sites as needed. Travel within the United States is the majority with some international travel opportunities. Travel up to one week a month for deployments


  • Experience with or knowledge of construction, safety technology or heavy equipment
  • Experience with products that utilize AI/ML/CV and analytics
  • Entrepreneurial experience taking a product from ideation to commercialization
  • MBA or MSE


Blue River offers competitive compensation and benefits, including a great 401(K) match. We believe in a work life balance and offer generous Paid Time Off and Sick Leave as well as Paid Parental Leave and an adoption benefit. Subsidized lunches, flexible work hours, CalTrain passes (with mobile Wi-Fi!) and a collaborative and supportive environment also contribute to making Blue River a great place to work.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

We support each employee living a full life, enabling a thriving career and accomplishing a meaningful, challenging mission with incredible people.

We have designed our work environment to allow us each to do our work effectively, be our best selves, and be exposed to the unexpected connections and experiences that support creative innovation - all while leaving room for the other things you love.

We have been operating as “mostly remote” during the pandemic. As we transition back to the office, we are introducing our Workplace Flexibility Model. Most roles will be based out of our Sunnyvale office and balance in-office time with flexibility to support other needs you have in your life. This flexibility could be used to reduce the Bay Area commute burden by working from home a couple days a week, support parent or caregiver needs, or allow space for you to do the other things you love, whatever that might be! There are times when achieving great work is more productive when working where you work best. That’s the point of this model...flexibility for you. A few roles will be approved as fully remote. Those are determined by managers and approved by our senior team.


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