We’re changing the way people think about transportation. Not that long ago we were just an app to request premium black cars in a few metropolitan areas. Now we’re a part of the logistical fabric of more than 600 cities around the world. Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, we use technology to give people what they want, when they want it.
For the people who drive with Uber, our app represents a flexible new way to earn money. For cities, we help strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.
And that’s just what we’re doing today. We’re thinking about the future, too. With teams working on autonomous trucking and self-driving cars, we’re in for the long haul. We’re reimagining how people and things move from one place to the next.
About the Role
Self-driving technology is advancing faster than anyone might have expected, but it is still in the early days for this mobility revolution. Policymakers everywhere are working to understand what is the right regulatory approach to capture this potential. Assuring consumer acceptance for new game-changing technologies are critical to deployment. We’re looking for someone to work with our ATG product team to help deliver on the current efforts on the ground, work with our safety and strategy teams to develop go-to-market pathways in regulated environments, and develop and implement legislative strategies for self-driving technology under existing and new regulations.
What You’ll Do
Develop deep issue expertise on Uber’s self-driving products, helping ATG navigate through an evolving policy environment and enabling Uber to be a clear thought leader in this space
Leverage top-notch analytical and problem solving skills to build data-driven policy analyses that support product decision-making and bolster Uber’s positions in the regulatory arena
Engage collaboratively with federal regulatory agencies like NHTSA, NTSB, and FMCSA as they develop approaches to this new technology
Work with Uber’s local public policy teams around the world to help cities enable this future mode of transportation
Work with internal business partners to solve thorny challenges, and to provide analyses in support of strategic objectives that require Uber to apply a policy lens
What You’ll Need
10+ years of work experience for a company, government, non-profit, or ideally some mix. Open to candidates from many walks of life (e.g., consultancy, the law, media), who have shown an ability to move up the learning curve fast and a track record of getting the job done
Leadership experience in policy, strategy, and/or product development in a highly regulated space (e.g., auto, energy, infrastructure, fintech), preferably at a tech company
Experience working in rapidly evolving environments; comfort with ambiguity and a natural ability to focus on the right information and bring structure to unstructured problems
Significant analytical experience, including ability to analyze data to identify trends and implications, and ability to construct forward-looking models that can inform policy positions
Ability to drive cross-functionally; comfortable with project management
Conversant with Powerpoint and Excel
Prior subject matter knowledge and/or experience in self-driving is a plus but not required
Advanced degrees (e.g., MBA, JD, MPP) preferred
To succeed you’ll need to be:
Passionate about Uber’s mission: You have infectious enthusiasm to learn fast and a passion for how cities move
A self starter: Uber is a company of entrepreneurs and we want to work with people who have a sense of urgency for change, and enjoy building things from the bottom up
An intellectually curious do-er: You are intellectually curious and able to think things through from first principles while also having a bias towards action with an 80/20 approach
A cross-disciplinary player: You’ll need conceptual problem-solving for blue-sky problems, analytical rigor to break down complex and unwieldy problems, and quantitative chops to measure the policy impacts on the business
A great advocate: We’re looking to create new regulatory frameworks. You’ll need the intellectual firepower to grasp complex policy issues as well as the ability to articulate our self-driving vision in a clear and compelling manner— orally and in writing
An experienced spokesperson: You will have strong public speaking skills for media and other public engagements
A team player: Success depends on the ability to organize different teams (internally and externally) around shared goals. You should enjoy working with others to get stuff done, deal with the ambiguity that comes from working cross-functionally, and are happy when the job is finished no matter who gets credit
A strong project manager: You should be well-organized and able to conceptualize, own, drive and complete projects that will move the needle on our top priorities
About the Team
At Uber, policy roles are business critical and have a real impact in our markets. Policy at Uber is for people who are keen to have skin in the game on business decisions and are excited about being an advocate for change. This role sits on our Central Policy team.
Central Policy is a cross-disciplinary team that is both externally and internally facing. We work alongside our local public policy teams to engage politicians, regulators and third parties to make the positive case for change. That’s partly about helping policymakers understand the benefits of this new model and about figuring out the best local regulatory framework and then developing campaigns to push reform through. We also work with our Product teams to infuse key policy issues into Uber’s technologies, roadmaps and strategies. And we partner with our Communication and Brand teams to shape public narratives on our areas of expertise.