Program Manager to TPM - Long Term Implications

Amazon TonyD_
Nov 15 4 Comments

I’m currently a program manager in the risk management space at Amazon. I work closely with a team of SDEs and data scientist essentially acting as a Product Manager for the tech they support. Their SDM offered me position as TPM. The opportunity interests me as it further exposes me to tech and offers greater earnings potential. However, I have little hands on tech background outside of the last few years and outside of the risk space. I’m confident that I can be successful in this particular role based on conversations with the SDM and my familiarity with the tech. However, I was reviewing TPM reqs across various tech companies and realized that I do not have the traditional background of a TPM (education/experience).

How difficult would it be to get hired as a TPM by another company or transfer internally a year or two later without that background? Could I be taken seriously or filtered out by recruiters and hiring managers?

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  • Amazon zvLO24
    Go for it. You will get on the job experience for things you do not know.
    Check out the job openings today, most companies are flexible with a degree OR on the job experience for similar roles.
    Nov 15 0
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    duh677

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    Do you have a Technical degree?
    Nov 15 2
    • Amazon Zeus00
      Unfortunately no. BS in Accounting and MS is risk management related.

      Sorry playing with the UN settings :P
      Nov 15
    • Compass
      duh677

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      duh677more
      Then you need to cover with extensive experience and self study (at least if you want to land a position at one of the bug four or other tech startup). Experience will help you get pass the recruiter filter, self study will help you go through the onsite.
      Nov 15

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