What does a Lead Technical Program Manager do?

Technical program managers are responsible for a company’s technical projects of all types and stay involved for each stage of development, from idea to design to their completion. They develop new products and features to create new revenue sources and increase company profits. They may lead hardware and software design teams implementing new programs that will create products, applications, and additional projects that benefit the company.

Technical program managers ensure projects remain on schedule and within the allotted budget, which could mean cutting costs as needed and delegating more staff to work on a program or perform other tasks to maintain the project parameters. Working with management executives, they regularly inspect and report the program's progress. They are responsible for tracking technical issues and finding solutions for problems that may arise. They review test code and designs frequently to ensure a program meets its goals. Technical program managers need a bachelor's degree in management, business administration, computer science, or related fields.

EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Lead Technical Program Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$142,729 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$99K
Median: $143K
$207K
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Lead Technical Program Manager Career Path

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Programmatic Media Manager
Dec 23, 2021

“Working on global brands has been really great for my credentials and my career as a whole.”

QuaeroQuaero
Technical Program Manager
Sep 5, 2019

“Quaero provides ample opportunity to learn and build your skill set that align with your career goals.”

AyehuAyehu
Technical Program Manager
Jun 9, 2021

“There are many great people to work with which you can turn to learn and always make forward progress.”

AmazonAmazon
Senior Technical Program Manager
Mar 20, 2020

“Career progression is difficult and depends on others opinions and not on the actual impact.”

Standard Bank GroupStandard Bank Group
IT Program Manager
Mar 31, 2020

“Aggressive transformation targets in South Africa limit career development prospects if you are not in the right gender/race category”

DropboxDropbox
Technical Program Manager
Jan 11, 2020

“My work was regularly sabotaged even though boss knew it was the best thing for the company.”

HotwireHotwire
Technical Program Manager
Oct 9, 2019

“Delay in development resources hiring impacts the roadmap and have to do replanning multiple times.”

BoxBox
Senior Technical Program Manager
Apr 1, 2020

“I really enjoy the people here and I look forward to coming to work every day.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a lead technical program manager

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The most common qualifications to become a lead technical program manager include a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.