AI Program Director



1,001-5,000 employees

Vacuum & kitchen appliances

Consumer Goods

Senior, Expert

Needham, MA, USA

Required Skills
Data Analysis
  • Proven experience in a leadership role managing AI or technology-focused programs.
  • Proven experience in strategy setting and roadmap development.
  • Experience developing business cases, partnering with cross functional teams and finance to ensure a meaningful ROI.
  • Strong understanding of AI, machine learning, and data analytics technologies and trends.
  • Excellent project management skills, with experience in Agile and other project management methodologies.
  • Strong leadership and team development skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage effectively with technical teams, business stakeholders, and senior management.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills, with a proven ability to translate business challenges into AI-driven solutions.
  • Knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements related to AI, data privacy, and security.
  • Proven experience in using data (KPIs) in a measurable way to achieve specific strategic results that are relevant to the organization.
  • Track record of quickly developing solutions to complex problems that require a high degree of ingenuity, creativity, and innovativeness.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and comfort working in a dynamic, fun, fast-paced environment.
  • A team oriented and collaborative approach. Proven results building effective long-term relationships at all levels, internally and externally, and going the extra mile for customers.
  • Ability to communicate for impact, both verbally and in writing; ability to adjust communication and style depending on audience (technical vs. executive leadership).
  • Unpretentious confidence. Communicate transparently – listen actively and speak respectfully.
  • Operate with a strong work ethic and an unrelenting resolve to follow through and meet commitments.
  • A demonstrated willingness to learn, roll-up their sleeves and set an example for the team as a “doer.”
  • Flexibility and ability to adjust on the fly, to new demands with a high sense of urgency.
  • Fast moving consumer goods experience a plus.
  • Define and execute the AI strategy in alignment with the organization's goals.
  • Identify key AI opportunities that can drive business value and competitive differentiation.
  • Continuously monitor AI trends, bringing forward new firms and AI offerings for evaluation.
  • Oversee the portfolio of AI initiatives, ensuring they are flawlessly delivered on time, within budget, and achieve business case results.
  • Develop and manage the AI program roadmap, setting priorities based on strategic importance.
  • Define SharkNinja’s pilot and implementation approach, ensuring that business value/ROI is defined prior to each implementation.
  • Lead, mentor, and develop SharkNinja associates understanding and skills specific to AI.
  • Act as the primary liaison between the cross functional AI workstreams/teams, IT, and executive leadership.
  • Ensure clear communication and alignment of AI projects with business needs and strategic objectives.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate AI technologies, tools, and platforms.
  • Manage relationships with external vendors and partners to support AI initiatives.
  • Partner with the AI Implementation Engineer to ensure flawless execution.
  • Ensure AI projects comply with ethical guidelines, data privacy laws, and regulatory standards.
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risks associated with AI initiatives.
  • Establish metrics and KPIs to measure the success and impact of AI projects.
  • Use data-driven insights to refine and adjust the AI strategy as needed.

At SharkNinja, their purpose is to positively impact people's lives every day in every home around the world. They work very hard to provide their consumers with high quality, exciting 5-star products that make life easier.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Needham, Massachusetts



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth