Principal Program Manager

Engineering Team | San Francisco

Ellation, Inc. is a transformative entertainment company and home of industry-leading platforms Crunchyroll and VRV. Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, boasting a global community of more than 25 million registered users and over 1 million subscribers. VRV is a fast-growing entrant in the SVOD space and is an audience-focused aggregation platform featuring premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, and Shudder.

We’re looking for a seasoned Principal Program Manager to join our team in San Francisco. Our offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Chișinău develop the product, design, engineering, marketing and content for Crunchyroll and VRV -- we are media and technology experts, and we lead with our digital-first DNA to create experiences for our passionate communities.  

About you:

The ideal candidate has a strong software program management background, has demonstrated the ability to deliver software solutions aligned with company strategic goals and product roadmap, has experience managing cross-project dependencies while mitigating risks, and is capable of defining and tracking project timelines while providing progress reports to the executive team and the rest of the organization.  


  • Oversee Ellation’s full project portfolio across all teams and projects
  • Coordinate quarterly product planning and prioritization
  • Own updates to overall product roadmap to ensure planning accuracy
  • Identify and manage cross-project dependencies
  • Anticipate and mitigate project risks
  • Define and track delivery milestones and timelines
  • Provide weekly project progress reports to senior leadership
  • Lead periodic project priority review and re-prioritization meetings
  • Lead planning and execution of high impact projects
  • Manage a small team of project managers, possibly additional program managers


  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science / Engineering, Business Administration, Economics or equivalent
  • 5+ years of program management experience in software development
  • Experience in managing and delivering complex, cross-functional initiatives
  • Demonstrated aptitude for risk identification and mitigation
  • Ability to manage various projects and stakeholders simultaneously in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • Team management experience of 2 or more team members
  • Experience in working with international development teams and projects
  • Strong working knowledge of the agile SDLC and agile development methodologies (Scrum, Kanban)
  • Strong working knowledge of Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, Google Docs, and related project management and productivity tools
  • Willingness to work across different time-zones and to travel internationally
  • Ability to create and deliver frequent presentations on various topics related to responsibilities
  • Strong collaboration, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation skills
  • Ability to self-motivate, self-direct and follow-through with high attention to detail


  • Competitive salary
  • Contribute to multiple open source products
  • Employer sponsored training and certifications
  • Opportunity to participate in industry conferences
  • Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and life insurance
  • Health care and dependent care FSA
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Employer paid commuter benefit
  • On-site gym, showers, yoga, and meditation classes
  • Catered lunch and dinner 4 days per week
  • Fun, passionate and skilled co-workers
  • Pet friendly environment - pet insurance and dog friendly office


Ellation What’s with the name, Ellation? We’re all a cast of characters that get passion and strive to celebrate fandom in all its forms. So we’re building a collection of destinations (a constellation, if you will) that connect people with their passions. Each day, we work to achieve complete fan elation (our vision), starting with popular subscription-video-on-demand brands, Crunchyroll and VRV. Our team spans across San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Chisinau to develop the product, design, engineering, marketing, and content that brings our communities of fans together.


Crunchyroll is the world’s largest destination for anime and manga. We’re an international business focused on creating both online and offline experiences for anime fans, through content (licensed, co-produced, and originals), merchandise, events, gaming, news, and more. 


VRV is a collection of fandom brands on a unified platform and includes Crunchyroll, sister-brand Rooster Teeth, Viacom’s NickSplat, and WB Digital’s DramaFever. Our community connects through immersive content experiences in a digitally-driven environment via bundled subscription, a la carte subscription, or ad-supported options.