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Senior Strategic Initiatives Program Manager - Recruiting

Samsara, Bengaluru, India

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Who we are

Samsara (NYSE: IOT) is the pioneer of the Connected Operations™ Cloud, which is a platform that enables organizations that depend on physical operations to harness Internet of Things (IoT) data to develop actionable insights and improve their operations. At Samsara, we are helping improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the physical operations that power our global economy. Representing more than 40% of global GDP, these industries are the infrastructure of our planet, including agriculture, construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing — and we are excited to help digitally transform their operations at scale.

Working at Samsara means you’ll help define the future of physical operations and be on a team that’s shaping an exciting array of product solutions, including Video-Based Safety, Vehicle Telematics, Apps and Driver Workflows, Equipment Monitoring, and Site Visibility. As part of a recently public company, you’ll have the autonomy and support to make an impact as we build for the long term.

About the role:

Samsara Technologies India Private Limited is looking for a Senior Strategic Initiatives Program Manager to help enhance, optimize, and ensure our recruiting programs can efficiently and effectively scale. As we expand to India, our Global Recruiting Operations & Programs Team is looking for a program leader who is passionate about finding solutions, creating efficiencies, building and scaling programs, and making things happen. 

You will be based in Bengaluru and will come to the office up to 3 days a week, aligned with our in-market hybrid office policy. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about driving change and fostering innovation in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. You will be instrumental in helping us establish a strong presence in India, and ensuring recruiting program strategy and execution meet business needs. Your strategic insight, project management expertise, and ability to work cross-functionally will be key in enabling our team to meet our ambitious growth objectives.

This role will initially be focused on India talent initiatives. Role responsibilities will grow to include additional global expansion efforts in EMEA.

You should apply if:

  • You want to impact the industries that run our world: Your efforts will result in real-world impact—helping to keep the lights on, get food into grocery stores, reduce emissions, and most importantly, ensure workers return home safely.
  • You are the architect of your own career: If you put in the work, this role won’t be your last at Samsara. We set up our employees for success and have built a culture that encourages rapid career development, countless opportunities to experiment and master your craft in a hyper growth environment.
  • You’re energized by our opportunity: The vision we have to digitize large sectors of the global economy requires your full focus and best efforts to bring forth creative, ambitious ideas for our customers.
  • You want to be with the best: At Samsara, we win together, celebrate together and support each other. You will be surrounded by a high-calibre team that will encourage you to do your best. 

In this role, you will work on: 

  • Recruiting Strategic Initiatives: Lead and manage regional projects/programs designed to establish Samsara’s presence in India and EMEA from inception to completion, ensuring they align with the company's strategic objectives and are delivered on time, within scope, and budget. 
  • Service Model Design: Support the creation of our global service model design and supporting recruiting solutions, and lead the regional implementation in India and EMEA.
  • Special Projects: Deliver projects that advance our talent attraction and recruiting goals in India and EMEA across several Recruiting Programs including: selection and assessment, top-of-funnel enablement, operations and scale, recruiting enablement, and more.
  • Portfolio Operations: Lead the regional intake and prioritization process for proposed projects across recruiting. Partner with the senior recruiting leadership team and site leadership to facilitate the prioritization of newly requested projects and solutions. Support team-wide portfolio reporting.
  • Champion, role model, and embed Samsara’s cultural principles (Focus on Customer Success, Build for the Long Term, Adopt a Growth Mindset, Be Inclusive, Win as a Team) as we scale globally and across new offices.

Minimum requirements for the role:

  • 8+ years of professional experience which includes 3+ years in Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, or People Operations initiatives focused on people/talent in India.
  • 3+ years of program or project management experience using project management tools (e.g., project charters, project plans, and communication plans).
  • 3+ years of experience driving change and influencing behavior through data and storytelling with both senior executives and team members.
  • Excellent program management and organizational skills, capable of leading multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication, influencing, and partner management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and proficiency in using data to measure success and provide insights.
  • Ability to work from the Bengaluru office up to 3 days per week.
  • Ability to work across global cultures and time zones.

An ideal candidate also has:

  • Project Management Professional Certification.
  • Prosci Certified Change Practitioner.
  • Experience demonstrating the following competencies:
    • Business Acumen
      • Demonstrates deep understanding of internal processes, systems, and strategic business operations.
      • Leverages extensive knowledge of program management and recruiting to drive key results at the departmental level.
      • Utilizes a comprehensive grasp of industry trends to develop actionable insights and solutions.
    •  Execution
      • Independently manages and delivers on complex projects, ensuring meaningful impacts on the recruiting department.
      • Skilled in multitasking, capable of effectively handling 2-3 complex projects simultaneously.
      • Influences team and department priorities through strategic project leadership and accountability.
    • Leadership
      • Drives strategic decision-making and robust communication within the department.
      • Manages high-level stakeholder relationships, ensuring delivery against contractual terms and business objectives.
      • Facilitates team consensus, resolving conflicts and aligning diverse viewpoints to achieve department goals.
    • Functional Expertise
      • Recognized as a go-to resource for in-depth functional knowledge within the organization.
      • Actively mentors and develops team members, enhancing functional expertise across the department.
      • Engages proactively with department leaders to ensure continuous improvement and knowledge sharing.
  • Experience with cloud-based collaboration tools like Google Suite, Jira Workforce Management, Applicant Tracking Systems, Candidate Relationship Management, Zoom, Slack.
  • Experience working on initiatives focused on talent/people in EMEA.


At Samsara, we welcome everyone regardless of their background. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, and other characteristics protected by law. We depend on the unique approaches of our team members to help us solve complex problems. We are committed to increasing diversity across our team and ensuring that Samsara is a place where people from all backgrounds can make an impact.


Full time employees receive a competitive total compensation package along with employee-led remote and flexible working, health benefits, Samsara for Good charity fund, and much, much more. Take a look at our Benefits site to learn more.


Samsara is an inclusive work environment, and we are committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. Please email accessibleinterviewing@samsara.com or click here if you require any reasonable accommodations throughout the recruiting process.

Flexible Working 

At Samsara, we embrace a flexible working model that caters to the diverse needs of our teams. Our offices are open for those who prefer to work in-person and we also support remote work where it aligns with our operational requirements. For certain positions, being close to one of our offices or within a specific geographic area is important to facilitate collaboration, access to resources, or alignment with our service regions. In these cases, the job description will clearly indicate any working location requirements. Our goal is to ensure that all members of our team can contribute effectively, whether they are working on-site, in a hybrid model, or fully remotely. All offers of employment are contingent upon an individual’s ability to secure and maintain the legal right to work at the company and in the specified work location, if applicable.

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About Samsara

About Breakthroughs in semiconductors are making sensors smaller and radically cheaper, and wireless Internet connectivity is becoming ubiquitous. Yet traditional enterprise-scale sensor systems still require complex infrastructure, from hard-wired networks to servers, middleware, and custom code. As a result, sensor projects can take months — if not years — to bring online. Samsara disrupts the traditional sensor model with an integrated, software-centric solution. Our products combine plug-and-play sensors, wireless connectivity, and rich cloud-hosted software, all tightly-integrated for simple deployment. Samsara was founded in early 2015 by Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket. Sanjit and John previously co-founded Meraki, the cloud networking leader. Meraki was acquired by Cisco for $1.2 billion in 2012, and under Sanjit and John's continued leadership became one of Cisco’s fastest growing businesses. Samsara’s team includes veteran executives and technical leaders from companies including Google, Apple, and Meraki, who bring experience in big data, cloud software, and hardware design. In Sanskrit, "Samsara" is the eternal cycle of life and rebirth.
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