Founding Product Manager, Ambassador Cloud at Ambassador Labs (previously Datawire)Posted on: 04/09/2021
Tags: k8s bootstrap kubernetes
Ambassador Labs is solving interesting problems for cloud native developers in the Kubernetes space. Our mission is to make the complexities of developing, deploying, and operating micro-services on Kubernetes as straightforward as doing so on your own laptop. ### About the role We’ve been successful at building and growing our products with part-time product help, but our vision and goals are large enough that it’s now time to have our first dedicated product manager. We’re looking for you: someone with a passion for understanding developers, collaborating across teams, and creating great products. You’ll own the product experience and user activation journey for our flagship cloud product, working closely with the marketing, DevRel, and engineering teams. You’ll also help refine our processes around how we operate and coordinate with your counterparts in Design and Engineering and Marketing. We believe passionately in [product-led growth](https://openviewpartners.com/blog/what-is-product-led-growth/) as our go-to-market model, and have designed our products and organization accordingly. We’ve worked hard to align our marketing, product, sales, and engineering into a full PLG model, and you’ll play a critical role in driving our product growth. As a team, our focus is firmly on products that help users make the shift to the cloud with Kubernetes, front and center. We’re most known for our [Ambassador Edge Stack](https://www.getambassador.io/products/edge-stack/api-gateway/) and [Telepresence](https://www.getambassador.io/products/telepresence/) products, but investing heavily in expanding our product footprint including [Service Catalog](https://www.getambassador.io/products/service-catalog/), [Developer Portal](https://www.getambassador.io/products/edge-stack/developer-portal/), and [Kubernetes Initializer](https://blog.getambassador.io/bootstrap-networking-ingress-and-observability-in-five-clicks-with-the-k8s-initializer-89c7eec1b858). Ambassador Labs is experiencing tremendous growth which makes this rare first product manager opportunity both fun and challenging. ### Responsibilities * Own the product experience and user activation journey for our core product, driving initiatives to continuously improve in these areas * Partner with our marketing, engineering, and user experience teams to continuously improve adoption and growth * Manage the product planning process; we loosely follow [Shape Up](https://basecamp.com/shapeup) as a methodology with 6 week development cycles * Communicate with stakeholders including the CEO, CMO, and SVP Engineering ### Qualifications * 5+ years experience as a product manager in a high growth, product-led developer oriented / open source product * Passionate about the user experience * As a “founding product manager”, you need to be more entrepreneurial and results-driven than usual * Passionate about the product experience * Excellent written communication skills. We’re a fully distributed company, so written communication is critical to our operation. We’ll ask to see a sample of your writing. * Data driven, analytical mindset * Comfort with highly technical products. We’re in the Kubernetes/cloud-native space, so make sure this is something that excites you! ### What We Offer * Competitive salary * Early-startup stock options * The usual suite of benefits including health plans, 401k, etc. * Flexible PTO * Fully distributed organization ### How to Apply We are looking forward to [hearing from you](https://jobs.lever.co/datawire/bf563f3a-fed8-4993-84f0-7c77c4063547/apply). We move quickly and decisively. We don’t need to talk to 20 other candidates to make a decision, so if the fit feels right on both sides, we will make it happen! The first step is speaking to our People Person. Our interview process for this Founding Product Manager role is more rigorous than for some of other roles and includes a process and working style interview, a real-time product iteration exercise, review of your professional writing, and your talking to key team members. We want to hear about your real-life experience and successes, especially the products that you’ve shipped and the users that you’ve made happy. We strongly believe that Ambassador Labs’ success is dependent on hiring a diverse team. Diversity means a broader spectrum of opinions, ways of working and approaches to solving problems; we feel it is critical to helping drive the creativity, innovation and sound decision-making our customers love us for! This is a demanding application process and a significant career move that’s well worth considering. We appreciate you giving us that consideration, and we promise to give you our full attention in return. Talk to you soon!