Product Manager, Kafka Clients & APIs

Mountain View, California

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At Confluent, we’re creating a category that transforms how every company manages and streams data. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s Confluent in action—giving our customers instant access to massive amounts of real-time data, enabling them to thrive in an ever-changing digital world. As one of the fastest-growing enterprise companies in history, and with Fortune 100 customers across major industries, we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us. We also have experience on our side. Our leaders have taken companies of our size to major success before and include some of the original creators of Apache Kafka®.
We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s unlimited potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks with the backing and support of our #OneTeam culture. Be part of inclusive initiatives like Employee Resource Groups and development programs, and take advantage of benefits that support our diverse global teams. Grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.
Apache Kafka is one of the most popular open-source projects in the world and the primary way users interact with it is through Apache Kafka clients. Your job is to manage, grow, and support Confluent’s portfolio of open-source clients, work with several other open-source projects to ensure that Kafka has a rich client ecosystem, and launch a new set of Kafka APIs for Confluent Cloud’s admin and data planes.

About the role:

  • Set the strategy: Identify opportunities for Apache Kafka and Confluent Cloud to better meet our community and customer needs.
  • Define the roadmap: Plot a course with your engineering counterparts that will realize the Strategy
  • Understand our users: Conduct interviews and analyze usage data to define personas, user journeys, and key jobs to be done.
  • Work across teams: Create shared understanding and direction across engineering, product, business development, support, sales, and marketing teams within Confluent and externally with our partners.
  • Be responsible for the whole lifecycle: Drive multi-company, cross-functional initiatives from conception through initial delivery, and ongoing iteration after launch.
  • Close the loop: Define quantitative and qualitative targets, measure performance against them, share results with stakeholders, and incorporate those learnings into the next development cycle.
  • Manage complexity: Deliver value while handling the surprises and challenges of a quickly evolving product, ambitious partnership targets, and a rapidly growing organization.

What We’re Looking For:

  • 3+ years of software development or product management experience
  • Hands-on cloud computing experience
  • SaaS experience is a plus
  • Ability to empathize with Apache Kafka and Confluent Cloud users in order to provide them with a great experience
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication
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Job tags: Engineering Product management
Job region(s): North America