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Senior Product Manager, Distribution

Department: Product Management

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Remote, Americas/EMEA
This role is remote based.
 
We're looking for product managers that can help us work on the future of DevOps tools; specifically our distribution features such as cloud-native Helm charts.

Product Managers at GitLab have a unique opportunity to define the future of the entire DevOps lifecycle. We are working on a single application that allows developers to invent, create, and deploy modern applications.

We want to facilitate onboarding to Concurrent DevOps: users may not be aware of its potential, we will show them how easy and powerful it is! We want to support large teams working on mission-critical software across the entire company, and also single developers starting a new visionary project from scratch.

We work in a very unique way at GitLab, where flexibility and independence meet a high paced, pragmatic way of working. And everything we do is in the open.

We're looking for product managers to support our Distribution group and manage our installation, upgrade, and configuration process for our self-managed customers. We know there are a million things we can and want to implement for our GitLab self-managed customers. Be the one making decisions.

We recommend looking at our about page and at the product handbook to get started.

Responsibilities

  • Drive the product in the right direction
    • Build an effective roadmap to prioritize important features properly
    • Take high-level feature proposals and customer problems and break them into small iterations that engineering can work on
    • Balance new features, improvements, and bugfixes to ensure a high velocity and a stable product
    • Consider the business impact, ROI, and other implications when taking important decisions
  • Take an active role in defining the future
  • Manage the product lifecycle end-to-end
    • Follow feature development end-to-end; provide guidance and feedback to engineers and designers; ensure everyone is aligned
    • Be the voice of the customer and the subject-matter expert for your group
    • Contribute to documentation, blog posts, demos, and marketing materials for product features
    • Collaborate with other Product Managers, UX, and engineers in cross-area features to build a single application
    • Manage the uncertainty in an efficient way, adjusting plans to new working conditions
  • Engage with stakeholders in two-way communication
    • Assist Sales, Support, Customer Success, and Marketing as the subject-matter expert for your area
    • Talk to customers and engage with the community regularly
    • Engage with analysts on briefings and product evaluations
    • Work with the entire Product team to share improvements and best practices

You are not responsible for

  • A team of engineers: you will take the lead in decisions about the product, but not manage the people implementing it
  • Capacity planning: you will define priorities, but the Engineering Manager evaluates the amount of work possible
  • Shipping in time: you will work in a group, but the group is responsible for shipping in time, not you

Requirements

  • Experience in product management
  • Strong understanding of Git and Git workflows
  • Knowledge of the developer tool space
  • Strong technically: you understand how software is built, packaged, and deployed
  • Strong understanding of CI/CD and package management
  • Strong understanding of system administration
  • Understanding of deployment infrastructure and container technologies
  • Significant experience with Kubernetes and Docker
  • Passion for design and usability
  • Highly independent and pragmatic
  • Excellent proficiency in English
  • You are living wherever you want
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values
  • Bonus points: experience with GitLab
  • Bonus points: experience in working with open source projects
 

Hiring Process

  • Selected candidates will be invited to schedule a screening call with our Global Recruiters
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a first interview with a product manager
  • Candidates will then be invited to schedule an interview with our Head of Product
  • Candidates will then be invited to schedule an interview with an engineering manager
  • Candidates will be invited to schedule an interview with our VP of Product
  • Candidates may be asked to do a 2-hour deep-dive exercise with our Head of Product and an engineering manager
  • Candidates may be asked to meet with additional team members at the manager's discretion
  • Finally, candidates may interview with our CEO
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