Director Product Management - Core Kafka

Confluent, Palo Alto, CA OR San Francisco, CA

Real-Time Data at Massive Scale

Dubbed an "open-source unicorn" by Forbes, Confluent is the fastest-growing enterprise subscription company our investors have ever seen. And how are we growing so fast? By pioneering a new technology category with an event streaming platform, which enables companies to leverage their data as a continually updating stream of events, not as static snapshots. This innovation has led Sequoia Capital, Benchmark, and Index Ventures to recently invest a combined $125 million in our Series D financing. Our product has been adopted by Fortune 100 customers across all industries, and we’re being led by the best in the space—our founders were the original creators of Apache Kafka®. We’re looking for talented and amazing team players who want to accelerate our growth, while doing some of the best work of their careers. Join us as we build the next transformative technology platform!

As a Product Manager at Confluent for Kafka Core, you’ll guide the development and growth of our incredibly popular clients and proxies. These products are the gateways for how developers interact with Confluent Platform. You’ll be responsible for the success of Kafka Core’s newest features, as well as its continued open source and commercial adoption. You will be the nexus that connects engineering, sales, marketing, and other product managers to deliver business value for Confluent.
As a Director of Product at Confluent, you'll also be responsible for team building, management and process enhancement. We're a hyper-growth company, so this means being hands-on recruiting other great product managers and spending time screening and interviewing candidates. We're constantly evolving the ways we work with customers and other internal departments and you'll be expected to help design the best practices and product systems required to help us scale quickly and effectively.
Confluent has offices around the globe. Our headquarters in Palo Alto is located half a block from Caltrain and 2 blocks from Stanford.

What We're Looking For:

  • Minimum 10 years experience as a software product manager for a developer product
  • Deep understanding of running distributed systems in production and at scale
  • Empathy for our enterprise customers, and a passion for solving their problems with software
  • Experience engaging with an open source community
  • Technical excellence. Apache Kafka™ is transforming the core data infrastructure of many companies, and Confluent’s products are leading this transformation
  • Ability to craft a product strategy and roadmap in concert with customers, engineering, design, and go-to-market teams
  • Ability to understand the needs of developers
  • Direct experience with modern distributed data products (ideally, Apache Kafka™) and deep knowledge of the open-source data software ecosystem is a plus
  • Bachelor's, Master’s, or PhD in Computer Science or a related technical field

About Confluent

Our Story Founded by the team that built Apache Kafka®, Confluent builds a streaming platform that enables companies to easily access data as real-time streams Background Every byte of data has a story to tell, something of significance that will inform the next thing to be done. In a data-driven enterprise, how we move our data becomes nearly as important as the data itself. With greater speed and agility, data’s value increases exponentially. From its very early days, we have open-sourced Apache Kafka™ and have led it to impressive industry-wide adoption across several thousand companies. Now we are focusing on building a streaming platform to help other companies get easy access to enterprise data as real-time streams.

Want to learn more about Confluent? Visit Confluent's website.