Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.
Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database on the planet that scales fast, survives anything, and thrives anywhere. We created CockroachDB to unshackle teams from the constraints of their database. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications!
About the Role
We are looking for an experienced and entrepreneurial Staff Product Manager to help us create a brand new developer experience at Cockroach Labs. You’ll make our first public SDKs assisting developers in gaining immediate access and value from CockroachDB and own the end-to-end user journeys for developer experience from outside the database by connecting to CockroachDB. You will also improve upon our other developer interfaces, including the driver, ORMs, GUIs, IDEs, etc. Your goal is to improve upon today’s developer experience to make CockroachDB the developer’s database of choice. Finally, you will interface with sales, marketing, and the developer community to identify partnership opportunities to advance the developer experience using CockroachDB within the border application development ecosystem.
In your first 30 days, you will go through our CockroachUniversity training program and spend time getting familiar with the specific developer and industry problems your team is solving. You’ll work with the Group Product Manager (GPM) for your area and review your backlog, get up to speed on in-flight features, and learn how to understand feature adoption using our analytics platform. You’ll also build relationships with the tech leads, other product managers, and members of the broader organization that you’ll be working with day-to-day. You and the SQL GPM will have the first of many long-term career planning conversations to understand your goals and how Cockroach Labs can best help you achieve them.
In your first 60 days, you will work with the SQL GPM to drive monthly product-market-fit meetings, which require you to summarize your team’s progress towards our OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) and synthesize what you are hearing from customers and internal stakeholders like Sales Engineering. You will start to vet new feature requests and add them to the backlog.
After 3 months, you will be fully integrated into the team. You’ll identify, research, and test solutions to problems. You will analyze product data from alpha releases to determine where to focus our efforts to create the most impact and start to understand how the user journeys in your area differ between self-hosted and cloud CockroachDB deployments. There are countless opportunities for us to invest in, and you will be responsible for prioritizing the ones that will exceed our customers’ expectations while generating a competitive advantage over the long term. We want our users to have a phenomenal experience using CockroachDB and that requires excellent products built by you and your team.
Reporting to Andy Woods, SQL Group Product Manager, Cockroach Labs
Andy is responsible for the overall roadmap for the SQL product area, which covers the primary developer interface for using CockroachDB. User journeys in this area include connecting to the database, schema design & migration, SQL coverage, query performance (including cost-based optimizer and execution engines), query introspection (why is my query slow?). Additionally, Andy is also responsible for the multi-region experience inside CockroachDB, including the SQL abstractions and underlying technology that make CockroachDB a globally distributed database. Andy joined Cockroach Labs in 2017 to help build our core database offering. When not at work, Andy enjoys a good book, movies, Crossfit workouts, and the new puppy that keeps him on his toes.
Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at [email protected]
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This job has a geo-restriction in place: USA Only.