Sr Product Manager (Service Mesh/Kuma)


Date listed

2 months ago



Senior Product Manager

About the role:
Kong is looking for an experienced and self-motivated technical product manager to join our growing global team and be responsible for the core engine at the heart of Kong’s offerings. We are looking for a person who can both define vision and drive execution of a software product that is by developers and for developers.

What You'll Be Doing

    • Rapidly innovating in a rapid innovation space: driving the overall roadmap of our open source service mesh, Kuma, and the commercialization of the open-core product, Kong’s Mesh product.
    • Working closely with product marketing and field teams on enablement, messaging, and go-to-market approaches.
    • Working with internal stakeholders, the rest of our gateway teams, 3rd party partners, the open source community, users and customers, on defining what Kong should be doing in the context of service meshes.
    • Working with our developer advocacy team on engaging and exciting the user base.
    • Working alongside the rest of our product management, development, and go-to-market teams to define how features should be licensed (open source, free but not open source, paid, or SaaS-only).
    • Helping the rest of the company and our users and customers understand what service mesh is, why it’s important, and the important work we’re helping drive in the service mesh space.
    • And any additional tasks required by manager.

What You'll Bring

    • Background in product management (ideally 5+ years).
    • Knowledge of the Kubernetes ecosystem/CNCF.
    • Experience with service meshes and ideally knowledge of Envoy, which our service mesh product is built on top of.
    • A quantitative product management mindset and ability to use tools (Splunk, SQL, etc) to achieve quantitative answers.
    • Experience working with APIs and developers as a primary product audience (ideally: familiarity with the API gateway space).
    • Understanding of how B2B go-to-market motions work (ideally experience helping manage products that have both SaaS and on-premise offerings).
    • Experience in open core/open source is preferred: we need to figure out sustainable business practices built on top of open source as a team. Kuma -- the service mesh product Kong has been developing and layering commercial options on top of -- has been donated to the CNCF.
    • Excellent communication skills: both written and verbal.
    • Flexibility to a changing set of opportunities and fluency in a fast-paced environment.

What is a Konger? (see our company values below…)We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.
We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.
We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.
We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.
Kong Core Values:
Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle.
Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

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