Senior Product Manager (Developer Tooling & Integrations)
Want to make building for the web radically simpler? We’d love your help.
The web is a critical resource for all of humanity in the 21st century. Gatsby makes creating for the web dramatically better by making creating novel experiences easier -- shortening the time to try experiments, collaborate around changes, and to deploy incremental improvements. Gatsby has quickly grown to be one of the biggest and most exciting open source projects on the web, with almost 100,000 developers using Gatsby every month.
As a remote-first, community-focused team, Gatsby’s core values include transparency (we work in public most of the time); creating a safe, high-trust team; building incredible developer experiences; maintaining a healthy working environment; and helping deliver web experiences that feel amazing to use on every device and connection type.
Details of this role:
Type of work: Full time
Location: Remote (preference for UTC-8 to UTC+0)
Why we’re hiring
Site builders have become incredibly popular in the last five years for good reasons. They make it easy for anyone (not just developers) to build and run compelling websites. That’s amazing….until it’s not, and you need something custom that the tool didn’t account for.
We don’t think the first generation of page builders are the right solution for most organizations. Companies need #nocode that’s modular, not monolithic. We’ve been building a lot of the pieces of this -- a visual editor, consistent, application-wide theming, composable, reusable website pieces, and 450+ integrations.
But building the pieces isn’t enough. In the shift from monolithic to modular, we need to be defining the interfaces between Gatsby and the content mesh (search, analytics, forms, functions, authentication, payments, etc). And then we need to be creating a seamless, integrated experience that pulls all of the pieces together. Think: Dell assembling modular pieces (graphics/video cards, motherboards, hard drives, other peripherals) into a seamless, unified whole.
And that’s where you come in :)
What you’ll do on a day-to-day basis:
Systematically reduce friction to craft the optimal day one experience for non-technical users. Taking our basic visual editor (Blocks) and making it industrial-strength, best-in-class experience will require heads-up observation of developer workflows and methodical analysis in order to bring them into the tool.
Co-conspire with a pioneering group of engineers. The Themes team (John Otander, Brent Jackson, Max Stoiber, Rikki Schulte) have been thinking about design tooling for the last several years and have built out a number of prototypes. Your job won’t be to tell them what to do -- it will be to co-conspire with them to create the future together.
Work together with design on user research: prototyping, user testing, etc. One of the ways you’ll be able to help is rigorous user testing across different user groups. What features do different types of marketers want? Content folks? Designers?
- Apply paradigms from other development frameworks. Visual editors have been popularized in mobile development (Xamarin), game development (Unity), etc. We need to learn and apply best practices from these worlds to the web.
Careful interface and API design. With relevant engineering counterparts, you’ll work through the appropriate interfaces between Gatsby and the content mesh -- search, analytics, forms, etc -- in order to simplify user workflows.
- Collaborate across the content mesh community. Integrations have lots of stakeholders! We want to carefully consider the needs and desires of the community and partners across the content mesh in order to build an interface that works well with the vast diversity of services on the web.
Experience & Qualities
You’ll need to hit the ground running, which means experience getting your head around these aspects as quickly as possible.
Launched products successfully in a startup. We’re iterating rapidly on a number of fronts, and tend to optimize for quickly getting product in the hands of users (and receiving feedback) over Platonic feature-completeness. Whether you’ve been a product manager, or a founder, you have experience putting all the puzzle pieces together.
Comfortable inventing the future. The future never repeats but it does rhyme. You need to be comfortable trusting your intuition in a domain where there’s aren’t established comparables for the work you’re doing.
Know how to build for developers. Whether you’re actually coming from a developer background, you know how to think about developer experience, API design, and so on
Great judgment. You will need to consistently manage tradeoffs and evaluate new ideas. These decisions often have a vast impact. As Amazon puts it, “leaders are right. A lot.”
Write, speak, and think clearly. Gatsby is a distributed company and relies heavily on crisp and thorough writing. Your ability to get the right feedback and align the company will rely heavily on thoughtful synthesis of internal and external conversations, strategic planning in product documents, and clear communication to all stakeholders.
Leverage metrics to focus on value. You have experience using data and metrics to back up, or question assumptions. You leverage your strong analytical skills and ability to dive deep to develop a nuanced understanding of your product and customers.
High level of curiosity. The web is an incredibly diverse place with a huge number of different communities. You’re fascinated to learn about the challenges, workflows, and hopes and dreams of a wide variety of people.
- Trustworthiness. A great product manager is trusted deeply by the engineering team. Tech leads and engineering ICs feel comfortable DM-ing their product manager at any time when they run across product questions in their day-to-day work, because they can count on getting accurate, thoughtful, helpful context.
The best parts of this job
Your role will be key in making Gatsby the next way to build on the web—and a technology that enables the next billion internet users. ‘Nuff said.
You’ll have an opportunity to play a huge leadership role in a high-profile, growing company. Next to the CEO, this is perhaps the most cross-functional role in the entire Gatsby organization. You’ll have the chance to influence the work of almost everyone in the company.
You get to interact with an active, open, friendly community of developers that are really excited about building high-performance, fun-to-use websites. Their energy is often infectious, and you will leave conversations with them even more excited about Gatsby.
The worst parts of this job
Dealing with the complexity of the web. The web is an incredibly diverse place, which means we’re going to be getting a ton of signal from different groups of people, likely pulling us in different directions. You’ll need to be able to thoughtfully manage the complexity and point the way forward.
You will need to ruthlessly prioritize your workflow. Because our user audience is so diverse, there’s a huge amount of potential things to do at any time. You’ll need to be comfortable with thoughtfully choosing where to focus and communicating that.
Stakeholders are dispersed far and wide. The largest clustering of people in one place is 5 folks in our Berkeley office. We have a strong sense of identity and are very close, but if in-person interactions with a large number of people is important to you then this may not be a good fit.
Unlimited vacation policy, with a minimum of 15 days paid vacation time
- Skip the commute with remote work
- Stock options in a fast-growing startup
- Amazing health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family (US only)
- 3 months of paid parental leave covering both adoption and foster placement
- Fly to cool locations 3x/year for company-wide meetups
- Gatsby Sabbatical: 4 weeks paid vacation after 4 years tenure
Gatsby is an equal opportunity employer. We eagerly seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and hire without regard to race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical abilities (or disability), age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cultivating inclusivity and diversity is a top priority.
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