Director/Senior Director of Product Management

SF Bay Area preferred, working remotely is possible, although location within 3 time zones of US Pacific time is essential

Overview

This position is part of Azul’s Marketing team, and reports to the VP of Marketing.

Director/Senior Director of Product Management is a key role and requires frequent contact with senior line of business and technology executives both within and outside the company.

In many companies, Product Management and Product Marketing are synonymous. That is not the case at Azul. Product Management requires a deep level of technical skills since your primary day-to-day interaction is with Engineering. From time to time, you will be called upon to address detailed product-related questions raised by Sales prospects.  

This is a hands-on position. You will own the successful implementation of each product release, including managing download sites, prioritizing product builds, responding to forum requests, BOM maintenance, updating internal Wikis, as well as producing specific summaries of product attributes, capabilities, components, and value propositions in partnership with the rest of the Marketing team plus our Sales, BD and executive teams. 

You will need to bring a successful track record to this opportunity. Deep, recent experience managing the evolution of enterprise and/or embedded software products will be key to your success. Experience with and knowledge of the Java ecosystem is highly desired. 


Requirements

  • At least 10 years of experience in all facets of product management for an enterprise software company targeting Global 1000 accounts.
  • MBA plus a technical degree (preferably advanced) strongly preferred
  • Excellent English-language writing and presentation skills
  • Proven track record in software product management, working with distributed development, Sales, and support teams
  • Prior experience supporting open source software products and/or active membership in key Open Source communities is desirable
  • Experience with, and understanding of software development and implementation, key software and security standards, and the Java ecosystem are all preferred
  • Proven ability to manage highly detailed processes without missing deadlines
  • At most 10% travel, primarily US, Europe, China, Japan, and Korea


Responsibilities

Working with Engineering and Sales plus Azul’s executive and Marketing teams as well as prospects, customers, partners, and advisors, you will be the focal point to identify, clarify, prioritize and manage the roadmap and full product life cycle of Zing, Zulu, Zulu Embedded, and future Azul offerings. Your responsibilities will include:

  • You’ll own and manage the road mapping process for Azul’s products
  • You will manage products across the complete life cycle, from MRD/PRD to GA to EOL
  • You will manage the BOM for each product release, working closely with our Engineering teams
  • You’ll manage availability of product binaries on public clouds, inside partner sites, and on Azul’s download pages
  • With our Legal team, you will own the accuracy of all third-party licensing materials included with Azul’s products
  • Working with other groups within Azul, you will drive the development and successful implementation of new initiatives that expand the market for and capabilities of Azul’s product offerings
  • Review and verification of new technical content developed for Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
  • Identification of new market segments and key partnering opportunities
  • Meet with key (and potential) customers and partners to ensure that Azul’s product roadmaps continue to meet customer visible and emerging requirements
  • Contributions to Sales engagements and RFPs as requested
  • Lead (or serve as a key member of) cross-functional teams from across the company
  • Represent Azul at select industry forums, which may include a few (2-5) speaking engagements per year


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