Sr. Product Manager - Cloudstate at Lightbend
San Francisco, CA, US

Lightbend is now looking for an experienced Sr. Product Manager to lead the Cloudstate project. We are looking for someone passionate about developer focused products, interested in the accelerating development of serverless technologies, and is willing to challenge the status quo in the market today.  This is your opportunity to put your mark on how software is built in future. 

Lightbend is the company behind OSS application frameworks Akka, Play and Lagom, The Reactive Manifesto, the next generation state management project Cloudstate, and the Scala programming language.

A serverless paradigm for state management is the obvious next step in the evolution of the development, where state itself is abstracted and contention, consistency are configurable features of infrastructure.  With current serverless models there are a number of limitations that prevent the platforms being used for general-purpose application development, particularly the requirement for applications to be stateless.  

Adding the ability to have the serverless platform manage state opens the door for addressing the full range of use-cases needed in modern application development. Additionally, having a common domain model, enables disparate development teams using polyglot languages to collaborate more effectively on complex, distributed and real-time applications.  Cloudstate, an open source project built on the Akka distributed computing framework, provides this capability, with true elastic scalability, high resilience, and global deployment in the Kubernetes ecosystem.


Drive the market success of the Cloudstate OSS project and service offering

Maintain a high-level perspective to define goals and create the vision for development of a Cloud-based platform/service. 

Identify key partners that may be required to ensure success of Cloudstate and working with relevant Lightbend executives and teams to deliver on that value

Communicate with stakeholders across the board, including customers, partners, Engineering, Operations, Sales, Marketing and Business Development to make sure the goals are clear, and the vision is aligned with business objectives.

Manage the product backlog, including creating and prioritizing the list of backlog items to support the overall strategy and business objectives, within the constraints of technical dependencies.

Inspect and evaluate product progress continually, and communicate this to key stakeholders.

Travel occasionally to meet with Lightbend’s team members and visit important customers and prospects.

The ideal candidate will be based in either San Francisco or New York, although anywhere in North America will be considered.



Have substantial experience with lean and agile teams.

Have experience in the development and release of a Cloud-based hosted product.

Have an understanding of the unique needs of Cloud-based products and platforms.

Have experience effectively managing a product backlog to best achieve goals and missions.

Have a good understanding of open source software and ecosystem.

Have the ability to optimize the value of the work of Engineering and Operations teams.

Have a proven ability to successfully lead teams across dispersed organizations and geographical locations.

Have an ability to understand the product, the customer and the business in order to make sound decisions and to anticipate stakeholder needs.

Have experience managing project risk.

Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Are skillful at interacting and working with people.

Are dedicated to best practices such as automated testing, code reviews, continuous integration, and continuous deployment.

Are biased towards action on tough problems and issues, and focused on your team and customer’s success.

Are an agent of change, constantly learning and seeking better outcomes.

Hold at least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

What we offer:

Lightbend is a welcoming, transparent, and highly distributed company dedicated to creating high-performance systems that bring success to all who use them.  With a strong focus on work-life balance, our company offers a fast-paced, collaborative environment mixed with challenging and engaging work. This combination has attracted and retained some of the brightest minds in our technology communities. 

We are offering the chance to prosecute the vision for a powerful new approach to state management for a variety of programming paradigms, and to deliver a combination of cloud services and open source software innovation. 

Lightbend is an Equal Opportunity Employer