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Product Manager - Greenplum

Palo Alto, California

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Job ID 1548851 Date posted Feb. 08, 2019

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As a recognized leader in disciplined agile and lean software development practices, Pivotal combines the Silicon Valley state of mind, modern approach, and infrastructure with organizations’ core expertise and values. Our cloud-native platform and suite of data tools drive software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands, helping enterprises move at start-up speeds and with greater business agility. We optimize for change and teach next-generation developers to create and build new solutions, and are committed to open source and open standards.

Our methodology is about evolving, in both development and innovation, and our culture is empowering. Our 2,000+ employees across offices worldwide subscribe to an ethos of kindness. We make a point to bring empathy to each and every project, and are guided by a purposeful mission—to transform how the world builds software.


You have a vision for Big and Fast Data that goes beyond the buzzwords. You understand the potential for the connection between real-time data management system, microservices, and applications. You approach data problems from a human-centric understanding, knowing that behind every data problem there is a person and a use case.

While you see the grand vision of high performance databases at scale, you are able to layout the individual stepping stones to get there. You constantly are linking customer pain points to individual user stories that convey the what, not the how.

You take an analytical and iterative approach to building software. You are constantly moving a product forward and skeptical of your decisions, building in feedback loops to validate your thinking.  You are not a 10,000ft product manager. You relish the opportunity to work in close collaboration with engineers and designers to collaboratively build software.


Pivotal Data tackles the technical challenges that come with massively parallel distributed systems operating on petabytes of data across thousands of nodes. We delve into areas like query optimization, high-performance in-memory transaction and query processing, parallel and distributed execution of advanced data processing algorithms, resource management, and storage. On this team, you'll be working on hard, worthwhile problems with a collaborative team, accelerating your growth as an engineer.


  • Develop a product vision by engaging with internal stakeholders, customers, and the broader PaaS community, then break that vision down into an actionable backlog of user stories for the development team
  • Work hands-on with the development team to prioritize, plan, and deliver software that meets your requirements
  • Focus on delivering a Minimum Viable Product through careful and deliberate prioritization
  • Help innovate and iterate on agile PM processes and share our learnings
  • Actively engage customers and the community of users

Required Skills / Experiences

  • 3+ years of product management or relevant experience, especially with distributed systems. We welcome engineers who are looking to make a switch to product management.
  • Strong technical skills, with a background distributed systems, networking, and databases
  • Skilled at defining and prioritizing product features
  • Ability to effectively gain buy in and teach new skills, practices, approaches and values
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and navigate complex decision making, and gain buy-in among stakeholders
  • Previous success working on open-source products
  • Willingness to travel (20% or less) when needed

Desired Skills / Experiences

  • Previous success working with an agile development team
  • Previous success working on open-source products
  • Ability to acquire and teach new skills, practices, approaches and values

Pivotal is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that will consider all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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