Product Manager, Cloud Native Kafka

Product Management

Remote, AMER

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Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

Confluent runs some of the largest Kafka deployments in the world on behalf of our customers. In order to scale Confluent’s managed Kafka offering, we have had to completely rethink what it means for Kafka to be Cloud Native. Confluent’s CEO, Jay Kreps, outlines how Confluent has made Kafka more cloud-native during the most recent Kafka summit keynote

As a Product Manager in the Cloud Native Kafka team at Confluent, your job will be to take Kafka’s Cloud-Native journey on Confluent Cloud to the next level. You will drive making Confluent Cloud the most performant data streaming platform, build cloud-native features, improve our multi-tenant product offerings, and innovate on our serverless strategy. You will partner closely with the core engineering to prioritize the needs of our customers and other engineering teams to make our Confluent Cloud clusters scale, perform, and provide an amazing customer experience.


  • Set the strategy: Identify opportunities for Confluent Cloud to better meet our customer promises and expectations.
  • Define the roadmap: Plot a course with your engineering counterparts that will realize the strategy.
  • Understand our users: Conduct interviews and analyze usage data to define personas, user journeys, and key jobs to be done.
  • Work across teams: Create shared understanding and direction across engineering, product, business development, support, sales, and marketing teams within Confluent and externally with our patterns.
  • Be responsible for the whole lifecycle: Drive multi-company, cross-functional initiatives from conception through initial delivery, and ongoing iteration after launch.
  • Close the loop: Define quantitative and qualitative targets, measure performance against them, share results with stakeholders, and incorporate those learnings into the next development cycle.
  • Manage complexity: Deliver value while handling the surprises and challenges of a quickly evolving product, ambitious partnership targets, and a rapidly growing organization.

What We’re Looking For:

  • 3+ years of software product management experience
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to empathize with Confluent Cloud users in order to provide them with a great experience
  • Hands-on cloud computing experience with a strong understanding of the differences among the major cloud providers
  • Understanding of multi-tenancy principles. Experience with serverless SaaS offerings.
Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Adjustable Working Arrangements
Robust Benefits
Rest and Recharge Days
Weekly Lunch Spend
Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)

Confluent is Remote-First

At Confluent, we care about how you work - not where. We encourage you to apply for positions outside of the listed location or your immediate region.

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