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VMware Build Program Product Lead in Greenville, South Carolina

Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new and exciting Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team, made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage their most important applications. We build applications with velocity to run in a cloud-native environment, run open-source Kubernetes with consistency, and manage our customers' entire footprint with confidence to help them achieve their business outcomes.

As a Product Lead in the Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team you will drive a team of 20+ product managers, designers, and engineers to collaboratively define product strategy. You have seen the power of empowered, balanced teams and believe in Outcomes over Output at . You believe in doing the right thing and doing what works. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

What you’ll be doing

You will be the product-focused voice on the Balanced Leadership Team for the Tanzu Container Build program, whose vision is to keep VMware Tanzu customers’ application images up-to-date with the latest available upstream dependencies, to ensure that those applications meet individualized security and compliance standards. Tanzu Build Service aims to be hands-off, transparent, flexible, and built on cloud native standards. Tanzu Buildpacks should provide a continuous stream of upstream dependencies and security patches that cover common developer ecosystems. You will lead a team of product managers to define the strategy that we use to deliver quality products.

This will involve responsibility and accountability for:

  • Collaboratively defining the vision for Tanzu Build Service and Tanzu Buildpacks

  • Understanding and prioritizing customer problems and needs

  • Defining Go To Market strategy - entitlements, SKUs, pricing, etc.

  • Growing, leading and nurturing a team of product managers

  • Driving product strategy, roadmaps, and high-level product priority

  • Actively engaging customers and the larger open source community of users.

  • Advocating for our products

  • Attending customer calls, visits, events, and conferences

  • Driving the process of creating and dissolving products

  • Ensuring that products meet internal and external compliance requirements

  • Helping teams understand product priorities and timelines

  • Working at a program level with product leads, technical leads, designers, and people managers in figuring out what to work on next and how to prepare for future work.

  • Bringing clarity where there is uncertainty, managing risk and continuously delivering value.

  • Defining experiments, measuring success metrics and using data to inform decisions.

Scope of the role

  • You will report into the Sr. Director of Product Management for the Secure Software Supply Chain, a Sub pillar within the Developer App Platform MAPBU Organisation.

  • You will initially manage a team of 2 product managers that will grow over time

  • You will inherit a program consisting of 5 teams.

  • You will work alongside with a tenured Technical Lead and a Engineering Lead who have deep knowledge and wide-ranging industry experience in the Build space.

Desired Skills & Experience:

These are the qualifications of the ideal product lead we are looking for. If you believe you are a great candidate for this position but don’t meet all the requirements, please do not hesitate to apply

  • 5+ years Product Management experience, or leadership in the developer tooling, software supply chain, and/or application platform spaces

  • Experience managing teams of product managers or engineers

  • Ability to break down complex problems into simple solutions focused on important customer needs

  • Ability to communicate comfortably to many different audiences (engineering teams, field, marketing, business development, customer platform leads and CIOs, e-staff, etc)

  • Exposure navigating large enterprise organizations with an understanding of IT partnerships

  • Strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to coach and mentor others

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and navigate complex decision making

  • Focused on data-driven approaches to solving problems, and accelerating the learning process to validate solutions

  • Ability to collaborate well with engineers, designers, and other partners

  • Ability to ramp up quickly in a new domain

  • Experience with Agile processes (such as Extreme Programming) and/or experience with product processes suitable for large, community-driven OSS projects.

  • Comfortable with ambiguity. We work in an iterative and incremental way, balancing many different inputs and constantly making trade-offs.

  • Ability to work with teams in US Eastern Time

  • Previous experience with tools that build container images, as well as a general understanding of container builds, the cloud-native ecosystem, and Kubernetes are desirable qualities for this role (but are not required)

What’s it like to work at VMware

We believe that teams should spend more of their time delivering incremental value and less on building infrastructure. We’re building platforms, tools, and automation, including Tanzu Application Service, Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, and Tanzu Mission Control, to enable our customers to easily and confidently develop and run the software that powers their business. Hundreds of companies rely on our platform to meet the needs of millions of their customers. Our engineers adopt appropriate processes as a way to go fast forever and deliver remarkable results. Our product managers and product designers work side-by-side with our engineers in small, empowered teams, using Lean and UCD as guides. We measure success by making our customers more productive, as both software developers and platform operators. We spend time with our customers to understand and build empathy for the jobs that they need to get done.

This position is eligible for JoinTeamTanzu referral campaign

Category : Marketing

Subcategory: Product Management

Experience: Manager and Professional

Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time

Remote: No

Posted Date: 2020-09-12

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