Product Manager, Core Kafka


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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 Cloud delivers a complete end-to-end streaming experience via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Confluent is also a major contributor to the Apache Kafka project.

To deliver a simple, understandable, and scalable product experience requires abstracting the complex interactions of the underlying infrastructure, networking, storage, and compute powering a stateful distributed system.

Some of the features to fulfill this mission will remain proprietary, others Confluent will choose to donate to open-source projects. The Product Manager for Core Kafka will focus on deciding what features will remain proprietary and what will be donated. The role is directly responsible for working with customers and communities to craft a roadmap that meets the needs of the entire Kafka community. The Core Kafka Product Manager will work at the lowest levels of the technology stack and is responsible for taking these core features to market, whether they are proprietary or donated to open-source.


  • Driving Confluent's Core Kafka Roadmap with a focus on user experience, platform stability, and scalability.
  • Developing product and technical specifications for Core Kafka features.
  • Working with the broader open-source community on features and requirements.
  • Educating Confluent's field and the broader community about new core features.
  • Coordinating multiple teams who are both providers and consumers of our internal services.

What We're Looking For:

  • 5+ years of software product management experience
  • Distributed systems experience
  • Open-source experience
  • Demonstrated fluency with cloud computing
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication

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.

Confluent requires all employees (in office and remote) in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Confluent will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on medical conditions/contraindications or sincerely-held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to the company.

Company name: confluent
Remote job title: Product Manager, Core Kafka
Job tags: open-source, big data, infrastructure

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