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Senior Product Manager

Company: PeerNova Inc
Location: San Jose
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Are you passionate about solving complex business problems and real world challenges? Do you thrive in a dynamic startup work environment that constantly pushes you to be the best you can be? Are you ready to work with motivated colleagues and veteran entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in everything they do?

Define the future of Financial Systems by innovating at the juncture of technologies of AI and Big Data. This "new" financial revolution is changing how any financial instrument like securities, derivatives, etc. are traded and settled in Wall Street and around the world. PeerNova's mathematical verification of underlying data simplifies audit and regulatory compliance and reduces billions of dollars spent in these functions. Financial institutions are looking to leverage big data solutions as systems of record for risk analysis and decision-making more now than ever before. Come, join this revolution!

The Senior Product Manager role at PeerNova

Join our fast-paced, energetic Product Management team as we build the next generation enterprise SaaS data quality platform. Product Managers at PeerNova are not just Managers, they are Product Owners. You are not just a cog in the wheel as you might be in a larger company. At PeerNova, you are entrusted with complete and independent ownership of one or more capabilities - capabilities like Analytics, Workbench, Lineage, Smart Contract framework, or DLT network governance. Your responsibilities run the gamut of product management activities from customer research and roadmap planning through iteratively building out full-fledged features and capabilities to delivering them to our customers. You will be extremely busy, but at the end of every day you will have a sense of accomplishment. Every day will be different. You may be driving feature prioritization meetings, working on a value prop deck the CEO asked you to put together, create user stories for an upcoming release, perform acceptance testing for the current release, review UX prototypes with a UX designer, create marketing collateral, all on the same day. You will interact with Product, Operations and IT leaders of Global Financial Institutions around the world. On a needed basis, you will be traveling to meet with clients in New York, London, Zurich, Singapore and other major financial hubs to discuss feature sets and priorities. As you have probably realized already, your job will be anything but boring. You will work with some of the smartest engineers on the planet who have previously worked at Google, Apple, Yahoo and other leading companies. The company has a flat organizational structure and you will interact daily with the CEO and the Executive team. Your contribution will be visible across the organization immediately, without relying on the typical end of year evaluations at larger organizations, though we have them too. Decision-making is fast, without the bureaucratic overhead that larger companies face.

Required Traits for a PeerNova Senior Product Manager

Given the high degree of responsibility that you will be entrusted with, as well as the broad scope of activities you will be managing, certain traits are critically important for a PeerNova Sr. Product Manager. Some of the key ones are:

Critical thinking: Product ownership implies that you are the "go to" person for your area and are recognized as such by everybody - the CEO, your peers in the Product and Engineering teams, sales teams, and customers. This requires you not only to be knowledgeable in all aspects of your job, but also to be thoroughly abreast of market needs, competitive offerings and industry trends. Synthesizing, weighing and filtering information from various sources requires you to be an expert in critical thinking.

Deep Empathy: Senior Product Managers represent the voice of the customer. This requires them to possess deep empathy to understand customer motivations, pain points and operating environments. PMs also require empathy to understand constraints that Engineering teams may have and be able to balance the interests of multiple stakeholders. Empathy is a critical trait.

Self-starter attitude: At PeerNova, you will not be micromanaged. This means you are expected to be a self-starter at every task, big or small, that you are entrusted with, without waiting for your manager to tell you what the next steps are. You should be able to get started with minimal guidance and use your ingenuity and critical thinking skills to chart a way forward at each step. You need to have a bias for action and not only be comfortable, but thrive in an environment where decisions have to be made with limited or ambiguous information.

Excellent interpersonal skills: You are expected to possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills to converse effectively with customers as well as Engineering teams, Sales, peer PMs and the Executive team, to set and manage expectations, discuss dependencies and tradeoffs, communicate customer needs, position your product features, etc.

Hands-on mentality: You are expected to roll up your sleeves and be hands-on in all aspects of your job. Creating wireframes, testing, installing local builds are all tasks at which our PMs excel.

Agile multitasking: You should be fully comfortable at working simultaneously on multiple high-priority tasks, and at a fast pace. At the same time, you need to be able to adapt to any change in direction that can happen due to any number of factors like new customer requests, strategic repositioning, technological shifts, etc.

Bias for shipping quality product: You should be an expert in driving towards MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) for each of the features/capabilities you own. All activities you plan should be geared towards the end goal of shipping product, of the highest quality, as quickly as possible.

The specific role

The Senior Product Manager will own and manage the roadmap for the big data platform that drives the Cuneiform offering. PeerNova's Cuneiform is a DLT platform with key components implemented using industry-standard big data architecture. The Hadoop-based architecture gives Cuneiform unmatched capabilities like efficient batch and stream ingestion of data in any format, fast data replication and storage/retrieval, big data processing at massive scale, powerful yet flexible SQL powered search, and many more. You will be responsible for designing value-added platform features like the following: create tools that enable users to set up, test and deploy ETL pipelines, efficiently migrate configurations and rules across environments, integrate with both external and internal identity management tools, databases, third-party workflow tools etc. via a self-serve templatized, intuitive user interface. How will users connect their data sources to Cuneiform? What applications do they run on their data? What is the desired consumption model for the processed results? What third-party integrations do we need to support? What are the critical non-functional factors to consider, such as identity management, security, scalability, maintainability, or reliability? These are some of the varied topics you will be tackling.

Key Responsibilities
Develop deep understanding of customer business drivers and pain points so you can identify and prioritize product features that deliver maximum value to customers
Create and own the product roadmap for Cuneiform's big data platform capabilities.
Drive design strategy for ingestion, ETL, Workbench configuration and tooling, including non-functional factors to consider (Identity management, security, scalability, maintainability, reliability)
Constantly communicate with customers via appropriate channels (face-to-face, video, audio, email) to ensure customers are actively engaged in product development - from problem analysis through solution hypothesis to pre-release beta testing and beyond.
Drive feature prioritization of backlog items and shepherd them through the product development pipeline
Create detailed customer problem analysis to clearly articulate benefits that feature delivers customers in a measurable way
Define MVP scope for your features and have a clear vision of what benefits the MVP delivers to customers
Partner with Engineering teams to create solution hypothesis, mockups and interactive workflows and iterate them using customer reviews/feedback
Create detailed user stories, mockups and wireframes (where needed), and acceptance criteria to effectively communicate requirements to Engineering teams
Stay on top of progress of all deliverables for your features: you are the "go to" person for your feature to all stakeholders - CEO, customers, engineers, sales teams, peer PMs
Test upcoming features and conduct customer beta tests to ensure deliverables meet high quality standards
Develop sample applications, demos and detailed "How To" and "Getting Started" guides to drive user education and adoption of the platform tools you own
Create marketing collateral for your features as well as broader product and positioning collateral as directed by management
Support all post-release activities related to your features.

You possess all the traits in the Required Traits section above.
You have 5 years or more hands-on experience building cloud-hosted products and services on leading big data platforms like Hortonworks or Cloudera across all aspects: ingestion, storage, processing, consumption, integration with corporate infrastructure
You are an expert in one or more Hadoop components and familiar with all of: Apache Kafka, Spark, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, Beam, Avro, Parquet, Sqoop, Flume, Thrift, Presto, etc.
You are ready to travel both domestically and internationally to meet with clients and partners on an as-needed basis
Undergraduate Degree in technical discipline (Engineering/Computer Science).

Bonus requirements
You have hands-on experience using Apache Beam to define and execute data processing pipelines, including ETL, batch and stream (continuous) processing.
You have experience in blockchain technologies for permissioned networks like those applicable to Financial services/Capital Markets vertical
Bonus: Top-tier MBA


At PeerNova, you get to work on cutting-edge technology and make a real difference in the world of business - while enjoying these awesome benefits:
Competitive Salary
Flexible PTO
Stock Options
Discounted pet insurance
Weekly paid lunches
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Company outings
Free snacks
Shopping discounts
Career development
Commuter benefits
Wellness Care

Keywords: PeerNova Inc, San Jose , Senior Product Manager, Executive , San Jose, California

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