Job Description

The Azure Cloud Native Compute team is tasked with creating services and tools to make customers successful building, deploying, and managing cloud native applications on Azure. We are responsible for core offerings like Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Container Registry, as well as leadership in cloud native open-source projects like Kubernetes. 


As a Principal Product Manager, you will work with internal teams, partners, and the open-source community to facilitate upstream contributions to cloud native projects, thereby enabling Azure to deliver industry-leading services for customers.  This opportunity will allow you to have a significant impact on the upstream community, have input into project governance, and guide stewardship of our upstream open-source efforts. This role is flexible as to US-based location and allows you to work from home or an office as desired.


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  • You will guide, influence, and represent our contributions to open-source projects and foundations by leading, defining, and prioritizing upstream open-source strategy and contributions.
  • You will anticipate unknown or unmet end user needs in cooperation with internal teams, partners, and the open-source community. You’ll then clarify any patterns of root problems and define solutions options for those needs.
  • You will influence others to drive business impact across the organization and track success criteria for multiple open-source efforts across Microsoft. You’ll also be an expert in identifying long-term investment opportunities and engaging partners such as the open-source program office to leverage and increase Microsoft’s open-source involvement in the cloud native ecosystem.
  • You will define an open-source impact plan and facilitate senior-level impact reviews with 1P and 3P stakeholders. You’ll own the roadmap for the upstream business impact, and will collaborate with 1P teams to measure, and report on the business impact of open-source contributions on our 1P and 3P stakeholders across all cloud native projects. 
  • You will partner with community marketing teams by building marketing and roll-out plans, as well as leading the creation of customer support plans. You’ll also take advantage of major opportunities to highlight our contributions to open-source projects and platforms in community spaces, both large-event-based and online.
  • As an expert, you will partner with others to collect contribution metrics and form hypotheses for complex ecosystem needs to improve upstream involvement in multiple areas. You’ll also identify efforts to deprioritize, manage end user communities including special interest groups, project and organizational governance, and continuity planning., and build trust with targeted end users across sectors.




Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree AND 8+ years experience in product/service/project/program management or software development OR equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree AND 10+ years of experience in product/service/project/program management or software development OR equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years in an open-source leadership role.
  • Experience working with foundations and large enterprise stakeholders to design and build systems of collaboration.
  • Experience with open-source projects in governance roles. 
  • Experience with the cloud native technology stack including Kubernetes is strongly preferred. 

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: 

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter. 

Product Management IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.

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Job Overview
Job Posted:
1 year ago
Job Type
Full Time
Job Role
Product Manager
Bachelor Degree
8+ Years
  • Founded In
    Mar 01, 2023
  • Company Size
    500+ Members
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