Kong powers trillions of API transactions for leading organizations globally. With Kong’s end-to-end API platform, developers can connect APIs and microservices easier and faster than ever.
This position offers a fast-paced environment on a tight knit team. Here you will have the opportunity to shape a future product line and develop it into a platform other developers can build on top of. This product area is the backbone of the founders’ vision for the product, and key to Kong’s future success.
Who is a good fit? 
Kong is looking for a self-motivated product manager who bridges the business, design, and technical worlds. A good fit is a person who can both define vision and drive execution of a software product that is by developers and for developers.
If you thrive in positions with large scope and ownership, derive energy from both quantitative and qualitative research and synthesis, and feel fulfilled when you drive the creation of a product that is used and loved by users, we encourage you to apply.
Why should you want to work at Kong?  
Market Opportunity – We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership – We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
Marco, our CTO/co-founder – “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” – CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture – Come be a “Konger” and find out what we mean.
Kong employees exemplify our culture at our 2022 Sales Kickoff
Building Great Products – Learn why the world’s largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What You’ll Be Doing

    • Driving the overall strategy and roadmap for your area, including defining the priorities and tracking the success of the features.
    • Establish product requirements based on an intimate knowledge of the specific target customers, the competitive landscape, and key data.
    • Define and analyze metrics that inform the success of products. Identify and track key performance metrics.
    • Work in a cross-functional and collaborative role spanning multiple teams including product, design, analytics, engineering, sales, and professional services.
    • Be a technical, strong and eloquent product advocate that thinks API first.
    • Partner closely with design to create an efficient and straightforward user experience that delights users.
    • Conduct customer research to inform product prioritization and requirements.

What You’ll Bring

    • 2 years of Product Management experience, preferably in SaaS or enterprise software.
    • Use data and research to inform product decisions.
    • Work cross-functionally, particularly with engineering, to drive an initiative through to completion.
    • Reach out to customers so as to develop deep empathy with users and design clean experiences that solve their problems in a technically efficient way.
    • Synthesize research and document your findings clearly and completely.
    • Develop a strategy that guides prioritization in an ambiguous situation.
    • Launch products with the field team and answer complex post-sale inquiries.
    • Understand how B2B go-to-market motions work.
    • High bar of excellence in output and execution.

Bonus Points

    • 1+ years of development experience.
    • Experience working with API products and developers as a primary product audience.
    • Familiarity with the Cloud Native ecosystem and Kubernetes.
    • Experience creating platforms other developers can build on upon
Kong has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. Compensation varies depending on a wide array of factors, including but not limited to specific candidate location, role, skill set and level of experience. Certain roles are eligible for additional rewards including sales incentives depending on the terms of the applicable plan and role. Benefits may vary depending on location. US based employees are typically offered access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan, short and long term disability benefits, basic life and AD&D insurance, among others. The typical base pay range for this role in the US is $114,000-$145,000.
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