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Are you a technical "rockstar" passionate about making big, important decisions? 

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Director of Technical Product Management
$400,000 USD Per Year

 
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$32,000 USD PER MONTH PAID WEEKLY

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100% REMOTE, WORK ANYWHERE

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HIGH IMPACT DECISIONS. EVERY DAY.

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WORK AND LEARN WITH TOP 1% OF GLOBAL TALENT

Consider yourself among the top 1% of Technical Product Managers in the world? Eager to work on new, challenging projects and technologies?

Interested in joining a network of the world's most talented professionals while earning $400,000 USD per year and working wherever you choose?

If you said yes, this role is for you.

 

We believe software products ultimately ‘win’ or ‘lose’ based on the wisdom, simplicity, and technical insight put into their core.

Successful products are built when a clear understanding of the core value proposition is reflected in the core technical design.This is done by making a series of important technology decisions.

These decisions determine whether the product delivers unique value to customers and can change the code/time required to implement by 10X.

Technical Product Managers must learn, and know when to use, a wide array of existing third-party technologies. They must know when and how to design new data structures and algorithms. They must have the experience to understand the fatal impact that poor design decisions can have and strategies on how to avoid them. And finally, they must be able to communicate their technical decisions in a clear, written manner so that other people on the team may follow their direction.

This is hard work but it has enormous impact for software companies. When done correctly it creates huge customer value. It creates products which solve the customer problem better than anything else out there, it picks approaches that are fundamentally differentiated from competitors, and it provides great clarity for the engineering team on exactly what to build.

Unfortunately, most companies do a terrible job at this. They do not do the hard work up front and they start coding too early. They don’t invest in developing expertise and innovation, they build roadmaps based on what competitors are already delivering or on the tactical needs of the sales team. Their technical product managers focus on UIs and mockups instead of the product’s core data structures and algorithms.

If this resonates with you, and you have experience making the fundamental architecture decisions of software products, you should apply. You may have been a CTO or Technical Co-Founder of a company. If you have been responsible for the fundamental technical design decisions of successful products and for communicating those important decisions to the engineering team, we want to speak with you.


To learn more about the position, grab a coffee and listen to Samy Aboel-Nil, Head of Technical Product Management at DevFactory, about his vision for the role.

High Expectations.

Directors of Technical Product Management make the biggest and highest impact technical decisions for software products and companies.

As a TPM Director you will be responsible for identifying the core functionality and technical decisions across a portfolio of products. This will require you to fuse your understanding of the product’s core value proposition with your understanding of the way that software systems are built. You will need to learn new technologies and be able to describe when they should or shouldn’t be used.  You will be expected to create simple designs that focus on making (and explaining) the most Important Technical Decisions while leaving out the low-impact details.

For example, even some of the most common technical decisions such as “which database to use” are often done without enough upfront consideration. When, why and how should we best use a relational DB, versus noSQL, versus a key/value store, an in-memory DB, or another choice?

When and in what way should we use micro-services? What about the many available options and configurations of Machine Learning tools?  How will we deliberately design the best APIs?

Those are the more straightforward decisions that involve selection of existing technologies.  

The higher impact decisions include the ways that we will use data structures and algorithms in the best possible way to solve a super-valuable problem for our customer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Take a business priority or go-to-market plan and own the core technical decisions across a portfolio of products

  • Provide requirements to Senior TPMs who take your guidance and flesh out product-specific technical specs that meet your standards

  • Identify how software “megatrends” (such as Containerization or Spot-priced cloud resources) can be best applied to both new and existing products

  • Innovate the use of new data structures and algorithms to solve high value customer problems

  • Extremely clear, simple, and direct written communication of these decisions

Candidate Requirements

  • BS in CompSci, CompE, or EE

  • 5+ years of hands-on production code development in Java or C#

  • 3+ years experience making the core technical design decisions that were then implemented by others

  • Excellent written communication skills including architecture diagrams, data flows, and system component diagrams

  • Strong ability to understand a rich ecosystem of available tools/technologies and then explain precisely which should be used and why

  • Strong ability to see the simple and generic patterns when looking at an existing design that is overly complicated and not well structured

  • Strong ability to separate the strategic decisions from the tactical ones

  • A passion for creating work in a process-driven way and working with team members to continuously improve that process


Who Is Crossover?

Crossover connects the world's top talent with the world's best companies. We're re-inventing how people find long-term, challenging work, and how companies leverage the best talent in the world. We assemble teams of rockstars and provide playbooks and a platform, WorkSmart, to help teams and individuals continuously improve how they work.

We're creating a future where all high-skill jobs are in the cloud and big data helps people and teams be more productive. A future where brick and mortar offices are history. We believe the future of the workforce is global and will be built from teams collaborating from every corner of the world.

Crossover has more than 2,500 partners in 108 countries. Unlike freelancer or outsourced marketplaces, Crossover only offers long-term, multi-year projects or programs.

Hear more about our strategy and vision from our CEO, Andy Tryba: 

 

The Remote Life @ Crossover.

A key benefit of Crossover - and the cloud - is all our roles are location independent. Live and work anywhere: work from home, a coffee shop or at one of the many co-working spaces Crossover partners can access and collaborate.

Work from a home office or co-work at the many co-working spaces available to partners around the world

Work from a home office or co-work at the many co-working spaces available to partners around the world

We believe in equipping people to work where they can be the most productive and happy, with a commitment of 40 hours a week.

Crossover offers:

WEEKLY PAYMENTS IN USD

FULLY LEGITIMATE CONTRACT

FULL
40 HOURS/WEEK

LONG TERM
2-3 YR PROJECTS

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Step 1: Online Application

Start your application by hitting the Apply Now button, then uploading your resume and confirming your email address. From there, the Crossover platform will guide you through the remaining steps.


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Step 2: Take the Fundamentals Test

This is a multiple-choice test to check for baseline skills needed for the role. The test typically takes applicants 20 to 30 minutes to complete. You will receive your score via email within an hour. Passers will receive an email invitation to the next step in the application process.


Step 3: Implement the Tech Trial Project

In this step, we give you a specific technical scenario that will be similar to something you may encounter in the role. Though the scenarios are not real work products, we will be able to see which candidates are truly the top 1% and have put in the effort to stand out amongst their peers. You will also be asked to make a technical presentation to demonstrate your communication skills. This step is an opportunity to preview the type of work you would be doing in the role and demonstrate your technical skills and abilities to hiring managers; it typically takes candidates 8 to 10 hours.

All applications are evaluated by full-time Crossover software architects. If you pass, your profile will be highlighted to our hiring managers. Regardless of your score, you'll receive an extensive report after the test to help you identify areas for improvement.


Step 4: Join the Interview

This is the final step of the technical evaluation. One of our architects from the evaluation team will speak with you via Skype to understand if you're the best fit for the position. In addition to technical and business questions about your current and previous roles and achievements, you will be asked about the decisions you made for your tech trial deliverable and presentation


Step 5: Meet the customer hiring manager and get hired

After you've passed the assessments, you will be introduced to several potential hiring managers. This is intended to be a two-way discussion where you can ask questions about the team, product, metrics, etc. The hiring manager will be looking to evaluate you for fit within the company and team. You can interview with as many hiring managers as desired and make the decision on which company or team best fits your interests and career goals.