VP of Technical Product Manager - $200K/year Crossover

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Details: Posted on: 10th December 2017

  • Company Name: Abu Dhabi University
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Monthly Salary: Unspecified
  • Job Role: Product Manager
  • Minimum Work Experience: 2-5 Years
  • Minimum Education Level: N/A
  • Listed By: Employer
  • Career Level: Manager


Job Description

The SVP of Technical Product Management is responsible for building and managing a team of VPs of Technical Product Management. Their primary deliverable are highly technical product specs that make the Important Technical Decisions (ITDs) for a product.

What sets SVPs of Technical Product Management apart is their ability to:

Simplify complex architectures and decisions
Hire and manage a team

Both SVPs and VPs must learn and 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 product 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.

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 basic management experience combined with a track record of owning fundamental architecture decisions, you should apply.

For the SVP position you must have 5+ years experience in this role at one of the following types of companies:

A Top 100 software development company such as Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Facebook, etc.
A leading financial institution such as Goldman Sachs, Citi, HFT Trading firm, etc.
Be one of the top 5 technical architects at a software outsourcing organization

If you feel as I do, and you want to learn more in a year than most will learn in a decade, you should Apply.

Software products ultimately ‘win’ or ‘lose’ based on wisdom, simplicity, and technical insight.

Successful products are built when a clear understanding of the core value proposition is reflected into 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 poor design decisions can have and know how to avoid them.

It's hard work but has enormous impact. When done correctly it creates huge customer value, a differentiated product from competitors, clarity for the engineering team, and more.

Unfortunately, most companies are terrible at this. They don’t do the hard work upfront and code too early. They don’t invest in developing expertise and innovating. Instead, they build roadmaps based on what competitors are delivering. TPMs focus on UIs and mockups instead of unique and valuable core data structures and algorithms.

Does this resonate with you? Do you have experience making the fundamental architecture decisions of software products? We encourage you to apply. You may have been a CTO or Technical Co-Founder of a company. You may have been responsible for the fundamental design decisions and technical choices for a larger scale organization.

If you see the world in the same way - and want to learn more in a year than most will in a decade - we urge you to apply.

Senior Technical Product Managers make the most impactful technical decisions for software companies.

As a Senior TPM you will be responsible for identifying the core functionality of a product and creating a very thoughtful design. This requires an understanding of the product’s core value proposition with our understanding of the way that software systems are built. You need to learn new technologies and describe when they should be used. You will be expected to create simple designs that focus on making and explaining the most Important technical decisions while leaving out 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 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. Decisions with greater impact include what the core data structures of the application will be and how to best apply existing or new CS algorithms to a given problem space.

Key Responsibilities

Identify the most important technical decisions that must be made given the strategy and goals for a product
Build technical expertise (not industry domain expertise) in order to understand the best available options for a product design
Select the best available existing technology and stipulate the design constraints that will accompany it
Innovate the design of new data structures and algorithms where needed
Communicate these decisions, and the reasons for them, in a clear written document (tech spec)


As an SVP, you will recruit and manage a team of individual contributors and be responsible for their work. Your day-to-day responsibilities include reviewing their decisions and coaching them to make their architectures simpler and their decisions clearer.

You will be expected to identify and focus on the core data structures, algorithms, and third-party components that are best to use in your designs.

You should be a clear and organized thinker, able to find the important patterns in work and focus on the “big picture” without being lost in the details.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide active daily feedback to individual contributors writing Important Technical Decisions. Help make them simpler and clearer.
Interview new L2 TPMs and guide them through a structured training period
Know how to apply modern software design patterns (think cloud, containerization, etc) to product requirements

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 other developers
Excellent at reducing overly complicated and unstructured answers into a set of simple and structured decisions
Able to identify and articulate patterns in unstructured and unorganized content
Excellent written communication skills including architecture diagrams, data flows, and system component diagrams
A passion for creating work in a process-driven way and working with team members to continuously improve that process

Job Details

Job Location: Dubai, UAE
Company Industry: Computer/Software
Requirements : Employer (Private Sector)
Job Role: Information Technology
Employment Status: Full time
Employment Type: Employee
Monthly Salary Range: $15,000 - $30,000
Number of Vacancies: 5

Preferred Candidate

Career Level: Executive/Director
Years of Experience : Min: 5 Max: 15

Company Profile

Crossover connects talent from around the globe with companies that are looking to hire only the best. We have more than 1,850 partners from 98 different countries working full time (40 hrs/wk) for our clients, and we are growing quickly, as we have more customer demand than we can find good people. We are also a mission-driven company—we believe in providing people with high-paying, long-term jobs and careers. We are not a marketplace in which companies are trying to hire someone at rock-bottom rates for temporary work.

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