Senior Product Manager - Head of Developer Experience
About the Job
Before you read the details of this role, there’s something you should know. At Matter Labs, we don’t see ourselves as a company, but as a highly aligned global team on a single mission: to accelerate the mass adoption of crypto for personal sovereignty.
Our core technology – zkSync – is a layer 2 rollup that uses advanced cryptography called zero-knowledge proofs to scale Ethereum without compromising on security or decentralization. zkSync is EVM compatible, which means projects on Ethereum and other EVM-based blockchains can easily deploy on zkSync to take advantage of low gas fees and high transaction speeds.
With a total of $458 million in mission-driven funding, zkSync is the first EVM-compatible ZK Rollup to go live on testnet (February 2022) and be deployed on mainnet (October 2022). As we enter the endgame for Ethereum scaling, we are committed to full open source and building in public toward our stated mission [so that even if we fail, the community and the ecosystem will benefit from our contribution].
We are looking for a stellar Technical Product Manager to lead our Developer Experience squad. This role is extremely relevant to our project and will have a major influence in shaping the strategy to elevate zkSync as the best option for developers in the Ethereum scaling ecosystem.
You will interface with the core teams working on the platform/infrastructure to ensure protocol design decisions are highly aligned with what our developer ecosystem wants, and will drive all initiatives to ensure developers have state-of-the-art experience when building with zkSync. From the first interaction of a newbie developer reading the documentation, or regular developers needing more tooling, up to providing debugging capabilities to senior crypto developers, this squad represents the developer voice in zkSync.
This is a key role with a high probability to increase in scope and responsibility as the company scales and the protocol grows/gains more adoption.
- Setting the vision and strategy to provide the best developer experience in the layer 2 space
- Define the team's needs and structure to grow into specialized squads to tackle specific challenges
- Taking care of developer tools, documentation, and SDKs
- Aligning and influencing the roadmap of core protocol teams
- Creating and prioritizing initiatives and setting up a clear roadmap with the outcomes the team wants to achieve
- Lead the organization in developing a high understanding of developer needs and pains
- Working in an agile environment with your development team, outsourced squads that takes care of specific products
- Fostering a data-driven culture, working closely with community and developer relations to identify gaps in the developer experience
- Inspiring your team and stakeholders
Skills & Experience
- Self-starter, autonomous, and eager to make a difference.8+ years working in product management or engineering-related positions
- You have experience managing agile teams and product development processes
- You’re an excellent communicator, in writing and speaking, whether you’re talking to a founder, a community member, or an executive
- You have a deep understanding of software development and architecture, APIs, SDKs, IDEs, etc
- You have a proven track record of focusing on outcomes and bringing value to businesses
- Passionate and familiar with dApp developers, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology
- You have a basic understanding of how blockchains and smart contracts work
- An eye for detail, yet focused on getting things done
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
- Creativity and out-of-the-box mindset to brainstorm solutions for difficult problems
- Challenging personality. Just because something is the way it is, or the company says “this is how we do it”, doesn't mean it is right
- Experience in leading with influence, inspiring others to follow best practices, and deliver real value to customers
Nice to Have:
- Some experience developing smart contracts for EVM-compatible blockchains
- Previous experience in web3 or blockchain companies/projects
- Your hands are dirty. You only ship features after you’ve tested them and made edits to the documentation
- At Matter Labs, you have the freedom to work how you want, when you want, and from where you want. We operate in small, focused teams, with no time tracking and minimum bureaucracy. Only results matter. We will provide you with anything you need to learn, grow, and be productive.
- Our results-only environment means anyone who believes in our mission can join us, regardless of background, sexual orientation, race, gender, and age. Both our team and community are made up of people from different countries, cultures, ethnical and religious backgrounds. That's why, out of politeness and respect, we refrain from opinions on politics, religion, or sex at the workplace.
- We designed our culture of freedom and ownership to persist as we scale and to establish the base for a positive-sum community as we move toward full decentralization.
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