Job Vacancy Product Manager Saildrone

Job title: Product Manager

Company: Saildrone

Job description: About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times “Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021”, and Popular Science’s “100 Greatest Innovations of 2021”.

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

We are seeking a hands-on product manager to drive product development for our global fleet of ocean-going sailing drones. As a member of the product team, you’ll work closely with software engineers, manufacturing, operations and business development organizations to facilitate both short-term tactical work and longer-term strategic initiatives.

As a product manager at Saildrone, you may be responsible for data products and APIs, frontend product web applications for data visualization and collaboration, or mobile-responsive products used for configuring and readying our robotic sailboats and sub-systems. Your users can include expert sailors, scientists, analysts, researchers, and engineers. You will be responsible for interacting with them, advocating for them, and translating requirements from them for software engineering teams to build.

We will rely on you to hold our teams accountable to producing cutting-edge technology on time and at a high quality bar. In the beginning, expect to spend your time driving features and improvements, analyzing data to assess and track success, and overtime you will own and define entire pieces of our product roadmap. At a quickly growing company like Saildrone, you will need to thrive in ambiguity and be self-directed.

On our small, tight-knit team, you’ll get leadership visibility and have a direct impact on the drones we sail around the world to collect first-in-class data. You will be a part of a team of talented individuals who are just as passionate about supporting one another as they are about our planetary mission. Honesty and willingness to accept feedback are critical, as is a sense of humor and generally having fun!

Required skills and experience

  • 3+ years of experience in software product development
  • Experience working with software teams to implement new features and iterative, agile improvements
  • Experience managing software development lifecycle: defining requirements, establishing quality metrics and KPIs, using data to quantify success
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts, and dive into a problem with a solutions-oriented, outcome-focused mindset
  • Experience managing B2B and/or B2G products
  • Experience working on web and mobile responsive products
  • Experience gathering user feedback, analyzing usage metrics, and performing user research
  • Willingness to both solicit and give honest feedback and critiques
  • Strong technical understanding. Ability to establish credibility with engineers
  • Ability to thrive within a fast-paced, ever-changing startup environment
  • A clear and concise communicator, who can ensure that all parties are on the same page and working towards a shared plan

Desired skills and experience

  • Technical background in engineering, other related disciplines
  • Experience sailing is a plus
  • Experience working with on products with integration points with electromechanical components or in the robotics space is a plus
  • Experience working with users across the government and/or military domains is a plus
  • Familiarity with tools like Figma or Sketch for basic mockups, Jira and Confluence for project planning and management
  • BA/BS (or MA/MS) or equivalent experience
  • Ability to obtain and hold a US Top Secret security clearance

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film ‘The Matrix’.


Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.

Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents

Enhanced Parental Leave Programs

Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.

Any unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles submitted through our website or to personal email accounts of employees of Saildrone are considered property of Saildrone and are not subject to payment of agency fees.



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Location: Alameda, CA

Job date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 22:43:51 GMT

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