Our Product Managers are breaking new ground at the Air Force, changing the way the Department of Defense builds software. We build, measure, and learn; creating war-winning software iteratively. No longer are we building off of multi-year plans with stacks of requirements.

Product Managers at Kessel Run balance user needs, organizational outcomes, and technical feasibility in order to build value quickly while still considering the big picture. Our teams are flat and balanced, with Developers, Designers, and Product Managers working in concert, empowered to build the software we know our warfighters need.

You MUST be Active Duty military or a civilian employed with in the Department of Defense to apply.

Day In The Life

A typical day as a Kessel Run Product Manager starts with your caffeinated beverage of choice and a team stand-up to align on goals for the day. As a product manager you will write user stories to describe new features Designers have identified through user interviews, oversee the product's backlog, and validate what the Developers have delivered. You'll work to keep the team unblocked and de-risked using hypothesis-driven development and are flexible and adaptable to a fast-changing environment.

You will work closely with a Product Manager to understand your product’s problem space, understand the upstream and downstream system dependencies, and ensure that the team’s activities are aligned with the product roadmap. You are a natural empathizer with users, but understand how to balance user needs with business needs in order to take action quickly and make clear recommendations. You may not have extensive product experience, but have a growth mindset and take feedback well. 

Who You Are

  • You are familiar with agile principles, understand Lean Product Management, and have some related experience
  • You have experience working with stakeholders and can clearly communicate product strategy and priorities
  • You are familiar with metric frameworks and data-driven decision-making processes
  • You understand the basic principles of User-Centered Design and research processes
  • You have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • You are comfortable traveling to meet users and stakeholders and can represent both the team and Kessel Run during work trips
  • You have a growth mindset and love working in a fast-paced agile environment
  • You are a U.S. citizen and are eligible to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance (see eligibility requirements here)

We understand that there is no such thing as the ideal candidate for any job and we believe in empowering people to learn and grow throughout their careers. We encourage any applicant who is interested in making an impact in the Department of Defense to apply to this position regardless of background and qualifications.  

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