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Principal Product Manager - Software Platform

Department: Product Management

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara, Seattle

Req#: 4723

Sonos is an industry leader in the smart speaker category and has been working to fill every home with music over the last 15+ years. Our speakers look and sound great, but the real magic is in the software, where our thought leadership and inventions have defined the way the rest of the technology industry now perceives solutions in this domain. Powering the core Sonos Product and our Partner experiences is the Sonos Sound Platform which comprises Services and APIs in the Cloud and on our Speakers (Players) on the LAN.  

As Principal Product Manager, Software Platform you will be responsible for defining the vision and roadmap for the services and APIs on the speakers on the LAN. We are looking for a candidate to help deliver on our Sonos “outside the home”, voice assistant and trustworthy platform strategies. Your stakeholders range from internal software and hardware teams to external partners across voice, smart home and content providers. Work in this area is critical for the next chapter of growth for the company and there are no shortage of career defining problems to solve. 

As a candidate for this role, you bring a broad experience of delivering diverse portfolios of products for consumers and businesses that reach customers, globally.  You have experience bringing new products to market as well as scaling and optimizing more mature products. Experience with IoT, oAuth, Identity and Security and building API platforms is highly desirable. You are able to traverse the realms of business, experience design & technology and are able to rapidly simplify complex topics and communicate effectively at all organizational levels.
About You

You're not like everyone else.

You bring a unique perspective to the table. Transparency tops your list of values. Your smarts and creativity are off the charts, matched only by your humility. You want to collaborate with a team of diverse talent. You proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You're ambitious and unafraid to make mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You don't stop until you get it right. "Impossible" isn't in your vocabulary. You're more interested in creating the future than waiting for it.

You love to listen.

You start every interaction from a place of listening and seeking to understand. You're culturally connected. You remember your first concert. You can readily recommend a binge-worthy show on Netflix, Hulu or HBO. You can't sit in traffic without a great audiobook, podcast or album. You can make a killer playlist. Your idea of a good weekend includes watching a movie or playing a video game.

What You’ll Do
  • Define and communicate a product vision to executive management in order to gain alignment and prioritization across functions 
  • Develop and maintain a roadmap and goals that allow the team to deliver on the vision over the long term
  • Work with your peers in engineering, quality, data and UX to set up the team to succeed, delivering on the product roadmap
  • Identify and track KPIs so the team can build, measure, learn and iterate 
  • Negotiate project level trade-offs with engineering 
  • Mentor junior staff in order to scale your product management experience
  • Seek opportunities for the team to learn from customers, partners & internal stakeholders
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to manage dependencies, risk and schedules across software and hardware
Skills You’ll Need
  • 7+ years experience in product management 
  • 4+ years experience working with developer platforms & ecosystems 
  • 3+ experience with developing services and APIs 
  • Comfortable making hard decisions using a blend of quantitative and qualitative inputs 
  • Able to define vision and strategy, in addition to solid results-driven execution
  • Able to influence at all levels of the organization with strong communication skills
  • Able to execute multiple, complex projects in parallel
  • Strong technical background with an ability to rapidly learn new technologies
  • Able to work closely with strategic partners through technical integrations
  • Collaborative spirit and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or experience in technical roles

More About Sonos

In 2002, Sonos set out to reinvent the way people listen at home. The wireless home sound system we created makes it easier than ever to fill any and every room with music, podcasts, TV, and just about anything else you could ever want to hear-all with brilliant, immersive clarity. Since then millions of people in over 60 countries have made Sonos part of their lives.

Today we remain focused on innovation, thoughtfully designing products, inventing new technologies, expanding our software platform, crafting the best sound experience and making a positive social impact in the world.

We're empowering people to listen better because listening builds understanding and drives change. It even increases happiness and brings people together. Simply put, listening leads to a better life. (We've got the data to prove it.)

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