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Technical Product/Program Manager – Polkadot

Strong technical understanding of blockchain technologies and ecosystems, and passionate about the vision for Web3 ....

Locations: Berlin, Germany (can assist relocation) or Remote

We’re currently seeking an experienced Technical Program Manager to join Parity’s Polkadot development team. As the first hire in this novel position here, the Program Manager will be embedded on the developer teams building Polkadot (starting with Parachains team) and will aid Parity’s core engineers in the process of delivering key features to the Polkadot Network. This position will require a strategic, technically-minded approach to improve coordination and execution of existing roadmaps by facilitating team communication/collaboration within core engineering and across the Polkadot ecosystem.

Due to Parity’s unique open-source culture, the ideal candidate will be more of a negotiator and mediator than a top-down strategist. In the mid-term, we expect the program manager to have an influence on the future of our flagship product. For more context, this older blog post of ours describes a bit more about what it’s like to work for us.


Help define, implement and drive the Polkadot roadmap, workflows and plans, uncovering roadblocks, defining critical paths, identifying resource constraints and any other issues that arise.

Identify and document all project milestones and deliverables and keep project plans up to date at all times.

Help design quality and automation procedures, and deliver monitoring and data visibility tools to ensure the highest standard of reliability, stability and accuracy.

Work with other Parity departments to support teams building in the ecosystem with business development, market research, and marketing & communication-related activities.

Align teams on a shared vision and help steer execution on that vision.


Education in STEM, 2-5 years technical program/product management experience in the fast paced, high fluid environments.

Experience and knowledge of open source software products developing practices.

Strong technical understanding of blockchain technologies and ecosystems, and passionate about the vision for Web3 .

Excellent understanding of GitHub workflows, PRs, issue tracking and milestones.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including the ability to speak to both business development and technical teams internally and externally.

Strong organizational skills, along with demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and able to react to shifting priorities to meet needs.

Nice-to Have

Knowledge of/experience with Parity-associated projects: Polkadot, Substrate, libp2p, ink!, wasmi, etc.

Familiarity with our technical languages and their respective communities: primarily Rust and Javascript.

Former work experience with large-scale open source projects.


Competitive salaries and benefits.

Opportunity to become an expert in latest blockchain technologies.

Working at Parity means focusing on stuff that matters: building cutting-edge technology for a better and more decentralized internet. Our teams enjoy a high degree of freedom and autonomy to achieve that goal.

Because we value initiative and learning, we’ve defined a generous personal improvement budget to attend conferences or skills courses of your own choosing. We think you know what’s best for you!

Parity is a diverse company with people from various countries and we will support you with German or English language courses where needed (and desired).

We have a remote-friendly company setup.

Bringing the team together is something we value a lot and we have regular company retreats (or will have, pending the Covid pandemic).

Not a perfect match to our requirements? We’re happy to receive your application anyways and hear how you think you can help us achieve our mission.

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