Senior Product Manager, Platforms (JB ID1706)

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Department: Product

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Want to be part of the next big thing? Join Big Switch Networks! We’re seeking a dynamic and passionate individual who can successfully drive platform initiatives and strategy for Big Switch’s SDN and Open source solutions.

Why join Big Switch?

• Externally recognized as one of the top start-ups and consistently ranked as one of the top ten networking start-ups, we’re dedicated to building a great product and a great company (and having some fun in the process!).

• We hire smart, creative, energetic people, game changers at the top of their respective fields. We are a small group of innovators who believe we can make a big difference.

• We offer competitive salaries and great benefits including generous Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts and commuter plans; we also contribute to Health Savings Accounts and a 401(k) plan for our employees.

• We have a bright, friendly office in Santa Clara with a huge kitchen stocked with goodies, and provide 2 breakfasts and 3 lunches per week free of charge to employees

Job Overview:

This Sr. Product Manager role is an important role in driving the Company’s product roadmap and execution for platforms.  The ideal candidate must be proactive with excellent judgment and product management skills working in a fast-paced startup environment. The individual will be expected to be fast on their feet, collaborate cross-functionally to execute tasks with minimal direction.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for Big Switch’s platform software initiatives for open networking platforms to drive thought-leadership and to help accelerate mainstream adoption of open networking.
  • Develop and execute roadmap for qualification of open, industry-standard switching and appliance platforms with Big Switch’s SDN software.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the ecosystem of open networking platform partners, appliance OEMs and drive joint partner initiatives.
  • Evangelize platform’s capabilities to end customers, partner ecosystem and the open source community such as OCP.
  • Create and drive innovative programs to help expand Big Switch’s impact on the Open Networking industry and the broader open source networking community.
  • Understand customer requirements and drive detailed feature prioritization with the engineering team.
  • Work with Product Marketing to craft value proposition and messaging for products/initiatives that you own.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to field and marketing teams.
  • Perform market, competitive analysis and have thorough understanding of various levers for pricing products.
  • Be the ambassador for the product - make product presentations clearly articulating product value proposition, differentiation, and detailed product features. Lead meetup sessions representing the entire company.

Minimum Qualifications / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related field, plus at least five (5) years of experience in the networking industry.
  • Must have at least 2 years of platform product management experience. Experience working with SDN a plus.
  • Solid understanding of SDN, NFV, open source technologies and broad trends shaping the networking industry.
  • Experience in Ethernet switching and routing data plane and control plane technologies.
  • Experience designing solutions with technology partners, especially hardware vendors, a plus.
  • Out-of-the-box thinker who can create programs that can drive thought-leadership in the open networking community.
  • Exceptional leadership, technical, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.

Working Conditions:

The Product Management team is based out of our HQ office in Santa Clara.  This position may require travel. Must have the ability to travel on short notice.


Big Switch Networks is the market leader in open software-defined networking solutions for enterprises. Leading international banks and high-tech companies are using our open SDN architecture to build their next-generation data centers. Based in Santa Clara and funded by some of the best venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, the Big Switch Networks team comprises industry veterans who led the SDN revolution, renowned experts in virtualization and networking, and researchers from Stanford University.  For more information visit

Big Switch Networks, Inc is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a proactive program of affirmative action and diversity development. Big Switch Networks, provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, military, veteran or VEVRAA protected veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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