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Director of Product, Platform

Product Management | Washington, DC | Full Time | From $156,450.00 to $200,200.00 per year

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, protect, and preserve our world. We provide real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and use proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Our fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate without the need for a crewed support vessel. Saildrone works with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing into the eye of a category 4 hurricane to obtain new data about how storms intensify, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, and counting fish biomass to inform sustainable fishery management, to mapping the ocean floor and reducing illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, Saildrone has been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, earned an Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, won Best Tech For Good from the Timmy Awards, and was recognized by Andreessen Horowitz’s American Dynamism 50 list of the Top 50 Companies Kickstarting American Renewal. Our first-annual Atlantic hurricane mission with NOAA was included as one of The New York Times’ 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 and St. Petersburg, FL, and operate our missions worldwide. Saildrone is 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 an experienced individual to lead product planning and strategy for our Maritime Domain Awareness platform. You’ll work with other teams across our matrixed organization to plan and facilitate both longer- term strategic initiatives and short-term tactical work. In this role you will perform tactical product management (e.g. writing product requirements documents), communicating updates to leadership, and gathering requirements from other key stakeholders. We will rely on you to drive quarterly and annual planning, and to set a culture of accountability as we build cutting edge products. You have strong business acumen, and can establish relationships with internal and external users including critical customers to define and deliver valuable outcomes that are quantifiable and measurable. You will help define playbooks for product management at Saildrone and grow a team of PMs to support the overall organization.


  • Collaborate and lead cross-functional teams to build and maintain our Product Roadmap
  • Grow our team of Product Managers
  • Organize and facilitate quarterly planning and roadmap exercises
  • Coordinate with other teams like Hardware Engineers, Software Engineers, Operations team members, Technical Program Managers, etc. to ensure that product requirements and success criteria are clearly defined, documented and understood
  • Partner with engineering management and tech leads to scope timelines and level of effort
  • Communicate overall progress to key stakeholders throughout the business
  • Performing business analyses and cases for future investments in our roadmap
  • Defining KPIs and success metrics for the product management team and roadmap efforts

Required skills and experience

  • 10+ years of experience delivering technical products to government or enterprise customers including at least 5 in Product Management roles, and bachelors degree
  • Proficiency in working with Figma, Jira, Confluence and Atlassian tools in detail
  • Experience with agile software development methodologies
  • Experience working with complex cross-functional/matrixed team structures
  • Experience working on products with close connection to electromechanical systems
  • Proficiency in performing market research and business analyses to guide prioritization and product decisions
  • Experience working on B2B products
  • Ability to quickly pick up new concepts, and dive into a problem with a solutions-oriented, outcome-focused mindset
  • Strong technical understanding and ability to establish credibility with engineers
  • A clear and concise communicator, who can ensure that all parties are on the same page and working towards a shared plan
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Nice to Have

  • Navy, Coast Guard or Intelligence experience
  • GIS or mapping experience
  • Robotics or autonomous vehicle experience
  • Radar or underwater acoustic sensing
  • Experience managing other product managers

Physical Requirements: Work is performed on a computer and requires ability to operate a keyboard and other peripheral devices. Ability to travel up to 25% annually (domestic and international).

Location: This position is based in Washington, D.C. Saildrone’s DC office is conveniently located at Metro Center in downtown Washington, D.C., between the White House and Capitol Hill.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

Catch up on the latest news about us:

The Tiny Craft Mapping Superstorms at Sea – The New York Times
An Underwater Mountain was Newly Discovered off California Coast – San Francisco Chronicle
Hacking the Anthropocene with Survivalist Robots [VIDEO] – Freethink
An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS
Saildrone’s First Aluminum Surveyor Autonomous Vessel Splashes Down for Navy Testing – TechCrunch
USVs Could Deter IUU Fishing – USNI Proceedings
Saildrone Vehicles Track Whales around Offshore Wind Power – Workboat
Mullen, Former Joint Chiefs Chairman, to Lead Board for Unmanned Tech Firm Saildrone – Breaking Defense
The Navy Is Using Robot Ships to Deter Human Smuggling out of Haiti – Defense One
Saildrone's Quiet Voyage: Autonomous Vehicle Aids Great Lakes Fish Stock Study – Up North Live
Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist

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.

At Saildrone, we value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that a diverse and inclusive team leads to innovation and better problem-solving. We encourage applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, disabilities, and backgrounds.

Individual compensation packages are based on geographic location, scope of the role, relevant experience, and the ability to deal with complexity and problem solve within our organization, among other factors.

All employees are required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. within their first 3 days of work. Please note that the Company does not sponsor employees for work visas or permanent resident cards to work in the U.S. If you need sponsorship for a work visa or green card, you will not be qualified for employment with Saildrone.

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