Principal Architect


Productboard is a B2B software company with a simple mission: to help businesses across the world build better, more customer-centric products. As an outcome-driven company, we are seeking the right person to help us define, design, and deliver products based on sound scaled architecture principles and patterns.

Over 5,000 global companies, from startups to Fortune 100 enterprises, have chosen Productboard to give them a strategic advantage over their competition. At our core, we enable companies to create more valuable products for their customers the first time. As a member of our product architecture team, you will guide the design of our product in an organization of empowered, cross-functional teams.

On a typical day, you will:

  • Work with highly motivated technologists – engineers, designers & product managers
  • Define and communicate strategies to enable successful outcomes
  • Ensure technical investments are aligned to vision and strategy
  • Coordinate technology across domain groups to gain efficiencies
  • Propose sequencing and execution plan for key technical initiatives
  • Report to senior leadership on significant initiatives and innovations
  • Serve as a role model for less senior staff and participate as a mentor or coach
  • Provide insights into the technical feasibility of product strategies

Our tech stack:

We work with the following frameworks, tools, and languages:

  • Frontend: TypeScript, React.js
  • Backend: TypeScript/Node.js, Ruby, Kotlin, Kafka
  • Storage: Postgres, Elastic, Redis
  • Data Pipeline: Python, Keboola, Looker, Snowflake
  • Infrastructure: AWS, Kubernetes, Terraform

About you:

  • You have 10+ years of experience in services, product development, or infrastructure. The ideal candidate has significant software-as-a-product, web scale delivery, database, distributed architecture, and software engineering experience.
  • A strong mentor to junior staff, with the ability to lead and teach others to ensure technical alignment.
  • You have a deep understanding of the fundamentals required to build highly available and scalable services.
  • You understand – and can articulate and lead conversations on – the benefits and associated trade-offs between asynchronous and synchronous processing, various methods for sharding and segmenting services, and how to foresee, plan for, and prevent scaling bottlenecks.
  • You have 5-10 years of design experience with medium to large-scale containerized / Linux operating system production environments, preferably as part of an online service (SaaS) provider environment.
  • You have a solid financial acumen – you should understand the cost trade-offs of various technology decisions.
  • You can demonstrate a solid understanding of cloud technologies and strategies to scale SaaS products, with a focus on reducing operational costs and time to market.
  • You can articulate the value of virtualization technologies, big data systems, cloud platforms, and enabling services.
  • Experience using iterative development fundamentals, including experience with SCRUM, Agile or other iterative approaches.
  • You have demonstrable competency in modern languages and frameworks – e.g. experience with React.js using Typescript, Ruby, Java, Kotlin, Kafka, PostgreSQL, Elastic – Cache / Search, Redis, AWS, or Kubernetes is a plus.
  • Demonstrable experience building, evolving, maintaining, and operating high-volume SaaS products.

You can look forward to the following benefits:

💰 Stock options

💻 MacBook + 34″ monitor

📚 Budget for online courses, books, and conferences

🏝 5 weeks of vacation + sick days

❤️ 1 Volunteer Day per year for you to help causes close to your heart 

🍲 Free snacks, drinks, yummy catered lunches every day in the office

💚 Shared Headspace account for mindfulness & mental health 

🏋 MultiSport card to access sports facilities

🍹 Team events, such as happy hours, off-sites, and retreats

🍀 Mental Wellness Program to support your well-being and self-care

⏱ Flexible working hours and home office

🧒🏻 Parental benefits

🎓 Language lessons

About Productboard

Productboard is a customer-centric product management platform that helps organizations get the right products to market, faster. More than 5,400 companies, including Microsoft, Zoom, 1-800-Contacts, and UiPath, use Productboard to understand what users need, prioritize what to build next, and rally everyone around their roadmap.

With offices in San Francisco, Vancouver, Dublin, Brno and Prague, Productboard is backed by leading investors like Tiger Global Management, Dragoneer Investment Group, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Credo Ventures. 

In January 2022, we closed our $125M Series D round, which put us into the Unicorn category of companies, with a valuation of $1.7B.

  • Join at the golden startup age — established stability of a Unicorn with space for individual impact
  • You’ll enjoy an exciting team atmosphere, building a whole new category of software
  • You can help change the way that products are built all over the world
  • We iterate quickly and decisions are fast. You’ll have a voice in what we do and see the impact of your work
  • We are backed by top Silicon Valley investors, giving us access to capital, networks, mentors, and new markets
  • We are recognized as one of the hottest tech startups on the market today, named by Forbes magazine and Business Insider as one of the best startup employers to bet your career on and are regularly recognized for our company culture

About our culture

Imagine working in a place where everything matters — most importantly, you. At Productboard, values aren’t just something we like to talk about, they’re something we live and breathe. We believe in creating a work environment where:

  • People feel empowered, supported, and included
  • Trust and transparency are built into the way we work
  • Creativity, curiosity, and continuous improvement are encouraged and nurtured every day

Forming our company values was a group effort, with every employee allowed to contribute. From profit-sharing initiatives, like stock options, to open calendars and communication, we don’t waste time on politics or ego. We champion openness by sharing our goals, success, and failures. 

Join colleagues who love what they do and who are invested in their work environment and the future of the company. Help shape our company, culture, and product!

Check out our LinkedIn Life page, Instagram profile, and People of Productboard FB page or listen to our People of Productboard podcast for a real feel of what life is like at Productboard.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and champion equity. It is our aim to help people from all backgrounds, cultures, and groups realize their full potential at Productboard. We do not tolerate any discrimination or harassment based upon gender identity, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other biascovered by appropriate law. All aspects of employment, including hiring, training, promotion, and terminations, are based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We are committed to an inclusive hiring process and provide all candidates with equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Togetherness is one of our core values, and our Diversity Council helps to ensure that we uphold the values of authenticity, humanity, and diversity to create an environment where every person matters. We are committed to leading by example to drive societal change.