Director, Product Management, Platforms and Core Infrastructure

Req No.
Product Management

Company Overview

Riverbed solutions help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking and application delivery for the digital age. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ takes Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution for agile networking that really works, and adds to this digital backbone industry-leading solutions for WAN optimization and hybrid networking, for branch IT orchestration, and for end-to-end visibility from device to cloud. All these solutions are integrated in a flexible, modular, digital architecture that delivers any apps, data and services from any public or private cloud across any network to any end-point, with the best possible user experience as determined by business policy.


Riverbed is a pre-IPO opportunity with over $1 billion in revenue headquartered in San Francisco with branch offices around the globe.



As a Product Manager you are the “CEO” of all ‘hardware platforms’ at Riverbed Technology. You are responsible for managing the entire product lifecycle for existing and new product development and enhancement initiatives. You translate marketplace and individual BU needs into cohesive short-term and long-term plans and own the tactical/strategic implementation of the plans. As part of your role, you serve as the internal and external product expert and provide detailed information to support sales and customers. In addition, there is a platform software component as well with regards to system BiOS, firmware, device drivers, BMC, OS distro/kernel, etc. The other critical part of this role involves aligning platform introductions/refresh with Riverbed application software release timing and roadmap.




  1. Responsible for cross-BU platform and platform software lifecycle management.


  1. Build costing models with Engineering and Supply Chain peers, create business cases for revenue and margin goals and responsible for product pricing approvals.


  1. Provide detailed PRDs along with business justifications for all aspects of platform development/enhancement and project priorities. PRD must also include product transition plans if applicable and forecast/volume targets for initial six months after launch.


  1. Owns comprehensive competitive analysis of both features and pricing.


  1. Ensures utmost reuse of efforts and resources to support the needs of all BUs requiring platforms and platform software initiatives.


  1. Coordinates efforts across all BUs to ensure that the platform look/feel/branding/manageability/troubleshooting is consistent.


  1. Assist in the creation of collateral material (datasheets, specifications sheets, product presentation, interoperability matrix for both hardware and software).


  1. Track product performance – sales vs. forecast mapping, contribution to company revenue and market position, and recommends product or marketing modifications to maximize value and increase penetration/revenue.


  1. Ensures BOM (bill-of-materials) accuracy for both the engineering side as well as price list tools/software.



Ideal Candidate:


  1. Technical BS degree. MBA a plus.
  2. 6-10 years experience in product management
    1. Minimum of 2-4 years involving solutions/products that had a hardware component.
  3. 10+ years experience in compute systems used in applications such as networking (switching/routing infrastructure), Security, WoC, SANs, etc.
    1. Software or Hardware engineering background will also be considered as experience.
  4. Understanding if x86 (Intel or AMD) high performance CPU and/or server designs is highly desirable
  5. Industry knowledge and prior experience with MIPS, ARM and other commercial application-specific solutions.
  6. Working knowledge of LINUX as it applies to distros, kernels, drivers, platform management, reliability, availability, serviceability and performance.
  7. Demonstrated success defining and launching products with high technology content and innovation.
  8. Ability to manage constraints and project obstacles is a key requirement of the role.
  9. Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority. Must be comfortable working across the aisles and building consensus.
  10. Must be able to delve into deep details and deliver content with high levels of accuracy.


Role will be exposed to following Markets/Products for Career Advancement:


  1. WAN Optimization
  2. Software Defined WAN & LAN
  3. Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI)
  4. Application Performance Management (APM)
  5. Network Performance Management (NPM)
  6. Cloud Solutions ( xAAS)
  7. Security




Why Riverbed Technology?

If you are a high-achiever who wants to be part of a dynamically growing, billion dollar plus company, then you should look closely at Riverbed.  We offer the rewarding experience of working with the best minds in the industry that are changing the world through cutting edge technology and applications. The company has been recognized multiple years for attracting and retaining today’s top talent as a great place to work by Glassdoor, Fortune magazine’s 20 Great Workplaces in Tech and by numerous other publications.


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Riverbed is proud to be an affirmative action (AA) and equal employment opportunities (EEO) employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.




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