Technical Project Manager - Parachains Core

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Job Description

Parity is one of the world's most experienced core blockchain infrastructure companies, having built and pioneered some of the most advanced technologies in the blockchain sector. Parity was founded by Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder and former CTO of Ethereum, the primary engineer behind the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), inventor of the Solidity programming language, and primary author of the Ethereum Yellowpaper.

Based in Berlin, London, and Lisbon with over 340 employees worldwide, Parity has built clients for Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Zcash and has pioneered a completely new, next-generation blockchain protocol with Polkadot and the framework it’s built with, Substrate. Parity builds the open-source technologies needed to power an unstoppable, decentralised web—known as Web3—and helps developers and organisations implement and build upon the Web3 tech stack.

About the Parachains Team:

The Parachains Core team is responsible for implementing Polkadot's Parachain consensus mechanism. This core team consists of 13 Rust engineers who are currently focused on topics like asynchronous backing, disputes, rolling out a new, "pay-as-you-go" parathread functionality to Polkadot, and hardening network security. The team is led by Robert Klotzner, Andrei Sandu, and Polkadot Co-founder Rob Habermeier.

About the position:

We're hiring an experienced Technical Project Manager to join this team. The Project Manager will be embedded in the development team and will support the core engineers in the process of delivering key features to Polkadot's Parachain functionality. This position will require a strategic, technically-minded approach to facilitate communication internally and externally within the ecosystem and support the development leadership with the process and people management. Due to Parity’s unique open-source culture, the ideal candidate will be more of a negotiator and mediator than a top-down strategist while being prone to feedback loop and willing to improve on it with critical thinking. In summary, some of what you'll do:

  • Document and drive the roadmap, defining actions, risks and outcomes, prioritising tasks and managing the team’s resources, and 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
  • Design quality and automation procedures, and deliver project dashboard(s) for company- and ecosystem-wide visibility
  • Work closely with internal and external teams on integrations, mutual efforts and tasks, bridging the Parachains Core team with Polkadot ecosystem teams and internal BD and Marcomms departments
  • Help align teams on a shared vision and document the execution of that vision

About you:

You have a(n):

  • Education in STEM & 2-5 years technical program/product management experience in fast-paced, highly-fluid environments
  • Understanding of Blockchain, familiarity with recent developments in this space, and a broad perspective of various projects
  • Passion for Web3
  • Knowledge of GitHub workflows, PRs, issue tracking and milestones
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skillset, including the ability to speak to the teams internally and externally
  • A demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and schema to balance competing priorities when needed
  • Ability to influence internal and external collaborators without direct management responsibility
  • (ideally) Knowledge of the Polkadot/Substrate ecosystem and network

About working for us:

For everyone who joins us:

  • Competitive remuneration packages, including tokens (where legally possible), based on iterative market research
  • Remote-first, global working environment with flexible hours
  • Collaborative, fast-paced, and self-initiating culture, designed to mimic an open source workflow
  • Energising and collaborative team and company retreats all over the world
  • Opportunity to learn more about Web3 while on the job, with access to some of the brightest minds in this space; we have plenty of educational initiatives such as internal sessions, all-hands, AMAs, hackathons, etc.
  • Teammates who are genuinely excited about their job, impact, and Parity’s mission
  • Opportunity to relocate to Germany or Portugal

For those joining us as employees in Germany, Portugal, or the U.K.:

  • 28 paid vacation days per year
  • Work laptop (macOS or Linux-based) and equipment to enable you to work successfully
  • £2,500 yearly learning and development budget for conferences or courses of your choice

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

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