Starburst is seeking a Product Manager for the Federation Engine team at Starburst. The Federation Team is responsible for developing the highly parallel and distributed Presto query engine that can securely access data from a single or multiple systems within the same query. We are constantly working to improve performance, scalability, security, and access to data sources. As a Product Manager for the Federation Engine team you will own the entire product management process including requirements gathering and defining, driving development and successful releases. You will work with engineering, release management, product management, sales, marketing, and partners for product success.

We are the Presto company. Starburst engineering team is the major contributor to Presto, a dominant open source distributed SQL query engine. Presto was originally created and open-sourced by Facebook under the Apache 2 License. Today Presto is the fastest growing SQL engine driven by a broad community of users ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small nonprofits. Our team consists of experts who have been advancing Presto by committing to it since the very start of the project.

Role Responsibilities

  • Entrepreneurial ownership of the product; when asked for faster horses, envision and create the combustible engine

  • Own the product management process for the Federation Engine

    • Engage with customers and partners, gather requirements

    • Develop product strategy and product roadmaps

    • Create and design feature requirements and success criteria; collaborate with engineering during development

    • Coordinate with engineering to drive the development

  • Lead the prioritization and development of (but not limited to)

    • Performance improvements of query read / write capabilities; including caching

    • All aspects of security within Presto

    • Connectors to data sources from Presto

    • Presto as a Data Lake; including cataloging

    • General Usability of Presto

  • Develop a strong understanding of customer use cases and identify patterns to incorporate into product strategy and roadmap

  • Collaborate with other product managers, field team, support team, and engineers for input to the product roadmap

  • Create and use a data driven approach to product

  • Drive end user documentation, internal documentation, and field enablement for features developed by the Federation Engine team

  • Collaborate with teams globally across multiple time zones and operate in an Agile development environment


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or equivalent field

  • 5+ years of software engineering experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

  • Expert knowledge and experience writing SQL queries

  • Understanding of data warehousing and data lakes

  • Knowledge of Presto and adjacent open source technologies such as Apache Spark, Apache Drill, Apache Druid, Apache Pinot

  • Knowledge of competitive landscape


This position is located in San Francisco, California or Boston, Massachusetts


About Starburst

Starburst gives analysts the freedom to work with diverse data sets wherever the data lives, without compromising on performance.  Using the open source Presto SQL engine, the Starburst Distribution of Presto provides fast, interactive query performance across a wide variety of data sources including HDFS, Amazon S3, MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Cassandra, MongoDB, Kafka, and Teradata, among others. Founded by the largest team of Presto committers outside of Facebook, Starburst is the only company providing enterprise support for the Presto project. Candidates should relish the opportunity to shape a cutting-edge technology while working in a fun, collaborative environment of a fast-paced startup.

Starburst Data, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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