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Squarespace // creative tools for designing websites
Product, Full Time    New York, New York    Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2020
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Technical Program Manager - Infrastructure & Product Engineering - Product Platform

At Squarespace, we empower people with creative ideas to succeed.

That means delivering beautiful software products to our customers. Technical Program Managers (TPMs) contribute to that mission by making shipping software easier & more predictable.

We are looking for a TPM to partner with our product engineers & product managers, to grow & drive our Product Platform program. The Product Platform organization provides shared backend services as a foundation for product features. These teams lead our microservices & monolith strategy & are responsible for integrating acquired products, safely storing & serving customer content, & managing customer authorization & authentication.

Bridging the gap between Platform & Product Engineering allows us to deliver full-stack engineering projects with ease & predictability. A strong partnership between Product Engineering & Platform is crucial to deliver products to our customers, & you as the TPM will play an important role in that smooth collaboration.

This role is for an individual contributor. It is located in New York & reports to the Infrastructure Engineering TPM Team Lead in New York. TPM is part of the Engineering department.

In this role you will

  • Partner with engineers, designers, product managers, & other stakeholders across the company to prioritize, plan, & deliver Product Platform projects
  • Understand the strategic vision for Squarespaces products & use this information to shape technical roadmaps & corresponding project scopes
  • Get to know our product & technology stack in detail so you can speak fluently to project stakeholders & effectively identify & mitigate risks, dependencies, & blockers
  • Lead delivery of cross-functional projects throughout all lifecycle phases (initiation, scoping, execution, release), change & risk management, & ongoing product maintenance
  • Partner with Engineering Leadership & stakeholders to identify opportunities for process & product optimizations
  • Be the point of contact for project communication regarding status, schedule, & scope updates
  • Track & mitigate risks, dependencies, & blockers

What were looking for

  • Audience-centric, clear, & effective communication
  • Proven track record of delivering cross-functional projects
  • Firm understanding of technical architecture at previous companies
  • Expertise in project management tools, such as Atlassian suite (JIRA, Confluence), & G Suite
  • Ability to efficiently, effectively, & autonomously troubleshoot ambiguous challenges
  • Eagerness to directly challenge others ideas & be challenged
  • Ability to build strong relationships across engineering & product organizations
  • Strong commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion, collaboration, & trust

In your first three months, you will

  • Get to know your role & team members through 1:1 & team meetings
  • Shadow your stakeholders
  • Work with your stakeholders & partners in Product Management & Engineering to build delivery schedules & roadmaps
  • Learn the technical architecture of our technology system & apply that knowledge in scoping of new projects
  • Define your technical program & its direction in a program charter
  • Create a process to vet & prioritize incoming requests to the Product Platform teams in orchestration with the Quarterly Planning Process in Engineering
  • Build a confident & comfortable relationship with leadership members of your teams
  • Establish a cadence for project updates with your project team & stakeholders, including program communication via regular newsletters
  • Contribute to the larger TPM team with ideas on how to improve planning & delivery, & presenting a knowledge share on a relevant topic
  • Begin drafting your career development plan with your manager
  • Begin contributing to Squarespace culture in ways meaningful to you, e.g. Employee Resource Groups, planning or attending team events, joining Game Night, etc.

Working as a TPM at Squarespace

TPMs at Squarespace make shipping software easier & more predictable by driving for transparency & clear communication, working collaboratively, being radically candid, & leaving our ego at the door. We treat process & tools not as an end, but as the means to reach business goals & empower our customers. We lift each other up & provide equal opportunities for growth.

Interview process

  1. Recruiter screen (phone)
  2. Initial TPM screen for TPM fundamentals & team fit (phone)
  3. Writing sample & review (phone)
  4. On-site interviews (1:1 interviews & TPM workshop)
  5. Offer

About Squarespace

Squarespace makes beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed. By blending elegant design & sophisticated engineering, we empower millions of people from individuals & local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the worlds most iconic businesses to share their stories with the world. Squarespaces team of more than 800 is headquartered in downtown New York City, with offices in Dublin & Portland. For more information, visit


  • Health insurance with 100% premium covered
  • Flexible vacation & paid time off
  • Up to 18 weeks of parental leave
  • Equity plan
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Free lunch & snacks
  • Squarespace sends members of the engineering team to speak at & attend the most relevant & impactful conferences throughout the year
  • Dog-friendly workplace
  • Gender Affirmation Surgery
  • Education reimbursement

Today, more than a million people around the globe use Squarespace to share different perspectives & experiences with the world. Not only do we embrace & celebrate the diversity of our customer base, but we also strive for the same in our employees. At Squarespace, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

*Thank you to our friends at Awaken for inspiring the structure of this job description.

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