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Platform Tech Lead Manager


California City, CA, USA
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About the job


Upbound is the company behind Crossplane, the open source project which started the control plane revolution in the cloud native community. Upbound helps companies rise above the clouds with our Crossplane powered Universal Cloud Platform. With Upbound you get universal real-time visibility into all of your infrastructure environments, the same API centric approach Kubernetes pioneered for managing infrastructure and policies, and self service infrastructure capabilities.

As a Platform TLM or Tech-Lead Manager, you're responsible for leading Upbound’s Internal Platform Team as well as helping to craft and evolve Upbound’s Internal Platform Vision.  Upbound’s Platform consists of both our internal developer platform and our cloud control planes that serve as the foundation of the Upbound Cloud SaaS offering. Our control planes are based on the open source Crossplane (https://crossplane.io/) project, the open and cloud native control plane based on Kubernetes, which was created by Upbound and is now a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Sandbox project.

In this role, you will...

  • Serve as a Technical Lead and Manager of Upbound’s Platform team
  • Take ownership of the Upbound Internal Developer and Application Hosting Platform while delivering business critical features and product innovations to deliver our developers
  • Support the full project lifecycle - discovery, analysis, architecture, design, documentation, building, migration, automation, and production-readiness
  • Evaluate and identify appropriate technology platforms, including frameworks and technology stacks for delivering Upbound products
  • Collaborate with the development teams to assess and recommend technologies that support company organizational needs
  • Take ownership of the health and reliability of the live production service and infrastructure, ensuring that SLOs/SLAs are consistently met
  • Be entrusted to make technology decisions for the business, procuring the right technology and designing and implementing a self-service solution for the teams that consume Upbound infrastructure
  • Be a contributor to the Kubernetes/Crossplane platform that Upbound Cloud is built on
  • Communicate thoughtful and thorough designs and architecture for new initiatives
  • Deliver high quality, well tested, and reliable functionality and services to production environments
  • Demonstrate a strong operational understanding of service behavior and trade-offs in production with regards to scale, reliability, security, availability, etc.
  • Troubleshoot and problem-solve to remediate production issues with your (and related) services
  • Create clever solutions to complex problems by designing, building, and automating critical portions of the Upbound Cloud service infrastructure
  • Report and fix bugs in private and public projects.

You are a good fit if you have...

  • Working knowledge of Crossplane
  • 4+ years in a technical leadership capacity and/or leading a team
  • 6+ years of software engineering experience writing high quality, reliable, and maintainable software
  • 4+ years of working experience with Kubernetes and its internals
  • Hands-on programming experience with Go
  • Worked in teams that have deeply internalized site reliability engineering philosophies in their culture, environments, and processes
  • You are productive and familiar with public cloud infrastructure: AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with distributed systems design, principals, algorithms, and trade-offs
  • Managed production Kubernetes deployments or have been responsible for deploying/managing workloads running on Kubernetes in production
  • Architected and deployed highly scaled and reliable services, solutions, and infrastructure in multiple major cloud providers
  • Incorporated modern operational and application delivery tools and methodologies into your production deployment workflows, like those from HashiCorp (e.g. Terraform), CI/CD, IaC, and GitOps
  • Have full software lifecycle experience of successfully taking multiple projects from early designs to production deployment

It is a plus if…

  • You have worked in a startup before
  • Passionate about Kubernetes and the Cloud Native space
  • A deep understanding of the Kubernetes API and architecture, resource model, and programming paradigms
  • You’re an active speaker, blogger, and member of open source communities


While building amazing technology is important, Upbound has an intense commitment to building a great culture. With company values like Be Accountable, Demonstrate Craftsmanship, Champion the Customer, Collaborate Decisively, Care For Our Communities, Act as an Owner and Engage Vulnerability; you'll find yourself in a place where learning, growth, impact, and fun finally intersect. Similar to the open source community we serve, we look to each other to constantly iterate and improve on what we're building and you will be a key contributor in this effort.

We encourage people of all backgrounds, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, or any other descriptors that make you uniquely you, to apply with enthusiasm and confidence.  Upbound is a place where you can be 100% comfortable being you.

Skills required
LeadershipKubernetesAWSAzureCloud Computing
Employee location
California City, CA, USA
Experience level
Not specified
Workplace type
Job type
full time
$150000 - 200000 /yr

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