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Staff Solutions Engineer - East Region


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 Staff Solutions Engineer (SE) at Upbound, you'll be a vital part of our pre-sales team. This role will support all pre-sales GTM efforts in EST and CST regions across multiple segments. Once a lead is discovered and qualified, the Solutions Engineer works directly with the customer to understand the technical business problem they are trying to solve. They will help customers navigate and understand the value Upbound products and solutions bring them. Solutions Engineers build credible technical relationships with our customers by listening and then clearly communicating the value proposition of our products in a way that is contextualized to the customer’s specific needs.

Solutions Engineers are deeply familiar with Upbound’s product roadmap and will intuit when to sell ahead of our product roadmap and when to focus on existing solutions based on the customer’s medium and long term vision. Solutions Engineers are expected to deeply understand the key technical and economic buyer's personalities and what it will take to get them to sign a deal.

In this role, you can expect to be:

Partnering with a Sales Account Executive to engage in technical discussions with customers throughout the buying lifecycle. Working cross functionally with product marketing, and independently, to create and deliver high fidelity presentations, custom demos, sample solutions, and present use cases to guide the customer through the buying journey Closely partnering with customers and platform builders to solve technical and business challenges which enables them to design, build and implement Crossplane and Upbound Cloud based control plane architectures. Working directly with customers and platform builders to define, implement, and test out early proof of concepts of Crossplane and Upbound Cloud. Collect detailed customer requirements so product and engineering can accurately estimate and resource the necessary implementation services. The technical voice and trusted advisor to the customer and represent the customer needs internally. Project manage the account pre and post sale to ensure a smooth and frictionless customer experience through implementation in partnership with Solutions Architect and implementation teams. You are a good fit for this role if you have:

Guided customers through designing and deploying Kubernetes to their production environments. A deep understanding of highly scaled and reliable services, solutions, and infrastructure in multiple major cloud providers. Worked directly with customers and/or open source community members to troubleshoot and solve their complex technical issues preventing successful adoption. Deployed and integrated the projects and tools of the Cloud Native Landscape, especially CNCF projects, into production environments. A deep understanding of modern operational and application delivery tools and methodologies inside of production deployment workflows, like those from HashiCorp (e.g. Terraform), CI/CD, IaC, and GitOps. The ability to work closely with people in a wide variety of disciplines from a wide variety of backgrounds. Successfully managed multiple projects and priorities in a fast paced and dynamic environment. Successfully identified and removed friction from the buying process resulting in a more streamlined and shortened sales cycle. Excitement and comfort being a key part of further defining, scaling, and making this part of our sales process thrive. It is a plus if...

You are actively involved or have contributed to the upstream Kubernetes community. You have a history of speaking at technology conferences, blogging/writing technical articles, and/or contributing to a popular open source project. You have worked in a startup and distributed/remote team before, and understand the unique challenges of a startup environment. 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
CI/CD GitOpsTerraformKubernetes
Employee location
California City, CA, USA
Experience level
Not specified
Workplace type
Job type
full time
$120000 - 160000 /yr

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