Director of Technical Product Management 


Product Management | San Francisco, California, United States

Director of Technical Product Management

  • San Francisco, California, United States
  • Product Management
  • Full-time

About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery. 


With more than 30+ billion digitized global historical records, 100+ million family trees, and 20+ million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.


As our Director of Technical Product Management, you will lead a team of TPMs focused on Ancestry’s search, recommendations, and people graph and contribute both as a thought leader, and a hands-on TPM contributor, as needed. This role is responsible for the products that together work as the beating heart of Ancestry’s Family History products, helping to fuel the amazing research & delightful discoveries that our customers expect in subscribing to Ancestry.


With a team of 4 technical product managers, you will work closely with product, data science and our search, recommendations and people graph engineering teams to develop and optimize new algorithms that provide our customers with the most delightful and relevant search and personalized content discovery experience.  Ultimately your goal will be to ensure each time an Ancestry customer visits, they find compelling new content and learnings, relevant to their family stories and history. 

What you'll do

  • You will lead a team of TPMs in defining the technical strategy of our people graph as well as our search and recommendation services and then converting that strategy to a roadmap, then delivering it.
  • You will tackle challenging, complex problems that play a central role in how customers search and receive recommendations to create an industry leading research experience.
  • You’ll be responsible for the algorithms that power our search and recommendations services and partner with experts in personalization, machine learning, and ranking across product, engineering, and data science, to define innovative approaches to solve real customer challenges leveraging the power of Data, AI and ML.
  • In partnership with your colleagues, you’ll transform your strategy into a product that scales globally. This involves considering local customer needs, cultural nuance, and competitive environments to help our business grow and retain our loyal customer base.
  • You will translate technical concepts for non-technical audiences, and support coherent communications across a diverse range of stakeholders.

Who you are

  • Minimum 7+ years of TPM experience delivering highly successful and innovative consumer Internet or mobile data products coupled with a minimum of 3+ years of technical product leadership experience including hiring, managing, and developing technical product management teams.
  • You have a proven track record of building algorithm based products at scale (serving millions of customers) through strong partnerships with product, data science, and engineering.
  • A high bar across the board - for your own contributions, for the people you work with, and for the products you work on. You are data driven to the point of pulling the data you need to inform your decisions. Experience working with experimentation to assess the effectiveness of feature and algorithmic updates coupled with great design instincts.
  • Experience in software development, software architecture, data architecture, infrastructure, and integration for applications that are consumer facing.
  • Experience reading, analyzing, communicating, and writing API specifications and technical product documentation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Science, or equivalent work experience; Masters Degree in Computer Science preferred.
  • Last but not least, you thrive in a collaborative environment and define personal success by the efficacy of your team, the regard of your colleagues, and the delight of our customers.


Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.


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