Platform Tech Lead Manager
Posted on 2/23/2024

51-200 employees

Cloud control plane solutions for stable, self-service infrastructure
Company Overview
Upbound is a pioneering company in the cloud computing industry, democratizing the control plane to enhance stability, security, and productivity for cloud engineers. The company's creation, Crossplane, empowers developers with self-service capabilities, reducing dependency on cloud teams and fostering independent work. With substantial backing from reputable investors such as GV, Altimeter Capital, and Intel Capital, Upbound's industry leadership is evident in its ability to raise $69M in funding and its commitment to improving cloud infrastructure.

Company Stage

Series B

Total Funding






Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Dallas, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Microsoft Azure
Data Structures & Algorithms
Google Cloud Platform
Software Engineering
  • 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
  • Experience 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
  • Incorporated modern operational and application delivery tools and methodologies into production deployment workflows, like those from HashiCorp (e.g. Terraform), CI/CD, IaC, and GitOps
  • Full software lifecycle experience of successfully taking multiple projects from early designs to production deployment
  • 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
  • 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
Desired Qualifications
  • 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
  • Active speaker, blogger, and member of open source communities