Product Manager - Hermes

Informal Systems is a full-suite Research & Development institution. We work on bold research problems at the intersection of formal verification and distributed systems and develop high-value distributed systems infrastructure in Rust.

We are a lead developer of the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol, an open-source, general purpose protocol platform for communication and coordination between heterogenous distributed ledgers. The design of IBC reflects the key values of the Cosmos Network: Sovereignty and Interoperability.

We’re developing Hermes, an IBC relayer service written in Rust. Relayers are the engine of IBC: event-driven, permissionless processes that keep communication and coordination flowing between blockchains.

As the Product Manager for Hermes, you’ll drive the product roadmap and own the user experience of a key component of the infrastructure for the Internet of Blockchains.

What your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Own and operationalize the product roadmap.
  • Solicit and solidify product needs by working with users and the Developer Relations team.
  • Integrate feedback from all stakeholders to make product driven prioritization decisions.
  • Communicate about the roadmap, status, and bottlenecks.
  • Work with Marketing and Developer Relations on new releases and announcements.
  • Discover and define opportunities for product adoption and integration.
  • Maintain a healthy cycle of product design and engineering delivery.
  • Nurture a safe and enjoyable open source experience for contributors.
  • Promote the project through blog posts and engaging with the community on forums and channels.

What we look for in a successful Product Manager:

  • At least 3 years Product Management or Developer Relations experience with open-source production software
  • Experience managing and/or leading a product team (ideally “Servant Leadership”)
  • Commitment to product quality and user experience.
  • Ability to discover what users need from what they say
  • Ability to navigate technical product tradeoffs
  • Thorough understanding of blockchain infrastructure and interoperability
  • Experience with ecosystem development and developer relations for open source projects and communities.
  • Experience with the Rust programming language and ecosystem.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to take ownership and see initiatives through.
  • Experience working with distributed teams.

About Informal:

Informal is a remote-first company with offices in Toronto, Lausanne, Vienna and Berlin. We are structured like a worker’s cooperative, where important corporate actions are subject to one-person-one-vote democratic control by the member-employees. We provide 5-weeks of paid vacation, lifestyle benefits, and annual retreats with the whole team. We envision a sustainable future of cooperatively owned and governed, open-source, distributed organizations running on reliable distributed systems and are excited to grow the team with amazing individuals who believe in making this future a reality.


  • Location: Berlin, Toronto, Lausanne, Vienna, Paris, Remote
  • Job Type: Full-time

To Apply:

Please apply via this this Google form where you’ll be prompted to upload a cover letter, CV, and other information that will help the review process go smoothly.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We are committed to equal employment opportunities and encourage applications from people of all race, religion, colour, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.