Product Manager, Search


San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Prod Mgmt/Dev
  • Post Date: 02/22/2021
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  • Company Address: 555 Montgomery Street Suite 1700, San Francisco, CA, 94111

About Benchling

Benchling makes life science research faster and more collaborative.

Biotechnology has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as disease, renewable energy, clean water, and hunger. The brightest minds are working on these problems but they are equipped with archaic tools. We aspire to fix this and increase the rate of scientific output with a web-based platform that allows researchers to design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results.

Job Description

Over the next 10 years, biotech will fundamentally rewrite the way we live. Gene editing and cell therapy will dramatically change how we treat cancer and other major illnesses. Biofuels and biomaterials will transform the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the makeup of everyday objects. Crop science and synthetic biology will produce sustainable and ethical food. Benchling’s mission is to accelerate the research that propels us towards this future, and magnify its impact, through modern software.

Every day, scientists and academics around the world use Benchling in their efforts to solve humanity's most pressing problems. For these scientists, Benchling is the central technology they use to conduct their research. Our intuitive, user-friendly platform ensures that science isn't held back by outdated and disconnected tools. With Benchling, all scientists can capitalize on their scientific potential.

Benchling was founded by a team of MIT graduates and has raised funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Menlo Ventures, Thrive Capital, and Y Combinator. Our customers include pharmaceutical giants, leading biotechs, and the world's most renowned research institutes.

We're looking for a product manager for our Search capabilities. Search is a fundamental part of the Benchling platform, and becomes increasingly important as customers add more data to the platform.


  • Develop strategy and roadmap for Search that are both highly technical and elegantly supportive of complex user workflows
  • Work with Engineering to plan, prioritize, and execute on launching new features rapidly
  • Work closely with our customers to understand how they’re using our product, their needs, and pain points
  • Partner with our Customer Experience org to enable complex rollouts and deep product adoption at our customers
  • Develop pitches with Sales and Marketing that resonate in a market that's rapidly evolving
  • Teach others application teams at Benchling how their products can provide data indexed by Search, add new filter types, etc.
  • Manage the roll out of our new multi-tenant search system to our customers, flesh out the multi-year future roadmap for this product.


  • Have 3+ years as a Product Manager or related experience on technically complex enterprise products
  • Possess an intense desire to understand, question, and improve the experiences for users of software products
  • A strong problem solver that can gather, prioritize, and drive execution on customer and business requirements, turning them into successful product strategies
  • Are comfortable in a customer-facing role, including interfacing directly with highly technical stakeholders within customer organizations
  • Are data-influenced, and can identify new opportunities and provide sound reasoning for strategy decisions from that data
  • Are excellent at listening to others and articulating ideas in written and oral form
  • Possess influential leadership and interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with customers, your reports, company peers, and executives
  • Have experience with Elasticsearch, Lucene, or Solr, either as an engineer implementing it, or a PM managing the implementation.
  • Are experienced with a scripting language (Python, Ruby, or similar)
  • Are a strong communicator with both words and data - you understand what it takes to go from raw data to something a human understand.

Benchling welcomes everyone. We believe every member of our team enriches our diversity and inclusion by broadening our ways of problem-solving. Even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications for this job, we strongly encourage you to apply.


  • Admit mistakes and shortcomings
  • Deliver results
  • Disagree and commit
  • Obsess over customers
  • Rely on work ethic
  • Show empathy
  • Recruit and develop the best
  • Sweat the details
  • Think and communicate clearly
  • Unite around the mission


  • Work with a talented yet humble team
  • Competitive compensation & equity package
  • 401k
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Monthly health & wellness stipend
  • Weekly virtual social events, and annual company retreats
  • *$1,000 work-from-home stipend 

*In following best practices and safety protocols, all Benchling employees are expected to work remotely until we are further advised that it is safe for employees to resume work in their respective office locations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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