Communication Program Manager

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Marketing and Communications
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

What You’ll Do
Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office (CSO) is on the cutting-edge of innovation, fostering and capturing new opportunities at a lightning pace. The office is all about pioneering the future to lead market transitions, increase shareholder value, and help our customers succeed.

Who You’ll Work With
Cisco’s Corporate Strategic innovation Group (CSIG), part of CSO, is a high-energy, motivated team that shares a passion for all-things innovation. This includes our Innovation Centers, which are located around the world. At the centers disruptive talent comes together to explore, discover and develop groundbreaking solutions to solve customers’ toughest challenges. The centers are fast-paced, high-energy hotspots, where the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well—in fact, thriving.

Who You Are

You have experience in the following;


·       Planning and developing content, messaging and communications plans across entire organization portfolio

o   Innovation Grand Challenges

o   Innovation Centers

o   Proof of Concepts

·       Developing long-term vision, strategy and plan for Cisco Technology Radar, as well as other ecosystem programs

·       Working cross functionally with Marketing, PR and outside partners to develop strategy, content and amplification plan across programs

·       Partnering externally and developing relationships to achieve measurable outcomes for Cisco

·       Driving programs from strategy to execution

·       Evangelizing org efforts internally and externally

 You have these Skills and Attributes;

·       Background in marketing, communications and public relations

·       Excellent communication skills - exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills

·       Messaging, Communications Planning, Branding and Positioning Development

·       Program Design & Development

·       Event Management Experience

·       Strong project management and organizing skills – the ability to develop, execute and manage a complex plan with hundreds of work elements, and multiple team members, and meet aggressive deadlines.

·       Strong stakeholder and change management skills. The ability to influence multiple functions at all levels, to close gaps in conflicting priorities and to align a core and broader virtual team to achieve a common goal.

·       High energy and sense of urgency. Self-starter and self-motivated. Thrive in a pressured environment. Exhibit drive and tenacity.

·       Confident in charting a path and making decisions with ambiguity and limited information, while at the same time identifying and managing risk.

·       Bias to action, able to move quickly and decisively and bring the team along with them

·       Strong leadership skills.



Our Minimum Requirements for this Role are;

·       10+ years in media and communications

·       10+ years project management. Demonstrated large business project experience as lead PM or Program Manager.

·       Business Process and value chain development.

·       Budgeting and finance expertise.

·       Marketing and business development skills

·       Startup / incubator / accelerator skills / innovation ecosystem skills essential.

·       Silicon Valley experience and mindset is essential.

·       Strong Microsoft Office – Powerpoint, Word, Excel, etc.

·       Pluses:

o   IoT or IoE experience

o   Prior Cisco experience

o   PMP

o   Big 4 consulting experience

Why Cisco

We connect everything: people, processes, data, and things. We innovate everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us smart cities, connected cars, and handheld hospitals. And we do it in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.


We are thought leaders, tech geeks, pop culture aficionados, and we even have a few purple haired rock stars. We celebrate the creativity and diversity that fuels our innovation. We are dreamers and we are doers.


We Are Cisco.

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