Senior Director, Hardware Engineering, Computing Systems Product Group

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Business Strategy and Operations
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    *None, Cloud and Data Center, Networking
  • Job Id
What You'll Do

This position will lead Hardware Engineering for The Computing Systems Product Group (CSPG), led by Liz Centoni. This role requires senior management leadership in hardware innovation, strategic thinking, and change leadership. The position is critical to the success of the business.
This Senior Leader's charter is to scale three technology areas - servers, switches, and virtualization.

Who You'll Work With

The Computing Systems Product Group (CSPG), led by Liz Centoni, is the business entity that includes the platforms and software comprising Cisco's UCS line of servers and converged infrastructure systems. The product portfolio includes a comprehensive set of blade and rack servers and integrated systems, including recently introduced capacity-optimized and modular, density-optimized variants. The portfolio spans both the data center and the service provider segment. Reporting into Liz Centoni, SVP/GM of the Computing Systems Product Group (CSPG), the Senior Director, Hardware Engineering, CSPG will be responsible for delivering against Cisco's growth strategy. Cisco is a top player in the growing blade server market and overall server market, and is aggressively taking market share from its competitors.

Who You Are

  • Expert in hardware engineering - design, development
  • Has deep market knowledge, ability to keep up to speed on the market and competition
  • Ability to shape strategy influenced by the understanding of market and in turn have the ability to shift design and development aligned to strategy
  • Proven track record as a change leader - should have driven organizational transformation efforts successfully.
  • Track record of consistent and predictable engineering results
  • Demonstrated experience in maximally developing leaders and bringing in targeted outside talent with demonstrated leadership in growing an engineering organization while driving the team to consistent, on-time, high-quality product deliverables.
  • Ability to think strategically and build long-term vision and technology roadmap for the organization.
  • Deep knowledge of data center computing, virtualization, and systems management
  • Server experience a plus but not required
  • Ability to link business objectives to engineering objectives and to make optimal trade-offs with respect to innovation, time to market and execution.

Other Critical Competencies for Success

  • Execution / Results Orientation: The candidate will have a clear track record of leading successful hardware engineering organizations and making timely and well-informed product decisions in the context of a rapidly evolving technology sector.
  • He/She will have a track record of delivering full systems, inclusive of product roadmap development, engineering buy-in and alignment which maps to business intent.
  • Evidence of this orientation will include notable product successes in the marketplace, having taken prior calculated risks in that proved to be prescient moves, reducing the cost basis of key technologies, and the delivery of key product releases within challenging timeframes.

Team-Building Skills:
The candidate will possess a leadership style that focuses on developing great leaders and teams and motivating and leading people to achieve stretch goals and difficult challenges often in the context of complexity and ambiguity.
Evidence of these leadership traits will be evidenced in the quality of prior teams that the individual pulled together that are recognized for what they achieved and were characterized by a high level of motivation, further evidence will also include the recruiting and development of individuals and direct reports that have gone on to achieve notable success in their own careers.

Collaboration Skills:
The candidate's operating style will be characterized by an emphasis on collaboration and working through other internal and external organizations and individuals to achieve success - particularly in the context of a complex and global organization. Evidence of these skills will include examples of business and product success that required the coordination of numerous parties for which the individual did not have direct control and had to lead through influence and gaining buy-in.

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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