Software Engineer (Full Stack), Innovation

  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, US
  • Additional Location(s)
    Richardson, Texas, US; Herndon, West Virginia, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Cloud and Data Center, Collaboration, Video, Software Development, Testing
  • Job Id

Who You'll Work With

The Team

We're looking for an Engineering Lead to join the Cisco Emerge Applications team. Emerge is a team established to drive innovation and define the future of work and collaboration for Cisco (check out this Cisco teaser video for Emerge: ). We’re here to try new things, work with the latest technologies and break the rules, ideally leading to new product opportunities in the future.

We’re a small team of engineers and designers distributed around the USA and Europe. The vibe is informal, we push for change wherever we can and have fun while building new things. Most of us have joined Cisco from startups and we run Emerge like a startup that is funded and has unique access to Cisco's enterprise customers. We aim to build experiments that challenge and advance the way teams will work in future, quickly developing MVPs and getting our experiments into users' hands for feedback. We are not a production team and our experiments do not form part of Cisco's product roadmap. What we learn will inform and influence Cisco's future product offerings.

What You'll Do

What we're working on...

As part of our Future of Work experiments, we’re currently playing with synchronous/asynchronous video as a means to bolster connectedness within distributed teams. We are beta testing a new web prototype and would like to extend the experience out to mobile. We're also extending via VR, so if you have experience with web-driven VR that would be an added bonus! Check out the TeamTV v0.1 teaser video: .

The Apps team works closely with Emerge's Machine Learning/AI team and AR/VR team. Other projects from Emerge include Cisco Spark VR () and the virtual meeting assistant, Monica ()

The role

The Apps Engineering Lead is responsible for the delivery of our experiments via web/mobile/VR so we can get user feedback quickly and iterate. The focus is on building prototypes to MVP level, rather than fully-scalable production apps. There is the perennial question of speed versus quality, and while we look for a balance, there is always a need to move quickly.

The role entails the active management of highly-engaged software developers based in the US and Europe, interaction with our user testing function and interaction with the ML/AI and AR/VR teams. As with all Emerge team members, you will be expected to actively contribute to experiment brainstorming sessions and demonstrate a strong desire to shape the future of work. Nobody will tell you what to do, you will need to be a self-starter with a strong drive. You need to have a view and the ability to defend and build it.

You will most likely have had startup experience - very possibly as a technical cofounder - and enjoy the challenges that early-stage product development entail. Communication and collaboration are key to this role, as is the ability to help more junior team members learn and grow.

Who You are

Minimum Qualifications 

* You probably have a background in Computer Science but your formal education is not the most important factor. We really care more about your ability to quickly put thoughts into code and develop new products from scratch fast. 

* Experience managing engineers

* Ability to translate a concept into code

* Strong interest in the future of work and enterprise collaboration

* Substantial experience as a full stack engineer

* Experience with mobile app development

* Understanding of UI/UX design techniques

* Startup experience is important

Desired Skills 

* VR/AR (especially web-driven) skills

* WebRTC familiarity would be very helpful

* Machine learning skills and interest would be very helpful

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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