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Director, Software Engineering - Packet Networking

Company: CIENA
Location: San Jose
Posted on: May 24, 2020

Job Description:

Ciena may well be the most important technology company you've never heard of. The innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile-stream your favorite show) are the products of ingenuity from some brilliant and forward-thinking companies. But those companies rely on Ciena, another vanguard of innovation, to create and advance the underlying networks that bring their breakthroughs to our doorsteps. VR, AI, IOT, 5G --- literally none of it would be possible without the mind-boggling technology that makes the internet itself work. For more than 25 years, Ciena has been the global leader in networking strategy, and our technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies in the world.Introducing Ciena

"For more than 25 years, Ciena has been a global leader in networking strategy. Our technology is part of the critical infrastructure that enables innovations that wow us - like autonomous driving, and those we take for granted - like mobile-streaming video. These advancements in technology are possible because of the pioneering approach at Ciena. We are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology that makes the internet itself work. We build adaptive networks that grow smarter, more agile, and more responsive every day - much like Ciena itself"

Your Role

The Director of Software Engineering will direct a team of Senior Managers developing, qualifying, releasing, and supporting platform software for Ciena's next generation network operating system for Packet Networking leaf/spine and virtualized edge products. Also includes responsibility for engineering technical support for customers of installed base of leaf/spine and virtualized edge platform products in conjunction with Ciena's Global Product Support services organization and common OS organization. In collaboration with the platform independent common operating system organization, and the leaf/spine and virtualized edge platform hardware organization, own the platform software releases for leaf/spine and virtualized edge portfolio.

Responsibilities include all platform dependent software ranging from: Linux board support packages; Linux device drivers; merchant silicon software development kits; physical equipment management of system resources and health; hot-swap platform subsystems; pluggable optics ranging from grey, to coherent, to special purpose; ONIE loaders; platform trusted root security; platform independent virtualized/containerized Linux base OS port; common network OS port; continuous integration of platform software releases; unit test of platform software releases; integration test of platform software release; solution test of platform software releases; and automated regression test of platform software releases.

Furthermore, work in collaboration with common OS organization to support the incorporation and validation of new generation of technologies into the platform independent software. Partner with leaf/spine and virtualized edge platform Product Line Management on platform strategic priorities, platform roadmaps, and supporting customer engagements. Lead, inspire and mentor a world-class platform software organization. Ensure product and technology decisions and roadmaps are fully aligned with, and support, the Ciena vision, strategy, and business operating plan.

Your Responsibilities


  • Build, organize, drive, measure a world-class, networking-savvy, platform software development team
  • Ensure the successful definition, architecture, design, implementation, and timely, quality delivery of Packet Networking platform products
  • Leveraging Agile scrum and DevOps processes, drive innovation, rapid prototyping, early phase deliveries, and general availability versions of differentiated, leading-edge platform products against challenging timelines with concurrent hardware and software new product development
  • Drive timely and balanced decisions regarding use of commercial software, partner software, open source software, in-house development, and outsource development partners. Ensure appropriate community engagement models when leveraging open source
  • Actively participate and contribute in Packet Networking leadership and decisions as a member of the Packet Networking platform leadership team
  • Collaborate across the entire Ciena software technology leadership community to ensure appropriate overall software product portfolio rationalization, interoperability, and reuse

    About You:

    Qualifications (Educational / Soft Skills)

    • BSEE/BSCS Degree
    • Minimum of 15 years of software engineering with 10+ years in engineering management
    • Extensive knowledge of systems, Linux, Network OS, Ethernet, and IP technologies
    • Strong executive leadership skills and presence
    • Outstanding communication, presentation and influencing skills
    • Track record of cross-functional collaboration to achieve business objectives

      Technical Qualifications

      • Technologies: SDN/NFV, IP, MPLS/SR, L2VPN/EVPN, L3VPN, multicast, Carrier Ethernet and associated L2 and L3 OAM/SAT, Linux, BMC/BIOS/x86, uBOOT/ARM, DRAM/flash/SSD, packet timing/GNSS
      • Proven experience successfully organizing and leading software product development organizations
      • Demonstrated success leading complex software products through the full product Life Cycle (definition, development, delivery, maintenance, end-of-life)
      • Proven experience delivering complex software products to the Service Provider and/or large Enterprise marketplaces
      • Self-starter, highly organized, effective at dealing with ambiguity and change, creative
      • World class leader who can motivate teams in challenging and complex times
      • Collaborative, team-player, but also not afraid to take a stand and debate options unemotionally

        About Ciena

        Ciena is a network strategy and technology company with a passion to provide an experience, to you and our customers that is as rewarding as the outcome. We attract the best and brightest- those with outstanding talent, motivation, and the right attitude to contribute to our success. Our vibrant culture balances our openness and informality with professionalism and trust and is built on the foundation of our core values: Customer First, Integrity, Velocity, Innovation, and Outstanding People. With almost 30 years of industry leadership, 6,000+ specialists around the globe, and clients in more than 30 countries, we support more than 1,500 of the world's largest, most agile networks.

        Your Life @ Ciena

        Ciena enables everyone to have a voice and a network that supports them while on the journey to discovering their passion and purpose. We trust every individual to do what they can to reach their full potential and make an impact on the business, whenever, wherever they are in the world. With Ciena's highly innovative, forward-thinking business practices, we reward people for pushing the boundaries. Unlock your potential at Ciena!

        Belong @ Ciena

        Ciena is committed to creating a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. Ciena is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. We want Ciena to be a place where you feel you can belong.

        *LI-CN

        Rewarding experience. Meaningful outcomes.

        Making a difference in people's lives through design and implementation of leading network technologies. That's what motivates us.

        A distinct way to work

        Free thinking, free discussion, and collaboration are the norm. Expect more satisfying outcomes - both personal and professional.

        Ciena values the diversity of our workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.

        Ciena is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific needs / accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to any specific needs / accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

        What you can expect from us

        • You will receive notification of your successful application
        • Successful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussion
        • If suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process

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