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Sr. Director, Data Center Strategy

Company: Cisco
Location: San Jose
Posted on: November 18, 2023

Job Description:

Who We Are

Cisco's Strategic Innovation & Incubation organization leads Cisco Networking's future direction and strategic innovation across switching, routing, wireless, compute, cloud solutions, mobility and optical businesses.

Who You'll Work With

Reporting into the SVP, Strategic Innovation & Incubation, this position offers excellent opportunities for visibility and impact across Cisco Networking business. This impactful team will work directly with senior executives to drive growth strategies across Cisco by implementing top-priority transformation initiatives and differentiated market strategies. Your diverse experience will enable you to craft strategy, analyze markets and future opportunities, work across company businesses and drive impactful change.

What You'll Do

We are seeking a strategic and analytical leader to join this dynamic team. The leader will be able to combine excellent market, customer, and technology analysis with business acumen to lead strategy for the Data Center space.

The ideal candidate will possess a broad understanding of compute, storage, networking and cloud-native technologies and products, as well as identify market trends and industry disruptions that will impact Cisco's businesses and will also be able to communicate efficiently with leadership and senior executives across multiple functions.


As Senior Director, Data Center Strategy, you will be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing strategies that have the potential to transform and grow the business. In this role, you will:

  • Become an integral part of the data center compute and networking leadership teams to understand business goals and strategy needs and be the single point of contact back into the Strategic Innovation & Incubation organization.
  • Lead Horizon 2 and Horizon 3 ongoing market and technology research to design and define strategies to drive growth.
  • Work with business unit leaders to understand their business and collaborate on strategic direction to scale their business.
  • Develop executive leadership and board of directors presentations to communicate key strategies.

    Minimum Qualifications
    • 15+ years of proven experience, including Strategic Consulting, Product management, or Strategy roles.
    • Works effectively in complex and matrixed organizations.
    • Highly analytical problem solver.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication, listening, and presentation skills.
    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required; MBA or Graduate degree preferred

      Preferred Qualification

      • Highly strategic problem solver able to synthesize vast, disconnected data to derive direction forward.
      • Excellent leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills.

        Why Cisco?

        #WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do it? Well, for starters - with people like you!

        Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco. We're the Internet's optimists. Our technology makes sure the data traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet it's not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out. We're helping those who work in the health service to connect with patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to teach in even the most challenging of times. We're helping businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of the world - whether through 5G, or otherwise.

        We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other's backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate and support one another - from big and small things in life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 10 days off each year to do just that).

        We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together we're committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to make this world a better place either with technology, or through our actions.

        So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco


        Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

        When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. and/or Canada locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. or Canada hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

        U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

        Employees on sales plans earn performance-based incentive pay on top of their base salary, which is split between quota and non-quota components. For quota-based incentive pay, Cisco pays at the standard rate of 1% of incentive target for each 1% revenue attainment against the quota up to 100%. Once performance exceeds 100% quota attainment, incentive rates may increase up to five times the standard rate with no cap on incentive compensation. For non-quota-based sales performance elements such as strategic sales objectives, Cisco may pay up to 125% of target. Cisco sales plans do not have a minimum threshold of performance for sales incentive compensation to be paid.

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