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Principal Engineer, Emerging Technologies and Incubations team

Company: Cisco
Location: San Jose
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Who We Are

We are Emerging Technologies and Incubations (ET&I) at Cisco. We are chartered to build the next new business for Cisco. To take Cisco into new markets, and especially towards new personas - both buyer and user. And like building a startup from the ground up, it's all about having an entrepreneurial approach. Taking an idea from an astonishing thought to a product that solves a critical need, to an experience that delights users and customers.

It's about innovation. From 12 months out to 5 years in the future, wearing multiple hats, failing and learning fast, challenging assumptions and finding new ways of solving problems. Driving form from ambiguity. It's about creativity. We are looking for entrepreneurs, Problem solvers, Designers & Marketers. Product Led Growth experts. Business Development, SDRs, Customer Success. Product Managers, SWEs, SREs. Data Scientists and ML engineers.

Yes, we are building the next set of startups with the support of a trusted name like Cisco. Where else will you get to do this? We are Cisco ET&I. We run bold, we run agile, and we run ambitious. Come create with us.

Learn more about us at

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What You Will Do

Primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Lead and drive architecture to create and deliver groundbreaking Cloud native networking & Observability solutions, working with the engineering team, Cisco's partners and multi-functional Cisco groups.
  • Be a hands-on engineer; ensure software built is well designed, high quality that delights customers.
  • Work with customers, other principal engineers, architects, product management, fellow engineers etc. to articulate and shape the technical roadmap, drive bold product directions, and seek out innovative opportunities that have high impact in a fast-moving market.
  • Be an efficient spokesperson and advocate for the engineering teams.
  • Mentor and develop engineers to build a strong engineering bench. Promote a culture of innovation, pride, performance, and focused execution.
  • Help recruit and maintain excellent and diverse engineering talent.
  • Work efficiently and lead a geographically distributed team.

    Who You Are
    • Seasoned engineer with minimum of 18+ years engineering experience with a consistent track record of developing and delivering complex, distributed, enterprise class software, and create successful business outcomes
    • Engineering experience building distributed systems, infrastructure software or system-level software.
    • A highly driven leader that is known to deliver in high growth and highly multifaceted environments.
    • Domain expertise in one or more of the following: Cloud automation, management & analytics, system-level software, Cloud services and security, SaaS solutions and products.
    • Seasoned working with fellow senior engineers, product management, senior management, and other collaborators to set vision and define technical roadmaps.
    • Ability to lead and mentor engineers globally, fostering creative technical trends. Acknowledged for driving decisions collaboratively, ensuring smooth interactions and timely follow through.
    • Problem solver who can work both individually as well as an effective teammate. Ability to achieve/stretch goals, being forward looking and agile while working with multi-functional teams in various time zones.
    • Equally comfortable and capable interacting with technologists as with business executives.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
      Preferred Skills
      • Deep understanding of cloud-scale and micro/macro-services architectures.
      • Experience or conversant with private, public and hybrid clouds - AWS (preferred), Azure and/or GCP.
      • Architecture design and development experience on SaaS software
      • Ability to see and present "the big picture" and offer solutions to make it better.

        Bachelors' degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or in a related subject area required. An advanced degree (MS or PhD) would be an extraordinary asset!

        Why Cisco

        #WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team on innovative technology and powering a more inclusive future for all. How do we do it? Well, for starters - with people like you!

        We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their businesses. Sure, we are a company that's 35 years strong and maybe you have heard we are a hardware company. But we are also a software company. A security company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns, and protects. And we are the tech behind keeping the world connected, productive, and ever adapting in our hybrid world by way of Webex.

        Day to day, our teams have each other's backs. We tackle whatever challenge comes our way, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We celebrate one another - from big life moments to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get 5 days off each year to do just that too)!

        What is powering an inclusive future for all look like? We know that without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality, there is no moving forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities are leading the way, and together we are committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities, and supporting the most vulnerable through our innovation, amazing culture, and a collective effort to make this world a better place.

        So, do 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!

        Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S.:

        When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. 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. 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.

Keywords: Cisco, San Jose , Principal Engineer, Emerging Technologies and Incubations team, IT / Software / Systems , San Jose, California

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