Component Engineering Technical Leader - Interconnect

  • Location:
    Austin, Texas, US
  • Alternate Location
    San Jose, CA, RTP, NC
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Hardware
  • Compensation Range
    149100 USD - 191700 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id
What You'll Do
  • Lead, develop and deliver innovative interconnect strategies (including system, application, and component design guidelines) that benefit the business and the suppliers.
  • Proactively identify strategic areas of opportunity across the interconnect commodity for future investment.
  • Use independent judgment to analyze trade-offs, determine methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to deliver system/application-level solutions.
  • Recognize project barriers and develop mitigation plans: Proactively identifies and participates in the resolution of sophisticated problems relating to interconnects and associated system level implementations.
  • Bring together and lead multi-functional teams in development and implementation of sophisticated interconnect programs across multiple domains (manufacturing, test, mechanical systems applications, thermal effects, signal integrity, quality).
  • Communicate and present sophisticated ideas, anticipate potential objections, and persuades others, often at senior levels, to adopt different points of view.
  • Review and interpret design requirements/specifications and define critical to function parameters in support of applications.
  • Prepare/review calculations with Mechanical engineering (i.e., tolerance analysis) and/or suppliers on proposed solutions.
  • Modify and implement solutions to meet DFM, DFT, DFR requirements.
  • Provide support during manufacturing/assembly of final product at CM/EMS as needed.
  • Manage relationships with key interconnect vendors/partners and act as primary point of contract between Cisco engineering and suppliers.
Who You'll Work With

You'll be part of the Technology and Quality (T&Q) Organization within the Supply Chain Operations (SCO) organization. T&Q is a key hub of technical innovation in Cisco. Members of the organization focus on evaluating and developing new technologies to enable sustained product differentiation. You will be a part of a diverse team that seamlessly blends different levels of expertise in several areas of semiconductor and systems design combining traditional knowledge with ground-breaking data analytics techniques to tackle increasingly sophisticated problems. You will regularly engage with Cisco Business Units as your partners and customers, Suppliers of the commodity space you are managing and extended Supply Chain functions including Global Supply Management, Product Operations and Global Manufacturing Organization.

Who You Are

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in electromechanical product design, with a passion to lean into problems, with a focus on continuous improvement and product quality. A successful candidate will be highly motivated, engaged, collaborative and passionate about delivering sophisticated high speed interconnect solutions for use across Cisco products. You have excellent verbal and written skills, ability to learn things quickly & adapt to a dynamic, fast paced work environment. You have a "can do" attitude, independent thinking, & ability to articulate sophisticated technical issues in an effective manner across all levels of leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • BSME/BSEE or equivalent with 12+ years working design experience in Interconnect or Mechanical Engineering domain.
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical and reliability testing; Direct experience incorporating interconnects into networking equipment designs.
  • Project Management - Able to build a project/change plan and ensure that the project is delivered.
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-functional teams including Mechanical, Hardware, Signal Integrity, Test, Failure Analysis, PCB/PCBA Design, ECAD, Operations, Manufacturing, and Vendor partner teams.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Mechanical Design - Electronic Packaging System Design, Sensors/Moving Parts, Review FEA, Review Mold Flow Analysis, Tolerance Analysis, Mechanical Components & Commodities, Mechanical Assembly, DFA-Assembly, DFM-Manufacturing, DFA-Assembly, FMEA.
  • Thermal - Thermal Design Principles & Effects On Applications.
  • Fabrication Technologies - Sheet Metal, Die Cast Parts, Extrusions, Sheet Metal, Welding, Machined Parts, Plastic, Additive Manufacturing.
  • PCBA Fabrication - Experience with PCB/PCBA fabrication and assembly techniques and processes, and interconnect board attached technologies.
  • Quality Management - D/PFMEA; 8D/Corrective Action; Design of Experiments (DOE); Risk assessment.
  • Business Sense - Ability to create project plans, align them internally multi-functionally and externally with suppliers.
  • Coaching/Mentoring; Able to help develop and supervise the activities of others.
  • Leadership – Experience leading programs and demonstrating "People & Team Leadership Behaviors".
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 


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