Director, Strategy and Operations - Enterprise Networking & Cloud team

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Business Strategy and Operations
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Cloud and Data Center, Networking
  • Job Id

Cisco’s Enterprise Networking & Cloud (EN&C) business is the largest business in the company, comprised of Cisco’s networking businesses, server business, cloud products, IoT, and Meraki businesses. Seeking an analytical and strategic operations leader to join the Enterprise Networking & Cloud (EN&C) team. The leader will be able to combine excellent business acumen with operational rigor to become a key business partner and trusted advisor to the EN&C executive leadership team.

The ideal candidate will possess a broad understanding of technology products and business operations and will also be able to communicate effectively with leadership and senior executives across multiple functions. Data driven, system savvy, intellectually curious, a fast learner, detail oriented and able to move quickly while keeping focused on high impact projects with limited direction and supervision. To sum it up, the leader is a self-starter who can tactically execute, while critically think through strategic issues. Reporting into VP, EN&C Business Operations, this position offers great opportunities for visibility and impact across the Enterprise Networking & Cloud business.


o   Ability to thinking strategically and operationally - define strategic outcomes, analytical approach, success metrics, operational path, ability to influence stakeholders to drive results

o   Drive Corporate Planning Business Operations processes e.g., Quarterly Business Reviews (QBR), Long Range Planning, Portfolio analysis, Roadmap reviews etc. Establish well thought through Operational process to drive strategic outcomes.

o   Comfortable with jumping into undefined programs and bring structure and results. Analytical modeling ability for special projects.

o   Develop metrics, milestones, structured programs and procedures to ensure successful day-to-day execution

o   Drive operational initiatives across functions (Sales, HR, Finance, Product, Marketing, Customer Success etc.)

o   Provide administrative leadership, including facilitation of senior staff meetings and business reviews

o   Create and manage the organizational calendar, events and check-points, managing action items and driving to closure

o   Collaborate across multiple internal business partners including engineering, product, design, finance, legal, compliance and risk to ensure the quality of deliverables

o   Ensure surgical execution of key projects/initiatives across the various functions. Ensure all parties are well-aligned on key initiatives.


o   10+ years of relevant experience, including Consulting, Operations, Product management, or Strategy roles

o   Works effectively in complex and matrixed organizations

o   Able to see the big picture while also being hands-on and in the details

o   Always focused on doing what's right for the business

o   Willing to take on the tough projects and challenges to support growth of the business

o   Ability to be highly productive with minimal oversight from senior management

o   Takes responsibility and accountability for actions and outcomes

o   Possesses business acumen, strong analytical, troubleshooting, problem-solving, and project management skills

o   Strong listening skills and an ability to speak in front of senior audiences as well as write clearly, concisely, and compellingly

o   Demonstrated ability to solve problems and provide practical business insights from complex data sets

o   Education: Bachelor's Degree required; MBA or Graduate degree preferred

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

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!


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The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S., unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.