Distinguished Engineer - Applied Science

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Compensation Range
    247800 USD - 371500 USD
  • Job Type
    Professional
  • Technology Interest
    AI or Artificial Intelligence, Software Development
  • Job Id
    1415075

Who We Are


Outshift by Cisco is the emerging tech incubation group that explores, identifies, and creates new businesses for Cisco. We are passionate about being at the cutting edge of technology, taking Cisco into new markets and building exciting products that solve tomorrow’s biggest challenges.  


Like a startup, we take an entrepreneurial approach to success. We incubate ideas into products that solve critical needs, then deliver an experience that delights users and customers from MVP to full-blown commercial offering.  


Outshift is about innovation. We look from 12 months out to five years into the future, flexibly working to solve problems instead of fitting into a defined job description. We celebrate learning, and expect our teams to fail fast, challenging assumptions and finding new ways of solving problems. Outshifters enjoy gaining experience across a breadth of technological and business challenges and can expect to shift across products/problems and build new skills regularly.  


We’re building the next wave of startup-like innovation with the support of a trusted name like Cisco. Where else will you get to do this? Come create with us. 


Learn more about us at outshift.com  


Who You'll Work With


The Outshift team is highly visible within Cisco as it's leading the future innovation for the business. As part of the Strategy, Incubations & Applications group led by Cisco’s Chief Strategy Officer, you’ll be working with some of the organization’s most forward thinkers.  


In this role, you can expect to work with engineering, design, and scientists in defining and executing the product plan.


Conduct customer, market, competitive, and industry research. Additionally, have a proven grasp on overall landscape for generative AI machine learning models, tooling, and/or applications, and develop a clear strategy around how to elevate competitive differentiators.


Own the creation of Minimal Viable Product (MVP) definition and then defining a product roadmap that elevates the competitive differentiators at every stage. Define customer value prop and return on investment at each stage.



Work with marketing and business development teams in identifying and executing effective Go-To-Market (GTM) strategies for your product. Establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and metrics to track progress.


Key metrics & measures – Establishing milestones & metrics to evaluate the success and failure of the project. Also, pay close attention to metrics and measures important to customer stakeholders and establish a compelling Return On Investment (ROI) for them.


Collaborate with marketing team in identifying key collaterals – product documents, data sheets, value props, sales decks, ROI calculators, demo videos (it is especially important for the product manager to own demo scripts and video during MVP and initial stages of the product life cycle).


What You'll Do


In this role, you will work in an innovative team, apply, and advance powerful AI technologies in products that make tangible business impacts, create the latest AI-powered user experiences on various platforms, work alongside a committed generative AI product management, software engineering teams gain expertise in the most in-demand AI domains for the future, and contribute to shaping Cisco’s AI strategies for the next decade.


The Impact You’ll Make


If you want the challenge of fast-paced growth, the satisfaction of seeing your thoughtful ideas come to life, and the pride in helping grow a best-in-class AI team, this is the place for you.


Your Responsibilities Will Include


Lead a team of applied scientists and drive applied ML initiatives across products.


Drive the Generative AI strategy and lead strategic initiatives to employ the most recent advances in ML/AI including Large Language models (LLMs) in a fast-paced, experimental environment and create differentiation.


Lead development, implementation, and optimization of LLMs and generative AI technologies, including training, finetuning and computation optimizations and deliver novel and highly impactful features.


Work with peer leaders in Outshift and wider Cisco Senior AI practitioners (PE, DE, Fellows) from other business groups to align strategies and collaborate on AI initiatives.


Conduct research and develop innovative AI models using state-of-the-art techniques across various modalities including NLP, CV, timeseries and multimodal.


Mentor applied scientists and holding us to a high standard of technical rigor and excellence in ML.


Provide guidance to the team on State-of-the-Art techniques, model architectures including LLMs and Gen AI.


Minimum Requirements


PhD in Machine Learning, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or related quantitative field.


12+ years of industry experience in Deep learning, Natural Language Processing/understanding, Reinforcement learning.


10+ yrs exp in Java, C++, Python, or other related languages.


Practical experience in developing, training, deploying, evaluating AI models in real-world applications and knowledge of deep learning frameworks.


Understanding and hands on experience in Large Language Models, Natural Language Processing, Computer vision, Image Processing, and generative AI techniques.


Preferred Requirements


Depth and breadth in state-of-the-art machine learning technologies.


Highly driven leader that is known to deliver in high growth and highly dynamic environments.


Be an advocate for creative technical trends. Acknowledged for driving decisions collaboratively, resolving challenges, ensuring follow through.


Extraordinarily resourceful & rigorous, you can operate successfully among forward-thinking and charismatic people.


Equally comfortable and capable interacting with technologists as with business executives.


Excellent verbal and written communication 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 travelling 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 size 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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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 typically pays as follows:

.75% of incentive target for each 1% of revenue attainment up to 50% of quota;

1.5% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 50% and 75%;

1% of incentive target for each 1% of attainment between 75% and 100%; and once performance exceeds 100% attainment, incentive rates are at or above 1% for each 1% of attainment 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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