Exec Talent Solutions Succession Planning Lead

  • Location:
    Offsite, San Jose, California, US
  • Alternate Location
    Remote work possible
  • Area of Interest
    Human Resources
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

The Challenge

Reporting to the Leader of Exec Talent Solutions, you will execute and evolve succession planning for the Executive Leadership Team in alignment with People & Communities strategy and business objectives. You will also act as a strategic thought partner to both Community Partners and business leaders, applying your business-focused approach to help translate and align business objectives to executive talent strategies.


What You’ll Do

  • Lead end-to-end succession planning for Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team and enterprise-level critical roles.
  • Periodically review and monitor progress of ELT succession planning program and recommend program adjustment when needed.
  • Lead the creation of an enterprise succession planning process for execs and provide a framework for leaders and Communities Partners enabling them to conduct succession planning activities within their teams.
  • Define succession planning program success metrics, and evaluate and document results.
  • , and ensure consistent application across the executive population.
  • Partner with colleagues within Exec and Board and Solutions to ensure alignment and linking of succession plans with other exec initiatives (e.g., workforce planning, retention strategies, sourcing strategies, etc.).
  • Build knowledge in career and succession planning in order to provide specialist advice and support to colleagues and end-users with regards to talent assessment and succession planning.
  • Support the execution of other Exec Talent Solutions work as needed.


What We’re Looking For

  • Leadership Development: Background in learning & development and understanding of how people learn. Awareness of trends and future direction in L&D related to technology and remote learning.
  • Relationship Building: Proven ability to build and cultivate positive relationships across functions and the business. Consistently ensure that the voice of cross-functional colleagues and our executives is reflected in the design of solutions.
  • Problem Solving and Execution: Committed to understanding the true underlying problem before starting to solution. Bias for action with a focus on iterative innovation.
  • Executive Presence: Comfortable interacting with senior leaders and able to quickly build trust through excellent written and verbal communication.


What You’ll Need to Succeed

  • Self-awareness: Members of the Exec Talent Solutions team understand the importance of knowing their strengths and weaknesses and proactively work to use their strengths in their work.
  • Humility: When there is a need that’s outside of the scope of your role, are you willing to pitch in? Do you share credit with others? Are you comfortable asking for help? If so, this is the role for you!
  • Dedication: We have fun doing what we do, but we also work hard and hold each other accountable! You’re a great fit if you are energized by development, challenge, collaboration, and team camaraderie.
  • Openness: Are you open to hearing how others perceive your work? Can you give positive and critical input as well as take it? A flexible and adaptable mentality will help us to grow you and vice versa!
  • Inclusive Attitude: Our team has to navigate the balance between globalization and localization as we think through solutions. Are you passionate about scaling solutions that are “one size fits one”?


Nice to Haves (but not dealbreakers)

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 8 years in roles that focused on client experience, talent management, program design, project management, innovation, etc. (Master’s degree – 6 years, PhD – 3 years)
  • Success in using technology to improve processes and/or programs
  • Comfort with data measurement and visualization tools
  • Familiarity with Workday and core modules

 Why Cisco

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

We adopt 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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