Senior Hardware Engineering Technical Leader

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Hardware
  • Compensation Range
    139000 USD - 266000 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id
Who We Are

The Common Hardware Group (CHG) delivers the silicon, optics, and hardware platforms for Cisco's core Switching, Routing, and Wireless products. With ~2,100 employees across 16 countries, we design the networking hardware for Enterprises and Service Providers of various sizes, the Public Sector, and Non-Profit Organizations across the world.

The Computing Systems Products Group, through The Unified Computing Systems innovative architecture, helps to enable the fully unified data center. We architect the next generation unified computing systems, including compute, storage, network, visualization, and management into a single platform.

What You'll Do

In this highly visible role as a Senior Hardware Engineering Technical Leader, you will:
  • Lead system design on computing system products and be a multi-project collaborator.
  • Lead decision making to resolve technical tradeoff, operational and business considerations.
  • Drive product from concept to production.
  • Interact, lead, and address challenging technical problems with multi-functional teams.
  • Act as technical liaison for key suppliers for the product and technical perspectives.
  • Manage JDM model leading edge server products development.
  • Manage and build highly talented engineering team.
Who You'll Work With

You will be part of hardware design team that works closely with JDMs (Joint Design Manufacturers) to develop innovative and high performant compute solutions. As part of regular interactions, you will also work with several cross-functional teams across Cisco such as Mechanical, Thermal, Firmware Engineering, Product management, Product Operations, Customer Support Teams, and External Vendors.

Who You Are

You are a creative and skilled technical professional who excels at solving complex problems. As a passionate innovator and self-starter, you turn strategic visions into reality. With strong communication and analytical abilities, you collaborate effectively by listening, finding common ground, and working as a team to find the best product solutions.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronic or Computer Engineering and 12+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with high-speed design signal integrity issues, power distribution techniques and modern processors.
  • Experience with High-Speed Network Interfaces.
  • Experience with x86 CPU architecture.
  • Demonstrated experience with shipping products.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Master of Science in Electronic or Computer Engineering and 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with GPU architecture.
  • Experience with PCIe adaptors and switches.
  • Hands on board design knowledge, including design tools such as Cadence Concept and Allegro.
  • Experience with pre/post silicon activities and development.
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!



Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:

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