Head of Product - Cloud Security
Location:San Francisco, California, US
Area of InterestEngineer - Pre Sales and Product Management
Head of Product Overview (Sr. Director for Cloud Security PM)
The Head of Product leads the Product team with a focus on developing and improving strategy, definition, growth and desired business outcomes for the portfolio of Cisco Cloud Security products. As the lead, you will be the primary driver of the group’s vision; leading all aspects of the development and management of the product’s roadmaps, offer management, product packaging, competitive analysis, pricing, offer structure etc. Broad and deep knowledge of Information Security and related products, Enterprise Networking and related products, relevant markets, SaaS, and SaaS business models are key to succeeding in this position.
The role is inherently cross-functional. This position will require you to closely partner with the engineering, design, marketing, sales, and other departments. Furthermore, this role is intensely strategic and cross-organizational in nature at Cisco. You are able to lead and thrive under such conditions.
The role of Head of Product requires a highly analytical individual who is able to work quite optimally in a matrix environment. The position also requires that he/she be adept at synthesizing various technologies and capabilities into the business’s products in such a way that the consumers will love. A lean/agile approach and working knowledge are key for this position
Objectives and Responsibilities
Team Leader: Coordinating several sub-departmental organizations including Product Management, User Experience, Pricing/Packaging, Offer Strategy, Growth Acceleration, Partner Development, Technical Marketing and Project Management Office. Constantly ensures that the functions of these positions are properly and executing effectively.
Innovation: Oversees the innovation and improvement of the business’s products as well as the day-to-day product activities in a way that ensures the product is constantly growing to suit customers’ needs. Moreover, ensures that necessary steps are being taken to make any modifications in the product or strategy in order to bring out the best results for the business. Essentially, you will be responsible for finding opportunities that lead to product and business growth through innovation while still maintaining the fundamental business goals/priorities.
Collaboration: Reiterating, this position is cross-functional nature and this implies a high level of collaboration with different departments and different levels. Partners with other product departmental leaders to align and execute product strategies and ensure that each department receives the right level of support due from its colleagues.
Recruitment: You will play a pivotal role in the recruitment of new team members into the Product team.
Product/Market Evaluation: As the leader, you will also responsible for spearheading investigation and analyses on the product and the market. Thereafter, you are encouraged to process this information, identify opportunities, and develop strategies and plans that drive growth, justify resources and move Cisco’s overall strategy at the highest levels.
Education: A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or an equivalent business field. An undergraduate degree in a technical discipline such as Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Data Science etc. is desired.
Experience: You have 10-12 years of experience in product management leadership in complex/matrix environments. Preferably; this experience will be inclusive of at least 5 years executive experience in the field of Information Security and SaaS.
Communication Skills: Excellent communication and public speaking skills are a requirement for this position. You will collaborate with other product departmental heads in the performance of their intertwining duties. You will also be required to regularly make presentations to customers, key stakeholders, partner BU’s and the Cloud Security org. The job includes frequent public speaking at industry conferences, Cisco internal forums, customer events, sales briefings etc.
Leadership/People Skills: Strong leadership skills with an ability to influence executive leadership, peers and teams toward a common, compelling vision. Great leadership should further be coupled with excellent people skills. Great people skills and empathy are key traits for this role.
Analytical Abilities: You should also demonstrate a high level of analytical and quantitative skills. Should possess the ability to use information/data and various metrics to develop an informed and factual business case. Additionally, having strong financial analytical capabilities will further help in developing informed product strategies, which subsequently improves product performance.
Integrity and Vision: You will also be a person of demonstrated high integrity, consistent in their work, and who has clear and visible values; he/she also demonstrates calmness under pressure in order to effectively lead the product management team even in times of uncertainty.
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