Senior Control Plane Engineer

  • Location:
    San Jose, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Network
  • Compensation Range
    150900 USD - 222200 USD
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Networking, Software Development
  • Job Id

Who We Are:

The Cisco Distributed System Engineering (DSE) group is at the forefront of developing products that power the largest networks in the world. The networking industry is going through a massive transformation to build the next generation infrastructure to meet the needs of AI/ML workloads and continuously increasing internet users and application. We are uniquely positioned to capture that market transition. This team builds products by harnessing the potential of open-source technologies while pushing the boundaries on Systems and Silicon Architecture.

Who You’ll Work With:

You will be working among engineers who are passionate about tackling complex technology, building large scale distributed systems and comfortable working with open-source communities and technologies. You will be part of a fast-paced work environment and responsible for end-to-end product development and production support.

Who you are:

You are curious and a problem solver. You love to learn and grow and work in an environment that is constantly evolving. You are a self-starter that thrives on learning information quickly and uses resources to research and resolve issues. You are comfortable working with multi-disciplinary, multicultural, and geographically dispersed teams. You are a technologist at heart and a leader in practice that is experienced in routing protocol stack development and network operating systems. You possess an in-depth understanding of the deployment of routing protocols in large scale networks and solve networking challenges through routing protocol enhancement designs. You’re diligent with an automation first mindset and have experience with scripting languages and test frames works.

What you will do:

As a Control Plane Engineer, you'll join an agile team engaged in the design, development and testing of the Control Plane required for the Cisco 8000 platforms utilizing experience listed in the basic and preferred qualifications listed below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MS/BS degree in CS/EE/CE or technical equivalent.
  • 7+ years' of related work experience. 
  • Software Development experience using C, C++, and/or Python.
  • Experience developing routing protocol stack in vendor NOS or in open-source networking stacks like FRR, Quagga.
  •  A deep understanding of network protocols such as BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, MPLS, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and/or knowledge of Segment Routing, L2VPN and EVPN technologies, BIER and Controller based Solutions.
  • Understanding of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and related technologies such as OpenFlow, network overlays, and virtualized network functions.
  • Packet forwarding operating systems internals, algorithms, and computer architecture.
  • Experience with MPLS based VPNs (MVPN, L3VPN, L2VPN).
  • GIT, Jira, Jenkins and CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Virtualization and container technologies including KVM/Qemu, Docker and/or Kubernetes.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills to identify and resolve complex network issues, including packet capture analysis, log analysis, and protocol debugging.

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!


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