Director of Engineering, MX (Security & SD-WAN)

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At Cisco Meraki, we know that technology can connect, empower, and drive us. Our mission is to simplify technology so our customers can focus on what's most meaningful to them: their students, patients, customers, and businesses. We’re making networking easier, faster, and smarter with technology that simply works.

As the Director of MX Software, you will be responsible for a Security and SD-WAN portfolio that connects and protects millions of people around the world. Alongside our hardware engineering and product management teams, you’ll craft our products through new features, whole new product lines, and innovative updates and support for our customers. Meraki's cloud-managed model offers an unmatched opportunity to draw upon data from hundreds of thousands of networks to identify new threats and learn new ways to optimize traffic in real time. You will lead your team in leveraging this advantage to drive industry-leading innovation in both security and SD-WAN technology.

A key focus will be your ability to support and grow a distributed team of embedded, networking, web, and QA experts. You will seek to align everyone to our most important objectives, offering a vision for the team and product that keeps them motivated and looking forward. You will have the opportunity to split your time between our San Francisco and San Jose offices.

You will: 

  • Work with the CTO, product management, and other senior engineering leaders to set the technical vision and short/long-term plans for the MX portfolio
  • Partner with our recruiters to create strategies for building a diverse and inclusive team
  • Mentor and coach managers and senior engineers through technical and non-technical challenges
  • Develop career plans for your direct reports and help them do the same for theirs
  • Encourage thoughtful and creative ways to recognize achievements on the team
  • Lead performance, compensation, and promotion review processes
  • Provide thoughtful counsel as a member of senior engineering leadership
  • Assist with engineering-wide initiatives (off-sites, training, process evolution) several times per year
  • Represent engineering at external events and speak to Meraki’s mission and vision
  • Form close partnerships across Cisco to leverage their technology and talent
  • Serve as the highest escalation point for customer-facing issues on the team

 You are ideal for this role if you have: 

  • 10+ years of experience building networking and systems software
  • Managed cross-functional teams of more than 10 engineers, and are passionate about growing as a manager and a leader
  • Experience building teams, holding decisions on recruiting and organization design
  • The empathy and emotional intelligence to lead a diverse and distributed group of engineers and managers at varying stages of their careers

Meraki is based in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, with beautiful views of the Oracle Ballpark and the Bay beyond. You will have access to an onsite gym, multiple kitchens stocked with high quality snacks, a coffee bar, catered lunches every day, and a generous benefits package.

Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case by case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

At Cisco Meraki, we don't just accept difference - it's one of our key values. Everybody In means we listen to each other's opinions. Everybody is accepted and valued here, and we are a team that works as one towards our goals. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

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What are Cisco Meraki Perks + Benefits

Cisco Meraki Benefits Overview

At Cisco Meraki, we support your passions, development, and wellness allowing you to thrive inside and outside of the office. We encourage a healthy work-life balance and make it easy for you to bring your whole self to work.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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