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Program Manager - Hardware

Cisco Systems Inc.
San Jose, CA 95113
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Who You'll Work With

SBG develops Ciscos firewall, intrusion prevention, remote access, identity, web and email security products. Our Program Managers work with multiple teams to deliver enterprise software, virtual and physical platforms. We are working on next generation security technology to make cyberspace more secure for those that are connected.

Our PMO and Program Managers drive programs that deliver innovative, best-in-class security products and solutions to our customers and executes strategic initiatives to propel the business forward. We are the glue that keeps our cross-functional program teams together. We make change reality. We mentor the broader organization on agile program management fundamentals and best practices.

What You'll Do

As an experienced program manager, you will lead strategic initiatives and complex hardware product solutions through the entire program lifecycle as we execute against our portfolio strategy.

As part of a PMO in Cisco's Security Business Group (SBG), you'll influence a diverse set of stakeholders with your strong relationship skills and dedication to driving good decisions. You will work with cross-functional teams consisting of product management, engineering, support and operations staff in an agile environment to define, build and launch hardware products and solutions into the marketplace. You will also generate and assess performance metrics on business outcomes in order to advise strategic decision-making.


  • Leading product teams in the key aspects of hardware product development starting from product concept through first customer shipment and general availability.
  • The Engineering Program Manager will have key ownership for the product development schedule and deliverables, budget, and overarching issue resolution and risk mitigation.
  • Work with key stakeholders to secure commitments for the necessary resources to complete the planned activities and conduct the required reviews.
  • Lead the product team in a matrix management structure while tracking schedules, risks, inter-dependencies, and key milestone deliverables.
  • Engage across all levels within the Business Unit to influence and collaborate with Product Marketing, Engineering, Documentation, Training, Customer Experience, and Manufacturing teams in the successful delivery of the product.
  • Ensure that effective processes are in place and functioning to achieve the end goals of the program, while also driving towards continuous improvement.
  • Empowered to contribute to SBGs program management processes, templates, measurement mechanisms and procedures with the intent of improving and optimizing.

Who You Are

  • MS Engineering/Computer Science (or a related major) or BS with related work experience. MBA preferred
  • 8+ years of program management experience delivering enterprise hardware products
  • Power to influence peers, managers and executives, driving towards a decision while managing ambiguity
  • Effectively (concisely and with accuracy) communicate problems, issues, risks, solutions, etc. both via written and oral methods to appropriate stakeholders and leadership
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Practical work experience with agile-aligned development methodologies including hybrid waterfall/agile development as a Program Manager
  • Flexible, adaptable. Self-starter who learns quickly with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work well with many levels of management as well as technical contributors.
  • Organized and thoughtful, with a high level of integrity and reliability.
  • Proven success in change management
  • Process improvement experience preferred
  • Experience leading off-site/off-shore teams preferred
  • Specific experience in commercial/enterprise hardware appliance development and manufacturing preferred.

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

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think were old (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but were 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 cant 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? Dont care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? Thats cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!LI-JS1


Posted: 2020-11-09 Expires: 2020-12-28
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