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In a world of cloud complexity, NetApp simplifies. Our customers are looking for a more unified and secure multicloud experience, and we provide the services, infrastructure and expertise they need to achieve it.

If you want to have a real impact, NetApp is the place for you. You’ll make a difference—while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Who are we? Forward-thinking technology people with a heart. Join us.

Director, Software Engineering

San Jose, California, United States
Job category: Engineering Job ID: 125212-en_US

About NetApp

We’re forward-thinking technology people with heart. We make our own rules, drive our own opportunities, and try to approach every challenge with fresh eyes. Of course, we can’t do it alone. We know when to ask for help, collaborate with others, and partner with smart people. We embrace diversity and openness because it’s in our DNA. We push limits and reward great ideas. What is your great idea?

"At NetApp, we fully embrace and advance a diverse, inclusive global workforce with a culture of belonging that leverages the backgrounds and perspectives of all employees, customers, partners, and communities to foster a higher performing organization." -George Kurian, CEO

Job Summary

As a Director of Software Engineering, in the most senior role in the function, you will utilize strong management and technical competencies to set objectives and develop strategies for the ONTAP Platform Engineering team. You will work with executive management and can directly impact the success of the function in meeting NetApp’s goals. You will provide direction and leadership to engineering managers and engineer team focused on development of Next Generation ONTAP Data Platform for AI/ML. These committed teams develop enhancements to existing products, as well as develop new products for cloud volumes services. As part of the Research and Development function, the overall focus of the group is on competitive market and customer requirements, technology advances, product quality, product cost and time-to-market. 

Essential Functions:
•    Set organizational product/feature design and implementation direction based on understanding of market and business needs and technology.
•    Collaborate with other top-level management and technology heads across the company while taking an active role in influencing overall company technology and development strategies.
•    Design, develop and implement people strategies and plans that impact the long-term performance and competitiveness of the organization.
•    Utilize previous technical, project and people management experience to provide direction to senior managers and lead strategic global projects.
•    Work collaboratively with product management to establish strategic plans and objectives.
•    Participate in corporate development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people within your area of responsibility.
•    Develop budgets for approval and assure adherence once budget is approved.

Job Requirements

•    A deep understanding of enterprise system software development lifecycle and demonstrated experience of delivering enterprise quality software 
•    Experience with analytics data platforms like Snowflake, Databricks or AI/ML analytics frameworks is required
•    Experience with cloud analytics platforms like EMR, Sagemaker and Azure analytics is a plus
•    An in-depth understanding of concepts related to computer architecture, data structures and programming practices. 
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, especially presentation and negotiation skills.
•    Prior experience with developing budgets and controlling costs. 
•    A demonstrated ability to manage and lead manager level employees and complex projects.
•    Expected to be hands-on with a keen eye towards flawless execution of initiatives.

•    This position is responsible for directing and controlling activities at the most senior level within the function and global geographic area.
•    The focus of this role is on translating functional strategies into operational plans and priorities. 
•    The potential impact of decisions made by this individual has significant operational or financial impact on the performance standards of the function and may impact the company’s success.
•    This individual will use in-depth knowledge to solve abstract issues and assess intangible variables and establish long-range plans. 
•    This individual is accountable for managing to the assigned budget. 

•    This individual must demonstrate strong leadership skills by establishing clear goals, objectives and priorities that communicate the organization’s vision.
•    Works with senior engineering and product management and vice president level employees addressing issues across companies and functions.
•    This position reports to a Vice President 


•    10+ years of experience as a people manager is required. 
•    10+ years of experience as a software development engineer is required.
•    A Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, a master’s degree, or a PhD; or equivalent experience is required. 
•    Extensive technical experience developing/delivering Enterprise software is needed. 
•    Experience and understanding of modern cloud technologies and best development practices. 
•    A proven track record with balancing multiple complex cross-functional projects and processes with multiple stakeholders

Equal Opportunity Employer:

NetApp is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information, pregnancy, protected veteran status, and any other protected classification. 

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Why NetApp?

In a world full of generalists, NetApp is a specialist. No one knows how to elevate the world’s biggest clouds like NetApp. We are data-driven and empowered to innovate. Trust, integrity, and teamwork all combine to make a difference for our customers, partners, and communities. 

We expect a healthy work-life balance. Our volunteer time off program is best in class, offering employees 40 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer with their favorite organizations.  We provide comprehensive medical, dental, wellness, and vision plans for you and your family.  We offer educational assistance, legal services, and access to discounts. We also offer financial savings programs to help you plan for your future.  

If you run toward knowledge and problem-solving, join us. 

USA and Canada Residents Only:

The base salary hiring wage range for this position which the Company reasonably and in good faith expects to pay for the position in the specified geographic areas or locations, is [$222,750] – [$313,060]. Final compensation will be dependent on various factors relevant to the position and candidate such as geographical location, candidate qualifications, certifications, relevant job-related work experience, education, skillset and other relevant business and organizational factors, consistent with applicable law.  In addition, the position may include some of the following comprehensive benefits such Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401(K), Paid Time off (PTO), sick time, leave of absence as per the FMLA and other relevant leave laws, Company bonus/commission, employee stock purchase plan, and/or restricted stocks (RSU’s).


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