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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.

Distinguished Engineer, Software and Systems

San Jose, California, United States
Job category: Software Engineering Job ID: 124951-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

Job Summary
Distinguished Engineers at NetApp are individual contributors who strive to be diverse in technology and provide technical leadership, architectural guidance and lead innovation to senior architects and engineers. They possess the ability to influence, collaborate, set technical direction, develop product roadmaps, and provide innovative solutions to solve architectural and business problems. Distinguished engineers impact the overall growth of the company by devising clear roadmaps to deliver next generation technology solutions to NetApp customers.

About Team
ONTAP is NetApp’s flagship storage operating system. The ONTAP team drives the product strategy, roadmap, and engineering delivery for ONTAP software and systems. You are responsible for developing innovative solutions and architecture for ONTAP software and systems spanning the areas of filesystems, storage, networking, protocols and security. The solutions you architect and design will drive mission critical applications, AI infrastructure and cloud workflows for Fortune 500 companies. 

What Will You Do
•    Provide the technology strategy to accelerate the pace of innovation within NetApp and the Industry.
•    Define the roadmap and long-term vision, derived from key business priorities, technology and competitive trends as well as new and emerging customer use cases.
•    Partners with Product management and engineering to define and deliver next generation products for NetApp.
•    Influence executive management and engineering to contribute towards a competitive portfolio. Demonstrate influence and act as a force multiplier across engineers at NetApp.
•    Mentor senior and principal engineers and be the technical bar-raiser for senior and principal technical roles.
•    Evangelize both internally and externally for NetApp products you own and become an industry recognized authority on related technologies and domain.

 What You Will Bring
•    Globally recognized as domain expert in software and system design for highly scalable distributed storage systems, control and data plane architectures, core operating systems fundamentals required to fuel large scale AI infrastructure for GenAI and AI as a Service. 
•    Experience building highly resilient and scalable enterprise grade products.
•    Ownership for Product and System architecture for multiple significant projects
•    Expertise in coding, design, architecture, subsystems, and technology trends
•    Expertise in coding, design, architecture, subsystems, and technology trends
•    Excellent communication skills to communicate with executives, senior leadership on products, technology trends and customer issues.
•    Experience in building compliant, secure and compute intensive data services.

Job Requirements

•    15+ years' experience and regarded as a strategic problem solver across a broad set of constituents across your company and/or industry.
•    Experience in building highly available and performant Enterprise grade storage products that can be leveraged for AI infrastructure, model training and inferencing.
•    Extensive technical depth on storage and AI infrastructure. Strong understanding of the AI infra tech trends, industry development and business priorities.
•    Understanding of AI data pipelines, model development, training, inferencing as well as model preservation for tuning and tracing.
•    Experience with distributed storage, filesystems and networking protocols needed to build large scale storage for multi modal LLMs.
•    Ability to get consensus and set technical direction across a large engineering organization.
•    RESTFUL Application Service Architecture, API management services, 3-layered API approach (API gateways, service mesh and load balancers).
•    Deep experience with modern application development methodologies (CI/CD, Agile, DevOps).
•    Experience in building multi-tenanted micro services and deployment, provisioning, and orchestration.


 •    Typically requires 15 years of relevant experience.
•    A Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science; or equivalent experience.  Masters preferred.

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 $258,660.00 – $363,550.00. 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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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. We pledge to take every reasonable step to ensure that our applicants and employees are respected, treated fairly and with dignity. See the EEO poster (PDF). NetApp makes reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable laws, for religious purposes and for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee with a disability, who can perform the essential job functions unless undue hardship would result.

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