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Director of Software Engineering (Storage and AI)

Company: NetApp
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: May 30, 2024

Job Description:

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 the Director of Software Engineering in the most senior role within the function, you will utilize strong management and technical competencies to set objectives and develop strategies for the ONTAP Platform Engineering team, with a specific focus on storage and AI. You will work with executive management and have a direct impact on the success of the function in meeting NetApp's goals. Your primary responsibility will be to provide direction and leadership to engineering managers and teams focused on the development of the Next Generation ONTAP Data Platform for AI/ML. These committed teams will be responsible for enhancing existing storage products and developing new products for cloud volumes services, with a strong emphasis on AI and machine learning.

Key Responsibilities:

Set organizational product/feature design and implementation direction based on understanding market and business needs, with a specific focus on storage and AI technologies.

Collaborate with other top-level management and technology heads across the company, actively influencing overall company technology and development strategies in the storage and AI domains.

Design, develop, and implement people strategies and plans that enhance 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 in storage and AI.

Work collaboratively with product management to establish strategic plans and objectives for storage and AI initiatives.

Participate in corporate development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people within the storage and AI domain.

Develop budgets for approval and ensure adherence once the budget is approved, with a focus on optimizing storage and AI initiatives.

Foster a deep understanding of the enterprise system software development lifecycle and demonstrate experience in delivering enterprise-quality software in the storage and AI domains.

Leverage experience with analytics data platforms like Snowflake, Databricks, or AI/ML analytics frameworks to drive innovation in storage and AI solutions.

Experience with cloud analytics platforms like EMR, SageMaker, and Azure analytics is a plus.

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of concepts related to computer architecture, data structures, and programming practices in the context of storage and AI.

Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, especially for presenting and negotiating storage and AI-related concepts and strategies.

Prior experience with developing budgets and controlling costs in the storage and AI domains.

A demonstrated ability to manage and lead manager-level employees and complex projects in the storage and AI domains.

Expected to be hands-on with a keen eye towards flawless execution of storage and AI initiatives.

Job Requirements

10+ years of experience as a people manager is required.

10+ years of experience as a software development engineer is required.

A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field is required. A master's degree or a Ph.D. is preferred.

Extensive technical experience in developing and delivering enterprise software, with a focus on storage and AI.

Strong understanding of modern cloud technologies and best development practices in the storage and AI domains.

Proven track record in balancing multiple complex cross-functional projects and processes with multiple stakeholders, specifically in the storage and AI domains.


This position is responsible for directing and controlling activities at the most senior level within the function and global geographic area, with a focus on storage and AI.

The role involves translating functional strategies into operational plans and priorities, specifically in the storage and AI domains.

Decisions made by this individual have a 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, assess intangible variables, and establish long-range plans, with a focus on storage and AI.

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 in storage and AI.

Works with senior engineering and product management, as well as vice president-level employees, addressing storage and AI-related issues across companies and functions.

This position reports to a Vice President.

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).

Keywords: NetApp, Sunnyvale , Director of Software Engineering (Storage and AI), IT / Software / Systems , Sunnyvale, California

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