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Principal Engineer, Innovation

Cisco Meraki

Location: Remote - US only

Job Type: Full time


Our mission at Cisco Meraki 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 a principal engineer, you will play a key technical leadership role in helping ensure that the Meraki Cloud architecture continues to be a strategic advantage in our growing multi-billion dollar business. Meraki networks provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of people every day!

Your success in these efforts will depend on your ability to connect with both engineers and senior business leaders, translate business problems into technology solutions, anticipate challenges, facilitate conversations across engineering teams, build consensus, and inspire those around you to unite around a compelling vision.

You will:

  • Work with the Head of Cloud, principal engineers, and other technical leaders, to guide the architectural direction for Meraki Cloud.
  • Partner with cloud principal engineers to build technical roadmaps spanning multiple organizations and teams.
  • Partner with Product Management to align architectural direction with customer needs.
  • Establish positive relationships and communication channels with Meraki engineering leaders to ensure the architecture meets the needs of our engineering teams.
  • Communicate architectural direction, technical roadmaps, and achievements at engineering leadership meetings and engineering meetups.
  • Facilitate regular cloud architecture leadership meetings.
  • Provide technical guidance for critical platform and systems development.
  • Partner with Meraki Security to ensure architectural direction treats security as a first-class concern.
  • Mentor engineers and lead by example through pragmatic decision-making founded on your background and experience.

You are an ideal candidate if you have the following:

  • 15+ years of related experience and are recognized as a strategic problem solver in internal and external forums, with extensive technical, market, and business expertise.
  • Experience in evolving large web applications and distributed services that perform at scale.
  • Experience working large scale/big data systems that ingest billions of data points per day.
  • Ability to build consensus and set technical direction across a large engineering organization.
  • Ability to define a clear, bold vision and pragmatic steps toward that vision.
  • Customer-first approach, whether the customer is a Meraki customer or an engineer building on the Meraki Cloud.
  • Experience coding in an object-oriented or functional programming language and deploying into a distributed architecture at scale.
  • Strong communication skills in small and large groups.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical topics in simple and compelling ways tailored to the audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn/work on new frameworks/languages and able to articulate pros/cons of various tech choices

Bonus points for:

  • Experience with hybrid cloud, i.e. working in both private data centers and public clouds such as AWS.
  • Experience with migrating monolithic applications to a microservices architecture.
  • Experience with any of the following: Ruby on Rails, Scala, Go, Postgres.
  • Knowledge of networking (i.e. switching, routing, wifi, IoT).

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.

Bonus points for:

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.

At Cisco Meraki, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we can imagine new possibilities, inspire innovation, and release the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.

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.

Compensation Range:
$219,700$323,500 USD

Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S.:
When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S. locations, not including equity or benefits. For non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only; employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring location and additional factors, including but not limited to skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range based on their U.S. hiring location. The recruiter can share more details about compensation for the role in your location during the hiring process.

U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

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