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Principal Engineer, SD-WAN

Cisco Meraki

Location: Remote - US only

Job Type: Full time


Meraki’s vision:

Simplicity. At Cisco Meraki, we believe that by simplifying powerful technology we can free passionate people to focus on their mission. Our cloud managed products are making IT easier, faster, and more inquisitive. Simplified and smarter networking means that businesses run more smoothly, and more people have reliable access to the information they need.

About the team:

You will join the vMX Engineering team that develops the vMX platforms. vMX is a routing/security appliance. vMX/MX is used in over a million+ network nodes and our customers rely on our products to serve tens of millions of people. With the large footprint that we have, quality is our highest priority. The Meraki vMX team delivers simple to use but very powerful, scalable and groundbreaking cloud managed appliances to customers.

The Opportunity:

As the first principal engineer on the vMX team, you will be the primary architect designing, developing, and implementing the architecture of the vMX product that runs on AWS, Azure, GCP etc . This role needs a very experienced, hands-on, and seasoned engineer who can improve the current architecture and plan for the next-gen architecture. You will partner with product management and engineering leadership to define the next generation technical roadmap for virtual platforms.

The first area of focus in this role will be centered on improving our current vMX architecture. We are looking for an experienced architect with deep expertise in building virtual routing/security products. They will act as an owner for the vMX data plane and control plane both.

What we look for in your background:

  • 15+ years of working experience on data plane forwarding and control-plane configuration/signaling for virtualized routing/SD-WAN/Security products.
  • Must have contributed in the last 6+ years as routing data plane/routing product architecture with hands-on experience.
  • In-depth experience developing the virtualized products on AWS, GCP, Azure
  • Hands-on design experience with more than one software data plane technology across arm and x86, such as DPDK, VPP, or Click.
  • In-depth experience with L4 to L7 services (Load balancing, Firewall, IPsec VPN, NAT, IPv6, remote access and various tunneling protocols), architectures, and algorithms.
  • Experience writing Linux user-space and kernel code for high-performance fabrics and I/O devices.
  • Successfully delivered multiple high performance products.
  • In-depth knowledge of packet processing.
  • Great teammate, can-do attitude, and takes initiative.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Excellent communication skills to facilitate working across functional groups

Bonus points if you have:

  • Good understanding of VPP and/or Click data plane.
  • Experience with merchant silicon SDKs from Broadcom, Marvell, EZchip, etc.
  • Distributed packet processing across virtual and/ or fabric architecture
  • Layer 2 / Layer 3 functionality, application aware packet processing

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.

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.

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.

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

Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S.:
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