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Title:  Sr Director, Product Mgmt


Sunnyvale, CA, US, 94089

Requisition ID:  33765


Are you data-driven?  We at NetApp believe in the transformative power of data – to expand customer touchpoints, to foster greater innovation, and to optimize operations.  We are designed for simplicity, optimized to protect, created to embrace future opportunity, and open to enrich choice.  We are the data authority for hybrid cloud, and we are helping our customers realize the full potential of their data.


We’ve built a Data Fabric for a data-driven world – to simplify and integrate data management across the resources that are best for the business.  With the Data Fabric, our customers can harness the power of cloud data services, build cloud infrastructures, and modernize storage through data management.


By modernizing storage through data management, customers can upgrade infrastructure to bring modern data services to existing applications. Only NetApp can help organizations free the resources necessary to fund transformation by deploying the industry’s leading flash storage solution, which is highly efficient and scalable in both data center and cloud environments.

Job Summary

The Senior/Director of Product Management for Data Protection is responsible for the NetApp ONTAP business’s product portfolio, strategy planning and execution all through the lifecycle of the business. This is inclusive of gathering and prioritizing requirements for the product (which includes array based replication and Hybrid Cloud orchestrated solutions), defining the vision for the product, and collaborating with other directors from the engineering, marketing, sales, and operations departments in order to ensure that the financial and consumer satisfaction goals are met. In addition to this, the Director of Product Development also ensures that that the company’s overall strategy and goals are supported by those of the product; that the product goals and strategy do not deviate from that of the business.

  • Supervisory Role: First and foremost, the position is a position of leadership and in this capacity the Senior/Director of Product Management oversees and is answerable to the Vice President of Products and stakeholders for all activities of the product management department. The individual oversees and ensures that the functions of the Product Managers are efficiently and effectively executed including hiring and retaining talent.
  • Collaboration: The role of Senior/Director of Product Management is also one of a cross-functional nature and as such, the Director is expected to liaise with other Product Line Directors. These are Directors of the engineering, marketing, sales, and design departments. The reason for this collaboration is to place the executive management in a position to translate the product needs into requirements and to drive consensus within the product departments, which ultimately promotes the achievement of the product goals. Collaboration leads to clear and efficient product road mapping, product planning, prioritization, and an overall agile product development process.
Job Requirements
  • Partner Relations: The Director of Product Management also has to identify and manage eco-system partnerships, make decisions on integration and go-to-market opportunities with these partners.  A Director of Product Management is also responsible for engaging extensively with consumers in order to gain first hand insight on the consumers’ and market feedback on the business’s product. This firsthand information coupled with consumer and market information relayed to him by the junior product managers  breeds a clearer understanding of the current and future market direction, needs, and potential receptivity.
  • Product Requirements and Roadmap: The Product Managers are tasked with the analysis of information and formulations of product solutions (MRDs and PRDs) and strategies that are presented and refined further up the line. The Director receives numerous Product Proposals from his PMs and is then expected to evaluate these proposals prior to authorizing the effect of any solutions and strategies for the business. The Director of Product Development, alongside other product managers, is also responsible for developing, defining, and overseeing the product’s roadmap and managing it as required for the purpose of meeting deliverables for the business.
  • Vision Creation: As the leader of the product department, it is the Director’s responsibility to build an understanding and cultivate in the departments’ members the product’s vision, the business case, as well as compiling the product planning material necessary for driving product initiatives further with clarity and consensus.
  • Product/Market Strategy: The Director of Product Management also works intimately with the marketing department to develop marketing strategies, lead generation strategies, and sales strategies. The Director also partners up with the sales department to build on product unit sales implementation as well as support strategies.
  • Research and Analyses: The Director of Product Development is also tasked with conducting relevant product research; establishing competitive intelligence and various market analyses that supplement and compliments analyses already conducted by the product managers. The Director of Product Development in this capacity is responsible conducting consumer and market research that further aids the business in understanding current and future product needs.
  • Product Evangelism:  Like the Head of Product Management, the Director is tasked with representing the business and promoting the product by advocating for its value and benefits at executive briefings, marketing events, online consumer platforms, and so forth.
  • Experience : 10-15yrs product experience specifically to data protection of storage, applications and software required
  • Knowledge : Understanding of Dell DataDomain, Veeam, Commvault, Veritas, AWS/Google Cloud offerings highly desired

BS/BA degree or equivalent related experience 15+ years -- plus add additional experience requirements needed if you were to fill an open requisition, i.e., knowledge, skills, and abilities.


So get ready to tap into the data visionary within, and join us as we accelerate digital transformation and empower our customers to change the world with data!


If you ask a NetApp employee why they work here, the answer is inevitably the same: the people. At NetApp, our culture is at the heart of what we do. We place importance in trust, integrity, teamwork, and caring above all else. NetApp is a place where people are empowered to make a difference. Empowered to innovate. Empowered to collaborate. Empowered to help ourselves and others be data-driven and change the world. We take care of each other, our customers, our partners, and our communities simply because it’s the right thing to do.


We work hard but also recognize the importance of work-life balance for our employees because what’s important to them is important to us!  Recently we implemented Family First, which encourages employees to take paid time off to bond with a new child (through birth or adoption) or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.  Our volunteer time off program is best in class, offering employees 40 hours of paid time off per year to donate their time 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 and fitness centers. We also offer financial savings programs to help you plan for your future.  


Join us and see what empowerment can do. 



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