7 hours

Innovation Program Manager

Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Job Code
Innovation Program Manager

Innovation Program Manager

  • Location:
    RTP, North Carolina, US
  • Additional Location(s)
    Tampa, FL
  • Area of Interest
    Project or Program Management
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

What You'll Do

We believe it is our employee's creative ideas that will accelerate Cisco’s leadership in the digital age. “My Innovation” is a company-wide initiative to empower all Cisco employees to innovate everywhere and at any time. It creates the environment and provides vehicles for innovative ideas to emerge, develop and craft Cisco’s future.

As an experienced innovation program manager, you will be responsible for the design, planning, and execution of a global innovation program that is part of “My Innovation”. More specifically, you will help innovators across Cisco accelerate their projects by applying some of the latest innovation methodologies such as design thinking and lean start-up. Your personal experience bringing innovative ideas to market will be key to inspire and guide Cisco innovators.

Who You'll Work With

You will be part of Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office (CSO) team. They are responsible for cultivating and capturing innovation 'wherever it is' in order to execute on our growth strategy. They focus on identifying and enabling Cisco to capitalize on major technology disruptions, shaping and amplifying Cisco technology strategy through acquisitions, investments, and co-innovation with our partner ecosystem.

Cisco's Corporate Strategic Innovation Group (CSIG) is part of CSO. Our team is at the forefront of identifying, incubating and capturing strategic value from disruptive technology & market trends, quickly transforming them into sustainable market opportunities and thought leadership. We accelerate innovation through a variety of programs and by engaging employees, customers, partners, start-ups, and academia.

Who You Are

Our Minimum Requirements for this Role Are: 

  • You are a lean start-up & design-thinking practitioner and have experience bringing innovative concepts to market
  • You are an amazing facilitator and story teller
  • You have 5+ years’ experience as a project / program manager
  • You have a MSc degree or equivalent
  • You have prior Cisco experience or knowledge in similar industries / technologies
  • You are able to travel at least twice per quarter globally
  • You are a Team player with openness and a willingness to learn

Our Desired Skills Are:

  • Entrepreneurial drive with proven ability to achieve/stretch goals in an innovative and dynamic environment with shifting priorities and objectives
  • Experience working in a start-up environment or for an innovation team
  • Strong organizing and stakeholder management skills. Ability to influence at all levels, to close gaps in conflicting priorities and to align a core and broader virtual team to achieve a common goal.
  • Excellent communication skills - written, verbal and presentation

Why Cisco

At Cisco, each person brings their unique talents to work as a team and make a difference.

Yes, our technology changes the way the world works, lives, plays and learns, but our edge comes from our people.

  • We connect everything – people, process, data and things – and we use those connections to change our world for the better.
  • We innovate everywhere - From launching a new era of networking that adapts, learns and protects, to building Cisco Services that accelerate businesses and business results. Our technology powers entertainment, retail, healthcare, education and more – from Smart Cities to your everyday devices.
  • We benefit everyone - We do all of this while striving for a culture that empowers every person to be the difference, at work and in our communities.

Colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Be you, with us! #WeAreCisco


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