Senior Director of Engineering at Viasat Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we're on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We're looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Viasat is looking for a technology leader to guide our Global Enterprise & Mobility access network and terminal product development team. This team develops and supports the fastest growing segment in Viasat across our Commercial Air, Business Aviation, Land Mobile, Maritime, Enterprise & IoT businesses.

The ideal candidate has built and led geographically distributed engineering teams developing revolutionary hard tech solutions. You will lead the engineering team to set the strategy, direction, and vision for the team. You will fully develop and manage all phases of products development from requirements decomposition through production and release.

Your ability to synthesize the business & product needs, determine development priorities for the teams, and manage the successful execution of complex development workstreams will be put to the test in this exciting role. Coupled with a successful track record leading multi-disciplined engineering teams, transformational leadership, and execution skills will place you in an awesome position to succeed in this role. You will ultimately be responsible for products that deliver a fantastic experience for our customers and contribute to a meaningful impact on service growth.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Translate corporate and segment vision into concrete, measurable engineering deliverables
  • Envision, establish, and implement a workforce structured for the achievement of product roadmaps and milestones
  • Set engineering roadmap and priorities, and efficiently run day-to-day operations by sharing clear execution plans with segment leadership
  • Drive and develop KPIs that measure the execution and performance across the development side of the business
  • Enable aggressive product completion timelines while ensuring quality targets are achieved
  • Lead, Manage and inspire leaders on the team capable of the diverse skill sets needed to span research to consumer product
  • Develop engineering talent and career ladders, establishing a high-performance culture
  • Partner closely with the leadership team, particularly Product, to ensure that Engineering is in lock-step with strategy and absolutely aligned with the Product goals
  • Collaborate with leadership across Viasat to innovate on technology and deliver on annual and multi-year development plans
  • Coordinate and collaborate with cross functional peers in operations and commercial functions
  • Partner with corporate VP of Engineering and segment leadership to achieve strategic business priorities and financial goals through engineering excellence

  • 10+ year's experience in leading distributed engineering teams with multiple streams of work and sophisticated, multi-faceted goals and delivering high quality product on time on budget.
  • Strong design engineering expertise in embedded software/hardware electronics development for building advanced communication products and services. DevOps SW experience for satellite communications a plus
  • Experience in mobile communications markets, with a preference in satellite communication-based mobility markets (specific aerospace HW/SW experience is a plus)
  • Proven experience in coordinating requirements, budgets and technology roadmaps with internal and external stakeholders who may have competing priorities to optimize business outcomes
  • Demonstrated financial acumen - make data driven roadmap decisions weighing investment and return tradeoffs yet considering qualitative factors such as segment growth strategies and user experience.
  • Transformational leadership skills - Ability to balance need to foster innovation while driving performance and efficiency improvements.
  • Proven experience leading and making decisions for build vs buy, insource vs outsourcing strategies
  • Experience operating in a CI/CD, DevOps and Agile Scrum methodology while remaining open to new innovations in development methodologies
  • Extensive experience integrating product roadmaps into engineering roadmap
  • We're looking for people who thrive on learning new technologies and don't believe in one-size-fits-all solutions
  • Strong focus on the customer and the business, coupled with a burning desire to learn, respond to feedback, and grow
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in engineering

If the Federal Executive Order for Government Contractors becomes effective, this role may require vaccination. In such instance, absent an approved accommodation based on a religious or medical reason, employees in this role will be required to be fully vaccinated no later than applicable deadlines, which are unknown at this point. Viasat will strive to give individuals as much notice as practicable if a vaccine mandate becomes applicable to this role.

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Viasat Inc. operates in the Information Technology industry. The company is located in Carlsbad, CA, Tempe, AZ, Englewood, CO, Bryan, TX and Duluth, GA. Viasat Inc. was founded in 1986. It has 5459 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 63 open jobs at Viasat Inc., click here.
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