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Data Direct Networks Program Manager in Colorado Springs, Colorado

DataDirect Networks ( is a world leader in massively scalable storage. We are the leading provider of data storage and processing solutions and professional services that enable content-rich and high-growth IT environments to achieve the highest levels of systems scalability, efficiency and simplicity. DDN enables enterprises to extract value and deliver results from their information. Our customers include the world's leading online content and social networking providers, high performance cloud and grid computing, life sciences, media production organizations and security & intelligence organizations.

Data Direct Networks is rapidly expanding its engineering team and is looking for an energetic and talented individual to drive multiple software programs in our product portfolio, namely our SFA OS, GRIDScaler, and EXAScaler products. The position will be in the program management organization reporting to the Director of Engineering.

Out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to work independently on numerous activities and prioritize them properly while meeting deadlines are a must. The ideal candidate must be results-driven, comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to make quick reasoned decisions focused on implementing practical, timely solutions.

Responsibilities and skills:

  • Must have a proven track of program leadership and Hardware development. Prior experience as an R&D Program Manager is a plus.

  • Experienced in managing HW vendor relationships and driving the vendor HW release schedules.

  • Be able to work closely with all teams and successfully integrate yourself in the cross functional fabric of DDN. Be able to communicate with extreme clarity and focus, document all options, plans and trends both from a technology and business foundation. The successful candidate will already have experience in being part of a large engineering team (lead preferred).

  • MUST BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY, orally and written, with management, engineering, contractors, vendors and various departments

  • Coordinate and manage the release planning process including resources, priorities, and contents through multiple iterations to define the release contents

  • Define and track tasks, dependencies, priorities, milestones, deliverables, and risks. Surface and resolve issues, and escalate unresolved issues to executive management

  • Navigate within the software and hardware organizations to understand progress on projects.

  • Create weekly status reports and conducting weekly status meetings.

  • Track project costs including labor, material costs, tools, and third-party costs.

  • Must have a high-level sense of ownership.

  • Team building, helping hire talented individuals and promoting collaborative environment.


  • At least 5+ Years Project or Program Management experience, preferably in a software product development company

  • While an engineering degree is not required, a BS Computer Science or Electrical Engineering is a plus.

  • Preferred Storage Industry with a strong understanding of the overall storage ecosystem and the storage-related hardware.

  • Business acumen to ensure team focuses on appropriate business needs.

  • Thorough understanding of hardware/software engineering processes.

DDN has a very strong orientation towards these 4 characteristics and any successful employee will demonstrate these capabilities:

Self-Starter - Takes independent action to identify and solve problems. Seeks out relevant information needed to make decisions. Gets involved with new initiatives.

Success/Achievement Orientation - Delivers quality results consistently. Targets, achieves (or exceeds) measurable results. Sets challenging goals, focuses on critical priorities, and is accountable.

Problem Solving - Recognizes problems and responds with a systematic assessment that identifies and addresses cause of issue. Practical, realistic, and resourceful.

Innovative - Builds and improves key business processes that enhance the effectiveness of DDN. Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, and solves problems creatively.

DataDirect Networks, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, sex stereotyping, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

ID: 2020-2722

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Street: 9960 Federal Dr