Product Line Architect

Ciena   •  

San Jose, CA

Industry: Telecommunications


5 - 7 years

Posted 159 days ago

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Ciena may well be the most important technology company you’ve never heard of. The innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile-stream your favorite show) are the products of ingenuity from some brilliant and forward-thinking companies. But those companies rely on Ciena, another vanguard of innovation, to create and advance the underlying networks that bring their breakthroughs to our doorsteps. VR, AI, IOT, 5G … literally none of it would be possible without the mind-boggling technology that makes the internet itself work. For more than 25 years, Ciena has been the global leader in networking strategy, and our technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies in the world.

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We’re looking for a talented and motivated IP/MPLS expert to join a small, energetic team of packet networking architects in clarifying customer use cases and providing requirements leadership to development teams.

A successful candidate must be able to work with product management, sales account teams, and customers to both understand their use cases and market requirements and to guide the customer to solutions which most effectively utilize Ciena’s capabilities. The candidate must also be able to author requirements which articulate to engineering general market needs as well as specific customer requirements. The candidate must be able to facilitate pragmatic coordination between engineering teams and product management on roadmaps, requirements details, and specific deployment challenges.


  • Provide leadership as key product line architect for Routing and IP/MPLS capabilities
  • Participate in product definition and architecture, and support engineering in delivering product.
  • Work closely with key customers to develop solutions that address their immediate and future needs.
  • Be a subject matter expert, keeping abreast of industry trends and innovations, and use that expertise to guide product managers and senior management team.
  • Deliver detailed functional requirements and influence technical designs for packet switching software architectures and network management.
  • Work with Product Line Management team to assess strategic market directions and customer requirements
  • Present Ciena solutions to a variety of internal and external audiences, including senior management and technical/operational leads


  • 6+ Years of relevant experience in senior roles in software/systems engineering and/or technical product management.
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in telecommunications, computer science or a related discipline
  • Product design and delivery experience with Routers and/or MPLS switches designed for Service Provider deployments
  • Experience in documenting customer use cases and technical requirements


Rewarding experience. Meaningful outcomes.

Making a difference in people's lives through design and implementation of leading network technologies. That's what motivates us.

A distinct way to work

Free thinking, free discussion, and collaboration are the norm. Expect more satisfying outcomes - both personal and professional.

Ciena values the diversity of our workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.

Ciena is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific needs / accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to any specific needs / accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

What you can expect from us

  • You will receive notification of your successful application
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussion
  • If suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process