Dell Unstructured Data Storage - Software Engineering Manager in Hopkinton, Massachusetts


Location: Hopkinton, MA

Competitive salary

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The Unstructured Data Storage Division of DELL EMC is seeking a talented and experienced Engineering Manager to join their leadership team.

What is Isilon Engineering?

Our teams build the network interfaces our customers use to access their data, enterprise-level services to it, and the platform to persistently store it. We create extensible modern file system and data services, including journaling, quotas, snapshots and replication, while delivering future capabilities for new workloads such as Hadoop as well as scaling existing NAS workloads to huge levels and with non-disruptive operations to keep businesses running 24x7x365. Our identity management technologies ensure that we can work in almost any environment and provide our customers with seamless integration to both directory services and storage protocols.

What is happening in Isilon Engineering?

Our customers have grown to expect success from Isilon, and now they want more – more scale, more storage, more uptime, more performance, and more workloads – all to enable their business.

How do you build the Data Lake of tomorrow? How do you integrate file and big data access without compromising the fidelity of the client protocols and APIs? How do you actively balance new and existing client requests across an entire cluster to provide the highest level of service? How do you build a single pool of storage that can meet all of the storage needs of a business? These are the questions we answer daily, and to provide the solutions as quickly as possible, we are pursuing new ways accelerate the rate at which we can deliver value to our customers.

If software is eating the world, applications are ruling the world. Our solutions integrate the OneFS infrastructure with the application ecosystems built on top of it.

How do we do our work?

We create a pipeline of work based on input from our customers, internal engineering needs, our product managers, and our strategic bets. Our organization is “multi-threaded” in how we manage our engineering capacity and the throughput at which we deliver. We aim to run a

Lean organization to build the right things the right way at the right time.

What technologies do we use and build?

We strive to use the best tool for the job at hand. We build our core infrastructure and network code in a combination of C and C++ with control functions leveraging the flexibility and rapid development provided by Python. We use git as our source control system and leverage GitHub Enterprise based workflows for building and testing our code in a continuous integration model. Creating internal clusters for testing and development is smooth and easy using our automated builds and virtual deployments.


As an Engineering Manager, you will be able to leverage both your leadership and management skills as well as your technical expertise every day. The Isilon Engineering organization is critical to Dell EMC’s Data Lake solutions. You will guide a development team to drive product features from initial requirements to final, on-time completion in Isilon’s OneFS product releases. Your experience in leading a team of highly capable engineers, delivering according to plan, and setting the strategic direction for core platform infrastructure will help us create industry leading products for Isilon within Dell EMC.


  • Lead a software engineering team to develop and validate software solutions on Isilon’s OneFS platform to enhance our customer’s ability to manage multiple petabytes of data.

  • Demonstrated experience attracting, developing, and retaining professional talent within a highly competent team of software engineers.

  • Vet architectural and design decisions within your area of core competency and advise other teams in cross functional technical decisions.

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills across multiple teams enabling engineers to obtain accurate requirements, derive detailed designs, and produce high quality implementations.

  • Solve complex technical problems that deal with high scale, concurrency, and performance.

  • Contribute to the culture of quality throughout our broader engineering organization.

  • Possess a strong aptitude exploring new technologies and understanding how to apply them to new product releases and in customer facing support scenarios.


  • BS in Computer Science or related technical field, and 10+ years industry experience with network protocols, UNIX/Linux systems software development, file systems, or related field. At least 2+ years is expected to have been in a development management role.

  • Ability to hire, build, and exercise performance management of software engineering teams.

  • Ability to lead a software engineering team through the software development lifecycle (feedback driven models and agile processes preferred).

  • Experience working on multiple product release cycles.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills in conjunction with an executive level presence that lends itself to managing both technical & senior level personnel both internally and externally to the Engineering organization.

  • Experience working with remote teams across the globe.

  • Experience in the development of large scale system software.


  • An understanding of the UNIX operating environment including system configuration, memory management, system calls, and multiplexed I/O.

  • Experience with network analysis tools (e.g. Message Analyzer, Network Monitor, Wireshark, tcpdump).

  • Knowledge of directory service protocols (e.g. Active Directory, LDAP, NIS) and authentication protocols (e.g. SSPI/GSS-API, NTLMSSP, Kerberos, OAuth) is a plus.

  • UNIX and Microsoft access control models and interoperability challenges is desired.

  • Knowledge of kernel and user mode technologies.

  • Understanding of distributed file systems or network file protocols such as SMB or NFS, or experience in data communication protocols is strongly desired.

What kind of leader enjoys working in Isilon Engineering the most?

Our best leaders demonstrate Dell’s #CultureCode (Customers, Winning Together, Innovation, Results, Integrity) on a daily basis and guide their organization to exhibit these same characteristics. Our engineering teams work in highly collaborative manners. We esteem developers that can help us ship product, are eager to learn and are willing to share that new knowledge with peers. We listen to our customers and help them solve the problems that are ahead. If you enjoy the challenge of building a great organization that delivers the best products and opportunities for your customers and your employees, Isilon is the place for you.

About Isilon

DELL EMC Isilon is the leader in scale-out storage systems. Our clustered storage and data management solutions drive unique business and economic value for customers by maximizing the performance of their mission-critical applications, workflows, and processes. Isilon enables enterprises and research organizations worldwide to manage massive and rapidly growing amounts of file-based data in a highly-scalable, easy-to-manage, and cost-effective way. We’re in the business of transforming the way data is stored. At the forefront of the big data movement, our highly parallelized, distributed architecture has completely redefined the storage model.

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