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Director of Product Planning - Fabric-Connected SSD

Location: San Jose, California
Job Category: Product Planning

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Samsung is seeking a Director of Storage Pathfinding to guide product planning and ecosystem development for our workload-optimized SSD products, including Ethernet SSD, SmartSSD™, and SSD products having specialized firmware or memory whether with or without embedded accelerators or fabrics.

Reporting to our Vice President of Storage Pathfinding, the ideal candidate for this role will be able to (1) work with our customers and potential end users and developers to gather requirements and drive PRDs, (2) systematically engage and grow ecosystem partners to ensure timely availability of supporting technologies at New Product Introduction, (3) Program Manage PoC and qualification of SSD products with OEM and Hyperscale customers alike, and (4) finally, periodically sense and report on architecture and workload trends of SSDs in order to guide and influence the company’s N+2 roadmap.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define and deliver Product Requirements for SSD technologies under development or consideration. Provide justification, define use cases and answer engineering questions about requirements, identify and communicate value propositions including TCO calculations and note alignments or risks vis-à-vis customer strategies/plans.
  • Deliver customer qualification and mapping intelligence such as critical success factors for PoC and production deployments.
  • Identify key stakeholders, processes, and timeframes in key accounts, focusing on product/service intercepts.
  • Identify other value propositions and limitations beyond specific performance benefits such as speedup.
  • Communicate internally on a regular basis reporting both program status, meeting outcomes, results of internal and external discussions, and any sensing information.
  • Prospect storage trends and summarize emerging product & technology topics.
  • Request information aggressively, review and ask questions (digging below the surface), and provide detailed responses when asked.

Skills Desired

  • Prior work experience and relationships with advanced technology groups and architects at hyperscaler companies and storage/server OEMs.
  • Managing samples and quals with customers and ecosystem development partners.
  • Prior work with standards bodies developing form factors, connector or electro-mechanical specifications.
  • Experience providing requirements to SSD firmware, controller, and architecture teams, and driving Technology PoCs with partners and customers.
  • Prior experience with NVMeOF target at system or device level.
  • Experience with any of the discrete or embedded fabric IPs covering network layer, transport, RDMA, security and manageability.
  • Experience with NVMe or SNIA standards working group at observer level.
  • Practical experience or course certifications in Data Center Fabrics, Edge issues such as rack space, chassis and rack level power and cooling, and WAN connectivity.
  • Hands-on knowledge of System Hardware I/O Interfaces and their protocols (PCIe, CXL, Gen-Z, Ethernet, etc.)
  • Awareness of host-side Storage and Networking stacks.
  • Awareness of virtualization (stateful containers) and security activities at industry level (TCG, Cerberus, OpenTitan).
  • Experience working with TAM/SAM data and building market forecasts from bottom up.
  • JIRA skills or project/program management certifications.
  • Excellent business communication skills (presentation and oral communication, as well as written communication).

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Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI), an equal opportunity employer, is a world leader in Memory, System LSI, and LCD technologies. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SSI is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.- the second largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and the industry's volume and technology leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SSDs, mobile DRAM and graphics memory. It is one of the largest providers of system logic, imaging and LED lighting solutions, as well as providing advanced process design and manufacturing for fables companies. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. also has a research and innovation center with numerous labs providing product design and research in logic, memory, image sensors, displays, and mobile technologies. In addition, the company supports Samsung Display Company, the largest producer of LCD and OLED displays.

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