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Title: Senior Director, Hardware Systems Engineering
Date Posted: 2017-11-11
Location: San Francisco
Fastly helps the world's most popular digital businesses keep pace with their customer expectations by delivering fast, secure, and scalable online experiences. Businesses trust Fastly to accelerate the pace of technical innovation, mitigate evolving threats, and scale on demand. Founded in 2011, Fastly powers online destinations including Airbnb, GitHub, Alaska Airlines, Pinterest, Vimeo, The Guardian, The New York Times and Ticketmaster.

The worldwide cloud services market is projected to grow rapidly to $236 billion in 2020, according to Forrester, Inc. As more and more businesses move operations to the cloud, Fastly is well positioned to continue increasing CDN, cloud networking and cloud security market share with edge cloud services that reach beyond content delivery.

We're building a better Internet. Come join us.


Come join our team responsible for building out 50 POPs and 20 Terabits per Second of global network capacity!

Fastly is looking for a Director of Hardware Systems Engineering to join our Infrastructure Team. This role is responsible for Fastly's overall hardware architecture vision, strategy, and roadmap. As Director of Hardware Systems Engineering you will be required to recruit, hire, and retain a top notch, globally distributed team of datacenter, system, and network architects plus test lab engineers. Collecting requirements from teams at Fastly, developing architectures, and translating to detail design documents is required. Additionally, Expect that your team will be presented with unreleased hardware for testing, evaluation, and integration into our stack. Know in advance that there will be many unknowns, most often a lack of documentation and drivers, but that is OK because such situations excite you. In this role, you will be expected to latch onto complex problems and drive the team towards success.

Your team of architects are people who are comfortable laying out a datacenter, building up rack elevations, and know the three-phase power equation. They are comfortable picking the right Intel Scalable Xeon Processor to replace the current line of E5-2697v4s in use today. And they will ruthlessly reason about DIMM power density and heat output versus cooling fan velocity. They will aggressively complain about poor NIC driver implementations and then make suggestions on how to improve them. They will debate the merits of using CDWM passive multiplexing systems for short haul 10GE extensions over the aggregation services into 100GE circuits because colored lasers are neat. Each can design an IP network, but will also seek out input from other experts.

You are responsible for organizing cross functional hardware projects at Fastly because we all know high performing hardware needs deep software integration. You'll integrate with leaders in our kernel, driver, and caching teams to help ensure efficient use of our hardware. As Director you will bring harmony to the chaos of the hardware supply chain. You'll work to ensure seamless technical integrations with Fastly's stack while ensuring upstream availability of goods from manufacturers. You should have a mind for the business details so that you know when you are paying too much for NAND.


- Recruits, retains, and manages globally distributed infrastructure architects and hardware systems engineers.
- Develops and iterates on system hardware strategies to optimize for performance and cost.
- Engages with key supply chain partners to understand roadmaps, future product release, and long term strategic benefits to Fastly.
- Works with business functions (finance, legal, and compliance) to ensure objectives on budget, risk, and compliance are adhered to and met.


- Prior leadership experience in engineering, systems, and/or IT.
- 5+ years of direct experience designing large server environments.


- B.S. level credentials in Engineering and/or Computer Science.
- Must be a capable leader with experience in running distributed teams.
- Must be a strong communicator, verbally and in documentation.
- Capable of designing metrics, iterating on measurement, and driving change.
- Comfortable with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, bonus for any of SQL, R, Python.

Fastly provides equal employment opportunity without regard to an applicant's race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, religion, marital status or veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Fastly. Please inform us if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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