Cisco Director, Sales & Partner Events in San Jose, California

Director, Sales & Partner Events

  • Location: San Jose, California, US

  • Additional Location(s) San Jose or Bay area only

  • Area of Interest Marketing and Communications

  • Job Type Professional

  • Technology Interest *None

  • Job Id 1242005

Who We Are

The Global Events team leads the development, planning, and successful execution of state of the art employee, partner, customer, and industry events for Cisco.

We value teamwork, creativity, learning, relationships, and flawless execution. We are project and program managers, communicators, storytellers, dreamers, and doers. Above all, we live to deliver an experience that inspires, educates and deepens meaningful engagement with Cisco.

We are looking for a strategic events leader to join the team responsible for producing high quality, large-scale, global events.

What You’ll Do

Working closely with our Vice President of Global Events, you will lead the production and delivery of multiple large-scale Sales and Partner events from beginning to end, including event strategy, experience design, production planning, event delivery, measurements, and executive reporting.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with VP, Chief of Staff, Event Program Leads, Sales, Marketing and other stakeholders to shape sales and partner events strategy

  • Drive event innovation, focusing on engagement opportunities and digital expression.

  • Ensure program messaging aligns to strategic priorities and is reflected throughout content elements

  • Develop and deliver program reviews with Executive Leadership Team members

  • Provide expertise to program teams and business partners on industry trends, market trends, competitive intelligence, technology, and experience innovation; make recommendations, establish goals, clarify expectations, and monitor performance.

  • Ensure clear collaboration and communication across teams and timely identification of opportunities

  • Establish program team operating model requirements; partner with Business Operations team on budgets, hiring, retention and talent development

  • Oversee the development and management of a multi-million dollar budget

  • Lead on-site coordination, execution and support for internal teams and external business partners

  • Manage scope, relationship and deliverables across a large number of business partners (vendors)

  • Partner with Measurements Team on reporting event effectiveness, including leads and other metrics.

Who You Are

You are an experienced event program lead with strong proficiency in all areas of production inclusive of the planning and execution of large-scale live events.

You will need to have a solid background within the event sector including pre-production, timeline and budget management, and on site delivery in complex multi-day events. You enjoy working in a fast-paced, global organization and bring sharp business acumen to the role.

  • Results Driven. You are resilient, optimistic, and passionate about our business results while never compromising customer, partner, and team relationships.

  • Goal Oriented. You are skilled at understanding and proposing high-level goals and visualizing how best to execute processes to achieve those objectives.

  • A Natural Leader. You have a competitive spirit and a desire to win. You will take ownership of objectives and results, with having uncompromising ethical standards.

  • Highly Organized. You know how to juggle multiple requests, stay calm under pressure, prioritize, and then methodically fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

  • A Multi-Tasker. You know how to put out fires and have a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. You plan for challenges but expect the best.

  • Trustworthy. You commit to earning our team’s trust every single day through your actions and transparency. You build a solid network at all levels of the company, including the office of the CEO.

  • Candid. You communicate broadly and often, providing clear purpose, direction, goals, and measures.

  • A Great Listener. You seek to understand different opinions and allow them to influence the direction.

  • A Career Champion. You attract, develop and retain high performers. You invest in your team’s growth and development.

  • A Chameleon. You love working across boundaries and have the ability to work with multiple teams in complex business engagements to create winning solutions for our audiences… all in a single day.


  • 10+ years’ experience in direct event production on large-scale, high-price/high-quality events

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

  • In-depth experience in event strategy and planning, and budget and timeline management.

  • Strong program management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, team members, and events at a time

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the knowledge to do project estimates and resourcing, and the discipline to uphold and manage them. Ability to hold internal and external teams accountable to deliverables according to production timeline and program objectives.

  • Experience with building and mentoring both direct and indirect teams; experience running large and complex vendor relationships

  • Exceptional design sensibility and ability to give clear, concise creative direction.

  • Flexible with traveling to multiple events within a year.

Why Cisco

At Cisco, each person brings their unique talents to work as a team and make a difference. Yes, our technology changes the way the world works, lives, plays and learns, but our edge comes from our people.

  • We connect everything – people, process, data and things – and we use those connections to change our world for the better.

  • We innovate everywhere - From launching a new era of networking that adapts, learns and protects, to building Cisco Services that accelerate businesses and business results. Our technology powers entertainment, retail, healthcare, education and more – from Smart Cities to your everyday devices.

  • We benefit everyone - We do all of this while striving for a culture that empowers every person to be the difference, at work and in our communities.

Colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Be you, with us!


Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.