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Product Development Leader - Global AI Accelerator

Job Description

Date: Feb 22, 2020

Our Exciting Opportunity:


Ericsson Global AI Accelerator (GAIA) is a unit that has been set up to accelerate our AI and Machine Learning offerings. This central unit is chartered with the responsibility of building a high-end competence center that brings together a team of high-end Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Software Engineers and Machine Learning Architects towards the goal of enhancing Ericsson’s products and services portfolio with AI capabilities.

We are currently looking for a Director of Data Science and Engineering to lead one of our Global AI Accelerator units – Team Neutron. This position is based on Santa Clara, CA, USA with teams spread across Santa Clara, Montreal and India.

This position will report into the VP of Global AI Accelerator (GAIA) and be part of the unit’s leadership team, supporting, driving and leading strategic initiatives towards achieving the goals of the unit. As the head of one of the most important components of this Accelerator unit, this role has general and broad senior leadership scope with critical strategic deliverables and execution focus. This individual will also serve as a key member of the unit’s Think Tank, formulating its vision, mission, goals and driving day-to-day activities to realize them.

As a Leader, you will lead cross-geographical teams with cross functional responsibilities. You will also contribute to secure Ericsson’s technology leadership in the AI domain by way of creating differentiating assets as well as driving market leadership for our products. You will teach, coach, challenge and develop individuals, teams and organizations. You will foster a creative and learning culture.

The scope covers the complete lifecycle of feature & functionality development, from use case definition, systemization, AI/ML functionality prototyping and development to implementation in Ericsson product portfolio.


In this role, you will:

  • Outline and drive strategy for development of parts of Ericsson’s portfolio covering the complete life cycle of the development
  • Partner with stakeholders from the Business Areas, product lines and key lead customers
  • Support product management with portfolio roadmap planning and scoping of use cases and AI/ML product & services functionality
  • Support the pre-sales activities in customer meetings with presentations and workshops about AI/ML applications & functionality
  • Improve and optimize the systemization and implementation process flow for AI/ML applications
  • Work closely with the startup and academia ecosystem in Silicon Valley and other geographies to co-create assets for Ericsson and the industry
  • Interact with and engage the user community (data scientists, data engineers, software engineers)
  • Produce software assets, IPR, potentially contribute to open source, and external articles
  • Execute on designing, engineering, operating, enhancing and maintaining of capabilities
  • Contribute to due diligence of potential partners, suppliers, M&A opportunities
  • Recruit (from external and internal sources), build and develop a team of 50-55 Data Scientists, Data Engineers, ML Engineers and Domain Experts across multiple locations to achieve this objective
  • Contribute to internal and external evangelism of Ericsson capability in AI/ML area; blog posts, training, meet-ups, etc.
  • Lead and play an active role in selected GAIA projects, internal and external (open source)


To fulfill this role, you have:

  • Bachelors/Master’s in Engineering from a global reputed educational institution. MBA or equivalent Post Graduate Diploma would be an added advantage
  • Broad experience from different functional areas
  • Domain experience in telecom (Radio, Cloud, OSS, BSS, etc.) is a significant plus
  • Over 15 years of experience in Software Engineering and Product Development
  • Over 10 years of formal leadership experience and at least 5 years of experience with being on senior Leadership Teams
  • Proven track record of having delivered market-leading products and solutions
  • Familiarity and understanding of the Machine Learning and AI domain
  • Experience working with our locations (North America, Sweden, India) is a plus, experience of having worked in more than one of our locations is a huge plus
  • Experience with formulating product and technology strategies and concepts
  • Possesses sound technical knowledge across multiple domains and has excellent understanding of business matters. Ability to create plans to align technical strategies with business ambition
  • Strong ability to see the big picture and to focus on important details in a pragmatic and result oriented way with ability to challenge when needed
  • Proven ability to act at both the strategic and operational levels
  • Strong partnering skills, with the ability to work across all levels of the organization and across multiple countries, effectively collaborating with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent people management skills to attract motivate and retain talent
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience with engaging with customers (internal and external)
  • Knowledge of well-known business practices in different domains
  • Coaching & Mentoring Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Independent, self-motivated and well organized with an analytical mind
  • Demonstrably trustworthy (thru reference checks)
  • Strong sense of duty and initiative
  • Fluent spoken and written English is a mandatory requirement


DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Therefore employees assigned may be required to perform additional job tasks required by the manager.

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