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Chief Information Officer

San Jose, CA, United States
Nov 15, 2019


Job Description


At Xilinx, we are leading the industry transformation to build an adaptable, intelligent world. ARE YOU bold, collaborative, and creative? At Xilinx, we hire and develop leaders and innovators who want to revolutionize the world of technology. We believe that by embracing diverse ideas, pushing boundaries, and working together as ONEXILINX, anything is possible.

Our culture of innovation began with the invention of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and with the 2018 introduction of our Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP), has made a quantum leap in capability, solidifying our role as the adaptable platform supplier of choice. From the start, we have always believed in providing inventors with products and platforms that are infinitely adaptable. From self-driving cars, to world-record genome processing, to AI and big data, to the world's first 5G networks, we empower the world's builders and visionaries whose ideas solve every day problems and enhance people's lives.

If you are PASSIONATE, ADAPTABLE, and INNOVATIVE, Xilinx is the right place for you! At Xilinx we care deeply about creating meaningful development experiences while building a strong sense of belonging and connection. We foster an environment of empowered learning, wellness, community engagement, and recognition, so you can focus on work that matters - world class technology that improves the way we live and work. We are ONEXILINX.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for executing a world-class technical enablement and information technology strategy in support of the Xilinx mission to “Build an Adaptable, Intelligent World.”

The CIO will possess broad IT knowledge, expertise in corporate technology and systems, and a sophisticated approach to process automation, cyber threats, internal controls, and cutting-edge technology. This position reports directly to the CEO and oversees all aspects of IT, including:

  • Differentiating the business through products and capabilities
  • Building and maintaining infrastructure
  • Enforcing cyber security
  • Optimizing workforce productivity
Key Responsibilities
  • Partner with business and engineering leaders to establish differentiated business products and capabilities
  • Drive automation through methodical changes to process and systems; seek ways to improve productivity and efficiency by leveraging cloud-based tools and technologies while maintaining business continuity
  • Drive information security, as standard business practice, into the company culture
  • Proactively identify security issues and potential threats; build processes and an information security system that addresses technology safety risks (including specifically how it impacts the semiconductor industry) to identify and protect against issues
  • Develop company infrastructure focused on: engineering operations, desktop support, workforce productivity, and corporate/cyber security
  • Partner cross-functionally on disaster recovery planning and risk mitigation; ensure the company is meeting all governance, regulatory, and compliance standards at the highest level
  • Manage and deploy complex systems to sites around the world
  • Build global support model to serve international workforce as well as partner closely with cross-organization leaders in Facilities, Human Resources, Finance, and Legal
  • Lead global IT organization with 250+ employees; promote culture of high performance and continuous improvement that effectively supports the Xilinx mission, strategy, and values Includes building and mentoring a small team of security engineers
Success Factors
  • Passionate about innovation and transformation, as well as a drive for cutting-edge systems as a workforce productivity differentiator; should embrace the need to move fast in adopting new ways of working while maintaining the highest security/stability levels
  • Highly-knowledgeable and experienced in a cloud- and mobile-centric world Experienced in re-architecting business process to increase ROI and work efficiency (track record of driving automation)
  • Ability to build an agile, flexible, innovative mindset and provide a vision that will inspire the IT workforce to do their best
  • Knowledgeable about the latest workplace productivity and collaboration tools, storage, digital transformation, impact analysis, governance, regulatory, and compliance standards
  • Experience managing cyber security in highly secure engineering environments, including in support of Aerospace & Defense
  • Experience in deploying large scale systems across a global organization
  • Fast and continuous learner with passion for building world-class teams and best in-class processes/practices to deliver consistently excellent results
  • Able to make decisions based on clear and creative thinking, data analysis, and experience
  • M&A integration experience with large public and/or private companies
  • Exemplifies and cultivates Xilinx culture of excellence, collaboration, and accountability; actively seeks and embraces great ideas from any source; open to challenges of ideas and proposals
  • Networks effectively in multiple disciplines and industries, and with thought leaders
  • Strong personal and professional commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce; demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and groups representing numerous perspectives and interests
  • Evaluate processes and resource investments and develop plan to maximize IT performance
  • Inventory tools and benchmark against industry trends/best-in-class
  • Support the implementation of new HRMS, Salesforce, Slack, and Simpplr
  • Stakeholder listening tour and align organization to better enable/accelerate business performance

First 6 months Mission-Critical Objectives

  • Evaluate processes and resource investments and develop plan to maximize IT performance
  • Inventory tools and benchmark against industry trends/best-in-class
  • Support the implementation of new HRMS, Salesforce, Slack, and Simpplr
  • Stakeholder listening tour and align organization to better enable/accelerate business performance

Minimum Experience

• 15-20 years of IT experience, with at least 10 years at large public technology 

   company with greater than $1B revenue

• Deployed large scale systems in key geographical locations such as the U.S.,

  China, India, and EMEA; track record of successfully expanding location


• Defined, executed, and successfully operationalized systems, processes,

  practices, and tools; not limited to basic deployments

• Experience in strategic and operational planning, as well as establishing

  executive level relationships

• Familiar with industry security standards, as well as current data privacy

  regulations, including GDPR and global/regional standards; experience with

  audits and remediation planning 

• Acquisition experience of multiple private small- and medium-size businesses

  and public company a plus


Location: San Jose (HQ) based; approximately 20-30 percent travel to all regions


Education Requirement: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, computer/systems engineering or relevant sciences