Director, Customer Validation - System Integration - #100082

Western Digital

Date: 04/19/2022 18:00 PM

City: Rochester, Minnesota

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

The Western Digital System Integration and Test (SIT) Lab, located in Rochester, MN, is seeking a Director of Customer Validation - System Integration to join our team.  The ideal candidate will have direct experience with managing an organization of multiple validation teams with a background in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and/or Solid State Drive (SSD) system integration testing for Enterprise class products.


  • Lead the customer validation organization within the SIT Lab to higher level of customer satisfaction by meeting customer expectations and commitments to the business through continuous improvement of organizational processes and operational excellence
  • Develop and implement plans and objectives for the organization focused on meeting customer expectations
  • Oversee and coordinate daily operations while maintaining compliance with internal policies
  • Provide clarity and direction to the overall team on organizational goals.
  • Assess and report progress on meeting objectives including preparation to present to large organization and executives
  • Oversee organization staffing and resource needs based on upcoming roadmaps and customer engagement including needs of the organization (training, skill gaps, etc.)
  • Participate in budget development and monitoring of expenses
  • Work closely with customers and customer facing teams (Customer Technical Support, Customer Quality Management, and Marketing) to understand customer expectations for upcoming products.  Capture insights and share internally
  • Evaluate and assess product readiness against customer requirements and represent the customer in new product development
  • Partner with customer through joint qualification of our Enterprise products to accelerate time to market and provide field issue support
  • Work with direct management chain on near-term and long-term strategic goals
  • Provide periodic communication to the team and management to ensure organizational alignment
  • Implement key initiatives to ensure operational excellence
  • Work closely with the overall SIT Lab team to deliver on program commitments
  • Build sense of trust with department members & with external organizational interfaces by providing useful feedback on a regular basis
  • Enable an environment where healthy conflict is acceptable to ensure all ideas are brought forward
  • Hold stakeholders, internal & external, accountable to commitments - Work across organizational boundaries to ensure actions & processes are in the best interest of the company
  • Assist in the development of employees toward their career goals consistent with business imperatives



  • MS in Electrical / Computer Engineering or Computer Science
  • 8+ years of leading and managing a large teams required
  • 3+ years experience with customer management and MBA preferred
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams in realizing organizational objectives
  • Experience with financial and resource planning and forecasting


  • Strong organizational leadership and communication skills at 1:1 & large group levels
  • Ability to foster strong customer relationships
  • Organizational and systems thinking skills to recognize when change is required to improve efficiency & clarity
  • A willingness to work to consensus without impacting business & personal principles
  • Technical & business skills to enable quick organizational decision making
  • An understanding of customer validation to ensure the correct priority calls are made
  • Strategic thinking to ensure long-term success of the team

Additional Information

Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.



Compensation & Benefits Details

  • An employee’s pay position within the salary range may be based on several factors including but not limited to (1) relevant education; qualifications; certifications; and experience; (2) skills, ability, knowledge of the job; (3) performance, contribution and results; (4) geographic location; (5) shift; (6) internal and external equity; and (7) business and organizational needs.
  • The salary range is what we believe to be the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado or remote jobs that can be performed in Colorado.  This range may be modified in the future.
  • You will also be eligible to participate in Western Digital's Short-Term Incentive (STI) Plan and to receive equity awards under our annual Long-Term Incentive (LTI) program, which consists of restricted stock units (RSUs), pursuant to the terms of these programs.  RSU awards are also available to eligible new hires, subject to Western Digital’s Standard Terms and Conditions for Restricted Stock Unit Awards.
  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid vacation time; paid sick leave; medical/dental/vision insurance; life, accident and disability insurance; tax-advantaged flexible spending and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; other voluntary benefit programs such as supplemental life and AD&D, legal plan, pet insurance, critical illness, accident and hospital indemnity; tuition reimbursement; transit; the Virgin Pulse Program; the Applause Program, employee stock purchase plan, and the Western Digital Savings 401(k) Plan.
  • Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

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