Senior Director - Software Engineering - LS/SWIFT

Kla-tencor Milpitas, CA
Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we? We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us. The future is calling. Will you answer?


With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA-Tencor to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA-Tencor's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA-Tencor's metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers.

The LS-SWIFT Division of KLA-Tencor's Global Products Group provides patterned wafer inspection systems for high-volume semiconductor manufacturing. Its mission is to deliver market-leading cost of ownership in defect detection for a broad range of applications in the production of semiconductors. Customers from the foundry, logic, memory, automotive, MEMS, advanced packaging and other markets rely upon high-sample wafer inspection information generated by LS-SWIFT products.

LS (Laser Scanning) systems enable cost-effective patterned wafer defect detection for the industry's most sophisticated process technologies deployed in leading-edge foundry, logic, DRAM, and NAND fabs. SWIFT (Simultaneous Wafer Inspection at Fast Throughput) systems deliver all-wafer-surface (frontside, backside, and edge) macro inspection that is critical for automotive IC, MEMS, and advanced packaging processes as well as foundry/logic and memory fabs.

LS-SWIFT operates from a global footprint that includes the US, Singapore, India and Germany, and serves a worldwide customer base across Asia, Europe and North America.


We are looking for a seasoned engineering leader for leading a 100+ software engineering organization in a dynamic, fast paced technology environment. The successful candidate will have a proven track record building platforms and scaling engineering performance while executing critical software programs.

Working cross functionally in a matrixed organization, you will apply keen technical understanding, appreciation for simplicity and quality, systems thinking, and a bit of elbow grease to create solutions for semi-conductor wafer inspection products. He/she must be an excellent leader with a passion for developing high performance teams that thrive on exceeding customer expectations.


* Build and Lead a high performing engineering organization with a strong leadership bench

* Lead a talented and globally distributed software engineering team in execution of a broad portfolio of products

* Collaborate with customers, internal stakeholders, and other R&D teams/business functions to develop and implement a cohesive and impactful software product strategy

* Drive the technical direction of the platform and applications

* Provide thought leadership around transformational business opportunities

* Support technical innovation and lead the creation, continual refinement, and active enforcement of our development standards to ensure that our technology can be leveraged as a sustainable competitive advantage

* Provide leadership to software development managers, addressing technical, resource and personnel issues.

* Participate in staff recruitment, performance assessments, training, and career development. Provide mentoring to senior staff.

Preferred Qualifications

* 12+ years of experience in increasing levels of responsibility managing applications development, solution design and delivery, and process improvement.

* Ability to define vision for software group and develop a strategy to achieve business goals

* Ability to work effectively and achieve results across functional areas in a work environment with a high rate of change

* Broad understanding of various hardware product development technologies and trends; developer preferences and challenges required

* Experience with a variety of software development languages such as Java, JavaScript, C#, and Python

* Experience developing, delivering, deploying and maintaining software products in a IP sensitive environment preferred.

* Extensive experience developing software products both in a Phase Gated Product Development process as well as modern Agile execution and administration methodologies such as Scrum required

* Ability to establish strong personal connections, foster relationships, cultivate and inspire a team

* Excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with other teams across the organization.

* Experience developing long term customer relationships with customers/users to understand key requirements, use cases, and needs.

* Must be committed to ensuring excellence and success of our offshore development centers

* Strong management and analytical skills

* Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills

* Experience managing a software organization of 40+ people.

* Knowledge of the semiconductor industry, particularly use of wafer inspection as a means of process monitoring preferred

Minimum Qualifications

* Doctorate (Academic) with at least 12 years of experience OR

* Master's Level Degree with at least 14 years of experience OR

* Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 15 years of experience

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.