What if you could get to know the hiring managers at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with our Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who help bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.
This week meet Director of Engineering, Business IT Applications, Zehava Vardy. Zehava, who recently joined VMware, has been tasked with scaling the subscription billing teams. She is leading a SaaS (software as a Service) hiring initiative to find top engineering talent to join the team. Read on to get to know Zehava.
Palo Alto, California
VMware Careers: Zehava, tell us about your career journey to date?
Zehava: I have been working in established high-tech companies for the last twenty years, directing engineering teams and delivering enterprise and cloud products to customers. I started out my career as a Software Engineer in Israel with a company called NICE Systems. I later became an Engineering Manager there before eventually being promoted to Director.
When I came to the United States, I joined a tech company called Data Domain in Santa Clara. My role here was to lead the platform software and infrastructure for their main backup and recovery product. EMC acquired Data Domain and soon after that I joined Pivotal (a spin-off from EMC) to build the big data analytics appliance. The main focus was on building big data and cloud products, and I was leading a global team operating in four countries with fifty or so people on my team. I recently joined VMware to lead the engineering delivery for the SaaS (Software as a Service) billing and I’m very excited about our charter.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company that you have worked for?
Zehava: The main things that spring to mind are, the great people I work with, they are all forward-thinking, solution-oriented folks. There is also great opportunity to influence across the board – there is a culture of openness here. I admire the ethical values of the culture and I feel lucky to work at VMware’s beautiful campus in Palo Alto.
VMware Careers: What has been your biggest learning in your career to date?
Zehava: “There are no mistakes, only lessons” – Believe in the power of failure, it’s the best way to learn. Just remember to learn from your mistakes and don’t repeat them!
VMware Careers: You are hiring for an exciting new team at VMware – IT Business Applications. What will this team be responsible for building?
Zehava: The VMware R&D, IT, and Emerging Technologies group is building out VMware’s subscription billing platform to support VMware’s SaaS product offerings. Our organization supports the VMware R&D function with platforms and systems capabilities. In addition to this work, we are transforming our software delivery practices to bring in greater agility. We value innovation and empower our employees to do their best work and to grow their careers at VMware .
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to an interview with you tomorrow, what advice would you offer them to impress you?
Zehava: Know what you do and do not stand for! It gives you clarity. For me, one of the most important traits that I look for in a candidate is passion for the work that they do and that they enjoy themselves and have fun along the way!
You’ve heard what it takes. If you believe that you have what Zehava is looking for apply for a one of the open roles on the Business Application Engineering Team today.
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