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VP, Global Data Center Design


VP, Global Data Center Design

  • JR-121795
  • Amsterdam
  • Tampa
  • Chicago
  • Frisco
  • Ashburn
  • Executive Management
  • Full time
VP, Global Data Center Design

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 200+ data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed.

We are a fast-growing global company with 70+ consecutive quarters of growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of nearly 10,000 companies, including 1,800+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers in over 26 countries spanning five continents.  

A career at Equinix means you will collaborate on work that impacts the world and be surrounded by endless opportunities to learn new skills and grow in varied directions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success. 

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Global Design and Construction (GDC) and is part of a core Global Design and Construction (GDC) leadership team.  This is a key, senior role in the GDC function driving strategy, policy, leadership, and direction for design of all Data Center expansion projects.  Equally, it focuses on continuous improvement and innovation in design, always ensuring industry best-in-class and sustainable solutions for customers.

Overall Strategy and Leadership

  • Set and optimize end to end design strategy, structure, and process for all projects globally.

  • Analyze and direct the application of emerging industry best practices, tools, and methods to enhance product design solutions, working closely with internal stakeholders and stakeholders.

  • Lead, structure, and develop a best-in-class team and process for design execution and innovation globally.

  • Shape a collaborative, transparent, and entrepreneurial culture, in tandem with the corporate leadership team.

  • Lead and motivate diverse teams around shared vision and change story in line with aggressive growth prospects.

  • Guide & sustain global company Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.


  •  Design decision-maker for D&C globally.  Leads the formulation of standards and best practices for the design of all Equinix data centers – Retail and Hyperscale product sets.

  • Leads and manages Innovation & Development, Master Planning/Concept Design, Standards and Technical Review teams and efforts globally.

  • Leads regional design teams to adopt and accommodate standards and best practices for design.

  • Collaborates with construction and procurement teams to effectively procure, install, and commission design solutions.

  • Collaborates with operations teams to ensure design standards and best practices with their requirements.

  • Nurtures regional design teams and the supporting supply chain on Equinix design standards and best practices.

  • Develops a roadmap for innovation, investigation of new products and services, and how they will be assimilated into standards.

  • Evangelizes Equinix’s designs and core design philosophies such as reliability, safety, sustainability, and cost-efficiency with internal and external customers and suppliers.

  • Develops and maintains support tools for the Design function globally.

  • Provides master planning/concept designs as part of Equinix’s investment planning, review, and approval process.

  • Oversees detailed technical review process with regional design leads to assure that project designs meet the global design standards and business case requirements.    Opines on proposed deviations to the standards or the requirements.

  • Leads the productization effort for all Major Capital Equipment (MCE) incorporated in design solutions, working closely with the MCE procurement organization.

  • Collaborates closely cross-functionally – Construction, Procurement, Operations, Sales, Product, Marketing, Corporate Development, etc – to represent and develop all data center design requirements.

  • Meets with customers to understand and incorporate requirements.


  • Strong and in-depth working knowledge and proven performance of data center design at a global scale – in particular, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate active and direct design experience and skills in data center Electrical, Mechanical and Controls engineering management, proven across multiple geographies and a large number of concurrent projects including AP, AMER, EMEA

  • Deeply caring about technology, your craft and the success of your team and the company.

  • Knowledgeable in critical facility design engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, and control systems.

  • Experience managing revenue or operating budgets for a global organization

  • Ability to clearly translate complex technical information in a way that your audience will understand

  • Strong working knowledge of developing and applying data center design standard systems and processes.

  • Ability to create, analyze and evaluate Management Information to ensure timely and accurate decision making.

  • Ability to work seamlessly in a global business environment spanning diverse geographies and cultures.

  • Strong and highly nuanced professional and business management skills with particular adeptness at winning and influencing stakeholders and workgroup members.

  • Exceptional leadership, communication, written and verbal presentation, and team-building skills proven across a diverse workforce.

  • Strong competencies in talent identification and development, coaching and mentoring proven globally.

  • Ability to multi-task and work within a team in an extremely fast-paced and demanding environment and internationally.

  • Exceptional abilities at collaborating cultivating deep relationships throughout the supply chain industry

  • Thought leader, able to think strategically and effectively communicate vision and influence cross-functionally.

  • Adept at balancing intense short-term pressures with overall long-term strategy or goals.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in engineering, computer science or related field.

  • 15+ years of progressive experience in successfully leading and managing large global teams, projects or programs to determine and implement company-level strategic objectives.

Critical Leadership Competencies

  • Ability to apply company values to execution of organizational strategy

  • Continual improvement mindset

  • Strong people leadership skills to guide a diverse, globally dispersed team of subject matter experts

  • Demonstrated success at developing teams and future leaders

  • Cross-functional influencing skills including internal peers, external customers and industry experts

  • Ability to develop and deliver against a future-focused strategy.

Additional Details

  • Location: Ashburn, Dallas, Chicago, Tampa, Amsterdam

  • Ability to participate in regular meetings across three regional time zones (AMER, APAC & EMEA)

  • Travel 30%+, including international

Equinix is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.





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Equal Employment Opportunity: 
Equinix is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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