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Manager – Facility Engineering (Santa Clara)

  Silicon Valley
Position Title: Manager – Facility Engineering (Santa Clara)
Location: Silicon Valley

Your role

The Manager-Facility Engineering is the technical lead for all data center engineering operations at one or more facilities and is responsible for the direct supervision of facility and data center engineers.  He/she reports directly to the Data Center Manager and is responsible for the review/approval/implementation of SOPs/MOPs/EOPs for the site and the proper implementation and training of these procedures. The Manager-Facility Engineering responsibilities include oversight of general facility operations and will work in conjunction with the site remote hands, security, and janitorial teams. The Manager-Facility Engineering will have experience in data center mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. He/she will possess knowledge of large-scale data centers, including state-of-the-art electrical distribution systems, static and rotary UPS, emergency standby generation, fire alarm/suppression and monitoring systems.  In addition, the Manager-Facility Engineering will be accountable for the coordination and completion of all significant planned and emergency maintenance events for the facility and confirm these activities are executed in a controlled and proven method to ensure the reliability of the critical loads supported by these systems. The Manager-Facility Engineering is ultimately responsible for identifying, evaluating, and executing operational strategies with the local site engineers to achieve the highest level of availability.


What you’ll do

  • Complete understanding of the following DLR and site related items:
    • Facility layout and operation of MEP systems and the ability to illustrate site specific system one-lines.
    • Equipment nomenclature standards and equipment locations
    • Facility drawings and equipment specifications for standard and non-standard assets
    • Equipment sequence of operations (SOO’s), standard operating procedures (SOP’s), and emergency operating procedures (EOP’s).
    • Customer SLA’s and engineering specific lease obligations critical to data center operations.
    • All facility EOPS.
    • BMS alarm functionality, alarm escalation/acknowledgement, and ability to extract data and trends
    • DLR event management, event escalation, and incident reporting procedures
    • Execution of root cause analysis following an event along with the creation of a customer facing executive summary
    • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), including the ability to create, edit, implement, and close change management work orders.
    • Create/edit/resolve/close incident reports following a site incident
    • Maintenance and Operations Standards, scheduling vendors and internal labor to support work efforts at the site.
    • Digital Realty’s Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety standards
  • Execute all aspects of data center engineering including the operation, maintenance and repair of all mission critical equipment and systems supporting a 24x7 data center operation to achieve 100% uptime and 100% compliance with all customer SLAs.
  • Supervises all MEP construction activity and installations, in coordination with internal and external construction resources, to ensure system design, installation and testing adhere to operational standards. Witness testing of all equipment during commissioning and validate sequence of operations and receipt of all operational documentation.
  • Develop and supervise local engineering team to ensure adherence to standard operating procedures, sequence of operations and maintenance standards to guarantee execution of Digital Realty’s periodic maintenance program and maintenance calendar and to ensure labor cost are closely monitored and controlled, and personnel efficiency is enforced.
  • Executor in the site-specific change management processes including the creation and review of all Method of Procedures (MOPs) for all risk level maintenance and repairs including high risk and non-standard procedures as well as the oversight of those maintenances.
  • Executor of walk-throughs for high-risk critical transferring and to act as a resource for staff questions/confusion regarding any facility related issue.
  • Advanced ability to effectively troubleshoot site mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Manage technical and operational incidents at the property, including the implementation of emergency response procedures, resource coordination, customer communication, root-cause analysis and post event remediation.
  • Review rounds/inspections for normal operation, trends, and to detect anomalies in those rounds.
  • Identify trends and analyze risks. Articulate implications and impact to data center operations.  Track operational metrics and other data to provide Senior Management oversight and control for both snapshot data and long-term trend analysis.
  • Develop, evaluate, and recommend improvements to complex equipment and system SOO’s, SOP’s, MOP’s, and EOP’s when possible.
  • Complete understanding and knowledge of the local customers business and datacenter operation.
  • Identify process-based improvements that generate operational and financial efficiencies including the development and presentation of the business case.
  • Support Real Estate Manager with the management of expenses and assist with budgeting, forecasting and reporting requirements by providing capital expense requirements and justifications.
  • Support Real Estate Management team by assisting in the supervision of general facility services, including, but not limited to janitorial services, landscaping, and snow removal services to ensure compliance with contractual requirements.
  • Support various accreditation initiatives, including, but not limited to, SSAE16, SOC2, ISO 27001, etc. as may be required by Digital Realty.
  • Maintain compliance with local health & safety (i.e. OSHA) standards and national electrical and building codes.
  • Responsible for maintaining and tracking site spare parts inventory, including maintenance parts and materials that may not be stored at the site but would be required periodically for site specific maintenances.


What you’ll need

  • 5 years related facility management experience in Data Center operations (or related electrical or mechanical engineering field) managing or leading data center operations teams in a large-scale mission critical environment. Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering is preferred.
  • Solid and proven experience in the construction, commissioning, acceptance and operation of mission critical systems, including state-of-the-art electrical distribution systems, static and rotary UPS, HVAC systems, chillers, emergency standby generation, fire alarm/suppression and monitoring systems
  • Strong understanding of infrastructure redundancy configurations and equipment and their risks (N+1, 2N, ATS/ STS, Failover Scenarios)
  • Proficient in reading/understanding MEP drawings.
  • Knowledge of structured cabling systems, networking and connectivity standards, and hardware installation requirements (preferred)
  • Proficiency in colocation operations, including the installation and deployment of cage, rack and cable infrastructure, as well as, power circuit installation and power monitoring (preferred)
  • Ability to evaluate the 3rd party vendor work for quality control, communicate and schedule vendors, and review and improve vendor scope and procedure of work to meet Digital Realty’s standards of operation
  • Strong knowledge of PLC theory and functionality.
  • Strong knowledge of energy efficiency principals and the ability to recommend energy efficiency improvements.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills. Ability to respond effectively, verbally in writing to sensitive issues, complex inquiries or complaints.
  • Detail Oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Advanced Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook and familiarity with Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, Visio or AutoCad
  • Basic understanding of emergency situations and escalation processes.
  • Strong understanding of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS), Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), and power metering systems
  • Ability to evaluate the 3rd party vendor work for quality control, communicate and schedule vendors, and review and improve vendor scope and procedure of work to meet Digital Realty’s standards of operation.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills, with demonstrated ability to determine event root causes, performance shortfalls and required corrective actions.
  • Experience assisting with budget management and expense analysis.
  • Ability to conduct meetings/presentations/trainings in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrated management ability in supervision, coaching, prioritization, conflict resolution, and organization.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership qualities


A bit about us

Digital Realty supports the world's leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, our global data center platform, gives customers a reliable foundation for scaling their digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. The size and scale of our business puts us in a unique position to offer customers access to 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries and six continents.


A bit about our Digital team

Our Operations team keeps our customers’ infrastructure running safely and securely. We get plenty of opportunities to take on a variety of tasks and develop our technical skills. From overseeing electrical power to cooling and fire suppression systems, our team plays a vital role in making sure everything in our data centers operates as it should.


What we can offer you

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers.


Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us.


Our Compensation Philosophy

Digital Realty offers its employees a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions. Central to our compensation philosophy is rewarding our employees for achieving the values and objectives aligned to the company's overall goals and values.

Our published pay ranges reflect the minimum and maximum target for new hire pay for the full-time position determined by role, level, and geographical location. Individual pay is based on additional factors including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and/or training. Moreover, an employee’s total compensation package varies by role and may include salary, cash bonus or commissions, and equity awards not quantified below.

Compensation range: $49.07 to $68.74 per hour. This compensation range represents the Company’s good faith belief as to what it will pay as a hourly rate for this position at the time of this posting. 


Benefits: For this role, Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, 401k match, disability benefits, wellness and education benefits, paid time off, holidays, and more.

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy.


Digital Realty cares about the health and safety of its workforce, customers, and vendors. Digital Realty encourages all new hires to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated by their start date. Employees who are not fully COVID-19 vaccinated may need to comply with our weekly COVID-19 testing requirements if required per your job requirement, work location and customer obligations, subject to applicable workplace accommodation requirements



Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies.


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