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Product Planner II / III

Date: May 13, 2023

Location: Richardson, TX, US, 75082

Company: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

About Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., is a trusted partner to a broad spectrum of customers across all industries, enabling them to realize the maximum value from their communications networks. We are a market-leading U.S.-based manufacturer of network equipment and a top U.S. patent holder in optical networking. Our solutions combine the best wireline, wireless, and software technology with extensive multivendor services expertise to deliver custom, end-to-end network integration and management solutions. For more information, please see, connect with us on LinkedIn at, and follow us on Twitter @FujitsuFNC.


Req ID: 15363 


Fujitsu is a leading information and communication technology (ICT) company, headquartered in Japan, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 132,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers.


Our Division, Fujitsu Network Communications, is located in Richardson, Texas.  We’re part of the Fujitsu Limited global family of companies, and communications networks are our business. Fujitsu’s unique strength and expertise come from decades of global leadership and combined expertise in both IT and communications networks. We’re proud of our role in delivering the Fujitsu brand promise of “shaping tomorrow with you.” From our early days as a pioneer in optical networking, we’ve worked side by side with market-leading customers in the ever-changing communications network industry. Network operators of all sizes and types rely on our business and technical know-how in building, operating and maintaining the networks that drive digital transformation. Fujitsu Network Communications provides a flexible, supportive environment that encourages innovation, personal growth and teamwork in a hybrid remote work model where time can be split between in-office and remote work.


We are looking for an optical networking professional to join our product line management and planning team.  We need someone who is energetic, process focused, articulate, understands optical engineering and telecom networking, and is experienced bringing new features to market. The successful candidate will work with Sales & Marketing, other Product Line Management, Engineering Development, and vendors to identify needs and drive optical line system requirements onto roadmap, develop justification business cases for executive approval and author detailed requirement specifications to define functionality. In addition, you will work directly with customers to source information and read-out plans and status. This position encompasses planning for optical line systems as well as transponders, switchponders and potentially other elements. Skills in both technical optical technology as well as business valuation of new functionality are beneficial.


  • Collect deep understanding of the customer network, approval process, application needs, timelines, and personnel and apply this in developing roadmaps and adoption plans 
  • Act as customer advocate to request new features or product development, providing customer application and market driver information to support feature prioritization, business cases, and development
  • Develop & defend successful business plans, with both technical and business financial strategies to gain project development commitment and customer adoption
  • Author detailed optical and operational requirement documents, negotiate new release content, and communicate capabilities to sakeholders
  • Develop & Present customer specific messages for resolution of faults, field issues, or new feature requests
  • Provide technical input to RFP responses and act as technical expert in support of Sale & Marketing activities with customers
  • Assist Account Management with P&L financial analysis of customer deals that may be considered periodically
  • Provide Competitive Intelligence into Planning on Open Line System, Optical component market trends, and competitor capabilities



  • Bachelor’s Degree in technical area, advanced degree beneficial in either technical or business role. preferred: BS Photonics/Optical Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering
  • At least 5+ years industry experience in optical networking with direct optical equipment experience in development, PLM,  sales, sales engineering and/or project management
  • Technical understanding of optical point-to-point line systems, ROADM, EDFA/RAMAN amps, coherent optics, optical design and impairments
  • Communications Service Provider Tier 1 market experience preferred
  • Understanding of Operational Support Systems and Open optical networking standards concepts is beneficial
  • Customer Presentation Skills and Experience
  • Good project management, teamwork, marketing, and communications skills
  • Understanding and ability to position business considerations: Value propositions, RoI, IRR, market positioning
  • Able to travel as necessary, potentially up to 25% of the time


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth

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