IBM Distinguished Engineer
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2010)|
IBM Distinguished Engineers (DEs) are executive-level technical leadership positions and are appointed for outstanding technical contributions and leadership. IBM Distinguished Engineers are corporate appointments.
The expected career path for technical distinction at IBM is not well known or well documented, but it is called the Technical Resource Programme. It is similar to the Fast Track Executive Resource programme and has the following path:
- Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM), Executive IT Architect or Executive IT Specialist
- Distinguished Engineer (DE)
- IBM Fellow.
To progress to the DE level an individual would be expected to be at an Executive grade and have other distinguishing factors (for example, prolific inventors or patent holders) as well as being globally recognized experts in their respective fields, contributing to their clients' success and IBM's growth.
There are other ways to achieve DE status, including:
- Through merger (PWC and other acquisitions)
- Direct employment to the position (possible, but rare)
DEs are integral members of their units' executive teams, demonstrating leadership to these units and across the company by consulting with management on technical and business strategies and their implementation. They often have operational responsibilities for large, complex technical projects, and may have line management responsibility as appropriate.
Career progression can be towards the more senior technical executive position IBM Fellow, but also beyond that to more senior executive business management roles building on their technical achievements.
The IBM Technical Community numbers over 200,000 people, including 605 IBM Distinguished Engineers and 85 IBM Fellows as of September 2013.
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