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Sr. Director, IP Security and Strategy

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Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: San Francisco, US

Company: Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you’ll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent. We’re big enough to give you all the resources you need, and small enough so you can make a real difference and earn recognition for your work. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits.



Dolby’s IP security program is a key part of our overall IP protection strategy and makes a significant contribution to the bottom line. The Senior Director of IP Security Strategy will help model our long-term IP security program by providing a combination of corporate guidance and technical advice in order to advance our licensing model for the future. This is a highly visible role, blending the business needs and the controls necessary to protect our investments and revenue streams. The Senior Director will ensure alignment with leaders from various business, sales and legal groups, and actively represent the IP Security function as a key contributor within internal working groups.


This role will contribute significantly to the definition, strategy, development, and execution of IP security across several businesses. This position offers the chance to make a fundamental contribution to the way Dolby deploys its Intellectual Property.  We are looking for an accomplished business professional with IP Security technical proficiency and proven business acumen. The role is based in San Francisco and reports to the Vice President of IP Protection.





  • Define, create and deliver Dolby’s IP Security value proposition to our executives


  • Drive consensus across multiple stakeholder teams in order to obtain buy-in from those groups on proposed solutions


  • Use sound business judgment to influence and change mindsets to drive IP Security as the next frontier in driving profitability and shareholder value


  • Provide leadership collaboration to current teams evaluating new architectures for protecting Dolby's Intellectual Property and technologies, focusing on the best balance between cost/complexity/security/flexibility, making these solutions feasible and effective for different platforms and architectures


  • Champion cross functional stakeholder efforts to better predict contingent outcomes from both the customer and market competitive perspectives


  • Understand the company and customer business ecosystem to better integrate the IP Security value proposition throughout the supply chain while balancing the needs of both


  • Manage the implementation of any agreed security mechanisms



  • This position will require regular interaction with Dolby’s IP Protection personnel, engineering, various business groups, sales and operations teams as well as third party tool vendors service providers and customers



  • Able to think strategically and tactically with business results in mind


  • An evangelizer of new and innovative ideas, persuasive communicator able to articulate ideas and thoughts clearly through various means, including written and oral communications with all levels of the organization, especially c-suite


  • Understanding of technology delivery modes in the context of intellectual property and licensing models


  • Wide-ranging knowledge of IP protection and security landscape
    • Key technologies and players in the market
    • Mechanisms and techniques to protect both hardware and software IP
    • Cloud IP delivery mechanism


  • In-depth knowledge of the hardware and software mechanisms available in embedded and consumer devices:
    • Software protection techniques and countermeasures against reverse engineering
    • Knowledge of cryptographic concepts
    • Trusted Execution Environment, TrustZone and Virtualization
    • Watermarking and tracking techniques
    • Provisioning of security assets
    • Code protection
    • SOC architecture


  • Strong ability to navigate internal and external partners, build relationships and trust in a team environment


  • Domestic and international travel required (20 - 30%), pending health guidelines


  • MS/BS in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent with at least 10 years industry experience.  MBA a plus




Dolby will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12


Equal Employment Opportunity:
Dolby is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our success depends on the combined skills and talents of all our employees. We are committed to making employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, family status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.



Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland