Microsoft Corporation Strategic Technical Director - Azure in Boston, Massachusetts
This is a technical pre-sales senior role within the Strategic Partnership team / Industry Solutions Organization; working on Large potential accounts in North America undergoing transformation and embarking into a journey to the cloud. This role contributes to Cloud revenue and Consumption acceleration of the Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure by leading large technical engagements and working closely with the Strategic Pursuit Leads in the U.S. as well as the account teams in the area on the technical strategy of the deal.
Scale Customer Engagements
Acts as a representative for technology domain to all C-suite leaders within Strategic partnerships engagements while engaging with and leveraging local Microsoft senior leadership as appropriate. Coaches and enables account teams to identify and proactively engage with key customer technical decision makers and influencers to unblock technical and business obstacles.
Uses broad, in-depth industry, technical, and professional knowledge and leadership skills to build credibility with customers. Is sought after for expertise.
influences customer decision and ensure technical wins by streamlining processes and managing the flow of wins, leveraging deep knowledge of processes, tools, and programs (e.g., FastTrack, End Customer Investment Funds). Aligns goals across workloads and facilitates cross-selling with various worldwide teams.
Leverages in-depth knowledge of resources (e.g., roles, Microsoft Technology Center [MTC], demo sites, virtual sites) and owns resolution of highly complex, escalated technical and non-technical blockers by engaging other teams (e.g., engineering, Account Team Unit [ATU], Specialist Team Unit [STU]) and conveying impact. Leverages insights and knowledge of blockers to anticipate market needs and contribute to global strategy. Identifies patterns of blockers within area of expertise and reaches out across geos to consolidate patterns into a business case to accelerate escalation.
Ensures consistency and quality through capturing, sharing, and adherence of standards and best practices in customer engagements by scaling implementation of cross-functional initiatives across channels at the global level to drive consistency in technical approach and ensure customer technical experience across teams.
Orchestrates team resources and coaches team to maximize impact of customer engagement and drive long-term global strategy through global capacity planning, prioritization and utilization of resources. Proactively plans team resources and engages corporate teams to influence maturation and presales. Qualifies and prioritizes opportunities and holds team accountable for maximizing selling time to achieve scorecard objectives and subsidiary strategy.
Coaches and provides support to account technical teams and SPLs to define and execute the most robust technical strategy. Drives repeatability of strategy across similar situations. Proactively approaches customers to understand and identify global/cross-area strategy opportunities, aligning strategy with industry insights. Engages internal teams to ensure capability to execute strategy.
Maintains communications with internal partners (e.g., Account Technology Unit [ATU], Customer Service Unit [CSU] manager, SSM) on highest potential customers to pre-align technical resources to customer and customer cases based on account planning and priorities, with the flexibility to realign to minimize orchestration and enable proactive engagements as needed.
Solution Design and Proof
Oversees highly complex demonstrations (e.g., architectural design sessions, and proof of concept [POC] sessions, pilots, hackathons) of end-to-end Microsoft solutions and architectures based on multiple products and positions solutions against competitors. Ensures demonstrations enable customers to identify and resolve technical issues with clear criteria and next steps that guarantee deployment of Microsoft technology.
Promotes leveraging of reference architectures and provides validation input to establish programmatic frameworks for use by the business.
Applies advanced sales methodologies (e.g., challenger sales) and coaches team to lead and inspire global customers in digital transformation solutions and shape and enable scalable change across subsidiaries.
Identifies new technical and business trends and needs, and identifies ideas that can be transformed into solutions that benefit customers/partners, serving as the voice of the customer (VOC) to Microsoft. Ensure input is utilized and solutions for the customer are established at the worldwide level.
8+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
OR Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field AND 6+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
OR Master's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field AND 4+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
OR equivalent experience.
10+ years experience with cloud and hybrid, or on premises infrastructures, Data platforms, AI And ML, architecture designs, migrations, industry standards, and/or technology management.
Additional or Preferred Qualifications
7+ years of experience driving change management or technical adoption
Ability to generate trust, build alliances, and orchestrate interdisciplinary teams to the benefit of customers
Thought leader with executive presence, including the ability to hold CxO and BDM level discussions, exceptional interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation skills
Influence: Thought Leader with Presales experience able to present clearly in a venue like Digital Win Room and convince the audience with the clear mutual benefits for the customer and for MSFT coming from the Strategic partnership
15+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
OR Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field AND 10+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
OR Master's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field AND 8+ years of technical pre-sales or technical consulting experience
The salary for this role in the state of Colorado is between $144,600 and $216,600.
At Microsoft, certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.
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