Architect Manager, Applied Innovation
October 23, 2017
The Applied Innovation team’s mission is to incubate and develop highly innovative business and partner opportunities for Microsoft and Microsoft Enterprise Services in key markets. We are accountable for understanding technology and industry trends and how they translate into long term Microsoft business opportunities (consulting, cloud usage, product adoption).  We accomplish our mission through strategic incubation projects, developing new partner engagement models, securing executive sales and field support, and showing what is possible.   
You will manage a team of architects in addition to having responsibility for helping to define, manage, and ultimately deliver on the strategic projects that the Applied Incubation team pursues with product groups along with partners and customer around the world.  This role will require digging into new technology, running architecture design sessions, possibly creating demos in code, and working across the company to integrate expertise. You will work closely with the both the HQ and Field Services teams to coordinate and execute on incubation projects which drive both product and services adoption with partners and customers.  
Leading incubation: Collaborate with stakeholders across Services and the company (engineering, marketing, sales) on development of incubation strategies and lead execution.  Integrate business and technology strategies into solution development, and identify opportunities to grow our business. 
Management: Lead a team of four (4) strong enterprise and solution architects who are each contributing or leading innovation initiatives. 
IP development: Prioritize and drive to completion guidance from incubation work that saves consultants and architects time when facing similar challenges. Validate guidance with SMEs across the company to verify it is appropriate and viable for customers. 
Delighting Customers: You will manage the complete lifecycle of a wide range of project types and demonstrate passion for customers through professionalism and excellence in all aspects of the customer experience. You must also help the team develop and refine the strategies and business cases related to the incubation work. 
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications: 
Must have a background and deep understanding of the following technologies and how they integrate / relate and could work with Microsoft technologies in a complete solution, which includes existing on premise and cloud software. 
• Deep and intuitive understanding of computer science fundamentals. 
• Expertise in .NET framework, C/C++, C# or equivalent programming languages.  
• Understanding of data related Azure and Cloud technologies and concepts.  
• Experience with analytics techniques and methodologies is highly desirable. 
• Bonus: Experience developing cross-platform software and/or services. 
• Demonstrated experience capturing your learning in the form of white papers, presentations, and recordings to train others. 
• Demonstrated ability to engage with senior level business and technology decision makers on discussions related to the business value of technical solutions. 
• Demonstrated success in working with new partners and customers on transformative deals. 
• Track record of driving projects independently and executing on them successfully. 
The successful candidate will have a degree computer science or equivalent work experience, combined with relevant working experience designing solutions including managing projects. The job will require occasional travel (30%) worldwide in support of incubation projects.  
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