Microsoft aspires to help our customers achieve their own digital transformation, leveraging the power of Microsoft Cloud solutions and services. To this end, Microsoft is investing in a dedicated Customer Success team that will help Microsoft customers successfully adopt Microsoft Cloud solution and services. The Cloud Solution Architect Manager is a leadership position within the Customer Success organization.
The Cloud Solution Architect Manager for Azure leads a team of cloud solution architects who are collaborating with and providing thought leadership to our customers as they envision how the cloud can digitally transform their business, how they accelerate their cloud adoption and how they realize real business value from cloud solutions. The Cloud Solution Architect Manager will manage, coach, and lead a team of Solution Architects on key accounts to uncover and support the business and IT goals of our customers. This role will demonstrate the business value of the Microsoft Platform and drive technical decisions at the customer.
As a Cloud Solution Architect Manager, you will:
Develop an high performing technical sales team that helps high-potential customers make sound technical decisions and maximize the adoption and value of Microsoft solutions.
Talent Management: Attract and develop the best technical sellers from the market. Work with individuals on career plans while continuing to expand technical sales skills as Microsoft transforms
Technical Acumen: Develop in-depth industry knowledge of customer’s IT technology environments within the Cloud Solution Architect teams. Review mapping of relevant IT Technology Solutions to the industry’s and customer’s IT and Business maturity.
Enablement: Provide an environment of continuous learning to improve employees’ technology skills. Encourage a team approach to complex opportunities that requires cross-domain solutions.
Manage technical excellence and sales excellence to drive the right customer success
Business Management: Lead the team to proactively drive the technical design of a customer agreed to deployment/consumption plan for all customer wins, ensuring that all opportunity engagements have clear technical solution decision criteria defined and documented leveraging Microsoft Services and Partners as needed.
Increase impact: Increase Azure consumption acceleration by challenging opportunity stage based on the status of technical engagements and consolidate technical, architectural and competitive escalations to the right channel.
Unblock: By leading the Team and using the organization and partner to proactively unblock technical and architectural blockers at the customer for their technology decision and usage
Inspire others to take positive actions by being a technical leader, effective influencer
Imagineer: Demonstrate internally and externally how technology innovations are applicable within their market and their customers to showcase our business value.
Lead by example in driving cross group experience to support the sales in driving challenger based solution sales with a growth mindset.
Ensure the team leverages their knowledge of top competitors technology to engage in architecture and capability discussions that highlight Microsoft’s differentiated value proposition
Foster an environment that encourages deep community participation, an appreciation for capturing and sharing customer insight, thoughtful use of escalation processes, identify technical sales blockers, capture evidence needed to support blockers and drive escalation appropriate.
Experiences Preferred: Education, Key Experiences, Skills and Knowledge:
8+ years of related experience in Tech Sales leadership roles, managing high performance technical sales teams, and coaching architecture and solution sales required
Strong experience in leadership and executing on Technology Visions preferred
Solid interpersonal, coaching, and cross-group collaboration skills, and proven ability to influence across organizational boundaries required
Strong negotiation, organizational, presentation, written, product demo, and verbal communication skills required
Highly driven person who consistently exceeds goals and expectations required
Contagious enthusiasm for and a desire to continuously learn new technology required
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a similar information technology-related discipline, or in Business Administration, or relevant job experience preferred.
Master’s degree preferred
Certification in sales, sales management, complex sales training, sales methodologies, broad evangelism through events (presentation skills), and consultative selling desired
Additional training or education in Enterprise Architecture preferred
8+ years of related experience in Tech Sales leadership roles
Microsoft envisions a world where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envisioning what can be and taking their careers places they simply couldn’t anywhere else. This is a world of more possibility, more innovation, more openness, and sky’s-the-limit thinking - a cloud-enabled world.
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