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Microsoft Corporation Cloud and AI Strategy & Development Manager in Redmond, Washington

The Cloud & AI Corporate Strategy team is chartered with defining the strategy for Microsoft’s Cloud and AI business. The team has built a track record of spotting trends early and using those insights to drive Microsoft’s strategy and direction.

The group broadly focuses on three sets of activities:

  • Thought leadership on the major shifts in the technology industry such as Digital Transformation (e.g., this was the team that originally pushed for Microsoft’s strategy shift towards the cloud - https://news.microsoft.com/download/archived/presskits/cloud/docs/The-Economics-of-the-Cloud.pdf )

  • Translating strategy into product reality across Azure, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Mixed Reality and SaaS including big bet M&A (e.g., the team drove the recent GitHub acquisition).

  • Engaging with our top customers to help them formulate their Digital Transformation strategy.

For this particular role we’re looking someone with a background either in strategy/consulting or product management/product architecture to enhance the teams depth. You will play a key role in not only the continuing transforming of one of the world’s largest software companies but also in transforming whole industries as we help customers charter their digital transformation journey. You’ll contribute to the teams projects with your expertise and experience while also being a strategic advisor who looks across the portfolio of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI products and influences the direction of Microsoft’s current and future products.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

  • Partner with team leadership to run multiple concurrent projects for top leaders of the company (thought leadership, product strategy, customer engagements)

  • Create clarity by combining technical expertise with business judgement to structure the problem and provide a data driven view

  • Collaborate with experts and stakeholders across the organization (e.g., product teams, business development, business planning, sales, marketing) as well as externally (e.g., industry analysts, partners, customers)

  • Translate business strategy and customer needs into compelling product vision that grows Microsoft’s product portfolio

  • Build consensus and effectively influence senior-level stakeholders

Qualifications

Required

  • Product management experience in B2B or B2C technology, cloud, or SaaS companies or management consulting, corporate strategy, or related business fields

  • Demonstrated hypothesis-driven problem-solving orientation with exceptional ability to create structured quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to influence senior audiences

  • A ‘question the status quo’ and entrepreneurial mindset

  • Strong personal initiative and good judgment; desire to succeed in a demanding environment

  • Desire to continuously learn and develop skills

Preferred

  • Engineering or equivalent with a strong academic background preferred

  • Passion for technology, with some form of technical or software experience a plus

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form at https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest .

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