Microsoft Corporation Director, Cross-Solutions Architect, WCB Cross Solutions in Chicago, Illinois
Are you a solutions architect looking to develop and support cross-solution cloud programs and implementations for our largest customers globally, working with all the resources Microsoft has to offer? This could be your next great career adventure!
The Worldwide Commercial Business (WCB) Cross Solution organization is a newly formed group within the Solutions organization. Our objective is to build world class cross-solution capabilities to serve our customers, both internally and externally. We will achieve this by fostering a customer-focused, collaborative culture, and fueling growth through the people and programs we support. Our principles are to be customer obsessed, focused, data driven, innovative, and business aligned.
Our team drives cross-solution alignment and execution. As a Director, Cross-Solutions Architect in this team, you will be working at the forefront of Microsoft innovation, driving architecture for both internal and external customers that crosses our solution areas to drive increase value for our customers.
We will be hiring at least two Director, Cross-Solution Architects with this posting!
Primary accountabilities for this role include:
The nature of complex project which will come to the team necessitates taking a cross-solution view to analyze capabilities across the entire Microsoft cloud platform; they are rarely limited to a single technology solution.
Develop cross-solution architecture patterns and validate cross-solution capabilities with both internal and external customers.
Support delivery of technical engagements to enterprise customers. These include strategy briefings, architecture design sessions, building of rapid prototypes, workshops, and hackathons.
Using your technical knowledge, validate product / solution offerings against needs of Microsoft customers and field resources.
Work collaboratively with field teams to determine the best engagements for given opportunities to maximize customer benefits and accelerate deal success.
Use your technical knowledge to build an inspiring digital vision, across all Microsoft workloads.
Map the shared customer vision into a strategy for implementation, resolving concerns, removing technical blockers, and validating a strong business case for investment.
Work with the field teams, wider account team resources and our partners to orchestrate a roadmap for implementation of solutions.
You will build community, mentor others, co-ordinate and lead initiatives which uplift skilling and impact for your peers.
You will help enable our customers to make technical decisions to build tomorrow’s business and IT solutions based on Microsoft technology.
Articulate the possibilities of the Microsoft Cloud with specific emphasis on cross-solution and Industry capabilities.
Ability to influence internal and external customers by translating abstract technical data concepts to business value, and walking through the solution process, from needs identification to solution design.
Apply deep technical knowledge and customer insights to create modern, repeatable solution architectures for customers that provide increased agility in meeting the demands of their business.
You will use your knowledge from working with multiple customers to influence product and community.
You will enable your peer community to extend their impact through researching, creating, and extending complex technical demonstrations thru existing channels.
You will shape product direction through building relationships with global engineering teams to propagate customer feedback and scenarios, and ensure gaps and whitespace is understood.
You will stay sharp, share your knowledge, and learn practices from others.
We encourage all our employees to continuously maintain and enhance their technical, sales, professional skills, and competitive readiness.
Your knowledge will be enhanced and shared by participating in internal Microsoft technical communities and in the broader industry through events, blogs, whitepapers, training, and articles for your domain.
10+ years of architectural solution design experience in technical pre-sales and/or technical consulting roles.
Structured facilitator. Validated experience in requirements capture; prioritization; capturing evidence and impact to quantify business value; issue, risk, and constraint identification.
Technical breadth. Experience across the full range of Microsoft cloud solutions on the Azure platform, M365 and D365, including solution architectures which span multiple workloads.
Collaborative. Able to work cohesively with customers, members of the Microsoft sales, services, and marketing organizations and Microsoft partners.
Excellent Communicator. Communication and collaboration, organizational, presentation, deep technical product demo, writing, and verbal communication skills.
Executive Presence. Validated experience engaging with senior level executives.
Growth Mindset. Experience and passion for learning (technical and professional skills); implementing practices from others; trying, failing, and learning from the experience; sharing practices and knowledge for others’ benefit.
Community Builder. Understand capabilities of, strategically be able to work with, influence cohesively, build, and grow Microsoft, partner, and external communities.
Lead. Able to lead, inspire and mentor members of the Microsoft sales, services, and marketing organizations and partners. Co-ordinate peer input into WW content and demo programs resulting in high-quality published content.
Technical Selling and Challenger mindset. Validated experience in consultative technical selling approach, including bringing innovative ideas to customers problems and being customer focused.
Proven experience of delivering design thinking; `ideation’; or similar context analysis / problem framing.
Experience with cloud, hybrid infrastructures, networking and adjacent technologies, architecture designs, migrations, and industry standards.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or equivalent experience.
Location/Travel: You may be based anywhere in the United States. You can expect limited global travel, 0 – 15%, contingent upon Covid-19 restrictions.
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