Microsoft

Chief Innovation Architect

Microsoft

September 14, 2021

The Microsoft Industry Solutions Office of the CTO is looking for a Senior Architect with hands-on software development to shape and drive, in partnership with the Office of the CTO leaders, initiatives that extend across innovation, technical strategy, methods and tools, technical communities, readiness, and Engineering teams. This will require forming relationships broadly across the Microsoft ecosystem, supporting horizontal and vertical functions within MCS, assisting with Microsoft sales team pursuits, delivery reviews and keeping the organizational apprised on the latest developments in the cloud.
In this role you will be devising 'first time to market' solutions with Microsoft, working closely with Research Engineering Teams, sales Teams and Microsoft Customers to devise and create solutions; and scaling them out to implement cross-industry for other Microsoft customers.
It's a combination of Software Development (Azure, D365 and O365) with good Product Management and Program Management, so you will be both developing the solution and also have an eye on the Product Roadmap of how we build something that can be used and integrated into our clients' technology ecosystem, on the D365, O365 and Azure stack.
It's a truly wonderful and creative role together with business-led commercial value and adoption, that will be a great opportunity for you to showcase your skills in this field. Responsibilities
Pre-Sales and Pre-Qual Support
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders (e.g., Solution Architect, Account Delivery Executive, Pursuit Lead, Sales Solution Specialist) in the pre-sale process by understanding business requirements and providing industry and technical orchestration to help shape the deal. Supports drafting proposals and/or statement of work (SOW) integrating innovative solutions and technologies from Engineering and Microsoft Research.

Technical Delivery
  • Follows capacity process outlined by Global Capacity Management team. Maintains tools with up-to-date skills and availability.
  • Leads meetings with customers/partners to understand business needs. Uses business, industry and technology strategies to map customer/partner requirements to the adoption and optimization of Microsoft technology solutions. Engages Engineering and Research teams appropriately to understand and define customer requirements.
  • Participates in project planning and develops project documents by identifying the risks and dependencies. Communicates the business value of planned solutions to customers/ partners. Identifies technical and business risks in programs and proposes mitigations. Assists project managers/architects in preparing for steering committee (e.g., developing artifacts). Manages their schedule and communicates to project leads.
  • Orchestrate solutions implementation and provide oversight and leadership on workstreams across domains and Microsoft orgs while adhering to Microsoft processes. Aligns solutions with the intent of future repatibility.
  • Manages escalations, analyzes situations, and coordinates appropriate resources to resolve issues by following delivery practices, considering cost implications, and engaging in conversations with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., Customer Service and Support, Project Manager, Solution Architect, Product Group) as needed.
  • Proactively manages executive-level customer/partner/stakeholder relationships to identify and contribute to the drivers of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, determine the root cause, and establish recovery actions to improve experience. Works with account team to ensure One Microsoft approach. Shares lessons learned with workgroup and consultant community.

Intellectual Property Management
  • Acts as an ambassador in consumption of intellectual property (IP) by leveraging and/or modifying existing IP or creating repeatable content where applicable. Provides feedback on Managed IP for continuous improvement, reports IP gaps, reviews IP to be considered for harvesting and curation and ensures it is logged for consumption. Improves Managed Standard Offerings (MSO) quality and collaborates with portfolio and solution teams of the domain by providing feedback.

Business Development
  • Identifies opportunities to expand or accelerate the adoption and consumption of the cloud and Microsoft technologies. As appropriate, facilitates other team members to scale the business with existing customers by articulating value propositions of strategic Microsoft products and services and developing new offerings for the domain. Drives innovation and digital transformation. Ensures the use of existing intellectual property (IP).

Readiness
  • Learns new technologies or services based on business demands and industry trends. Obtains relevant accreditations and certification(s) as advised by domain leadership team. Identifies certifications and readiness plans in partnership with domain Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Leads or participates in relevant technical communities, and conducts training sessions to evangelize technology and/or offerings based on availability. Mentors team members and acts as a technical advisor for stakeholders by providing thought leadership, articulation of solutions value, and outcomes of business strategies.

Operational Excellence
  • Completes operational tasks and readiness, and ensures timeliness and accuracy. Follows Microsoft policies, compliance, and procedures (e.g., Enterprise Services Authorization Policy, Standards of Business Conduct, labor logging, expenses, travel guidelines). Leads as example and guides team members on operational tasks, readiness, and compliance.

Other
  • Embody our culture and values
Qualifications
Required/Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Finance, Business, or related field AND strong technical leadership experience in relevant area of business
    • OR equivalent experience.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications
  • Technical certifications based on domain (e.g., Azure, SharePoint)
  • Project Management certification (e.g., PMP, Scrum)
  • Software development expertise in Dynamics 365, Office 365 and Azure
  • Product management capability the experience of defining and delivering product roadmaps to get products to market
  • Strong consulting, pre-sales experience at C-level
  • Strong collaboration across internal and external communities research engineering and other stakeholder groups
  • Experience working on projects ranging from $500k - $100m
  • Experience of complex solution architecture
  • Extensive experience within related advisory services, management/technology consulting.
  • Experience in identifying and successfully executing on digital disruptions including quantified business outcomes.
  • Validated in selling and delivering results into large enterprise customers.
  • Consistent track record of executive level interaction.
  • Quick study on competitive threats and building approaches that win.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science and/or equivalent experience
  • Consistent track record of delivering business value from IT at an executive level, bringing the benefits of technology to solve business issues while also leading costs, risk and resources.
  • Ability to understand the needs of non-technical customers, to conceptualize, launch and deliver technology enabled business change projects.
  • Leadership qualities and ability to coordinate physical and virtual resources and initiatives
  • Executive level social, verbal, written and presentation skills, good listener, ability to provide a trusted voice at the decision-making table and be an advocate of Microsoft’s vision and value proposition.
  • Solid understanding of Microsoft’s offerings and experience with the implementation/adoption of key solutions and services such as Azure, Cloud, Platform & Productivity, Business Analytics, Devices & Mobility
  • Specialty skills including Enterprise Architecture, IT Portfolio Lifecycle Optimization, Organizational Design and Change Management, IT Governance, etc.
25 - 50% travel maybe required as part of the role.
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.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.
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.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.