Business Manager RETAIL, Services & Support in Redmond, WA

TitleBusiness Manager RETAIL
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionServices & Support
Date AddedJanuary 22, 2015
Open Positions1

You've got a passion for technology, you're a motivated ambitious marketer and you thrive working in a fast paced, frontline, dynamic business. Good news! We're a perfect match for each other.

Microsoft's Corporate Worldwide Retail Channel Marketing Organization (WWRCM) is a critical division of the Consumer Channels Business and is responsible for delivering world leading retail experiences that span Windows, Office, Xbox, Surface and an extensive hardware line up. It's at the heart of the business, sitting between the Corporate Business groups for those consumer products and the subsidiary based retail sales and marketing teams based around the world.

With a clear mission to build innovative retail experiences around the world that are the envy of our competition while delivering incremental sales impact for the business, this is the space to be in if you're looking to make a real difference in a company that has true global presence and the desire and passion to push boundaries and win.

The WWRCM team is searching for a senior partner/channel marketing manager to become an integral member of the business management and operations group. You will work in tight alignment with WWRCM leadership to drive communications, businesses processes, and strategic projects. The business manager is responsible for maintaining close partnerships with key internal business partners including the Consumer Channels Group (CCG), Worldwide Retail Category Management (Category), Retail Sales and Marketing group (RSM), WWRCM field community, and finance to ensure that business initiatives are strategically orchestrated.

You'll have very strong collaboration skills, understanding of the Microsoft business model and consumer product line, innovative thinking with a passion for technology and a talent for influence and impact through others. The candidate will have strong presentation and multi-tasking skills, well-honed executive presence skills and the ability to bring others along to your point of view. You'll be excited by the task of driving the day-to-day operations of the team and not daunted by the fast pace and need to manage multiple projects at a time. You'll be a relationship builder with a strong attention to detail.

This is not a role for someone that wants to come along for the ride, it's an opportunity to shape the way we do retail and drive the Worldwide Retail Channel Marketing business forward. Sound like a match for you? If it does, then don't procrastinate, opportunities like these don't come along often.

Key responsibilities include:
1. Day-to-day business execution. Includes the management and coordination of team communications that reach a variety of internal audiences. Maintain the rhythm of the business for process, planning and execution of various programs.
2. Event strategy and planning. Serve as team liaison for key marketing events throughout the year. Includes management of attendee allocations, scheduling, logistics, communications plan, Leadership updates, v-team coordination, and overall execution.
3. Budget Management. Ongoing management and monitoring of a multi-million dollar marketing and operating expense budget. Integration and collaboration with finance representative.
4. Cross-group collaboration. Build and maintain strong partnerships across organizational lines.
5. Business analysis and problem-solving. Agility to ramp quickly across diverse businesses offerings. Deal with ambiguity, navigate through uncertain situations and quickly adapt to change. Clearly prioritize critical decisions and effectively manage complex follow up activities
6. Provide thought leadership. Exercise your communication skills to varied stakeholders, including executive presence. Solid under understanding of Microsoft consumer products and SMSG structure.
7. Deliver results. Deliver timely, quality and customer focused results. Drive multiple tasks, projects, and deliverables in parallel to effectively achieve results through a largely indirect group of internal Microsoft partners. Program management of projects, solution, or deliverables to closure.

The ideal candidate will have a 4-yr college degree or equivalent plus a minimum of 10 years' experience in consumer electronics marketing, business development or a related field. Prior experience in the retail industry is a definite bonus, being a self-starter, and a passion for technology is a must.

Minimum Qualifications
o 10 years' experience in consumer electronics marketing, business development or a related field
o People and vendor management experience

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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