Category Business Manager (Apps), Marketing in Redmond, WA

TitleCategory Business Manager (Apps)
LocationRedmond, WA
Date AddedJanuary 15, 2015
Open Positions1

Category Business Manager (Apps)

Windows is on the threshold of its next step forward with Windows 10. A big part of this next step is innovation in helping Windows customers discover and experience apps, games and content created by developers and publishers through the Windows Store. We've started that journey, are growing, and looking for passionate professionals who want to create, market and run this new experience with us.

The Windows Store is looking for passionate, goal-oriented, and highly entrepreneurial industry veterans to help us grow our developer community and build a world class apps catalog!

Successful candidates will possess a proven ability to build and forge developer relationships, analyze trends to discover new business opportunities, and aggressively expand the business. Candidates will need to be comfortable managing multiple responsibilities within a fast-paced, data-driven environment. They will possesses superb business judgment, strong analytical acumen, and a demonstrated ability to use creative thinking to solve complex problems. Candidates are expected to understand the devices, platform, and store experience. A passion for apps and the mobile space is a must!

Specific job responsibilities include:
Driving the top and bottom line improvements to the P&L through vendor relationship management & deal negotiations
Deliver selection growth targets for the Windows Apps Store
Work with the developer community to increase best practices adoption, insuring the best customer experience is delivered
Develop and lead strategy for key developer negotiations
Regular presentations to senior management, internal stakeholder teams, and external partners to expose new key learnings and recommendations
Cross functional collaboration on necessary systems and processes to support business needs and deliver efficiency improvements
Work on ad-hoc projects as needed to meet the changing business environment

As a qualified candidate you will need to demonstrate:
Keen appreciation and passion for the power and possibilities of mobile gaming, and a strong desire to create consumer delight through the expansion and delivery of great content
Deep and passionate understanding of apps and software content and industry for consumers and business organizations
Thorough understanding of the business dynamics in eCommerce and digital distribution of content
Proven track record of negotiations, achieving ambitious targets, successful relationship management, analytical skills, and project management experience
History of using data to build business cases and develop strategies
Flexibility, solutions-oriented, and tenacity
Proficiency in problem-solving and managing multiple priorities effectively and efficiently
Outstanding interpersonal skills and work habits allowing you to deliver results
Capability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing and prioritizing multiple tasks while meeting deadlines under pressure
Ability to distil trends and provide clear analysis that tells a succinct business story
Executive presence and business maturity

The following are required for consideration:
This individual should have a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience in digital distribution or ecommerce operations and/or business management/consulting with an emphasis on mobile and gaming and a proven history of delivering results. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English.

MBA from top tier program preferred.

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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