Senior Business Analyst - Device Market Intelligence, Finance in Redmond, WA


TitleSenior Business Analyst - Device Market Intelligence
CategoryFinance
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionFinance
Date AddedMarch 28, 2015
Open Positions1

The device ecosystem is exploding and the competition is intense - be a part of Microsoft's drive towards capturing the devices and services opportunity by joining the Ecosystem Group within Device Market Intelligence (DMI)! You will play an integral role in driving the understanding of the dynamics of the device ecosystem and shaping how businesses across Microsoft take on opportunities around smart connected devices.

In order to succeed in the market, there is a critical need for highly analytical and strategic business finance leaders that enable the best decisions, now and for the future. The DMI Ecosystem Group delivers the best in market insights to enable Microsoft to win the hearts and minds of people and businesses. As the technology ecosystem continues to rapidly evolve, we seek to enable the long term success of the different Microsoft businesses by evaluating what is happening in the marketplace and understanding the resulting impact. We play a key role in identifying future opportunities and risks as well as providing competitive strategy assessments to ultimately deliver insights that transform the way the products are developed and positioned in the market. Given the importance of the device ecosystem to Microsoft, the degree of challenge and opportunity in the ecosystem team of DMI is high.

This position offers an opportunity to play an integral role in defining how we look at and think about the device marketplace as a whole ranging from core markets of smartphone and PC devices to emerging categories of TVs, Wearables and the Internet of Things.

This role requires:
o Passion and expertise in analyzing global and regional market dynamics and financials in order to drive meaningful insights about the economic and device ecosystem landscape o Passion and expertise in analyzing market dynamics and financials in order to drive meaningful insight about the economic and device ecosystem landscape
o Excitement about the end user device market and competitive dynamics in it
o Desire to guide decisions by providing the spectrum of information to envisioning in support of business leaders
o Exceptional communication skills with the ability to partner and drive alignment at senior levels o Planning and facilitating collaboration at senior levels including ensuring a connection and alignment between field and corporate initiatives o Working closely with international partners to drive an understanding of the unique aspects of the technology evolution in developed and emerging markets

Responsibilities:
o Drive key forecasts for smart connected devices to help guide senior leaders and business partners on trends, expectations, and recommendations on key growth areas. Possesses a strong passion for understanding consumer device trends, business model disruptions, coevolution of hardware, software and silicon and competitive dynamics.
o Deep analysis of competitors across their ranged of smart connected device portfolio ranging from a quantitative understanding of their shipments and results to the analysis of their execution/financials, technology position, and key strategic trends. Be a thought leader on how the company should think about the evolution of device form factors, understanding the size and shape of the installed base of the device market.
o Collaborate with a broad range of partners (Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Strategy) to understand the overall financial story with focus on the big picture, root cause analysis, risks/opportunities and action.
o Partner with cross-functional teams to evaluate and/or perform business analysis of potential new business opportunities & scenarios. Offer guidance and support of this process through an in depth understanding of business fundamentals, competitive landscape, and implications on current strategy.
o Be a trusted advisor and thought leader, providing valued information, insights, and envisioning that help business leaders understand and act upon developments in the market. Educate business partners on tools, processes, policies, and reporting.

Experience:
o 6+ years of market intelligence, strategic planning, financial planning and relevant business experience ; preferably with prior work experience in high-tech and communications industries, management consulting, market research, investment banking, data sciences, or econometrics
o Robust statistical modeling/forecasting and quantitative analytical skills with experience supporting complex financial models and strategic decisions.
o Experience in statistical modeling techniques and data analytics preferred. Knowledge of Time Series Regression, Simulation Methods (e.g, Monte Carlo, Bootstrapping), Discrete Choice Models, other advanced analysis techniques preferred.
o Exceptional ability to translate complex data into a compelling narrative and insights o Strong analytical, problem-solving skills; able to develop unique methods of analysis where traditional methods do not yield results
o Ability to partner and communicate effectively across and at all levels of the organization. o Demonstrated ability to impact and influence business decisions in a highly distributed environment. o Cross-group collaborator and influencer across teams and organizations with proven success in participating in cross-functional teams to deliver on key projects. Experience in leading virtual teams preferred.
o Self-starter with demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and deadlines simultaneously
o Advanced knowledge and familiarity with Microsoft Office required Education: o BA/BS in Math, Statistics, Finance, Economics or other quantitative fields required.
o Advanced degree in Finance, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and/or Economics 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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