Senior Business Program Manager, Marketing in Redmond, WA

TitleSenior Business Program Manager
LocationRedmond, WA
Date AddedFebruary 7, 2015
Open Positions2

Do you want to be at the epicenter of one of the most critical areas for Microsoft? Do you enjoy intellectual challenges, passion for technology and thrive by being part of new business opportunity? Do you have the tenacity for advancing the needs and solving the pain-points of developers? We're looking for an exceptional business program manager to lead the Windows Store developer support program. In this role, you will be leading a vendor team to provide world class engagement and support for our most important publishers and developers in the Windows Store.

Your key responsibilities will include:
1)Drive the strategic planning for operational mechanisms used to provide appropriate support channels, service level response criteria and scalability for the global publisher community
2)Create a coverage plan to proactively touch our top 1,000 un-managed publishers to ensure they are maximizing revenue opportunities from Windows and continually investing in our platform
3)Effectively cross-collaborate with Tier 1-3 support teams to ensure a "one-team" environment that operates inter-dependently and efficiently through a variety of processes and escalation scenarios
4)Drive top issues management reporting to provide valuable insights around the developer experience that will help engineering teams to make informative decisions on issue resolution
5)Champion the developer and publisher experience, from registration to app publishing, to minimize points of friction and influence improvements that will increase their ability to be productive and encourage loyalty to the Windows Store as the app development platform of choice
6)Drive quality assurance with support teams processes, messaging and procedures to ensure responses are professional, empathic, appropriate and actionable when needed
7)Partner with the Consumer Support team to drive support excellence for Windows Store users to create an experience that it is discoverable, provides relevant guidance and quickly resolves issues in a cost efficient manner.

As a qualified candidate you will have to be able to demonstrate:
1)A keen appreciation and passion for developers and their apps
2)Excel in cross group collaboration amongst technical and non-technical teams to achieve positive results for publishers, partners, and customers
3)Proven ability to structure, implement, operate and continuously improve business processes and standard procedures that accommodate and are resilient to evolution and exception
4)Demonstrated ability to innovatively problem solve and overcome complex obstacles that may not have an obvious course of action or have minimal information from which to define a solution
5)Ability to effectively represent issue and outage information to internal teams and in public forums that are both informative and appropriately detailed for the targeted audience
6)Substantial experience in effectively partnering with, supporting and equipping a sizeable globally-scoped sales and field marketing organizations to effectively land program goals.
7)Strong communication skills: you should be a clear, concise and direct communicator (written & verbally), with the ability to actively listen and effectively articulate your point of view and successfully influence and collaborate with others.
This position is not only a great opportunity to be a key influencer in the evolution of the Windows Store but it is also a chance to be part of a fun and growing team at Microsoft.
Professional Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have a bachelor's degree, at least 4-7 years of software or service product or program management experience, 2+ years of support and/or operations experience and preferably a background in mobile telecommunications or online services.

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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Characteristics we are looking for include:
o Excellent written and oral communication skills
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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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