Strategic Account Director - Consumer Goods
Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission.
As a Strategic Account Executive at Microsoft, consider yourself the dedicated virtual CEO of an account who leads our top customer into the digital age.
This job will provide you:
- An opportunity to drive change with your customer to do business like never before in a new and transformational way
- A forum to co-create the art of the possible
- The chance to lead world-class, diverse teams of digital transformation advisors, engineers, architects, and delivery teams who all have a vested interest in the customer
The Strategic Account Executive will be responsible for the following:
- Industry Business Leader
Lead with Industry - Building trusted relationships through engagements focused on driving the customer’s desired business outcomes using Microsoft technologies
Deliver the customers business and technology outcomes reliably. Continue to lead Digital Transformation discussions with customers through best in class virtual engagements.
Orchestrating and coordinating the team, ensuring that the best of Microsoft and our partners is brought to bear to help our customers deliver their business goals. Responsibilities
- Develops mature strategies to execute plans for the assigned customer to ensure Microsoft and partner sales goals are on target, create high value revenue generating opportunities, and establish long term customer success and continued interaction.
- Orchestrates the execution of strategies for the assigned account to ensure engagements yield high-volume sales, drive plans to increase revenue potential, and open new opportunities for both Microsoft and the partners, aligned to goals, budgets, and forecasts. Leads and coordinates with key internal and customer stakeholders (e.g., industry experts) on plan execution (e.g., prioritization, delegation) and drives accountability to deliver on account plans and grow the account, leveraging industry knowledge.
- Proactively expands strategic network of key internal and external partners and decision makers, including vertical industry partners, to ensure execution of core tasks and account transactions and to provide a comprehensive account management experience.
- Leads efforts with key internal and external partners and business and technical decision makers in developing, sharing, and promoting mutually beneficial, long-term, tailored account plans to grow sales and partner impact, leveraging relationships, influence, and industry knowledge. Participates in discussions to impact the broader ecosystem (e.g., passing legislation).
- Proactively solicits feedback on additional needs, products, and features to develop targeted strategies for customers. Demonstrates a strong understanding of the customer's business model to articulate growth opportunities, leveraging industry point of view to shape ecosystem. Influences relevant (internal and external) stakeholders and resources to drive change on behalf of the customer and to enhance team capabilities, improve Microsoft offerings, and adapt Microsoft's messaging to the assigned account.
- Builds relationships with leaders (e.g., senior leaders) of the assigned account and the broader ecosystem to shape strategic direction and business metrics, leveraging knowledge of customer business.
- Engages in strategic discussions by articulating ideas to evolve and facilitate evolution of customer business model using Microsoft capabilities. Leverages internal input and account knowledge to promote closer interactions between Microsoft and the customer.
- Generates and leverages business strategic industry-focused insights to solve customer business problems.
- Cultivates relationships and uses Microsoft sales strategies throughout multiple levels of the customer's organization (e.g., executives, business and technical decision makers) to establish strong alignment on long-term goals and secure buy-in and execution.
- Articulates Microsoft's and partners' point of view and creates deep connections with decision makers throughout multiple levels of the customers' organization to drive purchase decisions and increase interaction and participation, leveraging relevant tools and resources (e.g., LinkedIn).
- Proactively develops understanding of customer's business needs, priorities, strategies, and industry insights. Anticipates customer's needs to deliver new insights on their business strategy, and educate customers on ways to address them jointly. Shows differentiated value for the customer, leveraging industry expertise and guides internal colleagues on ways to develop deeper customer knowledge. Delivers solutions into overall business strategy.
- Receives customer feedback (both formal and informal) to identify and understand the drivers of satisfaction and/or dissatisfaction and help mitigate issues with dissatisfaction, leveraging industry knowledge and understanding customer business strategy.
- Orchestrates the creation of long-term strategies aimed at building a level of loyalty that would be hard for competitors to overcome. Anticipates issues/risks on customer satisfaction, determines the root cause of problems, removes blockers, and establishes recovery action plan to improve customer's overall experience. Builds trust and loyalty with the customer by providing up-to-date insights, challenging the customer when necessary, and introducing innovative ideas relevant to the customer's business strategy.
- Orchestrates high-impact solutions that enable digital transformation for assigned accounts and drive outcomes that create business value for customers. Owns the development of strategies that showcase the value added by Microsoft's innovative cloud offerings and ideas grounded on a deep understanding of industry trends and based on account needs and customer's expectations.
- Leverages understanding of customer business and engages Microsoft decision makers to drive customer's strategy, goals, and optimization. Engages and collaborates with decision makers of the account (e.g., director-level) to create a mutually beneficial business value proposition, and develop plans to customize solutions that satisfy customers' Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
- Uses business cases to develop and present compelling value proposition presentations and specialized business plans for customers that showcase Microsoft's products and solutions, generate business and upsells, and generate new opportunities.
- Leads the account management team and key stakeholders with deep industry expertise (e.g., industry solutions executives) to engage business or technical decision makers of the assigned account. Leverages best-in-class sales and communication strategies and tools to deliver results and identify new opportunities.
- Creates and qualifies new opportunities by identifying strategic opportunities within accounts and guiding the customer on how to best identify new opportunities, leveraging customer and industry relationships.
- Proactively coordinates with internal network of industry experts (e.g., industry solutions executives) to build and maintain strong knowledge of Microsoft's offerings (e.g., product landscape, solutions, industry strategy), the industry (e.g., emerging trends), competitors (e.g., AWS, Salesforce), and customer business priorities (e.g., challenges, competitive landscape) to articulate Microsoft's value proposition and shape business direction.
- Embody our culture and values
- 6+ years experience in working in an industry (e.g., Government, Education) and/or driving digital transformation
- OR Bachelor's Degree AND 5+ years experience working in an industry (e.g., Government, Education) and/or driving digital transformation
- OR Master's Degree AND 4+ years experience working in an industry (e.g., Government, Education) and/or driving digital transformation.
- 4+ years experience making recommendations to and/or collaborating with mid-to-senior level executives.
Additional or Preferred Qualifications
- Bachelor's Degree AND 8+ years experience working in an industry (e.g., Government, Education) and/or driving digital transformation
- OR Master's Degree AND 6+ years of experience working in an industry (e.g., Government, Education) and/or driving digital transformation.
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.
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