Principal Group Program Manager

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Azure Global Commercial Industry group focuses on building the Azure capabilities for key industry verticals like Retail and Consumer Goods, FSI, Entertainment, Energy, etc. to meet the critical requirements of the customers belonging to these industry verticals on their digital transformation journey involving public cloud. Customers in these verticals are looking for disruption through data driven innovation for increased operational efficiency, improved efficacy, reduced cost, etc. We are aiming to revolutionize this market segment with innovation in AI/ML, data ecosystem, etc. to improve visibility, increase transparency for the ecosystem, improve automated experience, and enable the customers to innovate for their clients at a speedier time to market.

While we believe that cloud technology can empower businesses around the world to achieve more, and we see that the domain-specific innovation for the verticals to complement well with the overall Microsoft’s assets across online services. We are positioned to lead across the spectrum of innovation with platform services, eco-system and partnerships, competencies, market designs, economic models, governing models, operations, and regulations as well.

In this role, you will lead the product/platform direction right from its inception, drive functional design for various end-user scenarios, and will be responsible for a seamless e2e user experience of a vertical to meet the customer and partner needs. You will collaborate across boundaries with internal and external partners to create compelling first and third-party integrations that demonstrate the value of the product/platform in business processes and experiences. You will lead the program management workstreams and projects as we build the business that can unlock a new wave of thought leadership, cloud adoption, business models and value creation.


Lead and deliver platform and solution initiatives for an industry vertical. Having experience in creating v1 products in startups/incubation will be of advantage.
Drive partnership and collaboration with internal products/services and external partners on both technology and solution front.
Great communication and interpersonal connection skills including proven ability to work within a matrixed organization, executives as well as international teams to build a unified strategy and drive clarity on goals.
Collaborate across diverse set of stakeholders (engg., business development, product marketing, sales, customer support, customer advisor, etc.) to deliver the right value-prop for the platform.
Strong organizational and people leadership skills and the ability to look around corners and proactively lead the team. A diverse and inclusive view of employees such that he/she enables and inspires, attracts, develops, and retains people to do their best work on the team.
Deliver high-quality technical functional specifications, model information architecture and user experience, specifications for scale and performance KPIs, and prioritize and scope investments.
Drive and manage milestone release activities, quality gates, product documentation, self-hosting, feature validation by customer cohort, business KPIs, etc.
Nurture a team culture that fosters an inclusive environment growth mindset and customer obsession.

We seek candidates who are curious about customers to help us create products and platform that customers love in the changing and evolving market. Experience handling ambiguity and rapid experimentation would be highly valued. Candidates must have demonstrated collaboration skills to work constructively across functions, groups, and time-zones to solve customer problems. Finally, we seek candidates who will contribute to a positive culture, where all members of the team can do their best work, creating an advantage out of our diverse set of backgrounds, styles and skill sets.


Required Qualifications:

12+ years of Product/Program Management experience shipping multiple enterprise scale product or platform to external customers.
8+ years of people management experience.
Proven track record of shipping multiple enterprise scale cloud-based products that is highly available, secure, and reliable. Having a start-up experience is an added advantage.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated customer focus and driving deep partner engagements
Proficiency in designing and development of end-to-end user experiences
Understanding of open-source technologies and building healthy eco-system
Track record of high-quality, self-directed, timely execution, and attention to detail
Highly effective communication and collaboration across internal and external teams
Technical expertise and ability to communicate, work & build trust with technical teams
Leading the team from the front through any ambiguities and challenges

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to askstaff@microsoft.com

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