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At a time when most customers are looking for ways to innovate and disrupt themselves and their Industries, Microsoft Enterprise Services is looking for a Area Solution Architect that can help build innovative solutions for our customers to help with their digital disruption and transformation. The Area Solution Architect at Microsoft is responsible for qualifying, technical deal shaping, and the early stage architecting of innovative and complex solutions as well as building speculative solutions using emerging technologies with our customers as part of digital disruption and transformation strategy.
This Area Solutions Architect role requires both broad and deep technology knowledge and the ability to architect solutions by mapping common customer business problems to end-to-end technology solutions. The candidate must have demonstrated ability to engage in discussions with senior level technology decision makers related to agility, business value, and end to end information technology solutions. The Area Solution Architect is a key enabler for other architects, consultants and partners in our business, and have a passion for the customer which is demonstrated through professionalism and striving for excellence in all aspects of the customer engagement and experience
The Area Solutions Architect applies advanced analysis skills and experience in principals of architecture to define appropriate customer solutions. To be credible, the Architect must have current and deep experience with implementation of large software systems. Also, the Architect should understand competitive technology and how to properly assess feasibility of migrating customer solutions from, and/or integrating with customer solutions hosted on, non-Microsoft platforms. Advanced domain knowledge in one or more vertical industry is also an asset.
Expert level knowledge and skill with the following is highly desired:
Proven experience selling consulting engagements which includes estimating, scoping, and writing effective statements of work that clearly set expectations and limit risk.
Demonstrated excellence with consulting skills and presenting complex development topics to both business executive and technical personnel
Proven track record of building deep technical relationships with senior executives and helping to build innovative cloud solutions in large or highly strategic accounts
Proven track record of driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with exceptional verbal and written communication
Demonstrated excellence when facilitating customer design and awareness sessions that are focused on complex application solution architectures.
Demonstrated capabilities in developing an understanding of the customer business value associated with the deployment of modern business productivity, system-to-system, and end-user applications.
An ability to articulate architectural differences between solution methods and the challenges and approaches to integrating solutions built on different platforms including a working knowledge of different architectural frameworks that may be used by our customers.
Architectural understanding of and implementation experience with the following solution architecture areas: Modern Applications, Data and Artificial Intelligence, Dynamics 365, Business Intelligence Solutions, Application Architectures including the use of cloud-based technology capabilities such as Azure and SPO, Application Life Cycle Management and Application Platform processes and technology capabilities, Data and Database Management, SQL/BI, and application middle-ware and messaging architectures.
Ability to move between high level architectural review/design and the "roll up the sleeves" level of providing architectural oversight for project delivery.
Remote Position, available in any major US City.
The Area Solution Architect helps customer account teams identify, pursue and close strategic business development opportunities while continually driving add-on business within existing projects. To accomplish this, effective fostering of executive level relationships is required. Area Solution Architects also play a key role in employing and developing partners as part of the overall Microsoft services delivery model.
The Architect will be called upon to provide Technical Quality Assurance at various points along a project lifecycle. To be successful they must have proven experience managing projects through the entire project lifecycle. This includes managing multi-phase/multi-dimensional/multi-resource projects to conclusion while maintaining high customer satisfaction.
The Area Solution Architect role requires an individual who is resourceful, confident under pressure, and has demonstrated skill in both crisis management and expectation management.
Ideal candidates may come from customer, partner and competing organizations and may have played the following types of roles in these organizations; Senior Architect, Chief Architect, Principal Architect or CTO.
The successful candidate will have a BS/BA degree and/or 10+ years of relevant work experience. MBA or a relevant business degree is an added advantage for combining technical and business skills in this role.
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