Principal Consultant

Microsoft UK

Location: United Kingdom

Job Type: Full time

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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. We are looking for individuals that will help us to achieve our mission.

The Industry Solutions Retail and Consumer Goods Service Line’s mission is to scale our ability to sell, solution, and deliver at pace for customers. As a member of this team YOU will help to accelerate the digital transformation of traditional bricks and mortar retailers to become cutting-edge omnichannel businesses, and accelerate the digital transformation of consumer goods companies from the traditional wholesale model to a true multi-channel DTC business.

The initial key areas that we focus on for retailers and consumer goods are: Know Your Customer, Empower Your Employees, Build Resilient Supply Chains, and Deliver Sustainable and Operational Excellence.

The Industry Solutions Retail and Consumer Goods Service Line is looking for highly motivated and passionate individuals with deep retail and consumer good industry expertise to identify, lead, and manage a set of complex industry focused solution opportunities. This role will support the Microsoft sales team pursuits, scoping proposals, and ensuring successful delivery on groundbreaking engagements.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Understanding Customer/Partner Technical Environment

-Gathers customer/partner insights from a broad range of stakeholders as well as the main business sponsor to shape and form both the definition and ongoing execution of projects. Identifies and evaluates industry trends (customer industry verticals, information technology [IT] industry). Adapts business models, plans, and solutions to insights.


-Works with customer/partner stakeholders (e.g., Enterprise Architects, Security Team, Development Team, Operations Team) and business sponsor to socialize both the business solution and the project approach to determine if changes are needed to the business solution. Where the cost of change is accepted by the customer, shares this feedback with the project team and the broader account team to make the necessary adjustments using mechanisms such as updating the solution approach and projected costs in presales and change requests in delivery. Contributes to Microsoft-centric operations and cadences to align with customer feedback.


-Uses evidence-based approach to represent the customer/partner as a customer advocate and share insights with Product Engineering teams and the business with a view to improving Microsoft technologies, products, services and offerings such that they can better meet customer/partner needs across a territory.

Architecture Design and Deployment


-Leverages a structured approach to Architecture Projects using existing methodologies (e.g., Waterfall, Agile, Iterative) that make use of existing reference architecture and established architectural styles and design patterns. Proposes and develops new solutions to scale across multiple customers/partners. Builds and maintains an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements/constraints traceability matrix to ensure the rationale for the business solution's Architecture is known and understood. 


-Defines and documents the architecture through an architecture description document, an architecture decisions log, and a requirements/constraints traceability matrix to communicate the value proposition of the business solution along with the project approach. Leads complex cost-based and technology-based discussions to explain the Architecture in terms of its build, deployment, and ongoing operational use to determine customer appetite for the business solution. Uses a business-value approach that values return on investment (ROI) and customer costs-savings over technical ease of execution. 


-Collaborates with the Project Manager to jointly drive project/technical governance of the design, build, and deployment into use of proof of concepts (POCs) and pilots, using enterprise architecture processes and ensuring quality control through peer review. Works with customers to understand and demonstrate business value (e.g., release of revenue, cost savings) that the business solution realize.
-Works with the business sponsor and customer/partner stakeholders (e.g., Business users, Enterprise Architects, Security Team, Operations Team) to gather and ratify requirements and constraints. Manages and resolves complex ambiguity in the requirements and constraints and documents assumptions and implications where it cannot be resolved. Maintains the requirements/constraints traceability matrix to prove that solution components have a rationale/justification for inclusion in the architecture of the business solution. Drives development and execution of test plans to prove that each requirement/constraint has been implemented as expected by the customer. Where there are defects, works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Customer to redress or accept and document the status of the test results. 


-Collaborates with the Account Team and/or Bid Team to understand the business solution/problem. Drives agreement, based on the customer’s priorities, requirements/constraints, approach, principles, concepts, and expectations. Builds and documents a realistically costed, advanced/complex Solution Approach with traceability of requirements, constraints, decisions, and tradeoffs that balances risk, technical credibility, and technical innovation to meet customer need, predominantly based on existing solution offerings and/or reference architecture. Jointly leads the implementation in close partnership with the Project Manager. Leads oversight and governance and establishment of quality practices and standards to realize the business solution. Uses a cohesive build methodology with an agreed release schedule and timeline so the solution can be transitioned to live operations, leveraging solution expertise. Ensures communication of and adherence to the pre-sales value proposition. Works with the Project Manager to highlight where assumptions have proven false. Uses change requests to modify the Solution/project approach when needed. As needed, collaborates with subject matter experts to receive specialized advice that can help define the Solution and project approach and increase the time to value for the customer.

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Anticipates and identifies scenarios that could slow or impede pre-sales/delivery. Orchestrates the broader Microsoft team to address technical blockers and works with account/project team to resolve non-technical issues. Reports significant problems to Microsoft management and resolves escalations when needed. Plans a way forward in complex and ambiguous situations with an innovative approach and durable design. Delegates and leverages specialist skills of others to drive technical alignment across internal/external teams. Coordinates disparate approaches into a single plan of action for complex scenarios.  


-Works in close collaboration with the Project Manager and Account Team to identify, categorize, and communicate business and technical risks. Defines risk mitigation activities that are foundational to the project plan. Defines risk contingency plans for invocation should the risk occur. 

Practice Development


-Generates new and/or improvements to existing intellectual property. Connects gaps and patterns across business and technology areas to drive changes. Identifies which ideas should be culled, with consideration for scale across customers. Drives the re-use of intellectual property and recommends practices in both pre-sales and delivery. Participates and contributes to internal/external communities. 

Trusted Advisor


-Develops a network of internal/external relationships with senior-level decision makers to build influence in addressing problems/blockers and facilitating additional views on the matter of interest. Acts as an advisor to external stakeholders. Provides direction to facilitate relationships between others. Stays up to date on Microsoft’s technologies, products, and services in order to communicate Microsoft's mission, strategy, and capabilities.


-Uses evidence-based arguments that articulate complex concepts in a simple manner to respectfully challenge Microsoft and customers/partners when a decision or course of action will not produce optimal results. Leverages strategic expertise to encourage alternative approaches where applicable. Serves as the "technical conscience" to challenge the status quo and unrealistic expectations. Proactively resolves conflicts and seeks resolution to balance the overall outcome. Drives consensus where possible and leads decisions to resolve conflict when needed.


-Leads the adoption of Microsoft solutions technologies based on understanding of competitor solutions and how customer business value can be driven through Microsoft's offerings. Differentiates Microsoft's solutions in customer/partner conversations to influence the industry-wide direction for specific architecture(s).

Thought Leadership


-Leads virtual teams around technologies and customer/partner challenges by sharing ideas, insight, and strategic, technical input with technical teams, internal communities across the field, and the larger virtual team across Microsoft using knowledge of Microsoft architectures and their context in the competitive landscape.


-Anticipates industry trends (overall retail / consumer goods industry, subsegments, and/or information technology [IT]).


-Provides thought leadership by sharing deep industry insight that drives critical decisions that positively impact Microsoft, customers/partners, and the broader industry.


-Participates in external architect community events (e.g., conferences, seminars, technical meetups, Webcasts, blogs, hackathons) and shares learnings with internal team. Acts a mentor to junior colleagues by educating them on technical and non-technical concepts and sharing best practices. Demonstrates deep industry knowledge and drives recognition for Microsoft solutions through presentations and engagements with external audiences.

Other

Qualifications

Qualifications

Required/Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND strong experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and/or technology domain (e.g., Security)
    • OR Master's Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related field AND solid experience in technology solutions, practice development, architecture, consulting, and/or technology domain (e.g., Security)
    • OR equivalent experience.
    • Demonstrated experience in retail or consumer goods industry business or technical leadership, operations, or consulting

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

    • Strong technical services sales and delivery experience.
    • Technical or Professional Certification in Domain (e.g., Data).
    • Architecturaltraining/certifications like TOGAF or IASA is desirable.
    • Solid hands-on experience with On-prem and Cloud big data solutions. Azure or AWS. Hadoop/Spark/Hive or NoSQL based systems like Azure HDI, CosmosDB, Hortonworks, Cloudera, Casandra, MongoDB, etc.
    • Proficiency with ML toolkits and data science libraries such as Azure ML, Jupyter notebook, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Lake, Databricks & MLflow
    • Strong years of Java/Python/R/Scala/Linux/PHP Programming experience.
    • Demonstrated years of Program or Project or Product Management with Technical prowess and passion-especially for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Data Servicesand Database products.
    • Deep technical knowledge/experience on architecting, developing, and deploying enterprise Big Data engineering solutions.
    • Deep practical experience troubleshooting performance problems, tuning and optimizing big data solutions.
    • Certifications and/or experience in Agile Delivery and DevOps would be desirable.
    • Industry vertical knowledge – Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution, logistics etc.

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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