Solution Area Specialists Manager - Data & AI


Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas, Texas, Houston, Texas, Tampa, Florida

Job Type: Full time


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The Azure Data & AI Specialist Manager is a senior leader within our enterprise sales organization. The Azure Data & AI Specialist Manager leads, develops and manages a team of high performing Azure Data & AI Specialists to drive solution opportunity revenue and market share by leveraging the Microsoft Data & AI solutions (on-premises software and Azure Data services) to meet their customers data modernization, analytics and IOT solution needs.


Primary accountabilities for this role include:

  • Drive day to day business management striving for operational excellence
  • Lead sellers to meet revenue and consumption targets, through driving new business opportunities and engagements and leading technical solution demonstrations to win the technical decision
  • Build a strong and active business network locally and globally with Microsoft stakeholders, partners and customers

People Management:

  • Develop a high-performing team by hiring diverse talent, prioritizing career development, leading by example
  • Coach Seller’s with a "challenger mentality" by prompting Seller’s to engage early and lead with new insights on how to grow the customers’ business.

Partner Engagement:

  • Bring together Microsoft solutions with Partner solutions, to deliver value to our customers
  • Engage local and global partners proactively to accelerate delivery to our customers

Customer centricity:

  • Build credibility as a domain `thought-leader’ representing Microsoft in all engagements
  • Build and transform new markets and identify and lead transformational shifts in our customers
  • Lead from the front, personally engaging at CxO level to support and coach teams on opportunity discovery and acceleration
  • Drive cross-team collaboration in Microsoft, to bring the best that Microsoft has to offer to all our customers


Experiences Required: Education, Key Experiences, Skills and Knowledge:

  • 8-10 years of experience developing high-performing enterprise software platform / cloud platform sales teams and a proven track record of exceeding team quotas/targets at large Software and Cloud Services companies.
  • Record of exceeding team quotas/targets at Microsoft or competitor
  • Management. Successful management of large-scale, complex deal cycles at Fortune 1000 accounts.
  • Coaching direct reports in pipeline management, opportunity management, and account planning
  • Strong relationship-building and negotiation skills.

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