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Product Planner

Company: Microsoft Corporation
Location: Redmond
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Studio Alpha is Microsoft's Serious Gaming initiative. We empower organizations to solve complex, planet-scale, massive data problems using game-based technologies in the cloud.

Through robust integration of geospatial data, distributed simulation and 3d visualization, we empower developers to extend the capablities for specific use cases, including data and programmatic extensibility, artificial intelligence services and easy to extend application framework.

Be part of a new business stand-up and help us expand our strategic global industries with thought leadership in key technologies such as distributed simulation, geospatial data management, and cloud-based telemetry. Take the lead to shape our advanced projects and push the art-of-the-possible with Azure. Microsoft's mission empowers every person and organization on the planet to achieve their potential, and we strive to make Azure the go-to cloud for every industry and customer.

We are looking for a motivated, positive and high energy PM to drive the productization strategy and long range plan for Studio Alpha. This exciting opportunity requires a candidate with demonstrated experiences:

  • Understanding customer value proposition and teasing out differentiators
  • Building a business model that includes SKU / value prop tiering, pricing, and channel partnerships
  • Competitive and market landscape analyses
  • Building, executing on, and updating Long Range Plans (LRP)

If you are passionate about new market expansion and being part of the ground floor in an exciting new startup business, and meet the minimum qualificiations, we look forward to hearing from you. Don't delay - we like to move fast!

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of Program Management experience
  • 2+ years of Product Planning experience, with successful launch of at least one product
  • BS in Computer Science, engineering or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams in disparate organizations across the world
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or equivelant
  • Market expertise in commercial Modeling and Simulation and/or Serious Gaming
  • Experience with early startup business model development and planning

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. 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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Monitor competitive activites within our market, and provide competitive differentiation and potential partnering opportunity input to program management during the product-planning process.
  • Understand industry and technology trends with ability to creatively communicate product value proposition.
  • Partner with cross-disciplinary teams to incorporate the Planning perspective into the Vision or Strategy Memos and Long-Range Plans.
  • Define product/service areas to which customers form an emotional connection by appealing to their sense of beauty, style, and engagement as well as their functional needs.
  • Frame and facilitate the planning process. Translate organizational objectives into operational business strategies.
  • Generate monetization strategy and revenue model that demonstrates an understanding of revenue mix, competitors' position, and market opportunity.
  • Find opportunities for collaboration across groups, ensure that cross-team commitments are set, and ensure that the right people with the right knowledge and expertise are involved in decisions.
  • Have a sense of pride and personal accountability for end-to-end quality, completeness, and resulting user experience for the life of the product/service.
  • 0-50% travel can be expected in this role, though travel is not required near-term during COVID related restrictions

Keywords: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond , Product Planner, Other , Redmond, Washington

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