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  • Posted: Nov 3, 2020
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  • Microsoft Corporation (commonly referred to as Microsoft or MS) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operatin...
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    Principal Program Manager Lead

    The Microsoft Identity program management team is searching for a principal level leader to build and run our new team in Nairobi.

    We are looking for an experienced program and product management leader with strong team-building skills and ability to create strong connections with the customer and partner ecosystem in the region. As companies embark on their digital transformations, they turn to Microsoft Identity division to give them secure, convenient, manageable, digital relationships with employees, customers and business partners. Tens of thousands of organizations, millions of users are successfully using Microsoft Identity services, such as Azure Active Directory, every month. Hundreds of thousands of developers are building powerful and secure applications that authenticate users with Microsoft identity platform or access high value data in the Microsoft cloud (such as Office 365 or Azure) with cloud APIs such as the Microsoft Graph.

    In this role, you will recruit and train talent to build a world-class program management team. You will lead the team to imagine and drive new features that help customers better manage identity related scenarios in their organizations. You will lead the team to designs solutions for application developers to build applications critical to the business and valuable to end users. You will establish an outreach and connection to our top customers and partners (ISVs, system integrators) to build strong partnerships that result in customer and partner input into the product, and adoption of Microsoft identity solutions in the marketplace.

    There is a lot of cross-team collaboration and customer or partner connection you and your team will be involved in – you will lead by example in customer empathy (including customers in IT, developer or user roles). You will need to be proficient at creating and maintaining positive, productive team spirit and relationships, including with remote teams, customers and partners distributed around the globe. You will teach your team how to experiment effectively, use various sources of data, such as telemetry, to learn and apply a growth mindset. You will keep an eye out on competitors and industry developments to build a product and platform strategy that continues to establish Microsoft Identity offerings as a leader in the cloud. You will learn a lot about the identity technologies and offerings, and about cloud security. The skills and experience you build in these roles will be valuable for years to come as the world digitally transforms.

    Responsibilities

    • Build a world-class program management team and lead it to success.
    • Create a network of customer and partner connection and strong productive partnerships with them to influence product design and drive market adoption of Microsoft identity services. Be the bridge between Microsoft and the EMEA market when it comes to identity technologies and solutions.
    • Listen to data and customers (including  IT administrators, application developers, or end users), and use customer insight to drive clarity of product requirements with feature teams, partner teams, user research, design, marketing and support to meet customer needs.
    • Monitor industry and competitive trends in developer experience for identity and contribute to product strategy.

    Qualifications

    • 7+ years of product management experience building commercial software
    • BS Degree in a technical or engineering discipline 
    • Proven track record as a great team builder and people manager 
    • Experience in evangelism, customer connection, marketing or community building
    • Demonstrated experience in understanding customer needs (IT, developer, end users) and problem solving with customer empathy
    • Experience with security, identity, authentication, or authorization-related technologies highly desirable
    • Collaboration, communication, partnering skills

    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.

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

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    Designer (Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI)

    Are you a designer who is passionate about human-centred design which can improve the quality of peoples work and lives? Do you believe that Africa can lead the world when it comes to technology innovation? Are you excited about working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to design prototypes and products at the cutting edge of research? If so, then come and join us as a designer in the Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI), Nairobi, Kenya.

    The MARI is a first of its kind research institute, closely combining foundational research, with product innovation, engineering and design to create the technologies of the future. Our mission is to understand, build and deploy innovative cloud and AI technologies which not only address core opportunities in Africa and contribute to solving local challenges at scale but also hep to create a more productive future of work, health and society globally. This will involve research at the cutting edge of HCI and AI.

    We are looking for designers of the highest caliber to help create this new research institute. The ideal candidate will be smart and creative, and willing to embrace new concepts and ideas, and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of ethnographers, computer scientists, designers and engineers to create groundbreaking new technologies whilst keeping the people who must use them at the heart of innovation.

    Responsibilities

    • Be able to come up with innovative design concepts
    • Design user-experiences from low-fidelity sketches to hi-fidelity pixel perfect mockups
    • Create rapid prototypes to validate design concepts with users and project collaborators
    • Be able to communicate design principles and direction to multi-disciplinary teams and communicate design specifications to engineers

    Qualifications

    • A Masters/Bachelors in Design, plus at least 2 years of work experience
    • Background and experience in visual communication and interaction design
    • Strong work portfolio that demonstrates systematic and creative design thinking as well as a deep understanding of UI/UX best practices.
    • Proficiency in graphic design, motion graphics, digital art, a sensitivity to typography, color, layout, and a general awareness of materials/textures
    • Be as happy designing something ridiculously blue-sky OR something immediately implementable
    • Proficiency with a range of interaction design, visualization, and rapid design prototyping tools
    • Ideally some experience in video/film making or animation

    As part of your application please attach your CV, a link to your portfolio and the names and contact information of at least two references.

    Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, 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.

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

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