As Director of Competitive Strategy, you will lead a team in driving the competitive analysis function within HSP to guide the organization in making decisions around hardware infrastructure roadmap planning and managing technology intercepts and investments. Join our HSP team and be a part of the world's fastest growing cloud service!
Develop competitive intelligence, and a strategy recommendation to influence the HW roadmap decisions.
Develop processes and models for engagement and data gathering across internal organizations (engineering, business units, customer-facing teams, finance, supply chain planners, etc.) and external avenues (industry analyses, conferences, publications, trade-shows, etc.)
Build models for drawing actionable insights from the collected intelligence to support roadmap planning and key decision-making processes
Perform scenario analyses to evaluate Microsoft Azure's competitiveness considering anticipated changes in the industry, customer, and competitor trends
Lead the creation of periodic industry roadmap packages with insights and key messages for stakeholder team consumption and executive communication. Measure level of engagement and meaningful use of competitive content throughout the planning cycles.
Partner with roadmap planners to ensure competitive content is strategically aligned in preparing roadmap recommendations for executive decision-making
BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related technical field
10+ years in competitive intelligence for a software or cloud-based company. Strong understanding of infrastructure software, security, management, analytics, and developer platforms across private and public cloud.
10+ years of experience in the server hardware and technology industry with a strong working knowledge of key technologies such as microprocessors, memory, storage, networking
Knowledge of cloud datacenter architecture preferred
Ability to synthesize data into key messages and insights from the point of view of customers/stakeholder teams
Ability to maintain the big picture, as well as dig deep to connect the dots between business and technical metrics/KPIs
Ability to work in in a virtual team environment, establishing strong partnerships with stakeholder teams
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Executive level presentation skills, and capable of articulating recommendations succinctly.