Africa Transformation Office (ATO)Background
Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Africa is one of the best places on the planet to bring our mission to life.
It is home to people and 54 countries. The talent in Africa reflects a tremendously rich and diverse potential that can truly impact the world over the next few decades.
Being the youngest continent in the world with a median age of just years, Africa is contributing to +12M youth being added to the global labor force every year.
By 2040, half of the world's young people will live in Africa. Africa's growth is propelled by being a mobile first continent which is fueling connectivity, innovation, and scalability.
Our aspiration is to transform Africa to a Cloud-first, Digital-first continent enabling a thriving digital economy across Africa while reinventing Microsoft's digital assets and capabilities to serve the young continent's transformation needs.
With that in mind was the establishment of new team; the Africa Transformation Office (ATO), which will be established and chartered with the following :
The Partner Development Manager is an important contributor to Microsoft's partner engagement strategy.Microsoft aspires to offer the most comprehensive, inclusive, and profitable partner network in the industry.
The partner business leads this effort in recruiting new partners, building solutions together, creating vibrant routes to market, and selling with impact to our joint customers.
The goal of the PDM is at the start of this journey. The PDM Identifies, qualifies, engage, and enables strategic partners to develop new solutions on the Microsoft platform.
With these new partners and solutions on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, we can better provide the right partner, at the right time, to solve customer business challenge.
The PDM is responsible for recruiting new Microsoft Partners in the marketplace. The PDM researches Industry and customer needs to identify where Microsoft has gaps in its portfolio of partners to meet customer needs or, there are opportunities to disrupt the marketplace with new and differentiated solutions and services that can transform business for Microsoft customers.
The PDM leads the 360 degree business relationship with companies through the process of bringing new service offerings and solutions to market.
The PDM engages at the very highest level of executives building trust and by developing joint business plans defining Go-To-Market strategies, driving implementation of all aspects of the strategy and by orchestrating relationships between the partners technical, sales and marketing teams and Microsoft’s to achieve sales targets.
The PDM represents Microsoft to new partners, communicates our strategy, sells our vision and brings partners along in the digital transformation journey.
The outcome will be to drive application development, long-term revenue, cloud consumption and digital transformation through a set of cloud applications & solutions leading to workload / industry based co-sell.
The Partner Dev Manager will work with strategic partners to join Microsoft Cloud Platform and build solutions that will provide a unique expertise and solve customers’ business challenges.
Key responsibilities include :
Create Recruit strategic partners target list based on Recruit Council, Capacity Plan, Industry Solution Categories and Segment priorities.
Target list of highest value solution for the territory.
Create Executive Sponsorship and Relationships to build trust and drive for commitments.
Coordinate engagement of teams required to enable / skill up partner and manage solution development.
Drive business performance measured by revenue (usage & consumption), customer acquisition, apps, as well as the support global expansion.
Demonstrate account management excellence through high quality interactions with the partner, and through well-orchestrated interactions between partner executives and Microsoft executives.