Infrastructure Skilling Enablement Lead
Microsoft Corporation
Lagos, Nigeria
19h ago

Job Description

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  • Foster digital skilling and job creation to maximize the economic opportunity for the African youth and workforce.
  • As the Leader of the Africa Infrastructure and Skilling Enablement pillar you will lead our efforts to set the continent digital assets and infrastructure strategy, and manage with internal and external stakeholders governments, regulators, infrastructure providers towards the sucsesfull deployment.
  • The lead will also drive the efforts with his team to assess cloud services requirements with the goverments, MNCs and key Enterprise accounts to ensure the deployed assets are inline with the market requirements and meet utilization targets.
  • The Lead will also manage our continents dgitial litracy and advanced digitial skilling efforts. Coordinating with all internal stakeholders and strategic partners to deliver on our ambition to skill millions of African youth per annum with a focus on underserved communities, developer communities, Education, Enterprise and Government population.
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  • Develops and maintains an understanding of customers, competitors, partners, business models, market sizing, and industry trends in Africa.
  • Develops and maintains an understanding of the market environment and trends.
  • Leads market landscape analyses and reviews of companies of potential interest.
  • Provides guidance to business partners to inform decision-making.
  • Uses existing knowledge base to drive a deal thesis and business model.
  • Communicates deal thesis and business model.
  • Develops an understanding of Microsoft’s product portfolio, strategic priorities, competitive position, gaps, and potential opportunities.
  • Drives evaluation of Microsoft ATO pillar strategic alternatives (e.g. buy, build, partner) and alternatives.

  • Ensures ATO pillar roadmap, go-to-market, integration plans and related issues are considered.
  • Represents ATO Strategy through exposure, presence, and influence of Microsoft stakeholders and leadership.
  • Research, Analysis, & Framing :

  • Guides others in conducting innovative Africa wide market-based research by leveraging and interpreting information (e.
  • g., financial statements, reports, analyses, stakeholder feedback, expert calls) around high-impact strategic questions, including researching within existing businesses and identifying new spaces for Microsoft;
  • involves stakeholders as appropriate; leverages analyses of others to synthesize information and challenges research of others.

  • Owns framing for broad research projects, ratifying with executives; assists colleagues with framing as needed.
  • Problem Solving & Solutioning :

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  • Synthesizes broad findings into insights across a division, including implications that inform business decisions on complex issues, leveraging executive presence to influence decisions and proactively driving solutions to high-impact strategic questions and unaddressed opportunities.
  • Identifies and scopes expansive ideas for company strategy, often missed by others; leverages insights to develop recommendations and provide thought leadership (e.
  • g., trend identification, implications of competitor moves) around potential future growth opportunities and strategic issues for Microsoft.

  • Sells value of new efforts to business partners and / or senior leadership.
  • Guides team through development of frameworks and methodologies to drive problem solving and insights.
  • Communication :

  • Ensures communication of insights to senior business leaders (e.g., GM-level, CVP, EVP, CEO) and conveys viewpoints through written documents (e.
  • g., memos, reports) and influence models (e.g., meetings, presentations) through minimal iterations of feedback and vetting;
  • Builds end-to-end storylines and creates outlines across multiple projects for junior colleagues to leverage.
  • Influences senior decision-making by providing communications, challenging ideas, and adapting messages to complex nuances as needed.
  • Communicates value of new efforts to business partners and / or senior leadership.
  • Business Partner Relationships :

  • Manages key points of contact with internal teams (e.g., MEA HQ, MEA Subs, MCAPS, Finance, CELA, Marketing, Engineering, BD, LinkedIn, GitHub, etc.)
  • Manages and cultivates relationships with senior internal leaders (e.g., GM-level, CVP, EVP, CEO).
  • Acts as an advisor to senior leadership as an ATO pillar domain expert within Microsoft , leveraging deep technical / product and business knowledge, market awareness, and subject matter expertise to inform strategic business decisions.
  • Demonstrates influences through partners across multiple divisions.
  • Provides career mentorship to colleagues outside of ATO function and is sought out by others for guidance and education.
  • Ensures opportunities for junior team members to develop business partner relationships.
  • Identifies compelling projects and positions the team to carry them out.
  • Project Leadership :

  • Manages multiple ATO pillar projects and teams across organizational boundaries as a project lead through goals, deliverables, feedback, resource balancing, and timing expectations;
  • proactively identifies complex roadblocks and address them.

  • Initiates and drives multiple projects and topic areas including project plans, recommendations, impact, and syndication across groups.
  • Leads cross-company initiatives as a lead member of virtual teams, demonstrating impact across numerous divisions.
  • Identifies, evaluates, and proposes new project work / deals based on unmet needs. Advises others to indirectly lead projects.
  • Customer and Partner Focus :

  • Leverages internal and external relationships as a trusted advisor to advise complex (e.g., large, high impact) customers and partners on domain expertise as a sought-out resource across multiple lines of business, geographies, and cultures, as appropriate;
  • advises partners and decision-makers on the industry and company.

  • Drives internal strategy and provides guidance to team in executing partnerships.
  • Drives customer and partner business initiatives, and contributes to customer’s strategy discussions; influences the product roadmap, prioritization, and customer and partner decision making.
  • Looks across accounts to identify and address broad issues and trends.
  • Drives strategic thinking among the team and fosters a culture of customer and partner focus.
  • Creates business value propositions based on company, partner, and / or customer needs that drive long-term value creation.
  • Drives support and action by influencing internal stakeholders and partners and promoting the value of opportunities.

  • Management of External Engagement & Stakeholders Management
  • People Leadership : deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring, upholding the Company Culture & Values
  • Reporting : interpret, add to, and apply reports to add value in generating and executing ATO pillar plans.
  • Required / Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Liberal Arts, Computer Science, or related field AND 10+ years marketing, strategy, business planning, consulting, banking, finance, economics, and / or partner organization experience.
  • OR Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field AND 8+ years marketing, strategy, business planning, consulting, banking, finance, economics, and / or partner organization experience
  • OR equivalent experience (e.g., scaling a business, incubation, driving change in a large company, entrepreneurship, management consulting).
  • 2+ years experience in Strategy, Management Consulting, and / or Finance.
  • 3+ years project, people, and / or change management experience.
  • 5+ years people management experience.
  • Experience working in and / or covering multiple African countries with strong track record of achievements.
  • 10+ years’ experience in large Enterprise and / or Government ICT sales leadership, with track record of large complex ICT programs and projects
  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of Networks, Infrastructure, DCs and cloud services offerings.
  • Proven track record in executing successful national and / or regional digital skilling programs
  • Program management Experience and proven track record of execution of large complex initiatives and projects.
  • Additional or Preferred Qualifications :

  • 5+ years experience working in a matrixed organization, preferably in the technology industry.
  • 5+ years project, people, and / or change management experience.
  • 10+ years experience in a related business / functional domain.
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