Microsoft

Sr. Business Planner

Microsoft

September 14, 2021

Windows business planning team is part of Microsoft’s Central Business Planning team, and drives strategy for the iconic Windows business, focusing on the hyper competitive consumer segment. This role is a unique opportunity for a strategic thinker to drive the evolution of Windows product and business model. It provides an amazing career opportunity to learn and grow while transforming Windows’ highly successful, multi-billion-dollar business model for the future. Windows is a foundational business for Microsoft, with over 1B monthly active devices running Windows, the work we do forms the basis of customers engaging with multiple Microsoft services, including Microsoft 365, XBOX GamePass etc. This role also has a high emphasis on product innovation and requires working with our product teams to influence product strategy roadmap.
We are looking for people who are eager to learn, work in a fast-paced environment, passionate about technology, have passion for consumer segment and set their targets high for driving impact. Ability to frame a complex problem, solid analytical skills, ability to quickly learn new areas of the business as well as the ability to drive initiatives across multiple functions are key to success within our team. You will partner closely with product management, marketing, engineering, sales, GTM and finance to frame strategic discussions and drive data-driven recommendations for the business model and pricing strategy for the Windows business. In this role, you will be significantly influencing product strategy, feature including feature packaging and prioritization, device portfolio advocacy, partner investments, GTM strategy among several other disciplines. This role provides a mix of strategy formulation and ownership of its execution – you’ll never lose the pulse of the business! Responsibilities
How you can make an impact:
  • Lead analysis of current Windows business, customers and competitors to develop insights about business performance, trends, and disruptions
  • Identify & model new business, product & market opportunities
  • Define and frame strategic options for future Windows offerings, pricing and licensing
  • Partner with the broader organization to drive recommendations for executive decisions making
  • Lead ongoing primary research of customers and market landscape in partnership with our product and research teams
  • Represent Windows Business Planning in cross-company business planning forums, licensing field events, etc.
What we will do for you:
  • Champion your success at every level of our leadership
  • Give you the opportunity to gain new experience and improve upon your strengths
  • Support who you are as your authentic self
  • Work with you in building an inclusive and diverse culture everywhere
  • Make growth and career development a consistent priority
Qualifications
Recommended Qualifications:
Here is what we would love for you to bring to this role or be passionate to learn about:
  • Strong structuring and framing skills
  • Proven ability to create and articulate a strategy, influence others, and drive planning
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills and adaptability
  • Proven experience in storytelling and executive level presentations
  • Passion for technology and fast paced work environment
  • Excited about delivering significant business impact
  • 2+ years’ experience in either management consulting, licensing, business and data analysis, or market research is required
  • MBA, or a Master’s degree in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics is preferred

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.
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