[sf-lug] Microsoft's "open source" guru job posting

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 16:30:01 PST 2009



I am assuming that this job posting, like all job postings, will disappear
in the not-too-distant future, and so I have posted it in its entirety here:

 *Director, Open Source Desktop Strategy* at

*Location:* Greater Seattle Area

*URL:* http://www.microsoft.com<http://www.linkedin.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emicrosoft%2Ecom&urlhash=s0mx>
 Apply Now<http://www.linkedin.com/jobs?startApply=&jobId=652401&goback=%2Evjn_652401>
 Type:Full-timeExperience:DirectorFunctions:Consulting, Strategy /
Planning, Product Management, Business Development Industries:Computer
Software Posted:February 5, 2009 Job Description

The Windows Competitive Strategy team is looking for a strong team member to
lead Microsoft's global desktop competitive strategy as it relates to open
source competitors. Our team mission is to gather intelligence, create
business strategies, and drive action in the marketplace for the Windows
Client business. In this job, you will be asked to think strategically, put
yourself in the mindset of our competitors, influence multi-million dollar
marketing campaigns, and drive high-level executive thinking around business
As the Director of Open Source Desktop Strategy you will need to drive
research and build holistic strategies across dynamic market segments like
PCs, NetBooks, and mobile internet devices. You will be responsible for
bringing our business strategy to life by discovering and sharing the market
insights that set the foundation for our platform value dialogue with
customers and the industry
You will need to work directly with customers and partners across the globe,
other product groups, field sales & marketing organizations, and industry
analysts to influence internal, external and partner marketing efforts with
a focus on consumer scenarios.
In this role you will be expected to:
• Drive our business strategy by delivering strategy reviews to Microsoft
• Drive primary and secondary market research activities to inform marketing
• Manage technical analysis of competitive platforms
• Create a rational set of proof points that promote Microsoft's comparative
• Build a fact-based marketing plan that articulates the Windows Client
value proposition to partners and customers
• Collaborate with the owners of outbound marketing channels, such as PR,
advertising, analysts, field, and partners
• Manage a marketing budget and influence worldwide subsidiary participation
to drive our strategy

The candidate must be a highly motivated self-starter, with a proven track
record of successful execution. Successful candidates must be able to think
strategically and creatively about business issues on a global scale, while
developing and executing detailed marketing plans. Building collaborative
relationships across organizations and motivating and leading virtual teams
to achieve collective impact will be essential, as will the ability to
juggle multiple work streams at one time. Experience working with
international teams is desirable.

A BS/A in a technical field is strongly desired and an MBA is preferred.
Familiarity with Open Source products is required. Working knowledge of x86
and ARM architectures a plus, but not required for candidates with strong
aptitude. 5+ years experience in a related field working on projects that
require strategic thinking, broad market impact, and business / technical
marketing message development & delivery preferred.
Additional Information

   - Applicants with recommendations are preferred.(You have 0
   recommendations <http://www.linkedin.com/references?mrs=>)
   - Referrals through network preferred.

  Job ID: 652401
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