Director of Artificial Intelligence – AI Digital Transformation and Technical Solutions Lead

Chicago, IL, USA | Microsoft

  • Industry:
    Information Technologies
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Product Development
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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Organizations around the world are going through rapid digital transformation. This is especially true in the US, where we see this phenomenon being accelerated by the scale and agility of the Cloud and fueled by the latest innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence. As they progress through their transformations and examine impacts on employees, partners, customers, and society, new strategies are emerging with socio-environmental factors and sustainability at the center.

Changes and challenges like these also mean unprecedented opportunities for Microsoft. To capitalize on the opportunities in MSUS, we need a holistic ecosystem approach to ‘make the AI market’ with Microsoft as the indisputable leader. We will work across cities, and states, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and leverage coalitions, private and public partnerships, NGOs, industry associations, our partner ecosystem and academic institutions – all for the goal of leveraging AI to enable every person and every organization to achieve more. Do you want to be part an organization that will be a game changer for how we make the AI Market and build upon our mission of Sustainability and investments to support Carbon Negative Pledge by 2030 Do you like to be in an environment of building something new, creating and incubating new opportunities and connecting across the entire MSUS and WW teamsThis organization is looking for strategic, passionate and driven individuals who understand AI, the value of ecosystem and the opportunity for collaboration to make new markets.

Desired Leadership, Aspirations and Values:

Customer Obsession: The AI Country Plan team, the Office of the Chief Digital Officer and Microsoft are committed to have a customer first approach. We expect our leader to have a demonstratable history of making a difference for customers and showing a customer first approach.

Growth Mindset: Experience and passion for learning (technical and soft skills); implementing practices from others; trying, failing and learning from that; sharing practices and knowledge for others’ benefit

Collaboration: This lead inspires other for the dedication and commitment to the team objectives. The right person can lead or be part of the team in favor of the greater good of customers and Microsoft.

Problem Solver: Ability to solve complex challenges for customers and have a high ability to solve internal and external barriers understanding internal and external organizational structures, dynamics and tradeoffs.

Intellectual Aspirations: This role will require the director to be on continuous learning. It is expected that this executive will stay current on industries and technologies and be able to solve hard and complex problems on a matrixed organization.

Passion for technology: Microsoft and the Chief Digital Officer’s office, are committed to Technical excellence and technical intensity. We share the passion for driving innovation with our customers and learning new technologies.



Key Responsibilities:

Customer Engagements: As the digital transformation Lead for these industries, you will support a small number of accounts, but will be expected to deliver success and provide meaningful solutions that will serve as key future use cases for the industry across the US. This person is expected to be able to identify key C-level needs from the customers, define a strategy and deliver a proposal that is accepted and agreed by the customer. This leader will lead directly a few accounts, but will be expected to define and consult on AI Digital transformation to other prioritizes accounts across the U.S.

Technical Leadership and Engagements: The director is expected to be well versed on AI and overall cloud solutions and architectures. The lead has to be able to independently work with the customer’s technical teams as well as have technical conversations with the technical leadership teams at the CIO\CTO Level. The executive will partner with the National Cloud Solutions Architects, AI Engineering, Digital Advisors, Partners and ISV’s, and Account teams to ensure that an AI technical solution is properly designed and adopted by customers. This leader will be seen as the technical go to person for the AI country plan in the U.S.

AI Partner Ecosystem: The lead is expected to be well versed on the AI partners ecosystem. This includes key Systems Integrators, Independent Software vendors, Startups. The Director will ensure that the partner ecosystems is part of the solutions and partner with our partners teams (OCP), on partner readiness and ensure the key partners are prioritized for AI programs

Industry Leadership: From an industry perspective this role will focus directly on Manufacturing and Energy and partner with one other industry lead. The two leaders will collaborate with key industry sales teams, associations, customers, influencers and regulators to ensure to remove blockers and drive innovation.



Minimum Qualifications:

Digital Transformation: 5+ Years of experience and an extensive track record of large deal closing and experience selling platform and enterprise solutions to large/global enterprise customers with a focus on Data & Analytics platform technologies presented to the CTO\CIO or equivalent executives.

Consultative Technical Selling: 3+ Years of validated experience in consultative technical selling approach, including bringing innovative ideas to customers problems and being customer focused.

Additional Qualifications:

Executive Presence: Experience and expertise selling to senior business decision makers by aligning & reinforcing the value of the solution to the customer’s overall business pain and/or strategic opportunities and decision criteria. Experience in influencing Senior Leadership teams to drive strategy and investments. required

Collaborative: Strong relationship-building and negotiation skills. required

Excellent Communicator: Able to distill widely variant feedback into root cause issues and provide actionable feedback to other stakeholders, deep technical product demo, presenting, writing, and verbal communication skills required.

Performer: Highly driven passionate person, consistently exceeds goals with a demonstrated track record of exceeding goals. required

Data Platform modernization and migration, and Analytics is preferred.

AI Solutions: High-level expertise in sophisticated cloud solutions that include knowledge mining, Machine Learning, Cognitive services and understanding of identity, authentication, security, privacy, and compliance requirements, and experience integrating them into cloud and hybrid solutions

Technical breadth: Enterprise customer level experience with Cloud technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Data Landscape, Architecture Designs, Open Source Technologies, Industry Standards and demonstrated ability to integrate new technologies on prem as well as on the cloud.

Market insights: Understanding of Artificial Intelligence solutions from competitors (AWS, GCP, others) as well as Architect Artificial Intelligence based applications, startups and partner ecosystem.

Industry Builder: Understand capabilities of, strategically be able to work with, influence cohesively, build and grow, Microsoft (or similar) customers, members of the Microsoft (or similar) sales, services, and marketing organizations, internal and external communities and Microsoft (or similar) partners, thinktanks and associations.

Strategy: Experience developing strategies, execution plans and reporting to achieve business goals through multiple channels and competing to take market share.


Bachelor’s Degree, MBA and Masters in Technical fields or relevant job experience all accepted

Certifications: Azure Fundamentals, Data Engineer or Azure AI Engineer preferred

Additional trainings, technical or sales certifications and education in Enterprise Architecture valued

Travel: 25 to 50% in U.S. Based Territories