Microsoft Global PDM AVP Job in Seattle, WA at Cognizant

Microsoft Global Partner Development Manager

AVP – Strategic Partnership Group

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 193 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital atwww.cognizant.comor follow us @Cognizant.

Strategic Partnership Group (SPG)

Cognizant is looking for a passionate and energetic business development and alliance professional to join our Strategic Partnership Group (SPG). SPG is chartered with driving incremental revenue growth through joint offers and market development programs with Cognizants most strategic and global technology and solution partners. Our SPG team sits more broadly within our Strategy, Partnerships and Business Development Group and is a critical function for executing our strategy which is increasingly becoming more dependent on deep relationships with critical partners.


As a Partner Development Manager, you will own strategy, execution and management of our partnership with Microsoft globally. You will be responsible for identifying, defining, prioritizing, and launching region-specific solutions and offerings, while also building and executing a comprehensive go-to-market plan to accelerate adoption of these solutions and services through the partner in the region. The success of this role is predicated on building, nurturing, leveraging and connecting relationships across Cognizants and the Partners executive leaders, product leaders, and sales teams across targeted vertical business units and service lines. You will be responsible for setting and achieving revenue growth targets in the region by driving the overall market adoption of Cognizant solutions and IT ervices. You will successfully build virtual teams comprised of a diverse set of skills and knowledge from across Cognizant to interface with a variety of teams on the partner side.

The ideal candidate will have both a business background that enables them to engage at the CXO level, as well as a sales background that enables them to manage joint GTM efforts including the interaction with enterprise customers and sales executives. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges, as well as build and convey compelling value propositions. The position also requires a strong technical acumen and familiarity with cloud services.


Develop and own end-to-end execution of the regional partnership plan (in line with the global plan) with Microsoft globally, including definition and agreement of successful outcomes against Cognizant revenue targets and the Microsoft scorecard in region

Establish a regular cadence with partners for pipeline, opportunity and business reviews to manage progress against the regional partnership plan

Lead the Cognizant brand and associated partnership impact across Microsoft executive and field teams. Ensure the partners field sales organization is enabled to drive new revenue opportunities for Cognizant

Work with Global Partner Development Managers and internal practice areas to develop joint offerings for target industries and accounts globally

Define strategic accounts and joint account planning targets, by country in selected RAD segments, to support proactive business development

Serve as the internal subject matter expert for the partners solutions and technology by developing a deep understanding of partners strategies, technology, offerings, GTM model, and incentive programs; leverage programs for incremental margin and funding opportunities for Cognizant.

Communicate the partner strategy, joint offer value propositions and GTM strategy to our Partner Success Managers and our industry/country based generalist and specialist sales teams; represent the partnership at external events

Drive the development of sales enablement materials/tools in conjunction with cross-functional teams that marketing, sales and offer management with our practices

In coordination with regional and global marketing and AR/PR, develop and support execution of campaigns (e.g. events, demand generation programs) to deliver incremental growth opportunities in selected industries and solution areas

Identify joint collaboration activities and secure Marketing Development Funds from partners to support

Preparing and giving business reviews to and Cognizant senior leaders in the region

Identify and support opportunities for account-specific training and certification

Coach, mentor, and provide feedback to team members

Required Experience:

Experience in business development, partner (channel or alliance) management, sales/strategic sales with a track record of exceeding revenue goals and driving successful partner programs

Understanding of the public cloud, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS market and different technology segments

Experience working with Global System Integration/Consulting organizations or global ISVs/Cloud Platform vendors (e.g. Microsoft, AWS, Google, Dell Technologies, HPE, Oracle, or SAP)

Creative thinker with the ability to structure and execute complex initiatives, programs, and deals

Be results driven and demonstrated willingness to take the lead in driving initiatives, creating unique approaches to developing new revenue opportunities across teams with, at times, competing priorities and measures

Highly collaborative, with an ability to thrive and influence within a matrixed environment characterized by direct/indirect accountability to a variety of stakeholders in different functional and geographic areas

Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills and the ability to interact effectively across multiple levels (from IC to Senior Leadership) within Cognizant and

Highly organized and detail oriented, able to continually prioritize and pivot based on changing market conditions

Experience and demonstrated success working with and across multiple countries and culture within a geographic region

Presentation and writing skills and the ability to articulate complex concepts to cross-functional audiences

15+ years of sales and technology partnershipexperience

5+ years of managing a team of high performing Partner Success Managers

Required Education:

Technical undergraduate degree preferred; MBA a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity


About the Company

Company: Cognizant

Company Location:  Seattle, WA

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