Manager, Customer Engineers

Last updated 17 days ago
Location:Boston, Massachusetts, Malvern, Pennsylvania, New York, New York, Paramus, New Jersey, Washington, District of Columbia
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission.

Microsoft aspires to help our customers achieve their own digital transformation, leveraging the power of Microsoft Cloud solutions and support offerings. To this end, Microsoft invests in a dedicated Customer Success team that will help Microsoft customers successfully realize their business outcomes.

Microsoft Customer Engineers enable our customers to realize their full potential through accelerated adoption and productive use of Microsoft technologies. To that end, we are dedicated to improving the overall customer experience, serving as the customer advocates within Microsoft and driving customer-centric product improvement. The Northeast Customer Success team is committed to this excellence with Microsoft customers that focuses on achieving a Modern Work with such products and online services such as Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Teams and others.

The Manager, Customer Engineers, is a pivotal role in this endeavor, managing the best and brightest capabilities within a team of Customer Engineers (CE’s). The Manger typically leads a combined team of 20-25 billable Customer Engineers that are focused on driving customer satisfaction, cloud consumption aligned to the client’s overall corporate priorities, and customer IT health. Leadership, business acumen, people development and operational excellence in execution are keys to the success of the Manager, Customer Engineers role.

The Manager, Customer Engineers (MCE) will accomplishe the above-mentioned objectives by providing their teams with direction and guidance. Successful Managers possess passion, vision and experience in the Technology Industry, and are able lead a team of professionals to build, educate, and grow their technical, industry and support expertise. CE Managers must have technology and industry knowledge, help us analyze gaps in our current team composition and skills, and build a roadmap to fill the gaps.

The MCE is a key to guiding team members in career development, improving our support technology skills, and coaching individual team members to help them meet their business commitments and professional objectives. In addition, the MCE works with their peer managers and team members to improve the overall workgroup health, fostering a strong and inclusive culture of openness and honesty, aligned to Microsoft values.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Drive usage growth of "Modern Work" workloads (Microsoft 365 with a focus on Microsoft Teams Meetings and Platform and Apps on Teams) thru Customer Success excellence; reducing competitive threat.
  • Hire, develop, support, coach and enable CSMs or CEs to ensure effective delivery against priorities.
  • Role Model One Microsoft - exceptional cross-team collaboration and communicator. Partner with all required Microsoft stakeholders in the subsidiary to drive CSM and CE role clarity and effective cross-team collaboration.
  • Amplify the Voice of the Customer within Microsoft, representing the customers’ technical interests, generating insights, removing obstacles, and influencing engineering roadmaps.
  • Manage your Area’s coverage and role orchestration model balancing customer needs, future growth and fiscal year usage goals.
  • Drive operational excellence, including timely consumption/utilization opportunity management, Scrum and high-quality reporting and insights through proper tools and channels.
  • Deep engagement with Business Decision Makers and IT Decision Makers (BDM/ITDMs) to deliver business outcomes.
  • Manage and drive usage culture at scale within the local Microsoft subsidiary and the Microsoft partner ecosystem.
  • Identify and document consumption best practices and customer references to further grow the success of the CSM program.
  • Identify and document new MIP (Managed IP), and manage Utilization of your CE resources to ensure optimal productivity and client value.

People Management

  • Execute Team Readiness and Development - Attract, develop and retain a talented team of profile CSMs or CEs, leveraging both HR & external sources to ensure a strong pipeline of future candidates.
  • Lead by example via deep, direct involvement in customer engagements and a "showing by doing" mindset. Manage performance through appropriate 1:1s and connect sessions, conduct performance management assessments and reviews annually (FTEs).
  • Develop capability thanks to his/her own abilities to deliver all CSM customer facing activities, including the ability to coach CSMs on the delivery of a functional design / gap analysis, creation of qualitative "Success Plans", the design/driving of adoption strategies and plans and the optimization of Microsoft’s purchase options for maximum impact.
  • Support and enable professional development planning and execution through assessments and role-based training plans.
  • Hold the team and individuals accountable for results and recognize appropriately.
  • Ensure team members execute effectively, collaborate appropriately and deliver a positive impact on the organization.
  • Create an inclusive, engaging and motivating work environment that improves Work Health Index (WHI) results annually.

Lead team to ensure intense focus on Business Value, Active Usage/Adoption, Renewals and Advocacy

  • Provide support, coaching and enablement to CSM or CE team to ensure effective delivery against the Monthly Active Usage and/or Utilization targets, drive adoption, create high-quality customer success plans, and monitor customer health.
  • Become an expert in the Modern Work methodologies, programs and processes.
  • Build strong client relationships with the appropriate customer executives that support the CSMs engagements. Strengthen that relationship through a deep understanding of the customer’s business needs.
  • Establish a BDM-focused culture.
  • Help remove blockers for the team.
  • Lead the team to be a proactive, agile and responsive point of contact for the customer and to be an effective technical Voice of the Customer inside Microsoft.
  • Establish a culture that grows account references, advocacy and loyalty for the CSM and CE practice by maintaining high levels of customer success and satisfaction.


  • At least 8 years of industry or related management services/support experience
  • 3 years experience leading large teams or managing at least 20 direct reports
  • 5+ years of experience in driving change management and effective adoption within key technologies
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; MBA in IT, finance, or general management preferred
  • An understanding of the Modern Work/Customer Success Solutions and related supportive technologies (O365, SharePoint, Teams, Exchange, etc.).
  • Proven ability to map the customer’s business process to product capability
    Top-notch executive engagement and communication skills
  • Proven ability to establish trusted advisor relationships with business decision makers
  • Passion for making others successful; ability to think strategically
  • Willingness to travel - up to 40%

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