Business Applications Solution Architect - CTJ

Last updated one month ago
Location:Chevy Chase, Maryland, Reston, Virginia, United States, Washington, District of Columbia
Job Type:Full Time

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Microsoft Federal delivers a single unified organization centered around our customer: All critical customer functions are brought under the same organizational umbrella. Bringing together the breadth and depth in our space with a razor sharp focus on serving the U.S. Government.​ Our federal customers’ expectations of how to contract, interact, and partner with us are changing, and they need to evolve at the pace of the private sector. Launching a nimble, empowered organization with comprehensive resources allows us to work hand in hand with our customers to accelerate their technology innovation, whether through R&D or through direct contracting. ​

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Join us and be one who helps to empower the US government! That’s incredible reach. When you combine that with your own inspiration, plus the freedom and support to make your ideas happen, you can make a huge impact.

The US Federal Consulting Business Applications Center of Excellence is looking for a Solution Architect with CRM/CE (Customer Engagement) or ERP Enterprise experience who has a mix of hands on experience in selling business value solutions in highly competitive situations, business applications implementation, architectural design and strategic business acumen. Solution Architects must have a passion for the customer which is demonstrated through professionalism and striving for excellence in all aspects of the customer experience.

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This is your opportunity to work and learn with the foremost Microsoft Dynamics 365 experts on a variety of projects, technologies, and geographies. At Microsoft you will be provided with a range of opportunities for professional and personal development across all our technologies and business. As a member of the Microsoft’s Business Applications team, you will work on the largest and most complex Federal customer projects that will make a real difference in millions of people’s lives

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Responsibilities

The Solution Architect helps customer account teams identify, pursue and close strategic business development opportunities while continually driving add-on business within existing projects. To accomplish this, Solution Architects must be effective in fostering executive level relationships. They also play a key role in engaging partners and the US Delivery Center as part of the overall Microsoft services delivery model. Solution Architects help translate business requirements into technology requirements for inclusion in contracts and/or statements of work (SOW). In some cases, the Solution Architect will also assist in contract negotiations.

The Solution Architect will be required to assist or provide technical quality oversight at various points throughout a project lifecycle. To be successful, he or she must have proven experience managing projects through the entire project lifecycle. This includes managing multi-phase/multi-dimensional/multi-resource projects to conclusion while maintaining high customer satisfaction. The role requires an individual who is self-motivated, resourceful, confident under pressure, and has demonstrated skill in both crisis management and expectation management.

The Solution Architect must apply advanced analysis skills and experience in principals of architecting, designing, demonstrating, and positioning Dynamics CRM or ERP-based solutions including estimating service implementations. To be credible, he or she must have current and deep experience with implementing large CRM or ERP engagements using the Microsoft Dynamics platform. Understanding of competitive technology (i.e. SFDC or Oracle) enables the architect to properly assess feasibility of migrating customer solutions from, and/or integrating with customer solutions hosted on, non-Microsoft platforms. Advanced domain knowledge in one or more vertical industry is also an asset. Solution Architects are expected to gain and maintain effective product group and other critical stakeholder relationships

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

5+ years of Enterprise work experience

2+ years of Architecture or Technical Lead Experience

5+ years of Microsoft Dynamics CRM or ERP Experience
50-75% travel under normal circumstances


Bachelor (or Master’s) degree or equivalent experience, MBA desirable


The Solution Architect should have the following core competencies:

The role should have proven experience in a broad range of industry knowledge and at least 5 years CRM or ERP implementation experience

Proven experience selling product and consulting engagements in competitive situations

Experience which includes estimating, scoping, and writing effective statements of work that clearly set expectations and limit risk

Demonstrated excellence at presenting complex development topics to both business executive and technical personnel

An ability to articulate architectural differences between solution methods and the challenges and approaches to integrating solutions built on different platforms including a working knowledge of different architectural frameworks that may be used by our customers

Working knowledge of specialized tools and solution providers whether they be Microsoft partners or competitors

Knowledge of full application life cycle design tools and methodologies

Exceptional demonstrated consulting skills

Large enterprise deployment experience in complex heterogeneous environments

Ability to move between high level architectural review/design and the “roll up the sleeves” level of actually doing all phases of an application delivery project

The successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen. Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

The successful candidate must have an active U.S. Government Secret Security Clearance. Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination.

Clearance Verification: This position requires successful verification of the stated security clearance to meet federal government customer requirements. You will be asked to provide clearance verification information prior to an offer of employment.

Cloud Screening: Candidates must be able to successfully complete and pass a Microsoft Cloud background screening. Required Cloud Screenings will be administered on a recurring bi-annual basis.

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