Group Program Manager

Last updated 12 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft is embarking on a new effort to address the growing needs of employees around the world. We are building a product suite designed to address the fundamental shift in how people work, build their career, and find meaning in their workplace. We are looking for team members who are excited to join our team and make a difference.

Employee engagement is undergoing a fundamental shift in response to economic, demographic, and societal changes. People want to be excited about their work, be connected to their company culture, understand how to succeed, and feel supported across a spectrum of onboarding, skilling, coaching and mentoring. Our team is dedicated to examining the employee journey and delivering software and services to make it better.

The Employee Experience team is run as a start-up, encouraging team members to share a sense of “founderism.” Team members engage directly with customers, iterate rapidly, and focus on solving the needs of employees around the world. Our culture is inclusive, casual, and high energy. Our team celebrates diverse backgrounds, and values passion for serving our customers. Our team has a strong sense of accountability and provides its members with opportunities for learning and career growth.

The Employee Experience team is looking for a Group Program Manager to lead the team in identifying, building, and growing experiences that will digitally transform the employee lifecycle while protecting privacy; from onboarding to exit and everything in between. The Group Program Manager will obsess over customer needs, establish strategic product investments, and communicate the roadmap for delivery. The GPM will regularly communicate with senior leaders in the industry, the press and with Microsoft executives. This role will require strong partnership with design, engineering and other Microsoft product teams as well as great collaboration with the Microsoft field, and marketing. Candidate attributes include experienced team leader, customer obsession, a learning mindset, strong communication skills, and generating energy across a diverse team.

The role has scope for broad impact and requires the ability to influence across organizational lines. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with a demonstrated track record of product vision, product innovation and a proven history of leading successful teams. The GPM will be required to develop a culture of quick moving teams, customer driven product innovation, drive usage of the suite and deliver measurable business value.


Key Responsibilities:

Lead the Employee Experience program management teams that define solutions as part of a suite

Hire and lead a high performing, diverse team
Contribute to defining the overall product strategy, priorities and roadmap

Accountable for establishing and growing business metrics associated with the Employee Experience solutions

Work closely with engineering, design and marketing counterparts to build experiences that drive user engagement
Own the strategy, backlog and deliverables, with clear prioritization, and an urgency for learning
Plan and lead product reviews with engineering teams and planning reviews with executive leadership

Represent the Employee Experience team with customers, press, analysts and partners


Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree
15+ years of program management or product management experience

Experience leading teams that deliver software products to end users

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Strong track record of hiring and managing great teams

History of building strong relationships with engineering and design at the working team and leadership level

Preferred Qualifications:

Track record of talking to customers and addressing their unmet needs

History of leading large, distributed projects

Experience building HR, Learning, Human Capital Management or related software and services
The ability to think creatively and critically about product market fit
Innate curiosity and ability to self-start in an ambiguous and rapidly changing startup environment
Strong project management, leadership, and cross-group collaboration skills

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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