Microsoft is in the press more than any corporation in the world. As such, we need to know how our customers are thinking about a broad array of issues, from our corporate image to competition to charitable giving to computer security, to help us understand how we should respond to emerging issues and opportunities. This position is on the market research team that informs our press, public policy and corporate image activities. You will be responsible for managing projects that help guide Microsoft’s broad corporate initiatives and how we communicate with our markets.
You will have ultimate responsibility for informing corporate communications and corporate initiatives at Microsoft using research based insights. You will be the single point of contact to synthesize and integrate research (primary and secondary) to inform business strategy. It will be imperative that you continually study the subject matter, develop deep business acumen, have a concise point of view and be able to articulate this view in a compelling way. The measure of success is whether people take action based on your insights. You will be responsible for championing and evangelizing research related to Microsoft’s corporate image for corporate PR and other corporate teams. You will deliver presentations to audiences and teams of all sizes across Microsoft. You will need to be proficient at understanding and eventually anticipating both research and business questions and issues related to corporate initiatives.
Elements of the Role:
Bachelor Degree (Master’s or Ph.D. strongly preferred) with research and business elements, including statistics, desired. MBA is a plus. Five years experience in business consulting and/or market research or directly related profession required. Technology industry experiences a strong plus. A proven ability applying data and market research to produce fact-based and actionable business insights to drive the business is desired. Applicant must also have a successful track record working collaboratively with teams.
In addition to the above, the candidate also must have a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of research design and execution as these skills will be necessary when communicating with program management teams.
· Demonstrated concise, effective communication both spoken and written.
· Demonstrated ability to form strong working relationships with all levels of partners and co-workers.
· Ability to handle a large variety of tasks simultaneously.
· Ability to handle ambiguity, high workload, and extreme amounts of detail.
· Excellent interpersonal, verbal, writing, analytic, and PowerPoint skills
(Please send resumes to Heather.Hamilton@microsoft.com)