We’re looking to hire two individuals in the Midwest (Illiniois, Indiana and Wisconsin) for the Developer & Platform Evangelism team.  See the links below to submit your resume or ping me via e-mail:

Developer Evangelist

Provide pre-sales technical support services and platform evangelism to enable customers and partners to develop, deploy, and support Microsoft’s Solutions built upon the .NET Platform utilizing Visual Studio.NET and the .NET Framework. Help drive worldwide sales with deep technical expertise, effective sales and presentation skills, and superior customer focus.

Drive adoption of the platform by showing the business value and technical superiority of solutions developed using VisualStudio.NET and the .NET Framework. Provide motivation for leveraging the Windows 2000 platform and the .NET Servers (BizTalk Server 2000, Application Center 2000, Commerce Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000); organize and present the development platform at community development events and technical briefings to corporate accounts; assist with Partner and internal sales readiness; and team with Sales Representatives, Partners, Microsoft Consulting Services and Marketing to meet customer needs.

7+ years industry experience to include significant enterprise-scale systems development and architecture consulting experience to include leveraging the current and future Microsoft architectures, languages and platforms surrounding Windows DNA and .NET. Candidates should understand the Microsoft .NET strategy and associated technologies such as COM+, VB.NET, C#, VC++.NET, XML, SOAP and MSMQ; knowledgeable in strategic planning, risk analysis and business justification; significant persuasive presentations to both technical and business decision makers; strong virtual teaming abilities; exceptional leadership and customer service focus; outstanding negotiation, organizational, creative, presentation, written, and verbal communication skills; and the ability to travel on a moderate basis.

Pre-sales or strategic consulting experience; knowledge of competitive development platforms/tools and web portals; a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline; and Microsoft product certification.

Developer Technology Specialist

We have an exciting opportunity for a technology specialist to make a strategic impact on a brand new product line in the developer division at Microsoft. We believe that the recently announced Visual Studio Team System is going to redefine the competitive landscape in the enterprise lifecycle tools market.

This field-based role is focused on developing and winning sales opportunities by understanding key customer technical and process needs, and providing the business and technical evidence necessary for the purchase of VSTS. Partnering with the account team, you will work as the technology lead on the VSTS sales team to create, manage, and own the pre-sell activities for VSTS solutions to CXO-level and technical architect level customers. You will also integrate and plan for partners, Microsoft Consulting and Microsoft Premier Support into efforts to ensure successful transition from pre-sales to deployment.

About this Position: This role is based in Redmond from now until the end of 2005. In this period, you will work closely with the product development, business development, and marketing teams to formalize the pre-sell strategy and playbook for Visual Studio Team System and create pre-sell momentum leading up to the launch. This will include serving as the go-to person on any VSTS technology issues for the field and help them win accounts for VSTS launch, and developing benchmarks and customer-ready content to highlight the benefits of VSTS over the competition. This is truly a once-in-a-career opportunity for the right individual to make significant impact both from revenue as well as adoption perspective.

About You: You should have a strong technical background with 5+ years of relevant field pre-sales experience in enterprise lifecycle tools. You will have the technical expertise necessary to gain credibility with and influence lead architects/developers. You will also have the communication skills and business experience required to articulate the advantages of VSTS to senior business and technical decision makers especially in competitive scenarios. You should also be able to manage a virtual team and create and implement a technical strategy mapped to the business plan for the accounts assigned.

A BA/BS or MS degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline and MCSE or MCSD is preferred.