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Microsoft Corporation Sr. Services Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Within Microsoft Services, the Services Quality Assurance (SQA) Lead operates as an independent entity to protect Microsoft and its customers from undue risk, and enable their success through the pursuit of quality and the culture of continuous improvement.

The Sr. Services Quality Assurance team (SQA) is responsible for establishing and implementing standards for services business practices from both a sales and project engagement perspective. Within this workgroup are transactional portfolio specialists focusing on business practices in both Lead-to-Order (L2O) and Order-to-Cash (O2C) process areas of Microsoft Services activities. The SQA staff play a critical role in these processes ensuring adherence to the Common Operating Model and act as a leadership governance focal point in cross capabilities activities.

The SQA Lead is a key role in the lifecycle management of Microsoft’s Services engagements. Working very closely with local sales, pursuit, delivery, and support teams, the SQA Lead will support deal opportunities from qualification to signed contract and work closely with the delivery team from initiation to close of critical and high risk projects to identify and actively manage risk. The SQA Lead is involved in teams and meetings at every level of the organization and is the quality focus point for the field teams.

Responsibilities

We are looking for someone with experience with multi-million-dollar Digital Transformation opportunities and reviewing complex projects in delivery. You will need to demonstrate a proven track record in deal management and delivery monitoring. Additional experience in complex project management along with delivery review, project P&L management, project financial reporting and budget planning is essential.

You’ll be experienced in establishing strong and trusted relationships at C-level with a solid understanding of IT project governance, contract development, negotiations and vendor management.

Quality monitoring, analysis and business maturity

  • Manage and monitor overall quality during delivery in close cooperation with the Domain teams.

  • Contribute towards analysis of delivery patterns, delivery insights, and prioritization of improvement initiatives within the Domain portfolio.

  • Identify and capture good practices and make those available as business insights within the quality community and local/area management.

  • Create and deliver monthly business review (MBR) and Delivery Health review content related to the domain delivery portfolio.

  • Deliver SQA services including Portfolio Health Reviews, Project Health Reviews, and Project Quality Reviews. Leverage SQA tools and dashboards to prioritize SQA services based on delivery risk present in project.

  • Communicate with and support SQA Directors, Services Sellers, Delivery Managers and Project Managers.

  • Identify quality issues and root causes, identify corrective actions and drive to resolution in close coordination with the SQA Directors and Domain team.

  • Develop and maintain quality reports and provide on a regular basis through sales/delivery rhythm of the business (ROB).

  • Drive consistency, adoption and integration of quality standards within Microsoft’s processes, policies and systems, as well as support their creation.

Manage quality assurance in transactions

  • Interact with Microsoft Services leadership in the Area and Domains.

  • Guide and quality review complex and high-risk Microsoft Services consulting deals.

  • Manage and monitor quality during project delivery in close cooperation with the delivery team, capture and provide feedback for best practices.

  • Participate in initiatives leading to the continuous improvement of Microsoft Services practices within both the L2O and O2C processes.

  • Support the provision of insight into the performance of the business and quality of Microsoft’s deal proposals and project deliveries.

Community and Collaboration

  • Actively participate in the quality, risk and delivery communities and associated initiatives.

  • Assist in developing and streamlining Quality review process and practices.

  • Participate and contribute to global programs as subject matter expert where required.

Qualifications

Inter-personal

  • Cross-boundary collaboration and inter-personal awareness

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, as well as presentation skills

  • Work related experience

  • Professional services practice management

  • Technical Project risk management

  • Technical Project and Financial Management

  • Analysis and review of technical and commercial documentation

Skills and abilities

  • Analytical problem solving

  • Building customer/partner relations

  • Impact, influence and ability to deal with ambiguity

  • Strategic insights

  • Negotiation and conflict management

  • Attention to details

  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently

  • Strong organization and prioritization skills

Microsoft – Ability to develop:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Services Offering and Value Selling

  • Knowledge of Microsoft internal processes and policies

  • Experience with Microsoft Delivery Methodology

  • Understanding of Microsoft product and technology portfolio

Training and Certification

  • 7+ years in technical project / program management, including quality / risk management experience, with large scale, complex enterprise projects

  • Quality certification expertise (e.g., ISO, CMMI, Six Sigma) preferred.

  • PMP (PMI) certification

  • Degree in Business or IT Management, preferred

Location/Travel: You can be based anywhere in the U.S. You will be required to travel, up to 25%, for quality audits, coaching and connecting with local/area management. A flexible schedule including remote work is possible for project calls and meetings in varying engagements.

Microsoft Services

Microsoft Services engages directly with customers around the world to deliver business value from the latest Microsoft technology. We bring together the best Microsoft innovation to empower companies on their digital journeys - from envisioning new possibilities to delivering and supporting the resulting solutions. Simply put, through professional services and support, we help customers and partners get the most out of their investment in our technology.

For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/Services .

Join us and be one who empowers billions! 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 on how people work and live all over the world.

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 (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

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