Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day.
In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us to achieve our mission.
With over 12,000 employees worldwide, the Microsoft Customer Experience & Success (CE&S) organization is responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of the Microsoft end-to-end customer experience.
This newly expanded organization reflects the Microsoft ambition to be known as a customer experience company, ensuring our Microsoft mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more is enabled by delighting customers and consistently exceeding their expectations in every interaction through a connected customer experience.
Microsoft has a tremendous opportunity to exceed customer expectations and drive greater customer loyalty and trust, which leads to greater satisfaction, retention, and growth.
The CE&S organization is looking for people with a passion for delivering customer success to help us build a future where customers come to us, not only because we provide industry-leading products and services, and also because we provide a differentiated and connected customer experience that is rooted in our commitment to delivering on customer outcomes.
A Partner Technical Advisor (PTA) is a service delivery focused subject matter expert. They are responsible for incident metrics such as Customer Satisfaction (quality of the support experience), frontline engineer technical readiness and process compliance.
They provide in-depth technical and subject matter expertise for one or more services or scenarios. Their primary accountability is to the engineers at a support vendor (also known as a supplier or delivery partner), focusing on the higher volume services and engaging through technical and subject matter expert mentorship, readiness and escalation management.
They are expected to contribute to technical expertise and issue resolution globally.
Core (all people in this role perform these duties; depending on tenure some duties may be minimal
Provide technical and SME coaching for Delivery Partner (DP) Engineers / Advocates
Partner with the Support Delivery Manager (SDM) and CSS Training teams to address any readiness gaps, ensuring findings and remediations shared across Delivery Partners and LOBs, as applicable.
Own case management duties (incoming inspection, escalations, tech reviews / triage, wellness, reduced time to... measures)
Provide Readiness Content (identify need for and create content; contribute to readiness efforts where you are the Subject Matter Expert (SME))
Manage collaboration activities (reactive, proactive, cross-team for complex cases, overall process)
Contribute to Supportability activities (case analysis and case pattern recognition, deflection initiatives, and other Supportability improvements working with Stakeholders like Supportability Program Managers)
Release Management and Deployment for Delivery Partners (ensure it happens, do not own directly)
As a technical / program SME, collaborate with all stakeholders to identify and recommend technical / program process and tool opportunities, leading with innovation within their scope and prioritizing needs when beyond.
Provide Frontline Technical or Sales Operations Oversight to Delivery Partners
Optional (people in this role may perform these duties, can vary by line of business)
Provide Frontline Operations Metrics Oversight
Participate in DP ROB (WBR / QBR / MBR)
Participate in Product Group Triages (coordinated with Eng. and Service TAs)
Approval of escalations to product group on behalf of DP (known as ICMs, Bugs or similar varies by SBU) Drive Down Speed or Time to Competency for DP Resources
Participate in Technical and SME Interviews for New PTA Hires
Direct Customer Contact (to support frontline engineers, periodic case ownership to maintain technical expertise)
Run Non-Top Box and Deviation Analysis (including Approval)
Lead or participate in building communities with peer delivery roles (SEE / EE / EEE / TA); may be workload or specialty specific.
Language Qualification : English Language - fluent in reading, writing and speaking.
Bachelor’s degree or above required Technical Expertise on Microsoft Cloud Services
3+ years of technical support experience and troubleshooting acumen on Microsoft 365 Cloud Services
Analytical problem solving capabilities
Building customer / partner relationships
Cross-boundary collaboration especially in virtual team and global environments
Technology expertise : Candidates must have a customer service and customer centricity approach, ability to pull together teams of diverse individuals, ability to successfully influence others, strong time management skills, and be a results driven self-starter
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English including the ability to formulate issues and recommendations clearly and communicate them plainly and directly with stakeholders at all levels
Ability to work effectively under a deadline and in a multiple demand environment required.
Preferred Qualifications :
Technical support background or experiencing strongly preferred.
Previous partner / vendor service delivery experience
Ensure EMEA M365 readiness specificities are integrated in global projects
Collaborate with M365 business stakeholders to identify the readiness needs at POD / Technology / LOB Level and define readiness strategy
Coordinate with M365 PPLs, SDMs, Training Manager EMEA punctual readiness activities
Build and execute M365 EMEA Readiness Business plan to ensure our frontline has the required skills to successfully support our customers
Coordinate with M365 Training Managers training rollout, assessments.
Lead the M365 Global Training Managers Community
Define and coordinate M365 Readiness Dashboard Reports
Collaborate and align with WW Learning and Premier Escalation on content management