Senior Manager - ISV Partner Development Team

Job Type:Full Time

Do you love the impact technology has on the economy & society? Do you want to make Enterprises, Corporates, & Small Businesses more successful by applying new solutions & AI technology?

Do you enjoy empowering people to achieve more? If so, then we have the job for you. We are looking for someone with a passion for how IP & AI technology impacts the Commercial business to join the Microsoft UK One Commercial Partner Team to be at the forefront of leading our ISV partner ecosystem to build out and scale their businesses, whilst working with them to help drive the transformation in our customers

All of us in the UK Commercial Partner Team come to work everyday to empower our partners to grow their business in serving our customer’s needs. As the industry experiences a platform shift to the intelligent cloud & intelligent edge, we also work with our partners to create new markets that enable the digital transformation of our customers business. Finally, as the Microsoft UK Partner ecosystem is comprised of 25,000 organizations employing over 560,000 people it is our responsibility to transform the ecosystem to deliver customer lifetime value by creating differentiated services & IP, modernizing GTM strategy, & building scalable & repeatable delivery engine as well as scale cloud and digital skills through partners to support UK economy & society.

Are you passionate about building teams & people development? Are you ready to build a partner ecosystem that is at the leading edge of Innovation at Microsoft? If so, then we are hiring for a highly motivated, people orientated leader, with a business development & sales focused mindset to lead a team of Partner Development Managers (PDMs) focused on our most strategic ISVs.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and embraces workforce diversity. We have an international work environment that is characterized by flexibility and an informal culture. We invest in your health, wellness and financial future by offering a competitive package including a wide range of benefits built around your personal needs and those of others close to you.


The PDM Manager will need to manage, develop and retain a team of high performance Partner Development Managers (PDM), and recruit new additions as needed. The role will work across Microsoft and the partner organization to ensure business goals are aligned to partner offerings. The seniority of the role evidences Microsoft’s deep commitment to the partner ecosystem to build a mutually beneficial business relationship by working closely with partner senior leadership. The PDM Manager represents Microsoft to the ISV partners, communicates our strategy, sells our vision and brings partners along in the digital transformation journey.

The right person for this role will be passionate about the change that technology can drive for our customers, sellers and partners. They will be expected to interact at director and executive levels with customers and partners and manager and director levels in Microsoft’s business & product groups, marketing, services and account teams. The knowledge you gain as a PDM Manager at Microsoft will allow you to grow professionally as you succeed in role, and provide wide exposure and opportunity throughout Microsoft.

Being a people leader as Microsoft is a crucial role. We believe in a culture of empowerment and we are looking for people who are passionate about inclusivity, developing people and are inspired by high performing teams who excel at collaborating. In this role you see ambiguity as an opportunity to lead and set direction. As a leader you will be working with some of the brightest minds you will find anywhere, and your constant thirst to learn and grow and take risks will make you successful. You’ll be able to connect the dots between different technologies and the various parts of our business to scale the impact you have. Above all you’ll need to be inspired, and inspire others, by the potential of technology.

The PDM Manager role is responsible for a team of Practice Development Managers (PDMs) who are accountable for working with our most strategic ISVs to drive new solutions to market with these partners and grow their consumption & usage across the Microsoft Clouds (Azure, D365 & O365 – specifically Teams). Their role is to own a balanced portfolio aligned to business requirements & the outcomes for this team will be to drive long-term revenue & partner success, cloud consumption and digital transformation through workload/industry based co-sell.

Partner Strategy: Lead the partner engagement strategy across the Microsoft Build-With lifecycle through a team of Partner Development Managers (PDM). Provide leadership to ensure that investments are made in partners that are committed and capable. Build high impact relationships with ISV leadership, to accelerate partner journey to the co-sell stage. Lead overall business/sales planning and execution across the team.

Team Leadership: Retain and manage a world-class high performance team. Oversee and be responsible for team commitments and strive for success. Be a team leader who sets aspirational goals and drives team towards success while ensuring effective teaming and coordination between roles across teams to win business and remove blockers. Drive the PDM team to manage existing partners and add new practices/solutions based on local capacity requirements and inputs from co-sell teams to drive portfolio optimization. Develop a team that demonstrates account management excellence through high quality interactions with the partner, and through well-orchestrated interactions between partner executives and Microsoft executives.

Business Orchestration: Drive One Microsoft orchestration across teams (including inside sales, technical management, channel management) to secure partner commitment to Microsoft platform and services. Lead the PDM team to drive adoption of Apps, Practices and attainment of revenue and customer adds. Secure, coordinate, manage resources and programmes to enable partner practice growth. Influence subsidiary/area leadership to align strategy & resources to help team achieve targets. Grow the managed partner portfolio by driving and being accountable for performance as measured by consumption, usage, and adoption. Drive and support global expansion.


Examples of the kinds of leadership skills that would be great for the role:

  • Understanding and thought leadership of digital transformation business drivers and cloud platforms such as Azure, Dynamics 365, or O365, with Microsoft or other technologies
  • Demonstrable experience in Enterprise sales and/or technical leadership, & people management in the technology industry
  • Strong executive presence including communication and presentation skills with a high degree of comfort to large and small audiences.
  • Problem solving mentality leveraging internal and/or external resources, conflict resolution, and follow through with people/partners
  • Bachelor degree is required (Sales, Marketing, Business Operations) whilst MBA desired


  • Able to synthesize the complex, energize a team and manage complex people dynamics to drive business success
  • Inclusive and collaborative – driving teamwork, diversity and cross-team alignment
  • Problem solving mentality leveraging internal and/or external resources, conflict resolution, and follow through with people/partners
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and coaching skills; cross group collaboration, and proven ability to influence across organizational boundaries

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.

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We embrace flexible working as a core principle of reinventing productivity, and you’ll be welcome to work from home, our offices around the country, customer sites or your favourite coffee shop next to the gym – wherever is best for you to get your job done.