Thursday, 22 May 2014

Microsoft Jobs in Dubai, UAE; Market Lead – Arabia

Job Title:    Market Lead – Arabia
Job ID:        878303
Job Location:     United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Job Category:     Software Engineering: Content Publishing
Product:     (Not Product Specific)
Division:    Applications and Services Engineering

Employer: Microsoft

Market Lead Arabia (covering Middle East and Saudi Arabia)

The Market Lead Arabia (“ML”) is a member of the global Applications, Media and Publishing team, one of Microsoft’s most dynamic international business groups. The ML is AMP’s leader in and face to market and a member of the local subsidiary team. S/he is responsible for the overall availability and quality of all forms of content (eg. text, audio, images, video, data) for AMP’s Windows applications (eg. Bing News, Bing Sport, Bing Travel) on Windows devices (eg. PC, tablet, phone) and on the web.

The ML is the primary driver of audience acquisition, engagement and loyalty of our “fans”. S/he is responsible for product quality, availability, UX, people and organizational processes associated with the content in our products. The ML is the primary connection with content and data partners from the on- and offline media in the market, leads business development on content partnerships and represents AMP at a national level within the industry.

The ML is responsible for their own budget (people and content) and for understanding and supporting the monetization and business goals of the Advertising & Online team, making content available in an appropriately way. In this context of monetization, the ML will work closely with the local Advertising & Online (“A&O”) team, and participate as a key member of that group’s leadership team.

The ML is responsible for developing and executing a content plan in synch with the overall business plan, as defined by the AMP leadership team. S/he leads the local acquisition of content and data aligned to the overall AMP goals and leverages locally the international content relationships made at a global level. As new platforms and content emerge, the ML will work with key internal and external stakeholders to identify opportunities to use those platforms for distribution of content and make recommendations for wider AMP action. The ML is an ambassador of change throughout the organization, identifying key change initiatives to streamline content development, publishing and business operations.

The ML The ML’s primary goal is to grow audiences and user engagement, including increasing new and returning users of Bing Apps and web services, the volume of app sessions and duration by user: on the web, web page views, video views, share of online minutes and page views per unique users, boosting our Windows 8 apps to “best in class” from a content experience perspective and our web service to a top 3 site by user reach. The ML manages a local editorial team, interacts regularly with multiple teams across the region and various Microsoft business groups within the outside of the local market.

Key Responsibilities
•Lead AMP in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia market: manage the editorial team
•Deliver “best in class” high-quality content experiences on Windows8 devices and the web
•Build audience and engagement and support monetization of product inventory
•Lead editorial partnerships, negotiate and deal with top level publishing groups
•Work closely with the AMP engineering team, including the local Programme Manager
•Connect with and drive the MS online product suite (eg. Outlook, Skype) to maximize audiences
•Connect with MS subsidiary and support DPE activity to grow Windows apps
•Establish and achieve audience and quality metrics and performance goals
•Guides and supports Advertising & Online teams’ monetization of AMP products
•Market expert in content and technology developments in consumers’ content adoption and usage
•Owns budget and content agreements AMP products
•Support global management in business operations, analytics and management reporting

Knowledge and Experience
•Strategic visionary and seasoned media leader with key management roles in content publishing
•Proven track record of building successful publishing properties across media and platforms
•Passion for online media and demonstrable understanding of audience trends and competitors
•Clear understanding of how to attract, engage, maintain & monetize audiences
•Substantial business development, contracts and content acquisition experience
•Demonstrated ability to lead direct and virtual teams, locally and internationally
•Experience in working in matrix organizations and with remote team members

Technical/Functional Skills
•Demonstrable skills in media business leadership
•Skilled in editorial operational roles
•Experience of publishing systems and CMS
•Skilled in MSFT consumer software, especially Excel
•Strong analytics skills in multiple tools (eg. Localytics, Omniture)
•Strong project management skills
• Strong interpersonal, communication and presentational experience
•Excellent command of both English and Arabic languages
•Outstanding presentation and communication skills

Personal Attributes/Interpersonal Skills
•Deep knowledge of the market media and culture specifically Saudi Arabia market.
•Passion for consumers, technology and premium quality products
•Highly effective influencer at senior level
•Mature and co-operative style with partner organizations and teams
•Strategic and creative thinker, uniting “big picture” ideas with practical execution
•Comfortable leading through collaboration in multi-market and multi-cultural environments
•Commitment to delivering results
•Excellent diplomatic and relationship management skills
•Flexible and positive in responding to fast-moving environments
•Energetic, enthusiastic, charismatic and inspirational
•Asks for and listens to feedback and suggestions, a continuous improvement mentality

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and promotes diversity in the workplace

Deadline Date: 31/05/2014

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