Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Senior Partner Development Manager

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description


The Global Partner Solutions (GPS) team is a sales organization accountable for the commercial partner business at Microsoft, and the mission is to build and sell Microsoft Cloud applications, services and devices with partners, empowering people, and organizations to achieve more.

This opportunity will allow you to accelerate your career growth and learn about all solution areas GTM, develop deep business acumen, hone your selling skills, become adept at deal structuring. This role is to lead our strategic partnership with one of our largest partners, Softcat, with a huge amount of capability including Azure Expert MSP, a key Marketplace partner as well as a go-to partner for SMC the opportunity has never been greater to take our partnership to the next level with them.

As a Partner Development Manager, we are looking for you to bring your work ethic, enthusiasm, optimism, and passion for the customer to foster growth and change within our partner ecosystem. You will leverage your challenger mindset, sales management skills, technology, and industry knowledge, and best in class interpersonal abilities to enable our partners to bring market-defining solutions to our customers. This opportunity will allow you to accelerate your career growth as you work with highly complex partner organizations, build strong relationships in the C-Suite and collaborate across multiple stakeholders to accelerate performance and resolve complex issues.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


Partner Development and Growth

  • You will develop and execute a strategic and tactical partner business plan aligned with Microsoft goals and objectives for managed partners to grow their business. You will promote cloud consumption and digital transformation; plans will consider short and long-term goals and performance expectations aligned with partner needs and capabilities.
  • You will develop a go to market plan and co-sell execution tactics, lead partner pipeline reviews and coach partners to transform their strategies around sales and consumption. You will facilitate collaboration between partner and Microsoft sales teams to overcome obstacles, compete, and create proposals to meet consumption and revenue targets. You will work with your partner on top opportunities following the Microsoft sales methodology and prioritize transactions through the marketplace, where possible.

Partner Performance and Impact

  • You will be responsible for your partners’ performance with Microsoft and accountable for keeping a regular rhythm of connection with executive, sales and delivery teams to identify and resolve blockers in execution, and to accelerate performance. You will drive adoption, usage and performance of programs and investments that contribute to sales and consumption. You will be responsible for the correction of errors plan when execution is below expectations.

Executive Relationship Building

  • You will build a trusted-advisor relationship with C-suite leaders of complex partners and align their priorities, strategies, and goals with Microsoft’s to build mutually beneficial account plans and achieve strategic alignment and growth.

Partner Skills and Capacity Building

  • You will lead the integration of capability and capacity plans for your partners utilizing the right mix of sales and tech training to upskill the partner. You will enable partners to build high-impact Microsoft offerings and practices to grow their business and deliver cloud consumption and digital transformation.

Advocate for Partner and Team Mobilizer

  • You will represent the partner and lead the orchestration resolution to complex and urgent escalations. You will guide internal groups to prioritize partners' solutions and issues. You will engage across groups internally and with the partner organization to accelerate performance and execution.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business Operations, Computer Science or related field
  • Sales, Sales Management, Partner Management, Business Development, or Partner Channel Development in the technology industry, consulting industry or equivalent experience.
  • Proven experience with Consultative Selling or Consulting and developing tactics to manage pipeline, sales opportunities and meet sales goals by reviewing forecasts, assessing, and mitigating risks, and ensuring strategy alignment with business priorities.
  • Proven history as a strong negotiator with an ability to influence and achieve mutually satisfying agreements through negotiations.
  • Executive relationships: ability to interact confidently with senior leaders to present and address concerns regarding an existing project, program or solution.
  • Exceptional presentation and communication skills

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. 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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at Microsoft UK

Company employees

Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

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