Microsoft Corporation Associate Architect - ITSM in Fargo, North Dakota

Preferred Location: East Coast

The Microsoft IT Service Management practice is looking for an Architect with expertise in Cloud Services, with a solid background in IT leadership, IT Service Management principles, executive presence and consulting skills.

The Architect role requires deep IT Service Management knowledge, broad technical knowledge (including Microsoft and non-Microsoft products), and the ability to design solutions by mapping customer business problems to reusable end-to-end process, and process-combined-with-technology, solutions. Demonstrated ability to engage in IT and business executive discussions related to availability, agility, business value, costs, security management, disaster recovery, and the value of process in an enterprise environment is required.


Lead clients through ITSM driven improvements. Deliver IT Service Management services including Workshops, Assessments, Service Improvement Programs and other IT operations consulting services.

Share best practices with team members to help enhance the quality and efficiency of customer support.

Establish effective working relationships with the Microsoft Business Groups by working through appropriate escalation channels.

Architect must be effective in fostering executive level relationships, and in some cases assist in contract negotiations.

Architect work closely with other Services team(s) to develop and define the Complex Solution for the customer.

Participate in project kick-off and quality assurance as needed.

Architect works with Services and Sellers team(s) to qualify, pursue and close the most strategic opportunities.

Architects own delivery of the estimates to the stakeholders and customer.

Key Success Factors:

Effective communication, facilitation and influencing skills - ability to present ideas clearly and concisely.

Demonstrated excellence at presenting complex development topics to both executive and technical personnel

Self-starter, energizing, results oriented, and able to multi-task

Collaborative leadership skills - exhibits willingness to engage other business partners within the organization, is innovative, creative and a team player with a solution-based approach to capture opportunities and remove barriers

Clear Thinker - Strong decision making skills: takes proactive steps to generate results, uses data and other inputs to make decisions, owns decision, and takes accountability for work using strong organizational and analytical skills

Provide technical mentoring, assessment and development to consultants in related technical communities.

Contribute to IP development and reuse initiatives and drive proven practices in architecture, planning, and customer relationships.

Providing customer guidance during product and services sales cycle

Playing a vital part in business strategy by providing internal practice management risk assessment and review

Driving successful solution deployments by ensuring proper business value and customer/partner satisfaction

Growing the business through mentoring, talent pipeline development, and community evangelism

Driving operational excellence and innovation

Proven ability to solve challenging problems and deliver timely and high quality design solutions when presented with conflicting requirements, business demands, and technical risks.


BS/BA or MS/MA/MBA in CS, EE, MIS, Business or related field, or equivalent work experience, combined with a minimum of 8 years relevant working experience including Enterprise environments.

ITIL Expert certification and have applied knowledge of real-world environments in both the Service Support and Service Delivery focus areas.

Maintain and expand working knowledge of current and pre-released Microsoft systems and products, as well as their integration and methods of support delivery.

Demonstrated experience running an IT operation combined with consulting and project management skills.

Applies advanced operations analysis skills and experience in principals of ITIL/MOF, Project Management, Six Sigma, ISO20000, BS15000, and CMM to define appropriate customer solutions.

Candidates should have familiarity with:

o Azure

o Office 365

o Large Scale Desktop/Laptop migrations or upgrades

o Datacenter management and consolidations

o IT Operations manager or director level experience o Consulting experience

o Project management certification and or and experience

Travel is an integral part of this position as are high levels of recognition and visibility. Travel can be as high as 70% as is demanded by the needs of our customers and our business. The position also will provide opportunities for Pre-Sales and participation in the delivery of key engagements with a billable utilization requirement.

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 to

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