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Microsoft Corporation Director Business Planning-AI & Innovation Marketing Team in Boston, Massachusetts

The AI and Innovation marketing team drives thought leadership and new business category creation around emerging technologies, in partnership with Microsoft Research and innovation groups across Microsoft.We are a team that asks, “What If?” and explores possibilities to create truly differentiated value for our customers that can transform businesses and create market categories of the future. We elevate the discourse and inspire customers around the potential of emerging tech, making it real for their businesses and bringing them along the journey as the tech matures. We do this by connecting the dots across technology, customer value and market trends and we bring strong business acumen and experience incubating categories within Microsoft.

We are at a pivotal inflection point and are doubling down to hunt and develop the next portfolio of new category ideas. We are looking for an agile, curious, and creative leader to nurture the creation of the next portfolio of incubations for Microsoft. You will think customer value first, write on blank sheets of paper, and creatively stitch tech innovations to produce testable hypotheses for delivering transformative and differentiated value for our customers.


Additional responsibilities for this role include:

Tracking and deriving insights on themes and categories that are leading share of voice among customers and influencers in the market

Competitive analysis to inform our investments and refine our differentiation thesis

Exploring opportunities for thought leadership and new business creation in relation to core industries Microsoft serves

Supporting ah-hoc research projects to inform priorities across audiences and categories

You’ll be expected to develop deep understanding of our customers, industry segments, competition, partners, channels, and the broader ecosystem. Critical to the role is the ability to create influence models and develop key stakeholder relationships that enable you to deeply connect, understand constraints, and develop a shared vision of success. If this sounds like you, and you want to join a fast paced, dynamic team, we would love to welcome you to the Microsoft AI and Innovation marketing family. You can check out some of the amazing work of this team here: Microsoft Innovation , Microsoft AI, Microsoft AI Business School, Autonomous systems.


  • 10+ years’ experience in a business development, product management, venture capital, business planning, strategy, or similar roles.

  • Proven success in working in highly ambiguous environments and working across diverse slate of stakeholders.

  • Proven success in bringing new ideas to fruition.

  • Passion for technology and the business impact it can drive for customers.

  • Excellent communication and storytelling 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. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. 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 ( .

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