VMware Program Strategist, VMware App Navigator - Opportunity for Working Remotely in Madrid, Spain
Program Strategist, VMware App Navigator
Cloud transformation is accelerating as organizations everywhere aggressively move toward public and hybrid cloud, edge and 5G technologies to compete and win in the digital age. Of course, change is hard and careful planning is necessary. But, too often that planning is slow, analysis is fraught with assumptions and (let’s face it) often ends up being wrong.
VMware App Navigator is a service offering created in the belief that when change is hard, iteration is best. We deliver using specialized techniques and tooling that help our consultants, working alongside customers, enable tangible results in days and weeks, not months and years. VMware is doubling down on this approach and growing our team of solution and program architects. We are looking for collaborative people with a passion for customer enablement and outcomes to lead short and impactful Navigator engagements that focus across a broad spectrum of cloud application and platform technologies.
You are a pragmatic, dynamic and thoughtful leader of people and programs with a strong passion for agile and lean principles. You thrive in a complex ecosystem, collecting, sharing, and synthesizing input from many directions and enabling your team to continuously deliver customer value. You love change and feel energized working in new situations with new people. You feel comfortable working with senior stakeholders to define and manage priorities. You are able to communicate technical and programmatic information at the right level of detail for the appropriate varied audiences. Above all, you judge your success by the success of your team and the happiness of our customers.
What You’ll Be Doing
As Program Strategist, you will pair with client stakeholders, product owners, business people and technical teams to discover existing software portfolios, identify value streams and define methods of incremental improvement. You will enable, coach and lead customers through a variety of agile / lean processes: facilitating workshops, leading inceptions, iterating planning, midpoint reviews and outceptions. You will have responsibility for Navigator engagement success, and pay close attention to staffing, team satisfaction, timelines, and scope completion. You will work closely with sales prior to engagement start (understanding context and handling logistical readiness) and during closeout (to help secure next steps, if applicable).
App Navigator roles are highly collaborative, with 80% of time spent in direct, 1:1 pairing or larger team collaboration. During the COVID-19 crisis, this collaboration is managed remotely, with the expectation that face-to-face engagement in a VMware or customer office will be required once the crisis is resolved. At this future date, you may be asked to travel up to 50% of the time.
You Will Be Responsible For
Helping clients to define and plan prioritized program outcomes, measured goals and iterative “get started” plans that create and build momentum
Facilitating workshops, using Event Storming, Value Stream Mapping, OKRs, and various other specialized techniques that elicit understanding of existing application portfolios, systems, organizations, business flows and/or related IT processes
Establishing effective communications and collaboration between the client, our service delivery teams, delivery leadership, and account teams to ensure alignment and successful expectation management
Managing risk, budget, and dependencies, driving staffing demand, handling escalations and planning interventions to improve engagement health when necessary, and continuously measuring appropriate metrics for success
Creating documentation, presentations and other customer-facing assets that accomplish intended project objectives
Close collaboration with clients and other VMware teams, based on project backlog
Support enablement of clients around the principles and practices we apply to lean program management and software delivery
Contributing back to the VMware team through mentorship, giving talks, and experience reports
Required Skills and Experience
Program management or similar experience, managing portfolios of technical projects
Experienced in the complexities of building and deploying software in the enterprise and using a creative mindset to improve velocity (Continuous Delivery) and reduce siloing (DevOps) to achieve a culture of continuous improvement
Adaptive use of Agile and Lean practices to drive measured outcomes
Strong facilitation skills with experience using tools and practices that help elicit a problem space and potential outcomes with senior stakeholders
Comfortable in presenting to executive leadership on goals, metrics, successes and problems
Demonstrated success in developing longer-term strategic roadmaps with business alignment and measurement
Strong track record of consistent results within budget and at/above expectations
Experience in training, mentoring and/or upskilling others
Passion for growing your skills, tackling interesting work and challenging problems
Up to 50% travel is expected in this role
Ability to Work From Home until sufficient resolution of the COVID-19 Crisis
Desired Skills and Experience
Below is a list of skills we value. This is not a checklist. If you have some of these skills, and want to grow into others, then we want to hear from you.
10+ years of prior IT program/portfolio experience
Experience planning and management of large scale cloud transformation initiatives
Demonstrated past success of generating new business, working with C-level executives and their primary value propositions
Demonstrated business acumen to support and drive account development, proposal generation, and sales movements in coordination with the account team
Contributes and provides thought leadership for the program management (or similar) industry community.
Ability to partner with clients to build and measure supporting business cases
- BA/BS in Computer Science or Business, or equivalent experience
Category : Business Strategy and Operations
Subcategory: Program Management
Experience: Business Leadership
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2021-04-08
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