Jamie Thomson

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I think my ideal job has just came up!!!!

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I just spotted the following job description on http://careers.microsoft.com:

Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 710688 11794
Product: Windows Live
Division: Windows Division

Looking for a chance to work on a great, challenging v1.0 project? Do you believe in building a data-driven culture? If so, come join the Windows Live Business and Customer Intelligence Team.
On the Windows Live BICI PM team, we’re looking for a Senior Program Manager that can help us deliver a v1.0 BI system to completion. We design business intelligence solutions that drive decision making and feature design, ensure end-to-end data quality to support confident decisions, and work with smart and enthusiastic teammates. We need a passionate PM that will drive strategy in this area and own the processing pipeline, datamarts and cubes for the entire product suite.
We are looking for you to have led cross-discipline and cross-group projects and know how to successfully resolve obstacles and deliver results. Be someone who is highly regarded for your skill in technical feature specification, project management and problem solving, and you enjoy mentoring others in these areas. You must have expertise in two or more of the following: data warehousing and OLAP, business intelligence & reporting, statistics & data analysis. Familiarity with web analytics is preferred.
Additional Requirements:
Data driven – Demand and drive validation and development of recommendations based on business and usage data, usability studies, customer input and metrics, as well as an ability to define and capture new data needs
8 plus years of experience in implementing technology solutions including 5 plus years as a Program Manager in building online services.
Technical and Communication – Excellent technical and communication, spec’ing, and presentation skills. Demonstrable proficiency at delivering high quality functional specifications is required
Solid technical/infrastructure PM experience – Experience with databases, BI, deployment and monitoring features and ability to clearly communicate these feature needs and goals.
Initiative – Easily recognized as a self-motivated and independent thinker that routinely translates circumstances and understanding into actions that move the business forward in a measurable manner.
Shipping – Have a proven track record of shipping & delivering quality software, and excellent user experiences, consistently and on-time.
Proven relationship building skills with experience managing multiple partner priorities and needs in internet time.


A greenfield BI project for Windows Live…goddamn, it feels like the job description might as well have been written for me. Just a shame its thousands of miles away really! <sigh>



Written by Jamiet

January 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

8 Responses

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  1. That does sound good for you, I take it moving there is not an option.


    January 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm

  2. Nope. I’m not leaving blighty for the foreseeable future!


    January 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  3. Well, I am betting a ticket to US is not that expensive.


    January 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

  4. Kit, that’s true but its not a question of cost. Its a question of where my home and family are – and they’re not in Seattle.


    January 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm

  5. Just you try it. There’s someone on here who would be incredibly jealous. No. Not me!


    January 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  6. Hmm, I never had you pegged as a Programme Manager, but you go for it dude…


    January 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

  7. Go for it Jamie! Just don’t forget your roots that’s all.


    January 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

  8. Move back to the States mate!


    January 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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