Equivalent job at Microsoft

Microsoft PrrrplRain
Jan 15 22 Comments

I’m trying to switch from software engineering at Microsoft to a technical role In the company with more engagement with outside partners. Something post-sales where I travel and present on Microsoft products to clients would be ideal. What would this role be called at Microsoft? At other companies I’ve seen it labeled as a “Partner Engineer”.

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  • Microsoft vsvaja18
    The following are technical roles in the field:

    Pre-Sales:
    TSP Technical Sales Professional
    CSA Cloud Solution Architect

    Post-Sales:
    Solution Architect (Services does both pre and post work but focused on projects)
    Consultant
    Premier Field Engineer (Onsite support and proactive work)

    Then in the following orgs you also have technical roles

    CSE - Role is SDE and Architect
    PTU - Different roles they have TSP, Partner Technology Architect, Partner technology strategist, CSA

    there are probably more than these
    Jan 15 3
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      Wow! Thank you so much for this comprehensive list.
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      Any clues on which would be the most lively, have the most customer engagement and travel, and move towards leadership kind of roles?
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft vsvaja18
      Travel is dependent on region or customer segment. I have 200 days of travel per year in a global technical role in services, I had 100 days of travel per year in a local role in sales before. But mileage may vary.

      All of them are lively and require a lot of customer engagement.

      My experience is that for any leadership role strong sales experience is a plus. I would recommend that everyone would try it for some time in their career.

      Sales is way harder than most dev people in blind thinks, it comes with its skills and they are different from writing good code or having the best 400 level understanding of a single product/function.
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft / Product
    leatcode

    Microsoft Product

    BIO
    This is my bio.
    leatcodemore
    Technical Sales Professional, Cloud Solutions Architect, Consultant, etc...
    Jan 15 2
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      Which of those are post sales?
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft / Product
      leatcode

      Microsoft Product

      BIO
      This is my bio.
      leatcodemore
      Consultant. There's also Customer Success Manager which is post sales mostly
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft xij
    Evangelist Architect. Program Manager. Premier Field Engineer.
    Jan 15 3
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      Premier field engineer is not IT support?
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

      PRE
      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      Progrma manager is definitely not what was described
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft KyJeLlY
      PFE is not support but it can include support work if you have a Dedicated Support Engineer contract. You will be second class citizen at Microsoft in this role.
      Jan 15
  • Expedia / Eng
    InTheDNA

    Expedia Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    InTheDNAmore
    Solution Architect
    Jan 15 0
  • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
    It seems like an interesting role. The traditional SDE role is a bit too confined. I want a more customer-facing role that’s still technical.

    Presenting to customers - isn’t that more of a dev advocate role at MSFT though?
    Jan 15 2
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      I don’t know! I’m trying to figure it out.
      Jan 15
    • Microsoft / Eng dKWp30
      Dev advocacy sounds neat but my problem with the role is that it doesn’t seem to deliver much in terms of substantive business impact.
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft elessar
    Commercial software engineering is the closest. You can also have a look at One commercial partner cloud solution architect roles
    Jan 15 1
    • Microsoft PrrrplRain
      OP
      What title would I search for?
      Jan 15
  • Microsoft dich
    You can check out Azure CAT technical delivery jobs
    Jan 15 0
  • Microsoft / Product
    Brazuka

    Microsoft Product

    PRE
    Bain & Company
    Brazukamore
    Evangelist is closest to what you're describing.
    Jan 15 0
  • Microsoft IdFR57
    Also cloud solution architect in CSU although that's technical presales
    Jan 15 0
  • Microsoft exMSFTz
    Title in CSE is still SWE.
    Jan 15 0
  • Microsoft SIRM47
    Take a look at the Commercial Software Engineering org
    Jan 15 0