Principal Program Manager Lead

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About Us: 
Are you interested in playing a key role in Digital Transformation for India,  through delivering Speech and Language AI to Indian languages, and driving adoption across India?  
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impact a billion customers, through Microsoft’s platform and strategic partnerships, at rapid pace in the coming months and years. Interested? Read ahead. 
The AI&R team in India brings the power of AI/machine learning to solve real world problems at scale, and positively impact hundreds of millions of customers through our work. We are fortunate to have an experienced multi-disciplinary team, with significant expertise in product, in at-scale computing, and in AI/machine learning that enables us to create impact. 
A key mission of this team is to bring the power of AI to India, particularly using speech and translation. The team develops core Speech Recognition, Speech-to-text for Indian languages, and does translation across Indian languages using cutting edge techniques, building upon the world-class platforms that Microsoft has (e.g. recently. MS Speech recognition achieved human parity in English), and in collaboration with world renowned experts across Microsoft and Microsoft Research. In addition to speech and translation core technologies, this team works with Microsoft field & key customers to encourage/increase adoption of Microsoft AI technologies in India. 



We are looking for a driven, mature leader to drive the Product/Program Management of this area. 
In this role, you will be responsible for leading the product/program management around a key area in AI for India in AI&R group, specifically focusing on speech and translation.  
You will be responsible for working with a cross functional team, and with a strategic partner to define a roadmap and deliver against a product roadmap  for speech and language at a very rapid pace.  You can read more about the partnership here
You will work with the engineering team to enable them to deliver speech and translation technology as required per the roadmap. You will interface with key field teams, and large customers/partners to encourage adoption of Microsoft’s Speech and language technologies in India. You will have the opportunity to create value directly, or indirectly via our partners, to billion users in India over time 
To be successful in this role, the individual will have proven capabilities in AI (speech specific experience is a huge plus), proven product management experience, excellent collaboration and communication skills, have a high level of attention to detail, exhibit a learning mindset & role model Microsoft values and behaviors. The individual will have to be entrepreneurial at heart (i.e. find a way through all types of hurdles) and will have a beginner mindset in approaching problems. India knowledge and experience is an advantage. 
* Speech and translation roadmap:  Create, in partnership with field & engineering teams, the roadmap for speech and translation technologies, as it relates to Indian languages 
* Data acquisition strategy: Iterate and develop the most appropriate ongoing data acquisition strategy to support the roadmap 
* Enable execution: Enable the engineering team to execute on the roadmap, by providing clear goals, timelines and support/guidance. Be on the same page with the engineering team constantly. 
* Market/Customer understanding:  Develop critical and clear understanding of the requirements of the Indian Market for speech, of the requirements of customers (enterprises) for speech, distill that and use it to develop the roadmap, and lead the team. 
* People Management: Lead a small team of program/product managers who will form part of this team.  Develop the capabilities of the team, and delegate responsibilities as appropriate. Enable the Individual Contributors to be successful by coaching/mentoring them. 
* Meeting Business Goals: Meet agreed upon business goals (customer adoption), in conjunction with the engineering and field teams. 
* Evangelism: Evangelize the adoption of Microsoft AI technologies in India. 


Key Skills required -


* Strong background in AI, particularly applied AI 
* Strong product management experience 
* Strong drive to create impact for hundreds of millions of people in India. 
* Excellent communication skills 
* Influencing partner teams using customer/market understanding 
* Stakeholder management 
* Strong people management skills to lead a team of product managers with varying     background and demographic profile; Ability to develop a strong team generating energy to achieve their potential 


* 10+  years of related industry experience 
* Demonstrated proficiency in leading products with large impact potential 
* Demonstrated product management expertise 
* 3+ years people management experience 
* Proven background in AI (academic, or proven industry experience) 


Bonus Points: 
* Specific experience with Speech 
* Specific expertise in Indian market 
* Global Experience: Prior experience in interacting with global teams and delivering across geographies 


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status, protected genetic information, political affiliation, or any other characteristics protected by local laws, regulations, or ordinances.










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Principal Program Manager Lead
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