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Senior Director Alliances, Microsoft

Seattle, United States

Docker is seeking an Alliances Sr. Director who can drive and lead us to achieving our strategy, technology, and business goals with key infrastructure partners, specifically with our growing relationships with Microsoft.   Docker is fundamentally changing the way that developers build, ship, and run applications and we are looking for a talented individual who will passionately take these bold messages and drive joint value and close alignment with the partner products and solutions.

The ideal candidate balances partner strategy and business development, additionally bringing a cross-functional understanding of product, sales and marketing strategies.   Docker’s open source technology and commercial products are disruptive and only a dynamic personality will successfully guide Docker through the new possibilities that the partnership can achieve.   You must be a highly motivated professional who enjoys the fast pace of a dynamic start-up company.

You are a natural at developing executive relationships and working cross functionally with product, sales, marketing, engineering, services, and business development.   You have a strong business acumen and a track record of successful partner negotiations, yet not set in your ways.   The partnerships you have built have grown to active, mutually beneficial partner relationships.

This role is located wither in Seattle or San Francisco.


  • Lead Docker’s alliance activities with Microsoft to fulfill joint business plan goals
  • Ensure alignment of the Microsoft partnership with Docker’s overall strategy
  • With Microsoft, build and lead a prioritized business strategy for joint success across Sales, Engineering, Marketing, and Customer Services.
  • Take charge of executive escalations and drive resolution
  • “Connect the dots” between Microsoft and Docker product line strengths/weaknesses and drive the correct resources to address opportunity
  • Identify potential product/technology integration opportunities to achieve a “1+1 = 3” result and ensures strong differentiation
  • Drive customer success stories and use cases that employ both Docker and Microsoft products
  • With the sales team, ensure successful execution of joint Go To Market plans that include  messaging, demos, roadshows, case studies, blogs and keynote-level on-stage presence at major industry events.  Support sales in efforts at priority accounts
  • Prepare and execute a quarterly business revenues (QBR)
  • Communicate Microsoft strategic intentions and internal “pulse” within Docker
  • Develop and maintain deep knowledge of key people in partner’s organization chart
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Microsoft executives who can affect necessary changes and drive alignment across their line of business.
  • Ensure that Docker and Microsoft are aligned on product roadmaps
  • Act as a central point of contact for Microsoft across Docker
  • Drive training, sales enablement, solutions definitions, reference architecture, and joint marketing activities
  • Suggest and support  analysis of key performance indicators and recommend activities to increase overall performance
  • Monitor business results and make recommendations that increase success potential
  • Have understanding of Microsoft’s target markets - identify trends and maintain visibility on market data to identify opportunities between Microsoft and Docker.
  • Represent Docker at key Microsoft (e.g. Build, Ignite) and Microsoft related conferences and events. The ideal candidate must be able to plan and deliver Keynote-level presentations at broad industry events


  • 15+ years of experience and alliance relationships with large infrastructure hardware/software providers
  • Significant sales or product management experience with large or global infrastructure account
  • Prior experience in alliance management focused on developing strategic partners
  • Excels in managing in managing cross-functional teams, including sales, engineering and customer success
  • Ability to build and manage a global and comprehensive account and partner plan
  • Prior alliances related experience with one or more of key partnerships (e.g. Microsoft, Cisco, and Microsoft)
  • Maintain a solid understanding of Microsoft’s unique products and technology portfolio, and bring the ability to understand and articulate how and where Docker fits in. Hands-on expertise is not required, but a solid technical background is definitely a plus
  • Deep understanding of  Microsoft’s organization chart is a plus
  • Knowledge of who influences decision making within the Microsoft organization is a plus


  • We enjoy working on small teams
  • We trust our colleagues and customers
  • We are willing and eager to learn from each other
  • We are transparent thinkers and action-oriented doers
  • We are passionate about what we work on and take pride in our craft


Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform  and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud and can achieve up to 20X greater efficiency in their use of computing resources. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker containers have been downloaded more than 6 billion times and Docker is used by millions of developers across thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including ADP, GE, the BBC, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, ING, Yelp, and Spotify. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in hundreds of thousands of “Dockerized” applications, hundreds of Docker-related startups and integration partnerships with AWS, Alibaba, Canonical Google, IBM, Microsoft, and VMware.

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