Job: Global Lead, OEM Alliances at Canonical
About the Job
Large OEM or Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) brands – Dell, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Ericsson, Cisco, Fujitsu and many more – are major partners for Canonical. These companies often build software-defined solutions which they take to market, and Ubuntu is a key ingredient in cloud-native and edge or IoT solutions. More and more of those solutions depend on open source. Canonical Ubuntu is the best platform for rapid open source innovation.
The Global Lead OEM Alliances is responsible for IHV partner success – we want them to thrive and grow their business with Canonical software, solutions and services. This is a leadership and management role, responsible for a team who cover all IHV Alliances worldwide.
Reporting to the VP Global Alliances, our IHV Alliance Director will work closely with strategic partners across their complex organizations to engage with their innovation teams and ensure that they consider and integrate Ubuntu stacks and solutions. For example, private clouds, container solutions, and vertical solutions for industries like telco and automotive, are increasingly built on open source and Ubuntu. We are the challenger platform, but we are growing quickly in the industry.
The Global Leader is responsible to build trusted relationships with IHV partners, increase Canonical market share and attach rate, evangelize the partnership and lead all business interactions from engineer to CxO.
He/she will often run customer workshops focused on particular initiatives at that customer, attend sales events, give public presentations and lead executive engagements.
As a Global Lead OEM Alliances you will:
Build strategic relationships with IHV partners at levels
Grow their awareness of open source capabilities on Canonical Ubuntu
Demonstrate a deep understanding of the Linux and cloud software ecosystem
Negotiate contracts and commercial business terms
Demonstrate a deep understanding of large and complex organizations
Lead partnerships in APAC with companies like Lenovo, Huawei, Quanta, Fujitsu, Inspur, H3C, NEC, Asus etc.
Lead partnerships in EMEA with companies like Bull, Siemens
Lead partnerships in the Americas with companies like Dell, HP, IBM, Supermicro
Work closely with marketing, sales engineering and product management
Deliver on targets, objectives and provide a voice of the partner
Lead executive interlocks between IHV and Canonical leadership
Travel regularly – sometimes internationally – to drive partnerships in person
Valued skills and experience:
Experience in alliance or indirect sales management roles
Autonomous, disciplined, hands-on, get-it-done mentality
Ability to capture customer requirements, evaluate gaps, identify and create opportunities
Passionate about Ubuntu products and mission
Comfortable in fast-paced and high pressure environments with measurable goals
Experience with Linux, virtualization, containers, and other cloud technologies.
Excellent communication and presentation skills.
What Canonical Offers
Personal learning and development budget
Annual compensation review
Priority Pass for travel.
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