Hot Job: Site Manager

Hmmm, this is exactly the kind of job that some of you web/blog gurus could get excited about, right? When I joined Microsoft, was the first group I recruited for (and definitely one of my favorites). They have a site manager position open. If you are interested or have more questions, contact me: Here’s the description…



Working on – the #1 corporate Web site in the world – you interact with Microsoft’s customers and partners every day: sharing ideas and enabling relationships that help them realize their full potential. Do you have the skills, vision, and imagination to lead a team working to transform the network into a world-class, highly relevant, and engaging experience for the over 200-million people worldwide who visit us each month? If so, we’re looking for you!


The Group Site Manager will lead and develop a team of high-performing site managers responsible for planning and managing the long-term vision and interim releases for key, high-profile components of the network, including: the home page,’s search engine and experience, and the cross-network navigational strategy. You will be responsible for creating the overarching business strategy, building strong global partnerships with critical cross-company stakeholders, and ensuring ongoing progress and development on the network. This challenging opportunity requires you to delight customers – our #1 goal being customer satisfaction – and balance their needs with the priorities of our business.


Responsibilities for this position include:

             Managing a team of high-performing Site Managers, defining clear objectives, and contributing to their long-term professional growth at Microsoft;

             Determining the business strategy for the cross-network plan and leading the development of business requirements that will enable its creation from prototype to pilot to final release;

             Establishing and rolling out a plan for worldwide adoption;

             Defining success metrics, implementing a plan to measure them, and consistently reporting progress against them;

             Analyzing, understanding, and applying your knowledge of industry, competitive, and marketplace trends;

             Driving, delivering, and executing a global, cross-company communications plan that enables collaboration, effectively informs stakeholders, and helps drive ongoing innovation.


The qualified candidate will:

             Have demonstrated success leading people and project managing multi-faceted Web launches that exceed expectations;

             Require experience managing, designing, and publishing high-trafficked Web sites with daily update schedules;

             Possess top-notch oral and written communication skills and confidence presenting to large groups and senior executives;

             Be passionate about the Web, Microsoft technologies, and, most importantly, our customers;

             Solidly understand Web site technologies, architecture, and services, plus be able to apply key marketing principles;

             Thrive in a highly collaborative environment, where innovation, determination, trust, and transparency are valued;

             Have a business, marketing, or related degree; MBA preferred.

Comments (10)

  1. Nathan says:

    "MBA preferred." Nice, another job I’m not qualified for.

  2. Anonymous says:

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  3. Heather says:

    It says preferred, not required

  4. Nathan says:

    Nevertheless, it would be an utter miracle if I was offered this position. I’m still at the point where I think I can do anything, without realizing recruiters feel differently. Maybe being repeatedly denied employment will knock my self-esteem down a few bars.

  5. Steve says:

    Well said nathan. But with the right training and encouragement [note that they said you need to have passion for the job] you can do it! 🙂 At least give it a shot, nothing to lose.

    God Bless,


  6. Mauro Quito says:

    What if I would be interested. What wouild be the steps to follow.

    Thank you for your time

  7. Mauro says:

    What if I would be interested. What wouild be the steps to follow.

    Thank you for your time

  8. Heather says:

    Whoa, Nathan needs a pep talk! Seriosly, Keith Harrell has a good series of lectures and publications on building your inner morale…if you really feel like your comment suggests you should check it out. Don’t get discouraged.

    Mauro-feel free to send your resume to me via e-mail. My address is in the blog post. Thanks!

  9. Pat Martini says:

    Hello Heather. I have looked at the postings list, as well as your blog on ERE, and can’t find an email address anywhere. I would like to forward a resume – it would be easier if email addresses were made known here on this feed. If you could let me know that, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

  10. Heather says:

    Hi Pat,

    My e-mail address is all over this blog…you just didn’t look hard enough ; ) It’s in the first paragraph of this particular blog post (above). Incidentally, I feel that I need to tell you that I don’t have a blog on ERE. So as much as I’d love to receive your resume, I want to make sure that you have the right person. I’m not Heather Hartmann from Accenture, I’m Heather Hamilton from Microsoft. Thanks!