Cloud Garage – Practice Manager

Job Description
The Cloud Garage is a new and innovative approach to driving customer application development success on IBM Bluemix PaaS and IBM Cloud Platforms at an accelerated pace. The Cloud Garage is a very different work environment located in startup communities comprised of open workspaces with the latest Mac pairing stations, open collaboration areas and drive lots of tech & networking events.

We are bringing clients into the Garage to rapidly develop minimal viable products using IBM Design Thinking to get the product definition correct and adopting agile practices for developing the apps. Our clients choosing Bluemix or the IBM Cloud are looking for innovation and agility in how apps are defined, designed, and developed. 



We are assembling an 'A' team of developers, product managers, and designers. 
 Pairing is at the core of the way we are doing development and the way we are training our team. Garage developers will do pair programming, test driven development, continuous integration and deployment using modern tools.

We are in startup mode and want to grow quickly. We need a senior manager who will:

(I) Develop Business and Manage Client Relationships:

  • Present the Garage to clients and manage the client relationships
  • Oversee or lead workshops using IBM Design Thinking
  • Develop the base contracts for use with clients
  • Negotiate client deals and develop contracts
  • Help with closing deals
  • Ensure Project / Client Success
  • Meet P/L objectives (appropriate for startup mode)

(II) Build and Develop the Cloud Garage Team:
  • Hire developers, product managers, and designers
  • Develop a repeatable hiring/vetting/interviewing process
  • Develop leaders on the team
  • Actively develop the Garage culture
  • Oversee the technical side of the Garage

(III) Build and manage the Cloud Garage brand within your organization:
  • Procure equipment & space
  • Make your organization work for the Garage
  • Partner with marketing on events and PR
  • Interface with internal groups interested in working the Cloud Garage
  • Organize office hours, tech talks, and other small events at the Garage

Required:
  • At least 2 years running P/L for a services organization or equivalent
  • At least 3 years IBM management experience; more preferred
  • Strong performance history
  • Very strong operational skills
  • Strong organizational & culture building skills
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Desire to do consulting a new way


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • At least 2 years running P/L for a services organization or equivalent
  • At least 3 years IBM management experience; more preferred
  • Strong performance history
  • Very strong operational skills
  • Strong organizational & culture building skills
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Desire to do consulting a new way


Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

Nil

EO Statement
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.


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