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Customer Success Manager


Introduction As a Customer Success Manager Architect (Manager) in IBM you'll apply your strong foundation of technology expertise to hire and cultivate high performing teams made up of diverse, e


As a Customer Success Manager Architect (Manager) in IBM you’ll apply your strong foundation of technology expertise to hire and cultivate high performing teams made up of diverse, exceptional CSM talent.

A true change-agent, you’ll hire and continually develop high performing teams who get IBM’s products and services adopted, post-sale, to continually meet your customers’ business goals.

Combining c-suite gravitas with developer-level approachability, you’ll lead your teams as they co-create with clients to fully realise the value of their existing IBM products, whilst expanding their adoption of next-gen solutions from across IBM’s wider portfolio.

Excellent onboarding training will set you up for positive impact and success, whilst ongoing development will continue to advance your career. Our sales environment is fast-paced and supportive. Always connected to a wider team, you’ll be surrounded by other leaders and colleagues. People who are always willing to help and be helped as you scale your territory, with and through your team, as they compel clients to continually invest in IBM’s people, products, and services.

Your Role and Responsibilities

Customer Success careers in IBM might be different to what you’re used to. In addition to the people skills and business acumen often associated with this position, IBM CSMs are also Architects. People with a deep understanding of technical complexities. They can quickly understand clients’ hard-to-understand technology issue and communicate them back in an easy-to-understand way. As such, they require growth-minded, radically candid leaders, who can lead and support them technically, commercially, and behaviourally.

As an experienced leader of technical, customer-facing talent, you’ll help your teams showcase IBM’s solutions. Providing direction for use-case identification, solution architecture design, and MVP builds you’ll help your teams guide clients through their existing tech stack compatibilities, and changes needed to realise the full value of expanding and /or renewing their adoption of IBM’s solutions.

We’re passionate about success. If this role is right for you, then your achievements mean your career is flourishing, your teams are succeeding, and our clients are thriving. To help ensure this win-win outcome, a ‘day-in-the life’ of this role may include, but not be limited to:

  • Hiring, nurturing, and developing a technical client-facing team of exceptional talent.
  • Collaborating with CSMs and clients to prove solutions with MVPs that deliver value, leading to production readiness.
  • Creating and maintaining enduring, trusted relationships at technical levels within clients (including CIO’s, CTO’s, Developers, Data Scientists, Architects) and establishing IBM as an essential partner.
  • Coaching CSM teams, with clarity and conviction, to ensure they fully understand how to do their jobs successfully and achieve their KPIs.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Seasoned technical leadership and credibility, with proven experience of coaching CSM teams to drive adoption of complex, enterprise-grade technology solutions.
  • Demonstrable mastery of deal and situational coaching, whilst fostering a high performing, growth-minded and candid culture.
  • Deep practical and applied skills in one of the following areas (with competent understanding across a broad selection inc. their interconnectivities): Cloud, Data and AI, Automation, Integration or Security.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience working with a broad spectrum of technology solutions – Cloud, Data & AI etc. (training in IBM’s products will be provided).
  • Experience working in sales of software, SaaS / IaaS / PaaS and/or Cloud.

About Business Unit

IBM has a global presence, operating in more than 175 countries with a broad-based geographic distribution of revenue. The company’s Global Markets organization is a strategic sales business unit that manages IBM’s global footprint, working closely with dedicated country-based operating units to serve clients locally. These country teams have client relationship managers who lead integrated teams of consultants, solution specialists and delivery professionals to enable clients’ growth and innovation. By complementing local expertise with global experience and digital capabilities, IBM builds deep and broad-based client relationships. This local management focus fosters speed in supporting clients, addressing new markets and making investments in emerging opportunities. Additionally, the Global Markets organization serves clients with expertise in their industry as well as through the products and services that IBM and partners supply. IBM is also expanding its reach to new and existing clients through digital marketplaces.

Your Life @ IBM

In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that, dedication to our clients success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement

IBM wants you to bring your whole self to work and for you this might mean the ability to work flexibly. If you are interested in a flexible working pattern, please talk to our recruitment team to find out if this is possible in the current working environment.

Being You @ IBM

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, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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