Canonical – Silicon Alliances Ecosystem Development Manager

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Ubuntu is the fastest growing enterprise Linux, the leading platform for public cloud computing, and the engineer’s favorite way to drive the future. 

Our goal is to help the enterprise embrace open source from end to end, across every class of compute and every class of application, starting with the linux kernel itself, to infrastructure solutions like OpenStack and Kubernetes, all the way up to data, security, analytics and serverless capabilities. 

The Silicon Alliances Team works with the leading semiconductor companies  to combine open source adoption with innovative optimizations to get the most from each new chip. With our semiconductor partners, we develop joint product roadmaps, drive delivery, formulate go-to-market plans and conceptualize new business models, enabling differentiated hardware and robust product life-cycle support while still anchored to best-in-class Ubuntu. The end goal is a frictionless experience to deploy, maintain, and develop on any hardware from cloud to edge. 

The successful candidate is someone who is passionate about both hardware and software technology with interest to grow into business development.  We are hiring for positions across early career to senior roles, with scope ranging from small exploratory partnerships to managing our largest and most strategic partnerships.

If you are someone who can navigate complex new technical challenges, learn quickly, and architect solutions and strategies across global teams, this challenging role is for you.

Location:  We are hiring for remote roles in Americas.  We will also consider applicants in EMEA who can accommodate a shifted schedule to support Silicon partners in Americas.    Global travel to sprints, events, and partner meetings is part of the role.

What your day will look like 

  • Represent Canonical, its solutions and software to partners.
  • Develop a deep understanding of silicon partner strategies, technologies and roadmaps and identify overlap with Canonical’s current and future products.
  • Work cross-functionally with engineering, product, marketing and sales teams to facilitate new business, leading definition of joint products, solutions and complex programs relying heavily on your communicating and influencing skills.   
  • Ensure that robust project plans are created, tracked, and executed. 
  • Develop joint Go To Market strategy and campaigns with silicon partners, manage market messaging, collateral and launch plans across products.
  • Negotiate successful contracts.

What we are looking for in you

  • B.A / B.S / B.E degree in science, technology and/or engineering.
  • Fundamental understanding of the semiconductor industry and ecosystem.
  • Experience in software and system architecture is preferred.
  • Customer-facing experience in business development, technology strategy or similar functions.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to grasp complex material and synthesize key points.
  • Ability to think and work at both strategic and tactical levels
  • Disciplined and self motivated for a remote-first workplace environment.

Additional skills that you might also bring

  • Experience with open source software and open source business models is preferred.
  • Team leadership or program management experience.






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