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Sr. Strategic Alliance Manager - SHI (Austin, TX)

Position Description: Okta is looking for a Sr. Strategic Alliance Manager “SAM” with strong deal, strategy and relationship management experience to accelerate the SHI ecosystem. The objective is to extend Okta’s reach and revenues via a robust and highly active engagement within SHI & SHI’s government sales teams. 

Be a key member of the Okta’s Regional Alliance organization, drive sales with SHI nationally and act as the key day to day face of Okta with this National Partner.

The candidate will have significant experience and passion in launching and scaling Go-To-Market programs tactically at the field level between SHI and vendor organizations. The ideal candidate will also possess a strong channel sales history and an intimate knowledge of SHI that enables them to drive engagement and strong, alignment with Okta’s sales teams. A successful history of working with SHI’s security specialists is desired as well as a knowledge of SAAS and Cybersecurity.

This is a critical role within the Okta team and will require cross-functional leadership skills to work with Okta Sales, Support, and Services.  This role will be a major change agent, having impact and influence with a high degree of autonomy, energy, flexibility and drive to create real and measurable business results within the SHI partnership.

Candidate should also have a demonstrated ability to think strategically and analytically about business, product, and technical challenges, with the ability to build and convey compelling value propositions and work cross-organizationally to build consensus.  We are looking for candidates that are creative, aggressive and looking to expand and advance their responsibilities.


Job Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Daily presence in SHI Austin office with a focus on building brand and product awareness through trainings, floor walks, Quarterly travel to all SHI offices across the country
  • Own and execute joint Go-To-Market initiatives with SHI that drive Okta lead generation and achieve annual revenue targets for Okta
  • Understand the ISV and security software landscape and identify collaboration opportunities with other leading vendors solutions including collaboration at events and joint internal education programs
  • Be the face of Okta internally for all the SHI sellers, and a resource for them to lean on.
  • Define and communicate value propositions of Okta to SHI Sales, Marketing and Services organizations, driven through webinars, training, partner events and other communications.
  • Represent Okta at SHI field events across the country
  • Work closely with the Okta Sales organization in brokering account mapping and field-level relationships with SHI Sales, Marketing and overlay teams
  • Develop internal and external-facing marketing and sales collateral supporting the SHI GTM partnership   
  • Work cross-functionally with Business Operations, Enablement, Legal, Marketing, Product Marketing, Program Management, Services, Sales, Marketing and other internal organizations across Okta
  • Strong analytical skills to determine which programs are driving results and insight to build on that experience
  • Ability to forecast channel revenue accurately with strong Salesforce.com skills
  • Passionate channel champion who can provide world-class program management and thought leadership across SHI’s ecosystem to increase revenue and drive incremental business opportunities
  • Represent both the voice of SHI to Okta and the voice of Okta to SHI as required to resolve issues and attain revenue


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in Channel Sales, and a minimum of 2 years in driving SHI GTM relationships.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with an ability to speak effectively to business development leaders, executives, product managers, and security professionals
  • A business leader who is able to influence and build relationships with people across all levels and organizations internally and externally
  • Passionate channel champion who can provide world-class program management and thought leadership across assigned partner base to increase revenue and drive incremental business opportunities
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to formulate a partnership vision, strategy, and execution plan
  • Ability to understand software, recognize product integration areas, discuss product roadmaps
  • Up to date on trends and key companies in Cloud computing and Identity Management
  • Can handle multiple priorities in an extremely fast paced environment
  • Ability to run quickly and adapt to a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • A high degree of honesty, integrity and sound judgment
  • Comfortable with bi weekly travel
  • MBA or JD a plus 

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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