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Vice President, Customer Support

Title of Job: Vice President, Customer Support

Role Located in: Okta Headquarters (San Francisco, CA)

Reports to: Chief Customer Officer

 

JOB PURPOSE:

 

The Vice President, Customer Service is responsible for delivering an extraordinary experience to our customers. This role will report to the Chief Customer Officer and work closely with all members of Okta’s executive team. An experienced leader, you will set strategy, establish priorities, build a global organization of top talent and implement unparalleled systems and processes to develop an exemplary customer service organization and delight customers.

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and hands-on customer support and service leader who can rapidly learn the Okta value proposition and work with customers of all sizes to make them successful on our service. In this role you will work with a broad spectrum of Okta teams, from Sales to Professional Services to Product and Engineering to ensure a smooth transition from initial deployment to adoption and growth by helping to remove technical barriers.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Set customer service and support strategy.
  • Define customer service priorities and clearly communicate them both internally and externally.
  • Drive efficiency and efficient scale the business to meet customer growth and internal performance metrics.
  • Build and manage a global team of extraordinary customer support professionals.
  • Marshall resources, from budget definition to system acquisition and implementation, to support our corporate growth and future plans.
  • Effectively and efficiently liaising between our customers and product teams to enhance our offerings.
  • Design, develop and deliver new customer service offerings to delight our customers.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 15+ years of customer support and management experience, including at least 4 years of IT service management.
  • Knowledge of enterprise web technologies, security and modern IT infrastructures.
  • General knowledge of cloud architecture as well as on-premises IT landscape.
  • Experience using web-based helpdesk systems for incident management.
  • Experience in fostering broad usage of support forums and knowledge repositories.
  • Excellent communication skills, including issue tracking, triaging and crisis management.
  • Comfortable and willing to be a hands-on contributor.
  • 4+ years of SaaS support experience is strongly preferred.
  • 2+ years of application programming and system support experience is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Security preferred.
  • Specialized training in supporting SAML, AD, LDAP, security preferred.

 

Problem Solving

  • Exhibits confidence and an extensive knowledge of emerging industry practices when solving business problems.
  • Identifies critical issues with ease.
  • Pushes creative thinking beyond the boundaries of existing industry practices and customer mindsets.

 

Communication

  • Communicates with internal and external customers and all levels of management.
  • Effectively communicates technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Delivers informative, well-organized presentations.
  • Understands how to communicate difficult/ sensitive information tactfully.

 

Team and Customer Interaction

  • Facilitates effective team interaction.
  • Leads a team of highly performing customer service managers by example.
  • Communicates effectively with customers to identify needs and evaluate alternative technical solutions with customers.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen customer relationships.
  • Manages customer expectations effectively.

 

Education, Training and Certification

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or related discipline is required.
  • A Master’s degree in Management or similar is preferred.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Strategic Vision
  • Executive Maturity
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Planning
  • Organizational Planning
  • Customer Focus
  • Hiring and Staffing

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