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Policy Strategy Analyst

Microsoft Corporation

This is a Full-time position in Houston, TX posted April 2, 2021.

The Network Quality and Policy Team plays a key role in protecting users, advertisers, and publishers for Microsoft Advertising in support of Search, Display and Native advertising through ad and traffic policy strategies, quality, and safety solutions.

With the Microsoft Ad Network playing a major role in Microsoft’s economic future, the stakes are high in ensuring our network is clean, safe, and trustworthy.

People are our number one asset; we are committed to personal and professional growth and building and sustaining a team culture focused on the business impact that we drive together, ensuring a fun atmosphere where every individual is engaged, learning and can do their best work.

We embrace our work with passion because of the positive impact it has for our business, Microsoft, the internet community, and the world!The Ad Policy Business Strategy Analyst is a policy strategy and execution role with a focus on complex and evolving challenges, anticipating policy and safety needs, responding to changes in the industry or regulatory environment, driving policy compliance education and execution coordination, and delivering consumer and customer experiences unmatched by our competitors.

The position is intended to perform as an individual contributor to and leading projects with executive level visibility, solving difficult and strategic policy problems.

Key to the role will be building cross-team relationships and deep collaboration with Microsoft properties, Advertising Sales, Operations, Service and Support, Platform and Publisher Partners, Legal and Engineering teams.**Responsibilities****Thought Leadership**+ Lead and influence policy strategy discussions, providing thought leadership and recommendations on our policy position and set expectations on impacts to the business.+ Anticipate and support industry and regulatory impacts to our business and lead policy strategy to ensure sustainable revenue and industry position.+ Assist in escalation closure and create improvement accountability through joint action plans.+ Research and analyze trends in the industry relating consumer / customer experiences and data / privacy to identify emerging risks, policy gaps or global trends leading to solutions.**Insights and Evolution**+ Support and represent the quality story with our stakeholders and strategic partners.

Drive comprehension of issue trends and compliance remedy needs.+ Consume continuous feedback and drive improvements to policy language, FAQs and quality requirements in support of improved comprehension, ongoing growth and optimization.+ Raise trends and threat vector opportunities for platform features / improvements and connect the dots more broadly across the Microsoft organization.+ Use rigorous, effective, and data-driven decision making including conducting analysis to understand marketplace repercussions of policy changes, or otherwise utilize marketplace analysis inputs to inform policy updates.**Education and Purpose**+ Represent the strategic policy positions to leadership, stakeholder teams, engineering, and other organizations to drive strategic discussions and compliance solutions.+ Collaborate with internal operational and marketing teams to standardize the internal and external policy-related resource material.

Amplify policy expertise by supporting training and policy education resources.+ Contribute to policy change management processes, go-to-market, and marketplace management strategy.

Partner with stakeholder teams to coordinate policy enforcements and communications.**Stakeholder Coordination**+ Manage direct relationships with sales, business development, partners, and the field to effectively drive awareness and understanding of the policies so that they can communicate and enforce policy with advertisers and partners.

Set and review policy and quality requirements in demand partner contracts.+ Partner with Microsoft property and product teams such as Bing, MSN, Skype, Xbox, Outlook, Windows etc.

to align to a global policy philosophy and promote awareness of product-led differences in risk/quality tolerance.+ Support stakeholder and legal inquiries and escalations.**Qualifications****Required Qualifications**+ 2+ years of search, display and/or native advertising experience or 3+ years working in a technical support/technical organization preferably in the online industry for a high-volume commercial website or service.+ 3+ years (5+ years preferred) of experience in at least two or more of the following areas: policy/regulatory or risk management (public or commercial), management consulting, media/advertising, or analytics and research.**Preferred Qualifications:**+ 2+ years project, program and/or online digital media policy expertise.

The ability to generate policy positions relying on your own and other’s research, analysis, as well as the expert opinions of a broad range of internal stakeholders, executives, subject matter experts, and industry information.+ Initiative and Leadership
– the ability to facilitate a virtual team composed of key stakeholders across the enterprise; manage projects, meetings and facilitate groups to a decision; track record of showing thought leadership; ability to influence others, drive others to set and attain goals and develop complex relationships through trust.+ World-class written/verbal communication and presentation skills and the ability to verbally defend and advocate for policy decisions.

Excellent listening and problem disaggregation skills.

Ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex insights to focus on the critical issues and actionable opportunities.+ Data driven, detail oriented and thorough.+ Exceptional conceptual and analytical thinking; ability to understand key trends and levers that drive the business and translate strategic and technical concepts into policy.+ Track record of success in dealing effectively with complex projects entailing frequent interaction with stakeholders at various levels.+ Strong ability to learn through self-study and assimilate information quickly and accurately.+ Comfort with taking on multiple roles, pushing your competencies and growing outside of comfort zone.+ Proven capacity to maneuver within complex global organizations and deal with ambiguity.+ Must be willing to travel approximately up to 25%, (50/50 domestic and international).#MicrosoftAdvertisingMicrosoft is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

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