VMware South Africa: Partner Enablement Manager

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7 Oct, 2013

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The Partner Enablement Manager is tasked with establishing the strategy and driving the execution plan, rollout, tracking and reporting of new initiatives to drive VMware’s rapidly growing strategic products with a focus to Solution Providers and OEM within our Partner organization. The Partner Enablement Manager will create the communication and training plans to increase the speed of uptake when a new or improved initiative is rolled out, completed by reporting standards into Senior Management. Enablement will focus on both core Sales & Technical (Pre-Sales & Post-Sales) roles within our Partners. The role will drive efficiency in planning & execution across the VMware ‘assets’ that contribute to the Partner Enablement effort: SEs, PBMs/Alliance Managers, VATCs, Distributors, Partner University, Partner Marketing and the Product Marketing teams for product launches.

The Partner Enablement Manager, WECA will become a core member of the Partner team and will partner with the Senior partner Manager: Southern Africa, the Regional Manager – Africa, and the Distribution Manager – Southern Africa in NEMEA to share best practices and to ensure that needs are being met and plans are being executed.

In particular, this person will establish a quarterly cadence to provide focus to our PBMs/Alliance Managers and to our Partners on the key messages/education for that period.
The role will focus on WECA and reside in South Africa and will share best practices and experiences throughout NEMEA.

– Translate the business priorities for the business units to partner management requirements, partner sales enablement processes, technical enablement of the partner community from a pre-sales and post sales perspective and co-ordination of the Education Team
– Ensure that enough skills are available to support the ongoing targets of WECA for the year
– Look at potential savings that can be made and productivity gains that can be had by establishing what elements of the program can be outsourced
– Understand the VATC model within VMware and how that can be leveraged to optimize how training is delivered to partners
– Establish any role that the Distribution partners can perform in enablement of the partner community
– Establish a quarterly cadence and reporting with the Partner Business leaders of the region to establish Partner focus and educational content
– Establish a quarterly cadence with the SE Leadership team to confirm resources and messaging for Partner Technical Enablement.
– Work with PSO Leadership to align presales capability with delivery capability
– Work with the Global and EMEA & NEMEA team to advise on and specify content requirements form an WECA perspective
– Must be capable of building the framework and coordinating projects across multiple teams e.g. sales, marketing, enablement and technical resource to ensure efficient partner planning, enablement and execution.
– Soliciting feedback from all parts of the organization to feedback the needs and cadence of the partner community
– Look to address weakness in skill sets or solution/product knowledge by soliciting with appropriate training courses and hands on education


– Degree educated preferred
– Excellent collaboration and communication skills
– Program management experience is required
– Experience in working in a matrix organization that includes the requirement to show strong influencing skills across multiple teams
– Experience around the creation and structuring of educational enablement programs
– Familiarity with the maintenance of a two-tier distribution model
– The ability to technically understand the nature of VMware’s product portfolio
– Ability to multi-task
– Ability to analyze and manage data
– Awareness of the business models used by Partner companies to go to market
– Knowledge or experience of the use of an outsourced model to support an educational business
– Ability to resolve issues and to escalate to appropriate stakeholders
– Effective influence & negotiation skills
– Understanding of industry trends around cloud computing, end user computing, development platform or virtualization preferred
– Strong persuasive skills and ability to influence decision maker
– Detail orientated
– Fluent in English, French and Portuguese would be an advantage
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
Requisition Number 44214BR
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