A Microsoft recruiting event at the University of Oxford impressed Voria enough to want to be part of the company’s "vision, breadth and impact across the globe."

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Microsoft Financing Americas Business Development Manager

What do you do? As the Microsoft Financing Americas Business Development Manager, my job is to make it easier for customers to buy Microsoft products and services via payment solutions in the U.S., Canada and Brazil. My goal is to grow the financing business by integrating payment solutions into the sales motions of Microsoft. I partner with sales, marketing, risk, etc., to understand strategic priorities and then develop payment solution offers, promotions and campaigns for customers.

How did you get started in that field? I went to a Microsoft recruiting event while I was getting my master’s in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford and was impressed with the company’s vision, breadth and impact across the globe. Through my studies, I saw the world becoming borderless and business becoming globalized. I saw the challenges that people faced all over the world around access to education, health care and welfare, and realized that I wanted to work for a company that had the ability to do something about it. Microsoft’s mission says it all: “To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Technology has the power to change the world, and I wanted to be part of that change.

What’s a typical day like? It depends on if I’m in the office or traveling. When I travel, I meet with bank partners, present at conferences, or participate in internal strategy sessions. When I’m in Seattle, I typically hop on the Microsoft shuttle that takes me to main campus and use the time to prep for meetings and to catch up on industry reading. At the office, my day consists of the typical mix of in-person meetings and Skype calls ranging from strategy sessions to deal reviews. Between all of this, I insert mini breaks and fun, whether it’s having lunch with a mentor/mentee, walking to the campus ice cream shop for a meeting rather than holding it in the typical conference room, attending a talk on campus (most recently, Salman Rushdie), or having an impromptu dance party with my co-workers. Gotta stay balanced!

What’s the best part of the job? The fact that I don’t have to leave my passions at home. In addition to my “day job,” I have the pleasure of serving on the Microsoft Women’s Board and also lead a 2,000-person women’s group called SMSG Women (Sales, Marketing & Services Group.) Leading this group has allowed me to exercise my passion for supporting, advancing and retaining female talent in the workplace, while also building partnerships with similar groups at other companies. I love working for a company that allows me to exercise my curiosities and interests!

What surprises people about your work? The fact that my job doesn’t qualify me to provide tech support. I can’t tell you how often people ask me if I can fix their computer issues, which always makes me laugh. In fact, someone recently asked me, “Do you know how to fix my iPad?” and I said, “Yeah, buy a Surface.”

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