Head of OEM Alliances

  • Canonical
  • Home based - Americas, EMEA
  • 29 May, 2024

Job Description

The role of the Global Lead OEM Alliances at Canonical

Large OEM or Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) brands - Dell, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Ericsson, Cisco, Fujitsu and many more - are major partners for Canonical. These companies often build software-defined solutions which they take to market, and Ubuntu is a key ingredient in cloud-native and edge or IoT solutions. More and more of those solutions depend on open source. Canonical Ubuntu is the best platform for rapid open source innovation.

The Global Lead OEM Alliances is responsible for IHV partner success - we want them to thrive and grow their business with Canonical software, solutions and services. This is a leadership role, responsible for strategic  IHV Alliances worldwide.

Reporting to the VP Global Alliances, our IHV Alliance Sales Director will work closely with strategic partners across their complex organizations to engage with their innovation teams and ensure that they consider and integrate Ubuntu stacks and solutions. For example, private clouds, container solutions, and vertical solutions for industries like telco and automotive, are increasingly built on open source and Ubuntu. We are the challenger platform, but we are growing quickly in the industry.

The OEM Director is responsible to build trusted relationships with IHV partners, increase Canonical market share and attach rate, evangelize the partnership and lead all business interactions from engineer to CxO. He/she will often run customer workshops focused on particular initiatives at that customer, attend sales events, give public presentations and lead executive engagements.

Location: This role can be based remotely in the EMEA or Americas region

What your day will look like

  • Build strategic relationships with IHV partners at levels
  • Grow their awareness of open source capabilities on Canonical Ubuntu
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the Linux and cloud software ecosystem
  • Negotiate contracts and commercial business terms
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of large and complex organizations
  • Lead partnerships with global accounts such as IBM, Samsung, DellEMC, HPE, Nokia etc.
  • Work closely with marketing, sales engineering and product management
  • Deliver on targets, objectives and provide a voice of the partner
  • Lead executive interlocks between IHV and Canonical leadership
  • Travel regularly - sometimes internationally - to drive partnerships in person

What we are looking for in you

  • Experience in alliance or indirect sales management roles
  • Autonomous, disciplined, hands-on, get-it-done mentality
  • Ability to capture customer requirements, evaluate gaps, identify and create opportunities
  • Passionate about Ubuntu products and mission
  • Comfortable in fast-paced and high pressure environments with measurable goals
  • Experience with Linux, virtualization, containers, and other cloud technologies.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

What we offer you

Your base pay will depend on various factors including your geographical location, level of experience, knowledge and skills. In addition to the benefits above, certain roles are also eligible for additional benefits and rewards including annual bonuses and sales incentives based on revenue or utilisation. Our compensation philosophy is to ensure equity right across our global workforce.  

In addition to a competitive base pay, we provide all team members with additional benefits, which reflect our values and ideals. Please note that additional benefits may apply depending on the work location and, for more information on these, please ask your Talent Partner.

  • Remote work with regular team-wide in-person sprints - we’ve been working remotely since 2004!
  • Personal learning and development budget of 2,000USD per annum
  • Annual compensation review
  • Recognition rewards
  • Annual holiday leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Priority Pass for travel and travel upgrades for long haul company events

About Canonical

Canonical is a pioneering tech firm that is at the forefront of the global move to open source. As the company that publishes Ubuntu, one of the most important open source projects and the platform for AI, IoT and the cloud, we are changing the world on a daily basis. We recruit on a global basis and set a very high standard for people joining the company. We expect excellence - in order to succeed, we need to be the best at what we do.

Canonical has been a remote-first company since its inception in 2004.​ Work at Canonical is a step into the future, and will challenge you to think differently, work smarter, learn new skills, and raise your game. Canonical provides a unique window into the world of 21st-century digital business.

Canonical is an equal opportunity employer

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and background create a better work environment and better products. Whatever your identity, we will give your application fair consideration.

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