Proofpoint Technical Account Manager in Sunnyvale, California

Technical Account Manager

Location:Virtual

Description

Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

The role of the Technical Account Manager is to work with your customers so that they realize the full value of the products and services they have purchased from Proofpoint, ultimately maximizing renewals and add-on transactions. This is a technical role in a fast-paced environment that demands interaction with enterprises at senior levels, as well as with technical staff within the traditional IT and Security organization. Successful candidates will have an excellent technical and security software foundation, especially related to Linux, messaging, and cloud services, a proven track record of successfully interfacing with customers on both technical and non-technical levels, substantial experience driving concurrent projects and issues to completion with little direction, and above all, a passion for ensuring a top quality customer experience.

This role may require up to 25% travel, usually less.

Your day-to-day

  • Independently provide ongoing and proactive technical leadership and support to Proofpoint’s strategic customers with little direction.

  • Manage and monitor support interactions, serving as an internal advocate for strategic customers, responding to customer escalations, and proactively escalating when needed.

  • Direct crisis and incident response, working with the account team, technical support, operations and engineering teams to ensure timely resolution, while communicating effectively with customers.

  • Meet regularly with clients, both remotely and on-site, to review support interactions, system status, major issues, upcoming releases, and other pertinent items.

  • Create and deliver executive customer presentations that outline system performance, potential issues, ROI and suggested forward courses of action.

  • Develop deep understanding of customer’s business and operational needs.

  • Maintain deep practical technical knowledge of Proofpoint’s integration within the customer's environment, including network, security, systems administration, and messaging management.

  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive strategy to meet complex customer requirements utilizing Proofpoint’s solutions.

  • Provide proactive recommendations that support the customer's requirements, roadmap and ongoing technical needs.

  • Identify and prioritize short term and long-term goals.

  • Plan and lead process improvement initiatives tailored to improve customer satisfaction with the services and interaction with the Proofpoint Team.

  • Plan, document, and identify risks and challenges for production changes that span multiple services or technologies.

  • Requires little supervision on assigned tasks.

  • Works independently on routine tasks.

  • Responsible for scheduling own time and for quality completion of multiple tasks within a varying environment of changing constraints.

  • Uses independent judgment within broad parameters.

  • Designs and implements solutions to complex problems with minimum supervision.

What you bring to the team

Requirements:

  • 4+ years of industry experience in a client/professional services, sales engineer, senior support engineer, IT operations management, or senior engineer role with exposure to multiple technology areas

  • Knowledge of data communication concepts and technologies, specifically email and networking

  • Knowledge of Linux, SMTP, and MySQL.

  • Working knowledge of Windows, Active Directory, and Microsoft Exchange.

  • Very strong customer service and excellent communications skills, both written and oral

  • A history of successfully leading and directing technical staff through crisis situations

  • Adaptable and willing to learn new technologies

  • Knowledge of project management and strong time management skills

  • Ability to effectively work in a team environment as well as independently

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter or agency fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.