Splunk Problem Manager

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Job Description:

The Splunk Problem Manager is a member of the Customer Support Incident & Escalations Management Team at Splunk, responsible for driving root cause analysis and problem remediation of the most impactful incidents and escalations. These issues impact our customers' experience of Splunk products every single day. This team brings strategy, structure, executive attention, and additional internal resources to customer challenges that would otherwise result in a high level of customer dissatisfaction. The ideal Splunker for this role will have a good blend of technical and soft skills, strong deductive reasoning capabilities, and communicate with a high degree of effectiveness and “awesome” up/down/across our Global Support, Product, Engineering, and Operations organization. You will drive problem investigations from root cause identification to closure. You will have the opportunity to shape this position from the very beginning. This role is highly visible across the organization and will help shape Splunk's Problem Management culture for years to come. In a nutshell… you will drive and be looked at to “level up” the support organizations ability to identify and eliminate the root cause of customer Escalations and Incidents.

Responsibilities:

  • Be the single point of contact for one or more problems and be responsible for ownership and coordination of actions of those problems
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts to identify root cause and contributing factors, and ensure accurate assignment of ownership of all action items.
  • Lead Post Engagement Reviews (Post Incident and Post Escalation Reviews) for critical and high priority incidents and customer escalations with a focus on process improvement as well as technical resolution. Help drive identification of lessons learned, leveraging Problem Management techniques to identify root cause and prevent re-occurrence.
  • Develop, manage, and promote the Problem Management process and associated procedures in a collaborative way across Splunk technical and account/field teams
  • Extract trends on case types, root cause closure codes, key problem areas, products. Hold regular meetings with technical teams to review recurring Problems and press for final resolutions - or escalate. Produce 'Escalation Reports' on recurring problems and issues not being resolved.
  • Ensure that the Problem Management process is documented, understood, and followed
  • Ensure necessary reports (RCAs, PIRs, PERs) are created to a high standard of written excellence and delivered to customers in a timely manner
  • Restore the customer's confidence in Splunk and Splunk products by effectively communicating and delivering Root Cause Messaging to Splunk customer executives and users
  • Effectively build and develop relationships across Support and within other Splunk organizations to ensure success.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5 – 10 years of experience in a related or similar position
  • Expert understanding of Problem Management framework and root cause analysis
  • Experience of working in a highly technical environment, with the ability to drive investigations with technical and non-technical teams
  • Strong ability to communicate efficiently and effectively with different teams, from Engineers to Support and Management with the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical teams
  • Good understanding of data centers, cloud platforms, software deployments, monitoring tools, and databases. Prior experience with Cloud or SaaS companies puts you in the front of the line
  • Exudes Customer Success. Passionate about doing what’s right for the customer. High energy and contagious enthusiasm. Willing to take on the tough projects and challenges to support the growth of the business.
  • Ability to work independently with a “make it happen” attitude; can operate and execute in areas of uncertainty and ambiguity; problem solver and quick learner.
  • Thrives to be seen as a trusted advisor and technical leader who is highly requested by management and peers.
  • Proven knowledge of Problem Management frameworks (eg. ITIL)
  • Occasional weekend work as the business requires

Nice to have:

  • Experience with specific tools (SFDC, Jira, Confluence)
  • Knowledge of software development lifecycle
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information security or related field is required or equivalent practical work experience
  • Strong financial and business sense, critical thinking, decision-making abilities
  • Fundamental solid understanding/overview of Splunk

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which you are applying. For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

 
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