Principal Program Manager – Country Engineering Lead

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    Microsoft Corporation
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    negotiable / Monthly
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    13 hours ago
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Are you a seasoned technology leader who is passionate about the cloud? Do you want to play an integral role in realising Microsoft’s vision of Azure as the World’s Computer? Do you have a deep understanding of the cloud and architecture principles and a desire to drive enduring growth and customer success on Azure?

Azure is the fastest-growing businesses in Microsoft’s history. Customers and analysts recognize our tremendous momentum which continues month-over-month. Azure is not only the set of cloud services Microsoft provides to customers for addressing their own business requirements but is also the infrastructure upon which Microsoft builds its own mission-critical hyperscale services.

In pursuit of our ambition to be the World’s computer, Azure continues to build the largest global footprint of any public Cloud provider. Within Azure’s engineering team, there are specialized units responsible for this growth – the Azure Global Geographic Expansion and Growth (AG GE+G) group is focused on expanding Azure’s footprint to new markets and ensuring the success of our customers and existing investments.

AG GE+G is looking for a Technical Principal Program Manager to enable growth of Azure in Australasia. You will partner closely with your colleagues in engineering and infrastructure organisations, as well as country and area leadership to drive adoption of Azure. You will be responsible for programmatically removing engineering blockers and defining investment strategies to foster the growth of Azure and which unlock new market opportunities. By connecting your deep technical experience, customers’ requirements and market demand with engineering product teams, you will help ensure Azure is the most compelling and complete solution to support workloads further our customers’ missions.

We have exciting opportunities for you to innovate, influence, transform and grow within our organization and to shape the adoption of Azure. We encourage you to apply to learn more.


As a Country Engineering Lead (CEL), you will define country-relevant priorities and strategy for Azure Engineering investments to maximize utilization of Azure. This includes the definition and execution of Azure infrastructure investment strategies, as well as tailored engineering-led programs and motions that remove technical constraints, unblock customer adoption and enable key new markets and technologies.

The successful candidate must be customer obsessed, collaborative, outcome orientated, and be able to apply principle-based thinking to critical problems. The Country Engineering Lead is expected to constantly innovate and move upstream, whilst creating a sustainable operational environment.

In the pursuit of highly-optimised Azure infrastructure relevant to local market requirements, the Country Engineering Lead will capture and signal platform and data centre priorities to Engineering that deliver the right product/market fit. This includes the acceleration of demand-driven service requirements, the signalling of customer-centric platform requirements and removal of engineering obstacles.

The Engineering Lead will engage directly with key customers and partners up to the CXO level, supporting partnerships and opportunities with tier-one customers, whilst also driving large strategic and complex projects. Additionally, the successful candidate will establish partnerships and a unified operating model with the local subsidiary and provide transparency and situational awareness of Azure Engineering investments and priorities through regular engagement and reporting.


Minimum Qualifications

• 5+ years in an engineering role as an architect or technical program manager

• Experience in cloud-scale solution architecture, delivery or software development

• Knowledge of the Azure platform and infrastructure

• Demonstrated ability to drive complex programs and solutions that deliver quality outcomes

• Excellent interpersonal and group dynamic skills

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Understanding of business and technology-related strategy

• Track record of high-quality, autonomous and execution of tasks

• Demonstrated systematic attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications

• 10+ years in an engineering role as an architect or technical program manager

• Data centre infrastructure planning and architecture experience

• Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or equiv. industry experience

The ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are a necessity for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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