Principal Group Engineering Manager

Last updated one month ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As a member of our engineering team, you will play an integral part in making that happen, navigating us into the future and impacting the lives of people all around the world.

Core Services Engineering (CSE) builds and manages the critical products and services that Microsoft runs on. We boldly pursue big ideas that power transformational advances at Microsoft and for our customers, while helping Microsoft teams work smarter, faster, and more securely every day. Core Services Engineering employees have deep technical and business expertise, customer insights, and a clear point of view that comes from first-hand, large-scale experience with Microsoft and industry solutions. We are engineers, technology leaders and experts, digital transformation change agents, and customer advocates.

The Digital Workplace (DW) engineering team within CSE leads Digital Transformation of Microsoft’s physical environment. Digital Workplace deals with creating and operating work environments that are comfortable, functional, collaborative, and efficient. Microsoft Digital Workplace team provides global employees with a wide range of services essential for team collaboration and innovation, including Smart building, dining/catering, shuttle/commute, meetings, reception/office upgrades/maintenance, and emergency prep and security. As an indicator to the scale of operations, this team covers 44 million square feet of office space, encompassing 600+ buildings across ~100 countries.This is a critical initiative for Microsoft SLT and a big area of investment.

As we build on this investment, we are seeking a Principal Group Engineering Manager (manager of managers)to grow and manage an engineering team to help us better deliver on key initiatives within the DW, and in partnership with our business stakeholders (Real Estate &Services) and other engineering teams across Microsoft. This is an exciting leadership opportunity, one that doesn't come along very often.

Diversity and Inclusion is at the core of Microsoft culture and we are looking for the leader to nurture a diverse team using the Model, Coach, and Care framework to create a respectful, inclusive environment where everyone can bring their authentic self to work


This is a Principal Group Engineering Manager role with opportunity for deep technical depth development (e.g.,IoT, Cloud, modern web, Mobile, Social, Security Software and services), building innovative solutions for a rapidly evolving space aligned tothe digital transformation goals for the company (Smart campus/Digital workplace) and building expertise in the smart solutions domain. Due to the nature of solutions that we are building for Microsoft and customers, this roleprovidesgreat executive visibility with ample opportunity for advancement. 

You are an experienced team manager and effective leader who can collaborate and influence effectively cross-group and cross-company. It's important that you love that kind of work and are proficient at creating and maintaining warm and productive working relationships with other teams.  And there'll be a new set of challenges arriving every day, so you’ll need to be able to help your team work closely with partners, reason about priorities, influence key decision and create collaborative agreements about sequencing of work while maintaining good relationships across teams. There is a lot of both platform capabilities and experiences to be built in a secure manner in this job, so a background in services, IoT and Azure is a plus though it's not a prerequisite. What’s important is that you can show empathy towards business needs, have a customer focused mindset and are proficient at guiding teamwork to deliver great solutions.  We are looking for a leader with the experience in running agile teams, passion for mentorship, growing senior talent and collaboration, with a strong focus on the engineering fundamentals.

You’d be joining a team in a very fast-growing space with a lot of room for growth in both platform and customer aspects. Accountabilities include defining and executing on the Smart Campus vision, delivering either experiences built on top of the digital integration platform /building the unified platform itself partnering with the Azure Digital Twins team and innovating in the business insights space. You will develop software and services at scale, innovating on the latest technologies while engineering as a DevOps in a highly automated environment with Continuous Integration & Deployment as well as instrumenting telemetry that helps us monitor our service and helps diagnose and resolve issues quickly. You will work closely with peers across teams to help build flexible and high-performing components that enable next generation of business services.

This is a huge opportunity to make an impact at massive scale, with room for growth in discipline, team- building and businessgrowth.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 15 years' minimum experience in Software Engineering or Software Development
  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Software Design, or a related field, or equivalent alternative education, skills, and/or practical experience is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience leading software engineering teams
  • 5+ years of C# (or equivalent) experience with the ability to contribute to technical architecture across web/mobile, middle tier, and data components.
  • 5+ years of experience designing secure, scalable, and cost-efficient PaaS services on the Microsoft Azure platform or equivalent cloud platform.
  • Experience with Live Site monitoring and operating in DevOps environment.
  • Experience in handling senior business stakeholders for critical programs
  • Proven track record of building enterprise scale services on cloud platform
  • Experience working in an Agile methodology (Scrum/Kanban/etc.)




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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