Senior Security Design Manager - CTJ

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:Reston, Virginia
Job Type:Full Time

This role can be based in Redmond, WA or Reston, VA.

Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud platforms and services that millions of people use every day. With more than 95% of Fortune 500 business on Azure, 180 million using Office 365, and millions using other services – all running on Microsoft's cloud infrastructure – CO+I builds and operates the foundation upon which Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization comes to life.

The CO+I Physical Security team is organized within CO+I and falls under its Cloud Infrastructure, Security, Safety, and Governance (CISSG) team. The CO+I Physical Security team is dedicated to delivering the most trustworthy and efficient physical security services to protect the personnel, infrastructure, data, and confidential information foundational to the Microsoft Cloud. Our vision is to be the most reliable, rigorous, and trusted industry provider of hyperscale cloud physical security.

CO+I Physical Security is looking for a Security Design Manager with an active Top Secret (TS) security clearance to lead high-profile and business critical projects involving physical security systems design, specification, and technical oversight for our Americas (AMER) region critical infrastructure including datacenters, leased collocations, and other types of facilities. This position is responsible for working directly with numerous internal and external teams, including architects, engineers, numerous security vendors, construction / project managers, and customers to ensure accurate and timely delivery of services across a wide array of stakeholders and priorities.

The Security Design Manager position reports to the Security Group Manager of Design and Tented Programs and must be an experienced team player, possess strong communication and collaboration skills, have the ability to determine the appropriate security systems solutions, and manage a demanding workload in the execution of multiple concurrent projects across geographic and organizational boundaries.


Responsible for implementing the design and specification of physical security, alarm systems, access control, video surveillance, burglary, radio systems and all other types of physical security equipment to achieve security program goals for special projects and initiatives.

  • Review, provide feedback, and approve physical security design documentation produced by Architecture & Engineering (A&E) firms.
  • Oversee projects to ensure they are delivered in accordance with established baseline requirements and deadlines and within budget.
  • Participate in project estimating processes as well as contribute to others budgeting processes for physical security system needs in other groups.
  • Partner and collaborate closely with peer leaders and stakeholders, focused on maintaining a One Microsoft, one team environment.
  • Continuously improve the efficiency and maturity of the overall physical security program.
  • Receive escalations/notifications of physical security and business impacting incidents/events and appropriately triage, ensuring that leadership is made initially and continuously aware when appropriate and that the appropriate personnel are managing the incident response effectively.
  • Collaborate with peer teams and organizations to ensure their team is aligned with broader strategy and initiatives, fully supporting leadership priorities, being good partners, helping reduce costs, time burden, and complexity, and being responsive trusted advisors.
  • Continuously seek data and recommend strategies and ideas to reduce churn, optimize, implement a creative solution to a problem, scale, automate, and simplify.
  • Deliver assigned projects in accordance with established requirements, deadlines, and applicable employment law and company policy.
  • Engage with internal and external customers as appropriate to evangelize and represent Microsoft’s datacenter physical security programs.
  • Maintain confidentiality, discretion, and protect of Microsoft information.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of foundational security principals, including but not limited to alarm, access control, and video surveillance systems and their application along with the ability to develop conceptual and final designs of these systems.
  • 5+ years of experience in security engineering solutions and design, as well as supporting implementation throughout construction project lifecycles.
  • Experience, knowledge, and specific training in secure area construction (ICS/ICD 705), intrusion detection systems (UL 2050), and other standards of protection for the U.S. Government.
  • Familiarity with physical security systems project management.
  • Confident and skilled in preparing and delivering presentations and briefings to customers, senior leaders, and executives.
  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time in both planned and unplanned scenarios.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct experience in the engineering, design and/or installation of security systems in datacenters or other critical infrastructure environments is highly desirable.
  • Confident and skilled in preparing and delivering presentations and briefings to customers, senior leaders, and executives.
  • Experience making and influencing good decisions that impact mission-critical, 24x7 operations environments
  • Strong work and compliance ethic, and the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a dynamic and high-pressure environment.
  • Analytical and process improvement skills to produce data driven insights and associated process changes
  • Thought leadership and subject matter expertise to deliver one or more large programs and services while increasing standardization, simplification, and automation
  • Ability to change plans, goals, actions, and priorities in response to an evolving business environment with awareness to operate as a champion for course corrections when necessary
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products for business.
  • BS or BA in security, engineering or related discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • PSP, CPP, PMP, or CSPM certifications are highly desirable.

The successful candidate must have an active U.S. Government Top Secret/SCI Security Clearance. Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination.

Clearance Verification: This position requires successful verification of the stated security clearance to meet federal government customer requirements. You will be asked to provide clearance verification information prior to an offer of employment.

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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