Lead Principal Program Manager

Last updated 9 days ago
Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

Cloud Hardware Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) is looking for a Lead Principal Program Manager to be a part the fast pace and exciting business of Azure. Our CHIE FW/SW PM Team is looking for a strong, experienced, energetic and hands-on Program Manager to drive Firmware/Software Development for our CHIE Org. This is your chance to be part of the most exciting end to end teams within Microsoft. Up for the challenge?


We are looking for a highly motivated Principal Program Manager with a track record in driving Firmware or Software initiative and strategy for an organization. We are looking for a technical PM to come helping us define and develop firmware requirements for our innovative hardware solutions that powers Azure. We need an experience PM who can be the liaison to our external partners, e.g. Intel, to drive Microsoft Azure requirement to our partners and can coordinate development efforts with different Azure Engineering teams. Besides of driving firmware requirements and development, we need someone who can help creating a long-term roadmap for Azure CHIE firmware. In addition, he/she will be responsible for bringing in systematic FW/SW development practice to the team and leading a new FW/SW team in a few new cutting edge HW programs.

As a seasoned program manager, you must have a strong desire, passion, and ability to understand customer needs and a willingness to develop holistic approaches to product solutions that delight our customers and exceed their expectations. You should also have a good understanding of hardware, firmware, OS, telemetry, algorithms, system design, security compliance, quality, and an unyielding passion for creating products that customer’s fall in love with.


Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience as a technical Program Manager or in a technical role with systems experience
  • 2+ years of lead experience in the FW/SW space, including technical lead or people management
  • Knowledge of building low-level SW to run on HW, e.g. Firmware, BIOS, BMC, BSP, … etc.
  • Exceptional organization and project management skills, e.g. experience with agile project management methodology, TFS, JIRA or similar
  • BS in Computer Science/Computer Engineering/EE or equivalent experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Data center HW/SW project experience from inception to go live
  • Project experience working across hardware and low-level (driver, firmware, kernel mode) software teams
  • Proven ability to synthesize and communicate solutions to complex technical problems.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, prioritize multiple strategic and tactical options, and drive issues to closure with a high bar on quality
  • Technical savvy. Know how to solve the hard problems, and demonstrate ability to work independently
  • Experience to establish a new technical team and setup process/mechanism for a new product line
  • Experience in management of complex cross-group, cross-business, cross-disciplinary projects
  • Experience working with software code in one or more languages such as C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Kusto query, etc.

Microsoft is a highly innovative company that collaborates across disciplines to produce cutting edge cloud technology that changes our world. The Cloud HW Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) team in Microsoft’s Azure C+E division is responsible for delivering server infrastructure for Microsoft’s online services. The hardware for operating these services (over 200 and counting), comprises of hundreds of thousands of servers spread globally and applications that reach hundreds of millions of users every day. Our customer-base is growing rapidly, our infrastructure investments are multiplying, and the size of our global infrastructure is increasing by the day - along with the scale of our challenges. Learn more about our team and projects here Azure Hardware Infrastructure


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.

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