Senior Demand Forecaster ( Data & Applied Scientist)
Posted on: January 8, 2021
Microsoft Cloud Capacity Planning (CCP) is an exciting and fast
evolving engineering group within Microsoft. CCP's mission is to
delight customers by delivering cloud capacity optimally and
enabling predictable delivery. The organization is responsible for
strategy and delivery of the foundational platform for all
Microsoft Cloud Services including demand and capacity planning,
supply chain management, data center planning and construction,
operations, and incident management. CCP supports over 200 online
businesses including Azure, Bing, M365, OneDrive, Xbox and Azure
branded services. The Cloud Services Demand Forecasting team leads
the global demand forecasting for all of Microsoft's current and
future cloud services. We are looking for outstanding Forecasters
to join our team.We are looking for someone who is passionate about
forecast modeling and business analytics, is comfortable dealing
with ambiguity and unknowns, with a track record of making
data-driven decisions and recommendations to drive business
value.ResponsibilitiesIn this role, you will get your hands dirty
working with our team of Data Scientists and engineers to implement
complex forecasting models using a variety of techniques (e.g.,
time series, regression, machine learning) to generate quality
demand forecast. You will understand drivers of demand and the
complexities of the cloud business, work with primary and secondary
research, and present findings to senior executives across MSFT to
support high-value and high-profile capacity investment decisions.
You will solve ambiguous business problems and identify key macro
and micro trends affecting the cloud industry demand.As a Demand
Forecaster, you will also:
- Build collaborative v-teams across Engineering, Operations,
Sales & Marketing, Capacity Planning, and Finance to drive
end-to-end improvements in the capacity supply chain.
- Collect and generate requirements for Data Engineering to
access new data sources, and for Data Science to generate new
forecasting models to satisfy the needs of our business
- Apply "continuous improvement" techniques to implement long
term solutions.Perform ad-hoc analysis on critical business issues
related to cloud services demand and
- BS in mathematics, statistics, economics/ engineering/ computer
science,/ operations research/ analysis or IT-related technical
- Understanding and at least a year of experience in forecasting
science and predictive modeling.
- Minimum 5+ years of experience in any of the areas: supply
chain, demand planning, advanced analytics, forecasting.Preferred
- MS in mathematics, statistics, economics, engineering, computer
science, operations research, analysis or IT-related technical
- Solid analytics problem-solving skills; able to distill a
problem down to its solvable parts and work a way through to a
- Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing
innovative solutions to solve complex problems that may not have
one clear answer.
- Able to balance mathematical rigor with an action orientation
to solve real business problems in a rapid timeframe.
- Adept at communicating findings: pliable to differing
audiences, skilled at various data visualizations.
- Adept and passionate about building relationships across
disparate teams and working in a matrix environment.
- Driven to not only solve problems but to collaborate with,
contribute to, and learn from others, both inside our team and with
our stakeholders in the Cloud supply chain (humble and
- Quick learner and able to adapt to changing environment and
learn new, complex topics; a consummate learner.
- Self-starter who can move forward in the face of ambiguity and
can help drive to clarity and impact in projects.
- Experience in data analytics and modeling using R, or if no R
background willingness to learn.
- Experience accessing and working with data in SQL, or if no SQL
background willingness to learn (applies to many other technologies
as well).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.Benefits/perks listed
below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with
Microsoft and the country where you work.
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