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Principal PM Manager - Azure Compute Platforms

Company: Microsoft Corporation
Location: Redmond
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Azure Compute team is hiring a customer-focused, technically strong PM Manager to lead a team defining our long-term strategy and product roadmap and individual product offerings for cloud scale infrastructure compute platforms. In this role you will be responsible for defining the product vision for the server platforms that power Azure. First and foremost, you should be passionate about engaging closely with our customers to understand the problems they are solving and the technical and business requirements that their workloads need. Using your strong understanding of infrastructure, you will work together with software and hardware engineers, our industry partners, and ODM suppliers to define future generations of the compute platforms that run Azure Virtual Machines, container infrastructure like Azure Kubernetes Service, and more.

Our Compute product family is the base layer of cloud, and powers millions of instances across Microsoft's internal properties and our external customers' business-critical workloads. Defining the right platform products that maximize functionality and quality, while optimizing cost and utilization are our most critical objectives. We are in a fast-moving competitive industry and we are witnessing an explosion of innovation in hardware design. In this role, you will sit at that crossroads and be responsible for guiding this innovation to create the next wave of exciting product offerings.

Required Traits

These are the core traits we believe are needed to be successful in this role:

  • 10+ years' experience in a product management role with a technical focus (i.e., product management as part of an engineering organization) or a Technical Program Management (TPM) role with exposure to business and strategy aspects.
  • A B.S. degree in a technical field or equivalent work experience.
  • 2+ years' experience with modern cloud infrastructure concepts and design techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including developing clear and compelling presentations, strategy proposals, and product design documents for internal and external audiences.

Additional Helpful Traits

Candidates matching one or more of these additional criteria may be an even better fit for this role (beyond the required traits above).

  • An MBA degree or equivalent experience working as a business consultant for IT/technical engagements or developing strategy and product positioning or pricing plans for technical products such as software and hardware.
  • Prior experience designing and/or building complex IT or distributed systems deployments.
  • Experience as a people manager is valuable, but not strictly required for otherwise qualified candidates.
  • Prior experience working at a cloud or hosting company or in the fields of telecom/networking or server hardware development.
  • Familiarity with software development tools and techniques.
  • Familiarity or prior direct experience working with typical cloud workloads such as enterprise IT, ecommerce, gaming, HPC, AI, data & analytics, SaaS, PaaS, etc.

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.

Working in the infrastructure layer, many of your customers will be distributed systems developers and technical practitioners, so this is a role where technical expertise in infrastructure (e.g., compute, networking, storage) will be very helpful. Familiarity with hardware design processes and datacenter management at internet/cloud scale is also valuable. As a Program Manager working on overall strategy and roadmap, your business analytical and critical thinking skills along with customer engagement and product positioning insights will also be key tools in guiding product execution over multiple timeframes in complex, ever-changing market conditions. You will partner closely with other Program Managers and peer engineering teams to shepherd new products to market that will continue satisfying customer demand for more [perf, efficiency, scale, functionality] and your work will fuel Azure's continued growth and success.

This position includes significant flexibility in remote work options, though this is not a 100% remote role. Travel opportunities primarily to visit customers/partners or attend relevant conferences will likely be available (post-pandemic) but travel is not specifically required for this role.

Keywords: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond , Principal PM Manager - Azure Compute Platforms, Other , Redmond, Washington

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