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Group Engineering Manager

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

Job Description:

Building on various capabilities of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft has begun a new (and newly focused) effort around powerful and useful extensibility and remixability and "platformness" across all of Office and Microsoft 365.

It is crucial that these capabilities emerge into parallel use both by Microsoft (to deliver increased and frequently more targeted value without increasing complexity) and by "everybody else" (from our customers to third party software companies to domain-expert "makers").

This effort is considerably bigger than any individual organization; many groups from across Experiences & Devices are contributing. Also, we've created a specific org to worry about this-effort-and-nothing-else. That organization has divided itself into three distinct teams; one for the core Platform, another to work on the Office App (which will become one of the primary hosts/expressions of this platform, and a third to creating a relatively diverse set of experiences that leverage said platform.

This position is the Group Engineering Manager of that third, so-called "Apps", team.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 15+ years of software engineering or software development
  • 10+ years of management of software engineers, project management.
  • History of building strong relationships with PM and design at the working team and leadership level

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience establishing engineering processes and culture from the ground up.
  • Innate curiosity and ability to self-start in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment.
  • Flexibility and strategic agnosticism.
  • Experience with existing M365 foundational technologies.

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.

As GEM positions go, this one is quite a bit more "part of a band" than a "solo act"; you will work quite closely with the GEMs of the Platform team and the Office team as well as with their relatively involved manager (me). Getting the balance right between team-scale and larger-org-scale as far as culture, processes, flexibility, enthusiasm, vision, OKRs, tools, etc. will prove a non-trivial part of the job.

This position has requires excellent navigating diversity and dynamism of focus. The Apps team will create multiple distinct experiences, sometimes pausing one to wait for underlying platform bits to catch up, sometimes diving into the platform to create those bits, sometimes surging on one particular experience precisely to exercise emerging platform bits. Helping people to feel pride, confidence, satisfaction, and meaning even as aspects of what they are doing are prone to change (or even because of that change) is super important.

The specific aspect of "building on a platform that is itself under construction" is also deeply significant. A kind of patience and flexibility and a willingness to be part of something where real victory is fundamentally cooperative and collective are essentially required. Where by cooperative I mean both across our org and across the full E+D coalition. If we can succeed it'll be a huge deal, but getting there will be more about inspiring and creating harmony than about local achievement.

That said, nothing inspires quite like local achievement. We want to show way more often than we tell.

The Apps team will also (as "experts on using this platform, perhaps even more expert than the folk who created said platform") end up connected with early outside-of-Microsoft developers.

Ambiguity will be high for the foreseeable future. Experience and expertise matter, but perhaps not as much as do creativity and ongoing learning and "seeing through the fog to the clarity".

Actually I take that back. Experience and expertise when it comes to leading a medium sized set of people through reasonably challenging situations and getting stuff done matters a great deal. As does being an excellent identifier and recruiter of talented (and diverse!) developers; we are and will continue to grow and need to do so well.

This role has significant opportunities to learn from some quite experienced Microsoft engineering leaders (I think 60+ years between the three of us).

And to teach them!

Keywords: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond , Group Engineering Manager, Other , Redmond, Washington

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