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We have an informal and flexible work environment and you'll be welcome to work from home, our offices, customer sites or your favorite coffee shop next to the gym wherever is best for you to get your job done. We invest in your health, wellness and financial future by offering a competitive package including a wide range of benefits built around your personal needs and of those close to you.
Do you want to work on the cutting edge of cloud platform development? Would you like to work with customer engineers to understand their needs, identify emerging patterns, and develop new capabilitiesin collaboration with Microsoft product teams, partners and open source communitiesto empower customers to do more with the cloud?
If so, then we have the job for you in the Microsoft Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team. The CSE team codes with customer/partner engineering teams on their hardest challenges to unblock and accelerate progress. In the process, we capture learnings and develop reusable code frameworks, product feedback and guidance to improve the value of our platform.
We are looking for exceptionally skilled Program Manager/Architects (PMAs) to join the CSE Foundations team. Foundations PMAs lead highly leveraged projects that contribute recurring value to our platformi.e., capabilities with relevance that extend beyond a single customer engagement. As a Foundations PMA within one of our three global regionsEMEA, Asia, Americasyou will fulfill the Product Owner role for a small portfolio of such projects with Microsoft engineering teams and customer/partner engineers based in your region and elsewhere. In this capacity, you will identify and 'own' key technology scenarios, orchestrate the engineering approach to address these, and develop the end-to-end user stories with internal and external stakeholders (including your counterparts in the other regions).
Successful Foundations PMAs bring a passion for technology, the ability to create and deliver high-impact, reusable software artifacts and the ambition to drive results with, and through a cross-functional team of Software Engineers. To thrive in our team, you will be self-motivated to continually sharpen and deepen your own hands-on technical skills. Loving the complexity, uncertainty and constant change of our environment, you will see ambiguity as an opportunity to lead and set direction for the team and yourself.
We often think we know the kind of person we are looking for, but invariably find that we hire an individual that doesn't meet any specific definition. In this spirit, the list below is not a check list to be completed but simply a set of pictures we're painting to give you an understanding of the role.
6+ years of proven success with Program Managment, Product Development, or Business Management in the technology or engineering industry.
Deep understanding of cloud, mobile and other computing technologies, business drivers, and emerging trends across Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies.
Leadership (not necessarily management) especially of geographically dispersed, virtual teams and ability to orchestrate a high-performing team.
Ability to build relationships with senior technical and business stakeholders within Microsoft businesses.
Strong knowledge of application development practices and a track record of working closely with large development or engineering teams.
Strong verbal and written communication ability including fluency in English.
Be prepared to spend 25% of your time travelling within your global region (EMEA, Asia, Americas) with occasional travel worldwide.
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Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.
In this role, you will be responsible for:
Identifying technical industry use cases and patterns (Foundation Scenarios) that have potential for CSE to impact industry adoption by producing reusable software assets.
Driving the selection and prioritization of Foundation Scenarios for CSE development team engagement, based on evaluation of criteria like customer relevance, reusability, leverage, strategic impact, and complementarity with existing platform technologies.
Clearly identifying the technical blockers to adoption for Foundation Scenarios and needed enhancementse.g., platform features, developer tooling, third-party/OSS integrationsrequired to address them.
Identifying and connecting with experts, and investigating "prior art", both internally and externally, to capture and apply earlier lessons learned.
Coordinating across teams to establish/maintain the right engineering partnerships internally and externally to deliver on Foundation Scenario artifacts in a way that optimizes across leverage and sustainability.
Working with CSE engineering managers to identify, onboard and make efficient use of developer expertise in Foundation project teams as needs evolve over the project lifecycle.
Developing best practices in open source software/product development to ensure that project teams are able to make consistently high-quality, sustainable open source contributions.
Participating in hands-on coding engagements, e.g., by performing the detailed technical investigation needed to understand issues, usability factors and competitive/alternative approaches relevant to a given Foundation Scenario.
Fulfill the Product Owner (PO) function on prioritized Foundation projects, owning epics/stories, driving backlog prioritization, etc.