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Principal Program Manager - Country Engineering Lead

Microsoft Overland Park, KS
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Are you a seasoned technology leader, who is passionate about cloud and the benefits it can bring to our customers? Do you have deep cloud architecture skills and engineering experience across the whole lifecycle to represent Microsoft with customer CXOs and architects?  Are you ready to ensure Microsoft’s cloud offerings are reliably architected, resiliently serviced, and efficiently running, to drive enduring customer success and loyalty? Are you eager to design and land strategies to drive Azure consumption across an entire country or region? Would you like to be the Azure Engineering lead for our expansion efforts in Germany & Switzerland, and help make our vision of Azure being the world’s computer a reality?


Azure is the fastest-growing businesses in Microsoft’s history.  Customers and analysts recognize our tremendous momentum which continues month over month. As the foundation of Microsoft’s commercial Cloud Services, Azure is the infrastructure upon which Microsoft builds its mission critical hyperscale cloud services, and it is the set of services we provide for customers building cloud services to address business requirements.


Azure continues to build the largest global footprint of any public Cloud provider. Azure Global is responsible for defining the global expansion strategy worldwide and unlocking new markets. Our focus is on “going deep” with customers to understand their toughest problems and how Azure can solve them; and then scaling this to work for every customer within the country. We do across the broad range of Azure technologies, customer scenarios, cloud patterns and adoption blockers.    


The Azure Global Presence team is looking for a Technical Principal Program Manager to lead our expansion of Azure in Germany & Switzerland. You will partner closely with engineering, infrastructure and field teams including subsidiary leaders to define and execute the strategies that will maximize the adoption of Azure in a specific country or region. You will be responsible for programmatically removing engineering blockers to foster growth in the consumption of Azure services and unlock new market opportunities. By connecting your technical experience, along with our customers’ vision and challenges directly to the engineering product teams, you will help ensure Azure is the most compelling solution for tier one workloads.  


We have exciting opportunities for you to innovate, influence, transform and grow within our organization and to shape the adoption of Azure within Germany & Switzerland. We encourage you to apply to learn more.


Define country-relevant priorities for Engineering investments and infrastructure to maximize utilization of Azure. This includes the definition and execution of infrastructure strategies, as well as tailored engineering-led programs and GTM motions to remove technical constraints, unblock customer adoption and enable new markets through Azure and related Microsoft technologies.


Create tailored engineering-led programs and GTM motions to remove technical constraints, unblock customer adoption and enable new markets through Azure and related Microsoft technologies.

Optimise Azure infrastructure relevant to the unique local market needs, the Country Engineering lead will capture and signal platform & data centre priorities to Engineering that enable Germany & Switzerland’s potential. This includes the acceleration demand-driven service requirements, the signalling of customer-centric platform requirements and removal of engineering obstacles.

Engage directly with key customers and partners up to the CXO level, supporting partnerships and opportunities with top tier customers, whilst also driving large strategic and complex projects. Additionally, the successful candidate will establish partnerships and a unified operating model with the local subsidiary and provide transparency and situational awareness of Engineering priorities through regular engagement and reporting.


Be accountable for the overall success of the Germany & Switzerland Azure Global Presence plan through specific OKRs like usage, ACR, product feedback, blockers removed, new customers onboarded. The QB will also be responsible for driving innovation and move upstream, whilst creating a sustainable operational environment

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications
  • 5+ years in an engineering role as an architect or technical program manager
  • Experience in cloud-scale solution architecture or software development
  • Knowledge of the Azure platform and infrastructure
  • Demonstrated ability to drive large, complex programs and solutions that deliver high quality outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal and group dynamic skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of business and technology-related strategy
  • Track record of high-quality, autonomous and execution of tasks
  • Demonstrated systematic attention to detail


Preferred Qualifications
  • 10+ years in an engineering role as an architect or technical program manager
  • Data centre infrastructure planning and architecture experience
  • Bachelors or higher degree in Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent industry experience


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.



Overland Park, KS