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Microsoft Corporation Principal Program Manager Lead in Boston, Massachusetts

At Microsoft we do not just build products – we invent and craft the tools, processes and technologies needed to create a future where every individual is empowered to do amazing things. When you join the Azure Container Platform and OS Runtime Team you will join a customer obsessed team empowering Windows Server customers with modern container and Kubernetes platforms.

Managers deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring for their team. Your team will bring critical customer, market and data insights together to help guide our product development as it intersects cutting edge technical capabilities, customer needs and market opportunities. Containers and the cloud native design pattern has revolutionized every single online industry, we are the team in Azure that designs and builds a common OS and platform powering Windows containers on the Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Kubernetes Service on Azure Stack HCI and other cloud/hybrid Kubernetes offerings. You and your team will partner with groups across Microsoft in delivering impactful experiences that empower Windows Server and Azure customers including many first party services to build and modernize applications using containers and cloud native technologies Kubernetes across cloud and edge. Cloud native is the future that is here now, and you can help shape our customers journey with it.

Our team has a strong tradition of high-impact product management and engineering excellence. We are a diverse and inclusive team that encourages everyone to be their authentic self while working towards team, organizational, and personal goals. This role is open to fully remote workers. We are excited for you to join us in advancing Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Manage and grow a team of product managers - deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring.

  • Analyze customer and market signals to identify gaps and opportunities

  • Drive a team culture which deeply understands customer needs and pain points to influence the design and priority of the product backlog

  • Act as a subject matter expert in customer conversations and escalations building trust with customers and communities

  • Acts as a subject matter expert and leads teams to collaborate with Product Marketing, Business Planning, and Engineering to identify and/or refine product release criteria, customer acquisition, usage, retention, and monetization strategiesDevelop and measure team objectives and key results


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or relevant field of study; OR relevant job experience in lieu of a degree

  • 6+ years of experience building/shipping products and/or services as a Program Manager, TPM, Product Manager, Business Planner or Developer capacity

  • 2+ years of people management experience or related skills (proven coaching and mentoring skills etc.)

  • Open-mindedness, i.e. growth mindset vs. fixed mindset

Cloud Background check:

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.

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