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Microsoft Corporation Principal Program Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Microsoft’s Cloud and AI group has a unique opportunity at the intersection of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Fueled by Microsoft's cloud-first vision, we are disrupting the cloud industry with innovation and large-scale AI implementation. Interested in a start-up environment, passionate about cloud computing technology and driving growth in one of Microsoft's core businesses? Then the Microsoft Cloud Data Science (MCDS) team is for you! The MCDS team is a multi-disciplinary data sciences team focused on the success of Microsoft Cloud customers and partners. The goal of the MCDS team is to foster a data-driven culture. The institutional knowledge we build as a result amplifies our impact across Microsoft to help make customer and partner success our success.

We are hiring a Data & Insights Program Manager to work with highly motivated and talented professionals building scalable data platforms and deliver intelligent and actionable insights for empowering Microsoft’s customer, partner, and sellers to be successful. This is a unique opportunity to use your technical leadership skills, vision, and strategy in defining and evolving our Digital Signal Insights engine that synthesizes various digital signals, org strategies and leverages advanced AI/ML algorithms to identify key actionable insights that are optimized based on user roles and user goals. In this position, you will be part of a fun-loving, diverse team that seeks challenges, loves learning and values teamwork. You will collaborate with team members and partners to enable building of high-quality and innovative data platforms with full stack data solutions using latest technologies in a dynamic and agile environment and have opportunities to anticipate future technical needs of the team and provide technical leadership to keep raising the bar. You set the standard for data excellence and make decisions that affect the way we build and align with other peer and partner platforms. Your plans are exemplary in terms of design, clarity, flow, compliance, structure, efficiency, and extensibility. You tackle intrinsically hard problems; you're interested in learning; and you acquire skills and expertise as needed. Successful candidates will exhibit various attributes which will enhance their ability to succeed in this position.

  • Customer Focus - A successful candidate will show empathy for customers, be sensitive to articulated and unarticulated needs and use teamwork to deliver delightful user experiences.

  • Collaboration - As most designing is about working with others, both within an immediate team, as well as across business units and portions of the company, an ability to collaborate effectively is a core competency to have. The person should be full of positive energy, innovative ideas, technical adeptness complimented with art of persuasion and engagement to influence right partners and bring them along in our transformation journey

  • Technical Excellence – This is not merely knowing the latest and greatest development languages, but demonstrating a passion for technology, a curiosity to ‘go deep’, and an ability to quickly learn, and deliver innovations. Technical excellence is rooted in having a strong demonstrable aptitude for problem solving.

  • Drive For Results – Being able to drive for results, following a problem through to its conclusion, to solve it once and for all, is a skill and ability which a successful product manager should exhibit.


As the Principal Program Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Vision: Understand our customers, stakeholders, data sources and needs to build a vision on creating seamless, comprehensive intelligent, role curated and actionable data insights to improve the productivity and effectiveness of end users.

  • Technical Strategy & Plans - Define technical vision, specifications and more importantly, deliver tactically against that same strategy in partnership with our Data Engineering and Data-Science-as-a-Service (DSaaS) teams. Ability to be highly agile, yet still accomplish long-term vision and short-term goals.

  • Technology Roadmap - Ability to interact with diverse technical and non-technical groups spanning all organizational levels to create a solid technical roadmap.

  • Customer Focus and partnership: Partner with different data sources/ platform providers, data science teams and insights platforms to create technically and strategically aligned architecture and SLAs.

  • Team - Fostering a strong working relationship with other partner teams. Mentoring and growing broader MCDS teams to bring in impact, efficiency and better productivity.

  • Hands on - Embracing an adaptable and flexible organizational culture and thrive in our fast paced and evolving technology, finding solutions to hard problems at massive scale and operationalizing them



  • 7+ years of experience with one or more of the following: Business Intelligence, Big Data and Data Science solutions

  • 3+ years of experience on projects building data and API services at scale

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent Industry Experience


  • Track record of exhibiting Technical depth and quick ramp up on new products and technologies

  • Excellent customer advocate, self-starter and problem solver

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, capable of engaging with internal and external stakeholders effectively

  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with a passion for building great scalable products

  • Experience collaborating and communicating with cross functional teams

  • Ability to bring structure to ambiguous business problems and create innovative, scalable solutions

  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience with software release management practices, tools, and automation

  • Domain experience of one ore more cloud providers like Azure, AWS, GCP

  • Knowledge in PL/SQL and programming languages like Java/Scala/C# is a plus

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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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