Country Engineering Lead

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:United Kingdom
Job Type:Full Time

Youre 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? Would you like to be the Azure Country Engineering Lead for our continued expansion efforts in UK, 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. Within Azure’s engineering team, there are specialized units responsible for each of the commercial industries and areas of Azure’s expansion. The Azure Global Geo Expansion and Growth group is focused on expanding Azure’s footprint and unlocking new markets. The European Country Engineering Lead (CEL) team is part of this WW group. Our focus is on “going deep” with customers to understand their toughest problems and look for how Azure can solve them; and then scaling this to work for every customer within the country. We do this globally and work across the broad range of Azure technologies understanding customer scenarios, cloud patterns and adoption blockers.

The European Country Engineering Lead (CEL) team is looking for a Technical Principal Program Manager to lead our continued expansion of Azure in UK. You will partner closely with your colleagues, engineering and infrastructure teams, as well as country leadership to drive adoption of Azure. 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 running tier one workloads that further our customer’s mission.

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


As the Country Engineering Lead (CEL), you will define country-relevant priorities for Engineering investments and infrastructure to maximize the adoption of Azure in the UK. This includes the definition and execution of infrastructure investment strategies, as well as tailored engineering-led programs and motions that remove technical constraints, unblock customer adoption and enable key new markets and technologies.

The successful candidate must be customer obsessed, collaborative, outcome orientated, and be able to apply principle-based thinking to critical problems. The Country Engineering Lead (CEL) is expected to constantly innovate and move upstream, whilst creating a sustainable operational environment.

In the pursuit of highly optimised Azure infrastructure relevant to the unique local market needs, the Country Engineering Lead (CEL) will capture and signal platform & data centre priorities to Engineering that deliver the right product/market fit and thereby enable the country’s potential. This includes the acceleration of demand-driven service requirements, the signalling of customer-centric platform requirements and removal of engineering obstacles.

The Country Engineering Lead (CEL) will engage directly with key customers and partners up to the CXO level, supporting partnerships and opportunities with tier one 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 Azure Engineering investments and priorities through regular engagement and reporting.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Engineering experience 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

  • Experience in a 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.

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