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Principal Program Manager


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Principal Program Manager

The opportunity around intelligent edge devices are huge and growing – there are already more connected things than people in the world!! These devices, ranging from tiny MCU based sensor devices to powerful datacenters, have a profound impact on our daily lives; from how we live, how we work, how we learn and how we connect. Concurrently, we are seeing a seismic shift in how networks are developed, deployed and monetized, with a shift toward virtualized workloads running across a portfolio of connected systems.

The Microsoft Azure Edge Devices team is working on creating the next generation of intelligent edge devices with partners across a wide range of form factors, device architypes and AI technologies to enable new application scenarios, provide in-depth business insights and safeguard the security and privacy of our data.

We are looking for a self-driven Principal Program Manager who thrives on finding innovative and creative solutions with leading telco partners to achieve more, in a rewarding and fast-paced environment and has a track record of leading innovative teams. As a member of our team, you will drive telco partner engagement in all stages of our engineering lifecycle - from initial research and discovery of partner and customer insights, quick iteration on promising concepts, all the way through successful deployment. You should see yourself as a primary customer and partner advocate.

You should have a proven track record of delivering V1 solutions that span hardware, firmware, and services and should be comfortable with the product/solution design and driving execution within the team and across partner teams. You will need to be able to speak publicly with customers about complex business and technical matters, including public presentations.



Work with leading telco partners to find an aligned strategy that accelerates AED and broader Microsoft efforts, and then track and drive appropriate workstreams to fruition. 

Creating strategy and plans to reach the right customers/partners to develop signals about top scenarios and industry direction.  

Understand roadmaps, ecosystem needs, channel dynamics, value propositions, and other competing alternatives in the telco market and translate partner opportunities into executable plans and product insights.

Engage senior leadership internally and externally to align joint strategies and priorities


Required Qualifications:
5+ years working as a product /program manager with products and partners
3+ years working on IOT and/or AI solutions/devices
Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
5+ years of telco industry experience
Experience working across multiple groups or teams.
BS or MS in computer science, related degree, or equivalent experience
Experience working with the top 400 enterprise customers at a deep and strategic level
Ability to learn the value chain in an industry deeply to observe opportunities for innovation.
5+ Years of management/leadership experience
Ability to travel for business (25%)

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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