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Finance Manager - Cloud Planning + Delivery


Location: Fargo, North Dakota

Job Type: Full time


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Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work, and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day. Embracing our cloud-first strategy, we deliver solutions that are optimized for the world and enable customers to drive their business more successfully. The Margin Strategy and Investment Optimization (MSIO) team is an exciting and fast-evolving finance team at the forefront of Microsoft’s cloud-first strategy.

The Cloud Infra Strategy, Planning & Delivery Finance team is seeking a highly collaborative individual who thrives in designing and implementing new processes and delivers on execution. This individual will be key to ensuring the long-term contract is operationalized in accordance with MS Policies, GAAP and SOX. The role requires the ability to optimize processes for efficiency and scale and have an outstanding attention to details. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, takes initiative, is excited for big challenges and can work independently in their approach to solving complex problems.


  • Establish & oversee accounting processes for acquiring & selling equipment to our partner ensuring compliance with trade, customs & contract requirements
  • Drive insightful monthly financial reporting & analysis through preparation of key deliverables for monthly close, planning (forecast, target, budget, etc.) and other financial & Business review cycles.
  • Effectively collaborate with engineering leaders, technical project leads, business managers, and cross-company finance and operational team members
  • Execute and oversee billings and credits processes, including issuing and recording shipping & tax invoices to comply with partner and Microsoft accounting requirements
  • Manage reporting including key performance and operating metrics, variance and aging analysis, to drive insights and improve process efficiencies.
  • Prepare & maintain process narratives and workflows
  • Other ad-hoc projects as assigned by Leadership Team


Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Data Science or related field AND 2+ years post-graduate financial analysis, accounting, controllership, or finance work experience
    • OR Master's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Data Science or related field
    • OR equivalent experience.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) or equivalent certification.
  • Strong business partnering experience, collaborative and inclusive when working with others
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proven Excel skills. Experience in data cubes & BI reporting a plus.
  • Excellent cross-group collaboration skills including the ability to communicate with executive management.
  • Strong process or operations accounting experience and drive for flawless execution.
  • Ability to influence and impact without authority, and solve difficult problems, combined with the ability to prioritize and function well in a dynamic and operational environment.
  • Show propensity for learning, and demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, interpret, and deliver sound solutions.
  • Willingness and desire to understand technical requirements, processes & systems critical to our Online Operations.

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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