Data Center Operations Analyst


Location: Boydton, Virginia

Job Type: Full time


Be brave, not perfect.
- Reshma Saujani

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I Data Center Operations Analyst, you will perform a key role in delivering the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's online services including Bing, Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Azure platform. 

Empower Billions! 

Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 100 datacenters and 1 million servers. Our foundation is built upon and managed by a team of subject matter experts working to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide. 

With environmental sustainability and optimization at the forefront of our Datacenter design and operations, we continue to grow and evolve as we meet the ever-changing business demands that hold Microsoft as a world-class Cloud provider. 

Be at the forefront of the action in CO+I as part of our Global Datacenter Operations team! 

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


As the successful Data Center Operations Analyst , your performance objectives include:

  • Provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise related to financial controllership (accuracy, forecasting & compliance) of datacenter financials.

  • Manage the financial and commercial aspects of site contracts including related PO and invoice reviews.

  • Prepare quarterly spend management review materials at datacenter site

  • Assist with tracking of datacenter Maintenance and Repair activities

  • Evaluate cost savings opportunities and implement strategic projects to realize savings

  • Leverage local subject matter expert's tribal knowledge, spread adoption of best practices

  • Act on opportunities to increase agility, and contribute to workstreams to evolve processes, services, and solutions for Operations and Service Level Agreements for CO+I

  • Coordinate closely with datacenter field operations to foster alignment and partnerships for business success

Capabilities important to success include:

  • Operational Planning & Project Management: Show structured thinking, planning, and the ability to execute by working through others, influencing without authority, and dealing with ambiguity

  • Exceptional written and Interpersonal skills: Communicate effectively and concisely with stakeholders, senior managers, and leaders about our programs and objectives

  • Customer/Stakeholder Focus: Gather stakeholder impressions of services and programs, integrating this feedback into decision making. Allocate and align resources to optimize the stakeholder and partner experience.

  • Performance Goal and Standards Setting: Develop and communicate to realistic timelines via plans that consider potential obstacles and immediate + long-term consequences

  • Understand datacenter business objectives: Critically review multiple plans and adjust as needed. Proactively communicate and address necessary trade-offs

  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Regularly scan the environment to help anticipate changes that could affect key programs and projects. Effectively changes plans, goals, actions or priorities to respond to changing situations.

  • Team Player: Ability to both contribute strategically to this relatively new team and support strategic decisions once debate is over.


Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with budget management/analysis, project controls, or similar data analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Program Management, or equivalent work experience 
  • At least two years’ experience with critical environment/data center maintenance and repair cost management  
  • At least two years’ experience with industry program and project management skills 
  • At least two years’ experience working with collaboration platforms (e.g. SharePoint, MS Teams etc.) 
  • At least one year’s experience with reporting and data analysis systems & platforms (e.g.PowerBI) 

This role may require shift work: Ability to work 12 hours shifts, including shift assignments during non-standard business hours that may include evening, nighttime, weekends, and/or holidays.

By applying to this position, you are being considered for multiple like positions at this site.

This role is required to be onsite at the Data Center during scheduled work hours.

Background Check Requirements:

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.
  • Audiometric Screening: To promote health and safety in the workplace, employees are subject to required health related screenings, such as hearing testing, which includes both baseline testing and annual retests.

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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