Senior Director Hardware Engineering


Location: Austin, Texas, Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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Microsoft Azure is experiencing explosive growth and innovation connecting people, services, and devices around the world. From cloud game streaming to data services, the hardware we design is fundamentally changing the data center and contributing to the success of millions of customers.

Microsoft Cloud Hardware Infrastructure Engineering (CHIE) is the team behind Microsoft’s expanding Cloud Infrastructure and responsible for powering Microsoft’s “Intelligent Cloud” mission. CHIE delivers the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's over 200 online businesses including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and the Microsoft Azure platform globally with our server and data center infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability solutions. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide and we are looking for passionate, high energy team members to help achieve that mission. As Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow the ability to deploy new offerings and HW infrastructure on time, in high volume with high quality, and lowest cost is of paramount importance.

We are seeking a Senior Director of Hardware Engineering to define and develop leading technology solutions for the Cloud. You will partner with outstanding suppliers, technology partners, and Azure Engineering teams across Microsoft to architect and design innovative hardware Cloud infrastructure that can perform complex and high-performance functions in the most efficient manner for a wide range of workloads. We strive to balance architectural choices to optimize performance, power, TCO and time to deploy in Azure datacenters.

Successful candidate will have experience managing and leading hardware engineering teams with a proven track record of delivering leading edge technology infrastructure combined with business acumen, organizational skills, culture and change management experience with the ability to execute in a fast-paced environment.

Come join this exciting and growing team on our monumental evolution of Microsoft Azure cloud hardware infrastructure! 



This leadership role will require you to drive innovation, partnerships, and development:

  • Technology Leadership – work across Azure to define and develop the new Cloud hardware product roadmap for our customers.
  • Technology Partnershipsbuild strong relationships with our technology and development partners to drive leading edge innovation into our next generation products.
  • Organizational Leadership – manage, lead, grow, and mentor an outstanding team of engineering managers and electrical, power, mechanical and thermal engineers. 
  • Continuous Improvement – drive process improvements through specifications and engineering development processes to enable a best-in-class engineering organization.
  • Customer Focus – partner with many Microsoft teams and collaborate to deliver industry leading products.

This is a key position in a high profile, high growth organization. You will report to the GM of Cloud Hardware Systems Engineering, with direct responsibility for Cloud hardware product development. You will regularly need to present new product development plans and status to the senior leadership team.


Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related engineering discipline OR equivalent industry experience.
  • 2+ years experience with cloud product engineering development and integration.
  • 10+ years experience leading engineering teams in new product development of server, desktop, or high run rate electronic systems.
  • Subject Matter Expertise in Cloud Hardware design, HW development life cycle, and governance best practices.
  • DFx (Design for cost, test, quality, manufacturing) expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related engineering discipline
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and a passion about learning and deploying new technologies
  • Experience with large-scale distributed systems, datacenter infrastructure, and cloud services engineering for compute, storage, and AI GPU applications
  • An understanding of Azure technologies (
  • Relevant experience with component architecture beyond hardware, including software, and firmware
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results, create a high-performing, healthy and scalable organization.
  • Ability to apply a variety of strategic frameworks to analyze problems and guide solutions.
  • Experience managing complex partner engagement and leading engineering collaboration.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with executives and technology leaders inside and outside of Microsoft.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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.

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.

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