Principal Product Manager


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time


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As a part of the Windows Product Management team in Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices division, the Engineering Systems team strives to deliver the innovation of all Windows engineers to our customers with great quality as quickly as possible. We work to make our engineering tools and processes efficient, effective, and robust, while enabling our engineering teams to learn from customer behaviors to iterate and fine tune product designs.

The Engineering Systems Product Manager reporting to this role will work in close partnership with their Software Engineering counterparts, Data Scientists, and other partner teams. These teams drive the evolution of our Engineering Systems, interactions with our Windows Insiders, how we measure product metrics and release quality, and improve the tools and processes our engineers use to build and deliver Windows.


The Principal Program Manager leading this effort will define the strategy for our engineering systems, and for how we enable an agile learning loop across product design, code, and signal from customer engagement. The person in this role will need to drive consensus for these strategies across the Windows Leadership Team. Specifically, the role will have the opportunity to drive the business and impact customers through: 

  • Cross-discipline leadership driving the end to end mission of the Engineering Systems organization
  • Directing and influencing product strategy through collaboration and driving clarity with the Software Engineering and Data Science partners 
  • Ensuring customer experience is exceptional while advancing the Windows as a Service business 


Required Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience with engineering leadership capability working across areas such as planning, design, development, quality, engineering systems, and shipping .

Key qualifications and leadership attributes for this role include: 

  • Experience leading in an end-to-end software and services business  
  • Ability to provide technical thought leadership at a divisional level  
  • Ability to understand and collaborate on system level architecture strategy and decisions across software and services 
  • Proven capability in recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse team of world-class engineering talent  
  • Proven leadership skills in building and cultivating an inclusive team culture, driving management excellence, and improving employee experience 
  • Ability to influence and collaborate across divisions at the executive level 
  • Demonstrated passion and achievement of results to improve the customer experience 
  • Ability to influence the direction of the product and business strategy 
  • Knowledge and experience building and running commercial or consumer products and services  
  • Knowledge and experience with Windows Core OS required
  • Knowledge and experience evolving an operating or product’s engineering system and shipping processes desirable
  • Knowledge and experience in data science, AI, machine learning and/or analytics technologies desirable 

The successful candidate will also likely have shipped multiple product and/or services releases, played a significant leadership role through all stages of the software development lifecycle, including support and sustaining. Must have experience shipping and operating a software-as-a-service business. Candidates will likely have a B.S. and/or advanced degree(s) in computer science or related field and have spent their career building and supporting complex and large scale software and services. 

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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