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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineering Manager in Acton, Massachusetts

We are looking for a Principal Software Engineering Manager to build and manage the cloud-native telco software platform used by multiple tier 1 and smaller network operators around the world. This role is within the new Azure for Operators group in Azure formed with a mission to empower operators, enterprises, and governments with ubiquitous computing over a secure programmable network.

In this role you will have end-to-end ownership of a modern platform product which is built on Kubernetes and includes a mix of open-source and custom-developed components to operationalize high-performance, low-latency, robust Network Function workloads. The platform stack includes secure and scalable versions of several CNCF projects and added functionalities for telco-grade automation, packaging, and tools.

You will lead a team of highly motivated and talented software developers building scalable platform functionalities and delivering software products for empowering Microsoft’s workloads in on-prem, cloud, and hybrid environments. This is a unique opportunity to use your leadership skills and experience in building platform technologies that will directly affect the future of Microsoft in the telecom domain.


  • Define, communicate, and drive technical strategy and implementation around platform architecture, and roadmaps.

  • Build and lead a world class engineering team.

  • Cultivate a diverse and inclusive, collaborative, positive team culture where everyone has impact, feels engaged and motivated, and can grow on their own personal journey.

  • Interact with and contribute to several open-source projects in the Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) domain

  • Collaborate deeply with other development teams, PMs, and stakeholders to define feature strategy, requirements, and measurable success criteria.


To thrive in this position, you should be a creative and analytical thinker, technical, and committed to excellence. Ability to lead complex projects with strong record of end to end delivery of high-quality products is a huge plus. You are willing to learn from our customers and your peers.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in commercial software development

  • 3+ years of management experience leading a high performance engineering team

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in computer science or related field

  • Experience in building, shipping, and operating reliable, distributed systems software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Kubernetes, Consul, Etcd, or Istio projects

  • Working knowledge of cloud native observability systems for logging, tracing, alerting, and metrics

  • Experience managing or developing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) frameworks such as Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, AWS Lambda, Heroku

  • Active contributor to any CNCF project

  • Advanced technical degree (MS/PhD) is a plus

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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