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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer Data and AI Systems Engineer in Boston, Massachusetts

Principal Software Engineer – Data and AI Systems Engineer

Do you enjoy software engineering and working directly with customers? Do you enjoy defining and refining complex software designs and architectures? Do you enjoy the deep work of software development, designing, coding and solving complex technical problems? Are you excited about working on some of the largest scale data and AI scenarios across a range of industries?

Our team is looking for an experienced Data/AI Systems Engineer to join our team. This role will primarily work with customers within North America, though there will often be opportunities globally as well. This role may be based from any North American location with strong travel links.

The Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team is a global engineering organization that works directly with customers looking to leverage the latest technologies to address their toughest challenges and transform their industries using cloud-based solutions. We work closely with our customers’ engineers to develop code to jointly solve their biggest challenges to accelerate progress in their organization. In the process, we help shape the future of our own platforms by partnering with our product groups to improve them. We pride ourselves on making contributions to open source and make our platforms easier to adopt.

Working across teams you will partner with our technical leads to translate solution patterns into measurable engineering feedback to drive the platform forward, developing canonical reference artifacts that can be used to increase capabilities across both internal teams and customer solutions.

CSE is part of the larger Industry Solutions (IS) team which is a global organization of over 13,000 strategic sellers, industry experts, software engineers, and world-class architects, consultants, and delivery experts who work together to bring Microsoft’s mission of empowerment – and cutting-edge technology - to life for the world’s most influential customers. We are on the front lines of innovation, working side-by-side with customers to drive value across the entirety of their digital transformation journey.

Our team prides itself on embracing a growth mindset, inspiring excellence, and encouraging everyone to share their unique viewpoints and be their authentic selves.

Join us and help create life-changing innovations that impact billions around the world!

Be respectful and inclusive – As a group, we work to build consensus with our teammates and customers. We’re looking for the sort of person who enjoys a culture that ensures that all voices and perspectives are heard and considered.

This role will work primarily with our customers across North America.


  • Technical leadership of co-engineering engagements with Microsoft’s largest global customers and partners.

  • Working with partner and customer engineering teams to architect and deliver technical solutions focused within the areas of large-scale Data Engineering and Machine Learning Engineering.

  • Giving thoughtful feedback, nurturing an inclusive engineering environment, championing engineering fundamentals and providing clarity and mentorship for team members to grow

  • Exhibiting technical leadership throughout the broader CSE organization, with Microsoft Product teams and within OSS communities

  • Working hands-on through design and implementation, setting examples for good engineering practices and coding along the way.

  • Continuously improving our ability to deliver quality solutions through evolving our technical capabilities.


We are seeking people who have experiences which reflect the qualifications below:


  • 10+ years of experience shipping and running production systems and/or software, including complex production systems that run on a public cloud.

  • 5+ years of experience working on systems with large scale data and/or large-scale machine learning requirements.


  • Strong service delivery experience including architecture and coding, and ideally building cloud services

  • Deep, hands-on expertise in one or more of the public cloud stacks.

  • Experience working within and directing geographically dispersed, diverse, and virtual teams

  • A degree in computer science or related discipline.

  • Experience of end-to-end architectural design and implementation of cloud native software and/or distributed systems.

  • Enjoy travel and are comfortable with regional travel up to 50%

At Microsoft, we are seeking people who have a passion for the positive impact technology can have on the communities and for making a difference in the world. Within CSE, you will find a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and personal and cultural experiences which are vital to our success with our customers. It’s an informal and flexible work environment and you’ll be welcome to work from home, our offices, customer sites– wherever is best for you to get your job done. We invest in your health, wellness, and financial future by offering a competitive package including a wide range of benefits built around your personal needs and those close to you.


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. 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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