Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Cloud Network Engineer (Deployment) - Azure Fiber

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description


At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, with Azure serving as the physical platform that underpins this mission. Azure Fiber is a critical component of Azure, dedicated to the design, buildout, and operations of the Global Optical Network. This network is the lifeline of connectivity, enabling seamless interaction with Azure and services like Teams, Xbox, Office, Bing, and OpenAI’s ChatGPT across the globe. With a focus on Hollow Core Fiber (HCF) and cable, Azure Fiber is preparing for exponential growth driven by continued Cloud success and new Artificial Intelligence (AI) demands, ensuring that every Microsoft customer can rely on our infrastructure for high-quality, secure, and reliable connectivity to all Microsoft services.

As a Cloud Network Engineer in Azure Fiber, you will play a crucial role in supporting the strategic expansion and operational excellence of our solid core and hollow core fiber networks. Under the guidance of senior engineers and management, you will contribute to integrating state-of-the-art hollow core fiber technologies and maintaining our critical dark fiber assets. This position is a gateway to developing your skills in a dynamic, innovative environment that prioritizes a customer-first approach and a robust DevOps culture.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Support and Execution: You will ntegrate hollow core and solid core fiber technologies into our fiber operations framework.
  • Operational Support: You will closely monitor and maintain the reliability and efficiency of both solid core and hollow core fiber networks, ensuring high standards of operational excellence. You will oversee and run all network changes related to our dark fiber.
  • Collaboration: You will work closely with senior engineers and other team members, contributing to projects that enhance customer satisfaction and service quality.
  • Learning and Development: You will actively engage in learning opportunities to deepen your understanding of fiber network technologies and operations.
  • Process and Automation: You will reate and document process and automation improvements aimed at enhancing network quality and operational efficiency.


Required Qualifications:

  • Technical experience in network design, development, and automation
    • OR Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related technical field
  • Experience in network planning, operations, or design and engineering, with a keen interest in fiber networks
  • Basic understanding of fiber network technologies, network design, deployment, and operations
  • A customer-first mentality, with a focus on delivering high-quality service

Other 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with hollow core or multi-core fiber technologies
  • Experience automating network deployment and operations
  • Exposure to DevOps practices and principles
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in projects that require collaboration across teams

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.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.


Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at Microsoft UK

Company employees

Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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