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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Data Centre Construction Portfolio Manager

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description



Within CO+I, Data Center Delivery (DCD) is responsible for the delivery of Hyper Scale Data Centers for the Microsoft’s cloud business. Within DCD, the Datacenter Construction Build Management (DCBM) team are responsible for DC IT Fit out and Lease Construction delivery. The Data Cantre Integration (DCI) team manages the IT Fit-Out of Data Centers and the Lease Construction Management (LCM) team is responsible for safely overseeing delivering Lease datacenter capacity from contract execution to the agreed Ready for Network Install (RNI) date.

As EMEA Lease Construction rapidly expands in existing countries and into new geographies, with existing and new Lease Providers we, DCI, are seeking an Data Centre Construction Portfolio Manager. We are looking for a passionate, high energy individual to help build the network that powers the world’s largest online services.

The Assistant Portfolio Manager (APM) will play a crucial role supporting the Datacenter Integration (DCI) Regional Director with the coordination, tracking and management of projects across Europe, Middle East and Africa, covering the Lease, Edge and build programs. DCI is part of Datacentre Delivery (DCD) and is the team responsible for the fit-out of our Build, Lease and Edge Datacentres.

The role requires strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, ability to self-direct, good background in Data Center engineering, controls, operational requirements and an emphasis on project/construction management, Data Center lease market experience, client representation and project and Project level services.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.



The key competencies and responsibilities of the role include but are not limited to the following:

· Support the establishment of project and programme governance, processes and systems to be utilised throughout the portfolio.

· Propose and support the implementation of programme performance and continuous improvement solutions across the portfolio.

· Tracking and reporting of KPI’s and business OKRs to inform strategic programme improvement.

· Support the delivery of change and transformation projects that will support delivery teams to deliver improved impact.

· Support the implementation of schedule, risk, change, cost & quality management process across the portfolio.

· Advising and planning for the ongoing management of quality, safety, health and environment issues.

· Ensure adequate tools are in place to track and monitor the progress of projects within the portfolio.

· Data analysis of project data to inform the development and improvement of tools, processes and procedures.

· Develop monthly and bi-weekly reports including lookaheads to highlight critical upcoming milestones and associated risks to the team.

· Support effective portfolio risk management including the tracking, managing and escalation of top risks.

· Work closely with partner teams to ensure effective support to ITIMs in relation to procurement, costs and Business Operations.

· Monitor the end-to-end delivery of projects to ensure projects are executed according to the quality management process.

· Support the team with operations management covering core activities such as external staff onboarding, budget planning, resource planning etc.



Qualified candidates should have the following skills/experience:

· Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, construction management or similar field experience.

· 5 + years’ experience in infrastructure and/or construction related project management.

· Client and/or Contractor side onsite Datacentre construction or project management experience.

· Self-starter with demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, and deadlines simultaneously. · Experience managing large scale enterprise projects with both localized and virtual teams.

· Cross-group collaborator and influencer across teams and organizations with proven success in participating in cross-functional teams to deliver on key projects. Must be able to work within a dynamic team of full-time employees and consultants.

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.

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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