Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Datacenter Engineering Senior Design Manager – EMEA North

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description


Microsoft Cloud Operations and Innovation (CO&I) is the team behind the cloud. Within CO&I, the Datacenter Engineering (DCE) team is responsible for delivering core datacenter infrastructure for Microsoft’s cloud business. The MS portfolio consists of complex, multi-disciplinary, large scale, multi-year datacenter construction and lease projects. We are looking for a passionate, high-energy individual to help build the cloud datacenters that power the world’s largest online 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 Datacenter Engineering Design Manager position will fulfill a Region wide “Design Audit” role for Microsoft’s EMEA North located datacenter campuses, supporting ongoing construction activities. This role will serve as the Regional Design Support Leader to ensure campus design quality and intent are being met, traveling to multiple campuses weekly to support on-site personnel in design challenges. This position will work in partnership with construction, procurement, cost & schedule management to improve project delivery performance.

Job Description:

The Datacenter Engineering Design Manager will support EMEA North located construction projects by working with project subject matter experts to ensure design challenges are remedied quickly. They will work with Engineer & Architect of Record and Datacenter Engineering Metro Design Managers to help guide these solutions, focusing on safety, quality, schedule and cost.

As part of the regional Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Execution Oversight Team (EOT), the key responsibilities are to work cross functionally with other EOT team members to provide oversight on the consistent implementation of the project SLA and functional governance, perform project health analysis against the approved SLAs/scope/execution plan/cost/schedule, assist with the project setup, evaluate the site resource effectiveness, conduct spot audits, assist with onboarding and training of the site-based team. Team will be dedicated to this scope and will not be assigned to specific projects or other functional/regional activities. The project reviews and assessment will be as per the EOT team roadmap and/or managed by exception should a critical priority is raised within the region. Team will be based in hub location and will travel together to the site as per the roadmap and business critical priorities.

Topics for Design challenges will be related to Datacenter building, power, cooling, telecom, and controls infrastructure. This person, while not the project Subject matter expert, must be suitably versed in datacenter engineering and architectural design to be able to bring technical solutions to the table, regardless of discipline. Construction best practices knowledge will also be required.


  • Coordinate with project architects, engineers and designers and deliver projects aligned with the defined scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Coordinate with construction, procurement, cost & schedule teams to ensure compliance with design specifications.
  • Facilitate timely response and enable seamless project execution.
  • Possess a high level of proficiency in commercial and industrial architecture and engineering with a primary focus on datacenter design and construction best practices.
  • Able to work with other technical and non-technical groups in a fast-paced environment and do so with an even temperament.
  • Be a person of integrity, be methodical, detailed-oriented with a strong work ethic.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, or related field.
  • Technical understanding of mission critical environments.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organization, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to lead teams of architects and engineers in advanced engineering and operational processes and procedures as they relate to large datacenter environments.

Required Experience:

  • Significant experience in engineering, equipment and/or construction for mission critical or high-tech industry.
  • Experience as project or team manager.

The 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.

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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

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Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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