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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Land Acquisition Manager- Data Centers

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


Microsoft Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers Microsoft's cloud services and our team is focused on delivering high quality infrastructure to support cloud operations.

As Microsoft’s Cloud business continues to mature, the acquisition and development of our owned, designed and constructed Data Center facilities will scale to meet the demands of our customers. Cloud Operations and Innovation (CO+I) will be developing and executing strategies to deliver owned and developed sites alongside our leasing team, to scale our business into the future.

The Infrastructure Planning & Acquisition (IPA) team is responsible for the acquisition and planning of Data Center Infrastructure needed to build out Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. As part of IPA, the Land Acquisition Team is responsible for the delivery and pre-positioning of Data Center real estate needed to build out Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure.

The Land Acquisitions Manager within the global land acquisition team, play a pivotal role in leading efforts to acquire land, in some cases, even prior to zoning being in place. This entails the delivery and pre-positioning of Data Center real estate needed to build out Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure.

Responsibilities include researching and coordinating opportunities to secure land by comprehensively understanding the property characteristics of land inventory through brokers and regional relationships with developers, institutions, government entities as well as internal teams. Additionally, the role involves accelerating market growth through proactive engagement with pre-construction activities in your respective regions.

This is a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution and impact to one of the largest data center portfolios. You’ll have the opportunity to help shape and deliver on a strategy to improve and expand our infrastructure in various markets.

You’ll develop close working relationships with internal as well as external stakeholders, evaluate property solutions within our standards and guidelines, engage with municipalities, identify, driving and delivering capacity, and drive impact for the Microsoft infrastructure portfolio. You should also have a

demonstrated ability to drive results related to complex contracts from business and technical perspectives.

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. Our Team culture is one of inclusion and excellence, where every voice is heard, and every idea matters. Let's accelerate together towards a brighter future in the cloud computing landscape.


We are looking for a passionate, high-energy individual to help build the infrastructure that powers Microsoft’s online services. We work hard, play hard and make history. We also care about people, growth, excellence and results.

You’ll develop close working relationships with internal as well as external stakeholders, perform market and financial analysis, evaluate property solutions within our standards and guidelines, negotiate data centre and other deals, and close them. You should also have a demonstrated ability to negotiate multimillion dollar contracts from business and technical perspectives.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate, select, negotiate, and recommend acquisitions for approval.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively.
  • Manage the acquisition process for land within assigned geographies, including the management of cross boarder teams formed of multiple client groups, co-workers, contractors, and vendors.
  • Coordination with development, engineering, construction, project managers and legal teams amongst others, to enable evaluation of acquisition targets.
  • Manage multiple assignments
  • Provide input into the long-term delivery strategy to drive real estate acquisitions that support the Microsoft Cloud transformation.
  • Ability to travel internationally, at times with short notice.


Required Qualifications

  • Be able to demonstrate a successful history of negotiation and deal-making experience.
  • Ability to negotiate legal documents and interact with legal resources.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills as well as the ability to work effectively across internal and external organizations.
  • Ability to recognise and communicate real estate, technical, and construction requirements.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, finance, economics, engineering, or related fields.
  • Positivity, especially in the face of ambiguity and dynamic project requirements.
  • Proven track record of positively influencing teams and their leaders.
  • Ability to connect and engage with all teams at all levels.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office tools

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree or higher (including Juris Doctor) in business, real estate, economic development, engineering, or related fields.
  • Understanding of and experience in the data center industry, including data center siting and general operations.
  • Transaction, project, or program management experience.
  • Strong knowledge of alternative real estate transaction approaches, structures, and best practices, related development processes, and commercial/industrial site selection.
  • Ability to understand & communicate high level electrical, power & cooling, fiber optics, and other technical requirements, particularly related to Internet infrastructure.

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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