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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Lease Planning Program Manager - Data Center

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, our infrastructure expansion accelerates, and Datacenters are central to this growth. To support this, the acquisition and development of our owned, designed, and constructed Datacenter facilities will scale to meet the demands of our customers, while we also continue to lease and acquire Datacenter capacity at pace, particularly in our high growth markets, working closely with Datacenter operators in each region, and across the Globe.

The Leasing & Land Development (LLD) organization is looking for a Lease Planning Program Manager to provide guidance and insights on datacenter supply and demand for leased Datacenters. In the role, you will frame solutions to tough new problems in today’s complex Datacenter industry. You will develop and implement business-focused strategic insights from a variety of sources and work cross-functionally to present innovative solutions to stakeholders. A successful candidate will have a distinct business acumen coupled with deep data expertise to ensure recommendations and actions are supported by evidence and can be implemented to advance CO+I’s business goals.



  • Strategically analyze infrastructure growth and derive insights to shape multi-year growth roadmaps, aligning supply and demand strategies with infrastructure growth.
  • Engage with cross-functional teams to authenticate demand signals and comprehend demand drivers, ensuring market conditions are accurately reflected.
  • Collaborate with regional Site Acquisition teams to optimize DC growth across numerous markets.
  • Collaborate with the Global Lease Asset Management for proactive planning on asset renewals and expirations to drive informed decision making.
  • Apply strong project and program management expertise to streamline and accelerate projects through existing processes.
  • Actively gather, maintain, and analyze numerous data points such as business intelligence, market intelligence, and historical trends that will inform critical decision points for future growth.
  • Maintain and update inventory for supply and market intelligence.
  • Routinely review dashboards and tools to ensure data quality, consistency, and completeness.
  • Work closely with senior leaders to prepare executive-level presentations, reports, and briefings, clearly articulating complex business decisions into comprehensible concepts.
  • Perform ad hoc analyses as requested by executive stakeholders to address specific questions or concerns related to datacenter supply and demand.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, Real Estate, Project Management, Supply Chain, or related field AND relevant experience
    • OR equivalent years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exceptional program or product management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills to convey complex data insights to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in data analysis, data manipulation, and data visualization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver with excellent analytical and reporting skills.

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.

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.


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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Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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