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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Network Commercial Escalation Manager

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


Cloud Ops and Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud services. The team is responsible for designing, building, and operating our unified global datacenters; managing the demand planning and capacity utilization of our unified infrastructure; and for operating the physical infrastructure (including supply chain, hardware, power, security, and workflow teams). We focus on smart growth with an emphasis on automation, data driven engineering, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability. We deliver the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft’s over 200 online businesses including Azure, Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, and OneDrive. Our infrastructure comprises a large global portfolio of over 100 datacenters and 1 million servers. Our portfolio is built and managed by a team of subject matter experts working 24x7x365 to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide.

The Cloud Interconnection and Acquisitions team is responsible for the acquisition of Fiber, Edge, Egress and Peering solutions supporting all of Microsoft’s online services infrastructure. We work with various network engineering, capacity, and long-range planning teams on a collaborative basis to ensure the Microsoft network has the highest quality and availability globally.

As a Network Commercial Escalation Manager at Microsoft, you will be responsible for handling Network Supplier incidents and relationship issues that require escalated attention and resolution. Your role will be crucial in navigating complex network impacting situations, working across multiple teams or suppliers to ensure timely and effective solutions.


  • Work with the NOC (Network Operations Center) in resolving Dark Fiber Plant incidents with network suppliers, including Civils, Permitting/Wayleaves, Outside and Inside Plant issues
  • Responsible for partnering with network suppliers and internal cross functional teams by removing boundaries and solving complex network supplier related incidents.
  • The ability to assess & apply the right sense of urgency in driving resolution for incidents to meet the business need and monitor the effectiveness of the implemented solution (measured impact)
  • Responsible for leading commercial escalation with a network supplier during complex incidents and bridge calls.
  • Able to work with network suppliers to improve the accuracy of inventory and maintenance events.
  • Able to work with network suppliers to improve KMZ accuracy.
  • Able to understand contract terms and how they relate to supplier metrics and adherence.
  • Ensure that the right resources are available to investigate, identify, and resolve the root cause of a problem
  • Creating RCA’s and associated documents that identify and track problems through the lifecycle
  • Maintain information/data about problems and the appropriate workarounds and resolutions.
  • Able to manage chronic issues with a network supplier including recovery of service credits
  • Responsible for managing network supplier “Get Well” programs.
  • Participate in a 24x7 on call rotation within the Network Commercial Escalation team


Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant experience in Problem, Supplier or Change Management disciplines a must
  • Relevant experience in Network Engineering, NOC, Data Center, Hyperscaler, or Telecom Supplier experience required
  • Relevant experience working in or around network infrastructure, including OSP and ISP infrastructure

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of related ITIL processes (primarily Incident Management)
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing reports that will aid in problem pattern recognition/identification and CSI
  • BS or BA degree (In lieu of degree, relevant work experience)
  • Relevant experience experience in data analytics and reporting
  • Relevant experience experience with AutoCAD and GIS solutions
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Good PC skills, MS office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Prior program or project management experience
  • Relevant experience working in or around network infrastructure
  • ITIL Practitioner certified or higher with a focus on Service Lifecycle and mainly within Service transition, operation and CSI
  • PowerBI experience
  • PMP certification

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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