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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Principal Design Manager - EMEA Datacenter Engineering

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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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.


Specific Job Tasks:

Reporting directly to the Southern EMEA Programme Design Manager, the Design Manager will be assigned to manage the engineering scope, schedule, and budget for greenfield, brownfield and retrofit engineering / design projects as assigned across West Central and South Africa EMEA region. This position will manage internal and external resources for the delivery of land technical due diligence, construction permitting, engineering/designing the building shell/core, power, cooling, telecom and controls infrastructure to align with Microsoft IT capacity roadmap for builds and leases.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • This role will provide design management, technical direction, decision-making and overall leadership for our datacenter architectural / engineering designs.
  • The candidate will oversee the delivery of multiple, concurrent, complete Datacenter design solutions aligned with the scopes, schedules, and budgets of the projects, and manage the design deliverables of MS consultants (architects, engineers, and designers)
  • Engage with key MS stakeholder groups within Microsoft as well as outside vendors who specialize in datacenter architecture and engineering.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Architecture, or equivalent in construction/design management.

Knowledge, experience and skills:

  • The candidate must have excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills.
  • Candidates must possess a high level of proficiency in commercial and industrial architecture and engineering with a primary focus on datacenter design.
  • The candidates must also be able to work with other technical and non-technical groups in a fast- paced environment and do so with an even temperament.
  • The candidate must be a person of integrity, be methodical, detailed-oriented with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to lead teams of engineers in advanced engineering and operational processes and procedures as they relate to large datacenter environments.
  • Contract negotiation skills with solid understanding of value-added ideas without compromising safety and quality of deliverables.
  • Ability to get things done in fast-paced environment; not easily discouraged; forward looking with open mindset.
  • Knowledge of local building codes, regulations, and jurisdictional standard.,
  • Ability to prepare and present using MS office packages.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Extensive experience in delivering engineering / construction infrastructure projects.
  • Experience as lead engineer, lead architect, design manager or project manager.
  • Large scale project experience (100MM per project) delivering Design Build, and Design Bid Build type projects.
  • Have good experience in running technical site due diligence programmes.
  • Demonstrate a good track record in data centre / mission critical section.

Preferred, not required:

Chartered / Professional Engineer / Project Manager or Registered Architect

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. 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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