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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Principal Technical Program Manager

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


The mission of the Hyperscale Network Connectivity (HNC) team is to build and manage the global network for the Microsoft Cloud. We are responsible for managing Fiber, Optical, WAN, Metro and Edge connectivity globally for all Microsoft services. Our focus is to set strategic direction and manage our infrastructure portfolio to create the most efficient network for our customers and their mission critical services. We have exciting opportunities for you to innovate, influence, transform, inspire, and grow within our organization and we encourage you to apply to learn more!

Do you have experience in fiber optic cable technology and manufacturing? Are you analytical and interested in enhancing the network that powers the Microsoft Cloud? Are you interested in defining the future for a leading-edge network platform? If yes, then this role is for you!
The HNC team also manages the Azure Fiber business – our cutting-edge hollow core fiber (HCF) technology – and is looking for an experienced Principal Technical Program Manager to lead a time to scale this technology, operationalize the technology to enhance Microsoft’s global network. This role provides you with the leadership opportunity to effect change that will have enterprise-wide impacts. As a Principal Technical Program Manager, you will work alongside our Engineering and Product teams to define and establish the strategic direction of Microsoft’s HCF technology and business.

The candidate would have an engineering background, an understanding of fiber optical manufacturing and large-scale operations. Candidates need to have demonstrated written and verbal communication, an understanding for technology, experience providing guidance and direction to technical audiences, ability to drive towards the “big picture” while managing details, and the ability to build relationships with key partners.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Lead a team of TPM’s to drive multiple strategic initiatives to buildout our Azure Fiber business.
  • Lead strategic supplier engagements to meet business demands.
  • Be the business lead for our manufacturing roadmap.
  • You will identify unknown or unmet needs within our manufacturing roadmap. You’ll then clarify strategic directions and define solution options for those areas.
  • You will drive business impact across the organization and track success criteria for Azure Fiber’s manufacturing roadmap.
  • You’ll also identify long-term investment opportunities and engage partners to garner support for those feature areas.
  • You will partner with others to collect performance metrics and form hypotheses for complex technical needs in order to improve our optical network.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree AND substantial experience in fiber manufacturing – OR equivalent experience.
  • Considerable experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.

Other Requirements:

  • 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.

Additional / Preferred Qualifcations:

  • Bachelor's Degree AND subject matter expert in engineering and/or program management of fiber manufacturing.
  • Considerable experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.
  • Experience reading and/or writing code (e.g., sample documentation, product demos).

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
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Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
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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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