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Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Real Estate Acquisition Manager

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. 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 land sites, to scale our business into the future. Our focus is on smart growth, directing strategic scaling through high quality, cost effective and innovative solutions to meet demand and to reduce cost and impact of our overall delivery.

Sitting within Infrastructure Planning & Acquisitions (IPA), The Land Acquisition team is responsible for the delivery and pre-positioning of real estate to enable the development Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure.


We are looking for a passionate, detail orientated and high-energy individual to support the development of 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.

The Land Acquisition Project Manager will be based in the UK or Ireland and report to the EMEA Regional Director. They will be a member of the team responsible for maintaining consistency for acquisition processes and coordination of life cycle and closing processes for the EMEA region.

This is an exciting 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 EMEA markets.

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.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support Land Acquisition team in managing transaction deal flow, including ensuring that all relevant data and associated documents are tracked and kept updated.
  • Support real estate transaction processing and administration for fast growing and evolving business needs.
  • Defines and tracks the success criteria and performance metrics (e.g., Objectives and Key Results [OKRs] and Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]), such as quality, adoption, usage, impact, effectiveness) for the program.
  • Assist in implementation of a relevant system of metrics to plan, manage, measure and evaluate performance pertaining to the transaction process.
  • Effectively communicate expectations, requirements and status of deals to key stakeholders and business partners – both internally and externally
  • Help coordinate variety of internal initiatives and projects.
  • Continue to build and maintain a culture of speed, flexibility and trust with all business partners.
  • Closely collaborate with other internal teams such as operations, legal, finance, treasury, tax and risk assessment to help deliver highly successful projects


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in real estate or Business or Finance or equivalent alternative education
  • Demonstrated experience in business operations and or project management and or real estate

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prince2 Project Management Certificate
  • Strong proficiency to work with Microsoft applications including, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Dynamics and PowerBI

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
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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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