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Microsoft UK • Reading, United Kingdom

Senior Cloud Network Engineer

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


Microsoft Azure’s Networking Security division is designing, building, and operating internal tooling and services that the business relies on every day. Ensuring that the network is secure and reliable through the development of automated and managed security services and tooling.

As a Senior Cloud Network Engineer in Azure Networking Security (UK) you will work as part of both UK and international teams, identifying and remediating issues on our global networks, building tooling and creating processes to proactively mitigate issues going forward. You will be leading the effort to improve availability, reliability, observability, performance, and security across the entire Microsoft Azure infrastructure.

You will mostly work remotely, with on-site meetings required one or two days per week, and you will be expected to participate in an on-call rota.

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.


  • Builds a complete understanding of how Azure networks work and uses that knowledge to quickly and accurately troubleshoot issues and propose working solutions which scale.
  • Develops and implements reliable automation tools and services that increase engineering efficiency, reduce operational burden, and reduce human errors in production, while making optimal use of infrastructure and resources by automating tasks; uses and identifies opportunities to improve existing automation to increase efficiency, reduce errors, and support sustainable network operations at scale across teams.
  • Creates and implements code for a product, service, or feature, reusing code as applicable.
  • Influences telemetry analytics designs to better identify patterns that reveal errors and unexpected problems; leverages an understanding of network architectures and infrastructure at scale to develop, measure, track, and improve the quality of telemetry pipelines that support automated monitoring and incident response.
  • Acts as a Designated Responsible Individual (DRI) and guides other engineers by developing and following the playbook, working on call to monitor system/product/service for degradation, downtime, or interruptions, alerting stakeholders about status and initiates actions to restore system/product/service for simple and complex problems when appropriate.
  • Proactively seeks new knowledge and adapts to new trends, technical solutions, and patterns.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field
    • OR equivalent experience
  • Deep understanding of networking engineering concepts and protocols (TCP/IP, BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, MPLS)
  • Strong development skills using Python
  • Experience building network automation and tooling
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Time spent troubleshooting issues on cloud-scale or backbone networks
  • Highly proficient using Linux OS
  • Other programming/scripting languages
  • Experience with Network Security
  • Professional level vendor certifications e.g. CCNP/JNCIP, or higher

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

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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