Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Sr. Procurement Manager – EMEA - Data Center

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Job Description


Microsoft Cloud Operations and Innovation (CO+I) is the team behind the cloud. We are responsible for delivering over 200 Microsoft web portals, Live and Online Services around the world including infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. We are looking for a passionate, high-energy individual to help build the network that powers the world’s largest online services.

Within CO+I, the strategic Supply Chain team is responsible for establishing a supply chain that can meet the ever-growing growth of the Microsoft Cloud and our customers. We support a portfolio of complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-billion, multi-year datacenter construction and operations of those assets. We are looking to fill a critical role of EOT Sr. Procurement Manager.

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.

As part of the regional EPC Execution Oversight Team, the key responsibilities are to work cross functionally with other Execution Oversight Team members to provide oversight on the consistent implementation of the project SLA and functional governance, perform project health analysis against the approved SLAs/scope/execution plan/cost/schedule, assist with the project setup, evaluate the site resource effectiveness, conduct spot audits, assist with onboarding and training of the site based team. Team will be dedicated to this scope and will not be assigned to specific projects or other functional/regional activities. The project reviews and assessment will be as per the Execution Oversight Team roadmap and/or managed by exception should a critical priority is raised within the region. Team will be based in hub location and will travel together to the site as per the roadmap and business critical priorities.


Field Service Technician/Engineer Management (OEM):

  • Verify Supplier labor management on site visits in coordination with General Contractor, Scheduling Teams, and Internal Planning Teams to align schedules and deliverables.
  • Audit schedule compliance and escalations from field team to support installation and Cx activities as required to drive efficiencies between Supplier and General Contractor
  • Review and advise on strategy for any change orders for overtime, schedule compression and acceleration as needed.
  • Change Order Management:
  • Assess Change Order activity after CDEs & Tech Submittals are complete with Suppliers before Constructions begins.
  • Review the impact of change orders to the project with Execution Oversight Team partners cross-functionally to mitigate impact on schedule and cost.
  • Examine the commercial justification for change orders and review with site team.
  • Knowledge of claims management with the detailed understanding of the contractual conditions.
  • OFCI Management & Quality Assurance:
  • Inspect the MEP/OFCI (Owner Furnish Contractor Installed) equipment process of field team
  • Audit receiving process of supplier equipment on site and supplier response time to defect resolution in relation to quality issues
  • Inspect any design changes post IFC and ensure alignment with Execution Oversight Team stakeholders.
  • Review project design information, specifications, compliance documents and technical submittals while on site (master & project level design alignment)
  • Supplier Engagement & Performance:
  • Assess post award site delivery scheduling, on-time delivery performance, and reporting.
  • Review and monitor scheduling delays from OFCI/LLE equipment to relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee site specific LLE performance and collaborate with both internal and external partners to proactively resolve issues.
  • Supervise technical risk management of design including timelines, SLA/KPI’s to avoid disruption to site timelines.
  • Leadership liaison between suppliers, site team, and Execution Oversight Team members to execute alignment between suppliers and Microsoft.
  • Effectively document and communicate improvement recommendations after site audit completion.

The role is responsible for partnering with the broader Global Supply Chain teams including Planning & Analytics, Procurement, Supplier Quality and overall Special Projects team to ensure on time delivery to meet the on-time delivery for a large, complex capital project. This role will partner with workgroups to drive strategy development and compliance through supplier selection, supplier selection and award, and contract management.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field
  • Experience in Project Management, Procurement, Supply Chain, and/or Operations
  • Willingness to travel from job site to job site regularly.
  • Hyperscale data center or large building construction experience in an owner or general contractor capacity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical or financial fields (engineering, finance, business administration, supply chain). Masters preferred.
  • Knowledge of data center industry and experience managing a variety of project delivery methods - ability to lead a project team in defining risk and developing the appropriate contracting.
  • High energy and drive to achieve results in midst of ambiguity and matrixed org.
  • Technical ability to write contracts, ability to set up sourcing plans and negotiation strategies and execute them.
  • Excellent communicator that can interact with diverse groups across organizational levels.
  • Familiarity with common process improvement methodologies (Lean, Six-Sigma, etc.) and ability to facilitate change management.
  • Ability to implement new processes and get buy in from a cross functional team.
  • Must be able to drive sourcing strategy and supply chain execution for multiple categories.
  • Able to integrate successfully into large-scale construction projects - large dollar contracts of over $50 Million.

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 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
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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