Job Description

Are you interested in working for one of the most exciting and fastest growing teams at Microsoft? The Modern Protection & SOC’s Platform Engineering team is responsible for building the cloud solutions that meet the scales not often seen in the industry, enabling holist production to a user base of billions of users and 10s of thousands of State level organizations, enterprises, and business around the globe. 


The Platform Engineering team provides leadership, direction, and accountability for application architecture, design, infrastructure development and end-to-end implementation.   You will independently determine and develop architectural approaches and infrastructure solutions. Strong collaboration skills will be required as you will be working with a global team comprised of software engineers, site reliability engineers, researchers to design and deliver highly stable and performant services that meet the expectations of internal and external users.



We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer to help us design, architect and build large scale platforms, cloud service infrastructure and engineering systems. The cutting edge services and infrastructure you build will need to be able to process and handle enterprise and consumer services. You will work in collaboration with other Engineers, Researchers, Data Scientists and Architects to continue to learn and build your skill sets on how to innovate the design approach of said pipelines and services. 

  • Leads by example and mentors others to produce extensible and maintainable code used across products. Leads efforts to optimize, debug, refactor, and reuse code to improve performance and maintainability, effectiveness, and return on investment (ROI). Identifies best practices and coding patterns and provides deep expertise in the coding and validation strategy. Creates and applies metrics to drive the quality and stability of code, as well as appropriate coding patterns and best practices.
  • Leads efforts to apply knowledge of debugging tools, logs, telemetry, and other methods, and leads verification of assumptions through writing and developing code proactively before issues occur and reactively as issues occur across products. Leverages minimal telemetry data, triangulates issues, and resolves with minimal iterations. Leads retrospective debugging of solutions to identify root causes of problems.
  • Independently creates and mentors others for a clear and articulated plan for testing and assuring the quality of solutions, and defines success for outcomes of tests (e.g., unit tests). Identifies needs for a broad versus selected approach in testing mechanisms and makes informed decisions to implement the most effective tests.




Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related technical discipline AND 6+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of Linux hands on system experiences

Additional or Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of development experience in Enterprise environments.
  • Support a 24x7 live site support model for service ownership.
  • Kubernetes, and the Kubernetes satellite technologies
  • Spark, Data Lake, or hands on big data platform pipeline development (Ex. Azure Data Factory, Data Explorer/Kusto, Data Bricks, Spark)
  • Azure DevOps and GitHub tooling
  • Data mining or data science experiences utilizing Big Data and\or relational data bases technologies
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Software Engineers, Program Managers, Security researchers, and Data Scientists
  • Development experience with cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure
  • Familiarity with the instrumenting service metrics, monitoring and defining SLI/SLOs for services.
  • Prior experience in CI\CD, and safe deployment concepts with hands on implementation experiences
  • Technical experience in web architectures and distributed systems.


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.

 Software Engineering IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.

Microsoft has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets (see below). The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role (except as noted below); the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including merit increases, annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and wellbeing benefits, among others. U.S.-based employees also receive, per calendar year, up to 10 scheduled paid holidays, and up to 80 hours Holistic Health Time Off. Additionally, hourly/non-exempt employees accrue up to 120 hours paid vacation time, and salaried/exempt employees have Discretionary Time Off (DTO).


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We are committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. To learn more about pay equity and our other commitments to increase representation and strengthen our culture of inclusion, check out our annual Diversity & Inclusion Report. ( )


Understanding Roles at Microsoft​
The top of this page displays the role for which the base pay ranges apply – Software Engineering IC5.
The way we define roles includes two things: discipline (the type of work) and career stage (scope and complexity). The career stage has two parts – the first identifies whether the role is a manager (M), an individual contributor (IC), an admin-technician-retail (ATR) job, or an intern. The second part identifies the relative seniority of the role – a higher number (or later letter alphabetically in the case of ATR) indicates greater scope and complexity.


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.



Job Overview
Job Posted:
1 year ago
Job Type
Full Time
Job Role
Bachelor Degree
10+ Years
  • Founded In
    Mar 01, 2023
  • Company Size
    500+ Members
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