Job Description

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations and Innovation Business is looking for a Senior Director of AI for the CTO Office. This role will enable the next generation artificial intelligence specialty compute at scale for datacenter operations. This position will require bringing innovative operations and expertise working with planning, end to end scheduling, engineering design, and operations. 


By defining, qualifying, and implementing new technology solutions, the candidate will bring forth hardware, power, and cooling technologies to enable optimal and automated decision making resulting in improved uptime for our customers and a lower cost of operations.  Success in this role requires deep technical knowledge for defining maturity requirements needed for scale from proof of concept or pilot to MVP (minimum viable product) and scale in a datacenter with deployment, quality, safety, security, and capacity.


The ideal candidate is creative, talented, and experienced with a technical background and expertise in datacenter critical environments (power, cooling, energy, etc). You will collaborate with Advance Development technical subject matter experts (SME), Datacenter Design Engineers, Data Scientists, Supply Chain, Datacenter Operations and Tooling, and other engineering disciplines to develop robust process and solutions in new builds and continuous improvements in existing facilities.  This role will require the candidate to demonstrate strategic vision for growth/scale, technical leadership for execution, as well as to program manage key initiatives, and engage with multiple cross-functional teams. A strong skill set covering engineering project management, problem solving, technical program management, communication, and internal/external partner engagement is required.


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.



People Management

  • Managers deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring.
  • Model - Live our culture; Embody our values; Practice our leadership principles.
  • Coach - Define team objectives and outcomes; Enable success across boundaries; Help the team adapt and learn.
  • Care - Attract and retain great people; Know each individual’s capabilities and aspirations; Invest in the growth of others.


  • Accelerate scale out and scale up of hyperscale capacity. 
  • Specify and lead tooling requirements for automated planning processes. 
  • Lays out detailed critical path plans and time schedules, actively manages the required tasks, establishes mitigation plans in case of potential delays and implements as required. 
  • Knowledge of technical systems to understand customer requests and its relation to defining datacenter infrastructure requirements. 
  • Manage dependencies between teams, regionalization, and datacenters.


  • Ensure expedient deployment and execution of technical programs. Develop plan for transition to sustaining team.
  • Apply critical thinking to scope programs and manage challenging programs.
  • Develop and drive scalability requirements.  


  • Partner with Technical Program Managers and Operations to ensure that transition and acceptance criteria have been met, and that projects are completed and delivered on schedule.
  • Oversees cross-divisional teams developing the staging and implementation plan for piloting/release in alignment with Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for feature(s)/feature areas. 
  • Holds cross-divisional teams accountable by leading governance programs and processes to ensure that specific performance requirements and standards are met throughout the development lifecycle.




Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree AND 8+ years experience in engineering, product/technical program management, data analysis, or product development
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years people management experience.
  • 6+ years experience managing cross-functional and/or cross-team projects.

6+ years in a leadership position with a provider of cloud, datacenter, utility, or critical environment services.

  • 8+ years working in delivering or maintaining cloud capacity or infrastructure.  


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expert knowledge of data center processes and technology.
  • Expert knowledge of hardware manufacturing or integration processes and technology.
  • Ability and interest in operating in technical domains and environments that have ambiguity.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to influence without authority across engineering teams.
  • Experience leading critical engineering initiatives that span multiple teams, which often have conflicting priorities and schedules.
  • Excellent program management skills and experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.


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.



Technical Program Management M6 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $158,500 - $276,600 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 $202,800 - $304,200 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).   


Our Commitment to Pay Equity 
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 – Technical Program Management M6.
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
8+ Years
  • Founded In
    Mar 01, 2023
  • Company Size
    500+ Members
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