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Sr. Strategic Hardware Product Manager

Do you enjoy leading cross functional teams to overcometough technical challenges while solving for critical business needs? If so, Hardware Strategy and Planning may be the place for your next career move. 

Microsoft delivers more than 200 online services to more than one billion individuals worldwide and Microsoft Azure Hardware Systems & Infrastructure (AHSI) Group is the team behind our expanding cloud infrastructure.   We deliver the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's cloud businesses including Microsoft Azure, Bing, MSN, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Teams and Xbox Live. 

The Hardware Strategy and Planning (HSP) organization within AHSI manages hardware roadmap planning and program management from concept through production for all of Microsoft’s current and future cloud services.  Well-defined and well-executed strategic planning ensures that our products meet requirements for performance, features, cost, and schedule.   As Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, the ability to align our long-term hardware infrastructure plans to customer and business requirements is of paramount importance.   

We are seeking a high caliber and self-driven team player to drive and support the planning of future server hardware platforms for Azure datacenters, and to help the AHSI Group make decisions with respect to roadmap planning and manage technology intercepts and investments. In this role, you will collaboratewith business units, architecture and engineering, supply chain and finance teams to define new platforms that deliver competitive advantage to Microsoft and meet businessrequirements,and make well-supported recommendations to executive leadership.  For this role we seek an experienced Strategic Hardware Planner who can distill the needs of our internal business partners, and create technical plans in partnership with architecture, engineering, supply chain,and product group representatives to ensure all requirements are met. 


  • Engage with Microsoft cloud business units to definefuture hardware platform requirements and align recommendations for executive approval. 
  • Partner with engineering and architecture teams to define platform design objectives which meet technical and business goals. 
  • Lead cross-functional teams (including members from business units, software and hardware engineering and architecture, networking, datacenter infrastructure, and supply chain management) to build data-driven strategic frameworks for decision making.   
  • Perform scenario modeling, financial modeling, and market analysis. Evaluate performance, features, cost, and time-to-market tradeoffs. 
  • Assess Microsoft Azure’s competitiveness in light of anticipated changes in the industry, customer and competitor trends. 
  • Recommend internal and external process improvements and excellence conversations cross functionally to ensure we have optimized processes and aligned across partner teams. 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • 5 years or moreexperience in server architecture, including microprocessors, memory, storage and networking technologies.
  • Bachelors or higher degree in Engineering.
  • 5 years of Product Planning and strategy alignment experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficientworking knowledge of cloud service architectureandcloud business objectives
  • Analytical aptitude for solving both technical and business problems.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills with experience in aligning and presenting to executive leadership is desired.
  • Proven customer obsession in prior roles where customer requirements were gathered and implemented into a product.
  • Proven capabilities to drive positive business results by working across multiple organizations.
  • Must have ability to work independently and lead cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence in a matrix organization.
  • Self-motivated, driven individual who can work in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to work in an ambiguous business environment with competing business tasks.
  • Familiarity and previous experience developing programs through phase gate process.

Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace. 

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required forthis role.  

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,regulationsand 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.


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