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Principal Software Engineer – Azure Space

Are you interested in developing cutting-edge technology, being part of a collaborative and diverse team, and advancing critical customer missions by developing new products and services for the Space Industry? Azure Space is seeking exceptional talent to help create the future with our partners in advancing our customers’ missions in outer space. In this role, you will work in an agile team environment that values creativity, knowledge sharing, and employee growth. We seek out new and different perspectives, exercise curiosity, and embrace a culture of learning.   

Azure Space is part of Azure Special Capabilities, Infrastructure, and Innovation (ASCII), reporting to the CTO of Azure Global. ASCII explores new technology areas and applications, demonstrates break-through capabilities, and brings new approaches and solutions to address the needs of government and critical industries with Azure.

As an Azure Space Software Engineer, you will implement the product vision across experiences within the Azure Space portfolio. Our goal is to make onboarding to Azure Space programs, services, and platforms straightforward, comprehensible, and user-friendly, pursuant to our goal of democratizing the ability to develop and implement solutions in Space and/or leveraging Space-based capabilities to solve problems here on Earth. You will have substantial opportunity to shape technical direction, make a tangible and positive impact, and obtain unique and valuable experience across an array of technologies. Passion for technology and the opportunities working to advance the Space Industry is a must!  As we develop and grow our business to enable and exploit Space-based capabilities we will identify and take on advanced projects to push the art-of-the-possible with Microsoft Azure. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on (and off) the planet to achieve more, and we strive to make Azure the best cloud for every industry and customer.  Join us and build the future of global computing and connectivity!


Azure Global - Azure Special Capabilities, Infrastructure, and Innovation (ASCII) - Software Engineers are expected to be hands-on technical experts, capable of directly implementing solutions to the architectures they derive with customers after exploring their requirements. As an Azure Space Software Engineer, you will be responsible for architecting and implementing new Azure capabilities and services. You will be required to present technical challenges, solutions, and guidance to audiences including senior customer technical and business decision makers, executives, conference attendees, and internal engineering leadership.

The candidate should possess strong software engineering and architectural knowledge building solutions on top of Azure, combined with great relationship skills to be successful in this exciting role.

To be successful in this challenging position, you will need exceptional cross-group collaboration, strategic thinking, and customer skills.  The candidate needs to possess excellent communication and presentation skills as well as have the ability to effectively interface with employees and customers at all levels.  As a thought leader, the candidate will also need to have a deep understanding of the strategies and offerings of key competitors. 

What we are offering the ideal candidate 

  • A fast paced, exciting work environment where there is always a new challenge. 
  • World-changing projects with direct impact in furthering the exciting Space Industry
  • Direct interaction with other product group personnel and resources to develop skillsets and Azure knowledge unmatched outside engineering
  • Opportunities to showcase your technical talents and help customers at the same time
  • Direct influence on product engineering decisions as you will represent the voice of the customer
  • Inclusive work environment and getting to work with people from different backgrounds 


Required Qualifications:  

  • Excellent cross-organizational agility, partnering skills with ability to drive shared goals across multiple groups in different regions/continents
  • Strong analytical and strategic capabilities, with excellent written and presentation skills 
  • Strong customer and partner empathy, with demonstrated ability to translate real world business problems into end-to-end technology product solutions 
  • Enterprise-scale technical experience with cloud and hybrid infrastructures, architecture designs, migrations, and technology management
  • Ability to code, design, and architect solutions on top of Azure using one or more of the following programming languages: C#, Java, Python, C++
  • Ability to actively participate in an Agile software team-based development process utilizing Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery using tools such as Azure DevOps, GitHub, Jenkins, Spinnaker
  • Experience using integrated development environments (e.g., Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Eclipse, XCode, WebSphere) targeting deployment to public/private clouds, Linux/Windows
  • Proven ability designing and shipping complex, technical software systems 
  • Service, platform, or SDK Development experience
  • Deep technical knowledge of Cloud (Public/Private, Azure/AWS/GCP): IaaS & PaaS
  • Minimum B.S. in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, related technical field or equivalent industry experience.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graphical programming experience (e.g. Unreal)
  • Experience in the Space Industry
  • Satellite or Space System Development experience
  • Experience working with IT projects for the US government and/or the Defense Industrial Base
  • Experience with Sovereign Clouds and Airgapped solutions a strong advantage
  • Container orchestration experience
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with open-source technologies

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.

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.

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