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Microsoft Corporation Network Sourcing Engineer in Redmond, Washington

We're looking for an experienced and high energy Sourcing Agent that must be able support, influence and deliver network infrastructure sourcing/acquisition services in a fast-paced production environment. The Cloud Interconnection and Acquisitions team is responsible for acquisition of Fiber, Edge, Egress and Peering solutions supporting all of Microsoft’s online services infrastructure. We work with the various engineering, capacity, and long-range planning teams on a collaborative basis to ensure the Microsoft network has the highest quality and availability globally. You must be agile and able to adapt to changing conditions and priorities.

The successful candidate will need excellent analytical, communication, and collaboration skills. You will be working with people from many different teams and backgrounds requiring an open mind-set. You must be able to influence others and work cross-functionally to achieve broad goals. A proven track record of successfully managing projects, portfolios and executing various stakeholder requirements are skillsets needed to be demonstrated resulting in measurable impact to be successful in this role.

Responsibilities

  • High energy, results oriented individual to help build and deliver the network that powers the world’s largest online services

  • Lead project initiatives for all aspects of cloud infrastructure network in the Americas including metro, long haul, subsea and network colocation

  • Own and drive commercial and contractual negotiations with vendors

  • Identify cost saving opportunities throughout the network portfolio on new, existing and augment projects

  • Support our colocation efforts within the region to ensure resiliency, diversity and quality uptime of our network services portfolio

  • Collaborate with internal teams to identify and define strategic initiatives to meet growth and expansion requirements

  • Region and market topology expertise/SME to determine specific routes and deals that meet Microsoft network requirements

  • Build long term strategic relationships with key vendors and industry experts

  • Communicate progress internally and collaborate with network deployment teams

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

  • BS or BA degree (In lieu of degree, 4 years relevant work experience)

  • 3+ years of experience in networking technologies

  • Strategic negotiations and/or business development obtaining services from high-technology providers in data center and Internet technologies

  • Experience with contractual/MSA negotiations

  • This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in networking technologies

  • 5+ years of experience in strategic negotiations and/or business development obtaining services from technology providers in data center and Internet technologies

  • Extensive experience with contract development and vendor management

  • Solid working understanding of domestic and global carrier networks

  • Exceptional analysis and problem-solving skills

  • Willing to travel up to 25% of the time

Background Check Requirements:

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 (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

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