Principal Infrastructure Planner

Redmond, WA
$133,600 - $256,800 / Year 
Mid level

Job Description


Do you want to be at the forefront of innovating the latest hardware designs to propel Microsoft's cloud growth? Are you seeking a unique career opportunity that combines both technical capabilities, cross team collaboration, with business insight and strategy? Join our Strategic Planning and Advanced Architecture (SPARC) team within Microsoft's Azure Hardware Systems Infrastructure (AHSI) organization and be a part of the organization behind Microsoft's expanding Cloud Infrastructure and responsible for powering Microsoft's "Intelligent Cloud" mission.

Microsoft delivers more than 200 online services to more than one billion individuals worldwide and AHSI 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 SPARC organization within Azure manages hardware roadmap planning and program management from concept through production for all of Microsoft's current and future on-line services. Well-defined and executed strategic planning ensures products meet the requirements for performance, features, and time-to-market. The ability to draw insights from a deep understanding of the cloud Hardware (HW) Infrastructure landscape and industry trends is critical in informing the roadmap and planning decisions.

As a Principal Infrastructure Planner, you will drive Azure's next generation data center infrastructure planning, engagement with technology providers, understand their product portfolio and roadmap, work with internal partners in bringing cutting edge, innovative technology into Azure's data centers. The role will involve driving requirements with technology providers that enable the growth of the Azure cloud business and give it a competitive edge over other cloud service providers. Join our SPARC team and be a part of the world's fastest growing cloud service!

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.


  • Collaborate with technology providers, understand their portfolios, drive requirements, partner with internal stakeholders in engineering and business groups and drive innovation into Azure's next generation data centers.
  • Collaborate with data center engineering teams, strategize, and project infrastructure needs 2-5 years in the future, influence next generation data center development, and develop recommendations and strategy that give a unique edge to Azure hardware infrastructure.
  • Partner with advanced architecture teams in pathfinding and production emerging technology trends and innovation.
  • Perform roadmap scenario modeling, financial modeling, and market analysis for the recommended HW platform, infrastructure direction, factoring in performance, features, cost, and time-to-market tradeoffs.
  • Drive internal alignment on commodity technology platform plan of record.
  • Recommend internal and external process improvements and excellence conversations cross functionally to ensure we have optimized processes and aligned across partner teams.
  • Create, maintain, and effectively disseminate project communication to stakeholders.
  • Embody our culture and values.


Required qualifications
  • 10+ years of technical engineering experience
    • OR Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 8+ years of technical engineering experience
    • OR Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 5+ years of technical engineering experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field AND 4+ years of technical engineering experience.

Other 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.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or similar field/experience.
  • 10+ years industry experience in CPU, Memory or Storage technology development.
  • Knowledge of cloud datacenter architecture and data center infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of server technology, rack architecture and at-scale cloud infrastructure deployment.
  • Technical understand of server platform architecture, design and development, with emphasis on at scale deployment.
  • Technical understanding of commodity storage or memory technologies (SSDs, HDDs, tape, DRAM etc.) and knowledgeable on storage and/or memory industry trends
  • Technical understanding of GPU, CPU architecture, design and development, with emphasis on power and performance and TCO analysis.
  • Product Planning or Project Management experience.
  • Experience working in HW Infrastructure Engineering Groups

Hardware 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.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

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.

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