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Microsoft Corporation Director, DC Sustainability Regulation & Policy in Redmond, Washington

Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I): Safe, Fast and Always Reliable - The Future of Cloud Infrastructure Today.

Would you like to help Microsoft demonstrate leadership through proactive contributions to regulations that reflect our ambitious corporate sustainability commitments including carbon negative, water positive, zero-waste, and ecosystems health?

The CO+I Sustainability group is looking for a Director, DC Sustainability Regulation & Policy to support our growing business. The CO+I group plans, delivers, and operates Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure to bring compute capacity to over 200 Microsoft internet/web properties worldwide. Within CO+I, the Sustainability team collaborates to enhance environmentally responsible design, procurement, construction, and operation of our datacenters globally.

You will be part of the team of sustainability-focused peers with the opportunity to provide subject matter expertise to the Corporate Government Affairs team.

You will work with subject matter experts to understand and integrate datacenter technical requirements, corporate sustainability objectives, and business strategy, in order to define and develop CO+I’s recommended positions, communications, and responses in connection with specific regulatory topics or enquiries in collaboration with other groups at Microsoft. Be ready to innovate, to leverage existing solutions, and to creatively engage an extended network of contributors and experts.

Success in this role means you have contributed to building world-class datacenter engineering and operations and have translated deep technical knowledge into clear communications that helps to inform sound environmental regulations. Microsoft’s online infrastructure is growing at an incredible pace and this role will have a significant impact to our future success.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.

Responsibilities

  • Acting as a CO+I engineering sustainability regulatory subject matter expert to condense complex engineering requirements into policy recommendations, partnering with the corporate-wide Government Affairs team.

  • Collecting, researching, and analyzing changing requirements of the datacenter business and technical teams working on datacenter design, construction, operations, and innovation.

  • Identifying opportunities for informing and identifying potential improvements to existing and emerging environmental policy.

  • Review proposed industry groups and Microsoft policy documents for feedback to enhance leadership opportunities.

  • Compiling and aligning publicly available information concerning regulatory priorities and developing resources and tools to help internal partners understand the broader public policy landscape and trends.

  • Building collaborative relationships with various standards bodies and industry group stakeholders to advance policy initiatives.

  • Prioritizing and managing multiple technically complex assignments concurrently.

  • Coordinating with the Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs group, and datacenter leadership to ensure that sustainability policies are aligned.

  • Make policy recommendations as required for business planning and review.

  • Learn, live, and coach the One Microsoft culture and values. Lead through change by bringing clarity, generating energy, and delivering success.

Qualifications

The Ideal candidate will have experience in datacenter engineering and operations, with an ability to condense complex topics into regulatory positions, Change Management, project/program management experience, exceptional written and interpersonal skills for collaboration/liaising with datacenter sustainability experts and leadership, and a high level of integrity.

Required qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in datacenter engineering, datacenter design, or datacenter sustainability management.

  • 3+ years of experience and engagement (in partnership with Government Affairs) with a complex external landscape made up of multiple environmental coalitions, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders.

  • 3+ years of experience into sustainability background and familiarity with business, technology, economics, and public policy. 3+ years of experience in the relevant disciplines of environmental regulations and environmental due diligence.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exceptional written and Interpersonal skills: communicate effectively and concisely with stakeholders and leaders about our programs and objectives.

  • Proficient at Microsoft Office products and collaboration software for virtual communications.

  • Able to work independently and as part of a globally diverse team, collaborate with remote team members, and leadership.

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.

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