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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, Washington

We are on an exciting path to create something entirely new, and we are searching for individuals to dive into a project that is not just about building, but about pioneering solutions with the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at its core. Our mission? To empower users like never before, enabling them to achieve unprecedented levels of productivity and creativity with their content and tools across the Microsoft 365 (M365) suite.

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will have an unique opportunity to leverage innovative AI technologies to enhance how users interact with their digital environment, making every task simpler, faster, and more intuitive. Whether it is through developing smarter ways to work or creating more personalized user experiences, your work will directly contribute to redefining what is possible in the workplace and beyond.

We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer who understand that building the right product requires more than just excellent code. We want open-minded engineers who have a steady focus on delivering the right solution for our users. When in doubt, the answer is to build it and try it.

In this role, you will have experience creating software solutions to problems from scratch. You will work with cross functional teams in delivering products for users.


  • Participate in the definition of key scenarios, use cases, and end-user experiences.

  • Design, implement and refine chosen solutions in close partnership with product management, design, and partner teams.

  • Identify hard problems, evaluate the pros/cons of practical solutions, and drive decision making.

  • Become part of a team that values diverse ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds and be a role model for an open, honest, and inclusive approach to solving problems.

  • Mentor and develop engineers across all levels through sharing and learning.

  • Lead technical projects and model the culture of the team.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related technical discipline AND 8+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, or other high-level programming languages

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • Experience in designing, architecting, and driving the development of large features or functionality.

  • Experience in technical leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience building applications on top of large language models (LLMs).

  • Ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines.

  • Proven track record of customer-focused innovation.

Software Engineering IC6 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $158,500 - $276,600 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 $202,800 - $304,200 per year.

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Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations ( .