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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineering Manager - Cloud services (Xbox) in Redmond, Washington

xCloud’s promise is to play the games you want, with the people you want, on the devices you want. xCloud is pioneering the transition from a console-centric model to a user-centric model. We are building gaming experiences that transcend devices and deliver high quality gaming on the go through Game Streaming from servers across the world in Azure Datacenters.

xCloud is seeking to hire a Principal Software Engineering lead to manage a software engineering team collaborating across Xbox, Azure compute, physical networking, buildout teams to develop and operate a set of services that efficiently onboard and manage multiple generations of xCloud hardware in globally distributed Azure DCs. If you can guide a team through deep collaborations to deliver first-of-their-kind solutions and would like to ensure our users have seamless global access to all the games and features on our platform – this is the role for you!

Join xCloud and bring your unique skills, perspective and passion to your team and the broader org. As a leader you can directly shape an environment where all perspectives are valued, and all peoples represented. Even if your experience is not an exact fit, bring your authentic self to a conversation and we’ll recognize and admire your unique skills and passions as we consider you for the role.


As a leader you’ll be expected to manage, curate & coach a diverse team of software engineers. You are charged with understanding product direction and priorities, then add your own leadership to create clarity, generate energy and deliver results with your team.


  • 10+ years professional software development experience.

  • 2+ years’ experience leading a team with direct management responsibilities of 4-8 software developers.

  • Strong desire to curate a diverse and inclusive team and foster a culture that reflects Xbox & Microsoft values.

  • Domain background in Cloud services and microservice architecture.

  • BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent.

Highly valued

  • Track record of making significant improvements to team culture and inclusivity.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a data-driven CI/CD development process.

  • Experience leading cloud-based web services development teams.

  • Experience with container technologies and Kubernetes.

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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