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Microsoft Corporation Software Engineer - CTJ in Redmond, Washington

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

– Arthur C. Clarke

The emergence of cloud computing has fundamentally changed every aspect of the way we work and live our lives, and the Azure Compute Orchestration team is responsible for providing some of the most cutting-edge Cloud-Native services to our partners in our Air Gapped Clouds. With positions in Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Policy, Azure Resource Graph, Azure Resource Manager, Blueprints, Cloud Shell, Management Groups, and Serial Console we provide solutions for modern, scalable, highly-available, and repeatable deployments of IaaS, PaaS, and Serverless applications to enable our customers to operate at the absolute forefront of the industry.

We are looking for driven engineers who love to run headlong into new challenges and come out better than they were before. Every day we operate one of the most complex and interconnected distributed systems on the planet, and we have a critical mission to make it the most secure, the most powerful, and the most intuitive cloud computing experience for our customers. Come join a fast-paced and collaborative team that loves to help each other grow.

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.


On this team, we work on some of the most interesting challenges on the edge of secure cloud computing such as:

  • Adapting industry-leading software to operate in highly secure environments

  • Developing software, tools, and infrastructure to meet unique needs

  • Deploying and operating fundamental Azure services

  • Automating and improving processes to increase availability and decrease overhead

  • Contributing and exercising business continuity and disaster recovery plans and procedures

  • This role includes an on-call support rotation component


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 2+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience.

Security Clearance 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

  • The successful candidate must have an active U.S. Government Top Secret Clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) with Polygraph. Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate U.S. Government clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated problem solving, coding and debugging skills

  • Strong understanding of networking, TCP/IP, HTTP, TLS, and certificates

  • Drive for learning new skills and technologies through fresh challenges

  • Strong background in automation and scripting of management tasks with bash, python, powershell, etc

  • Experience with globally distributed systems and/or microservice architectures including familiarity with tracing and telemetry

  • Comfort with Linux, docker, containerd, and/or Kubernetes is a plus

  • Experience with commercial cloud operations, ARM templates, and Active directory is also highly valued

  • Good written and oral communication skills

Software Engineering IC3 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $94,300 - $182,600 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 $120,900 - $198,600 per year.

Microsoft has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets (see below). The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role (except as noted below); the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including merit increases, annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and wellbeing benefits, among others. U.S.-based employees also receive, per calendar year, up to 10 scheduled paid holidays, and up to 80 hours Holistic Health Time Off. Additionally, hourly/non-exempt employees accrue up to 120 hours paid vacation time, and salaried/exempt employees have Discretionary Time Off (DTO).

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We are committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. To learn more about pay equity and our other commitments to increase representation and strengthen our culture of inclusion, check out our annual Diversity & Inclusion Report. ( )

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