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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineering Manager in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Metaswitch, a newly acquired division of Microsoft, lead the way in cloud native communication software, with award winning solutions providing highly scalable and fault tolerant systems that run right in the core of over 1,000 service providers and mobile operators networks.

Metaswitch is looking for an experienced senior engineering manager to grow and lead our European Rhino engineering team, based in Edinburgh, UK. Rhino is a leading platform for building telephony applications and is already widely deployed at 75+ mobile operators worldwide at all scales. Microsoft’s acquisition of Metaswitch is a catalyst for substantial growth of our Rhino product, and planned engineering-led initiatives include:

  • integrating Rhino with a range of Microsoft’s existing offerings and processes

  • supporting a partner-first sales strategy for the platform, involving training and technical enablement of those partners

  • developing additional applications and capabilities on top of Rhino.

Metaswitch’s Rhino engineering currently spans three locations – Edinburgh UK, Madrid Spain and Wellington New Zealand. This role involves running the Edinburgh and Madrid engineering teams, and working closely with the New Zealand team.


  • Lead and coach an existing team of software engineers and managers; create clarity, communicate vision and strategy to the team; provide expert guidance and advice, best practices and trainings, nurture a team culture with emphasis on quality, customer obsession, engineering agility, and inclusiveness

  • Integrate the current Edinburgh and Madrid teams more closely together

  • Work hand-in-glove with the New Zealand engineering team, with an emphasis on communication, knowledge sharing and consistency in engineering approaches and finding and leveraging synergies between the teams

  • Drive adoption of Microsoft policies and processes within the team

  • Work with program management and other stakeholders to create robust product roadmaps and engineering plans, trading off quality, security, customer satisfaction, cost and timescales, and ensure the team executes on these plans

  • Consistently identify, reward and manage growth of highly performing engineering talent and help all team members achieve the most in their careers

  • Substantially grow the team, ensuring diverse viewpoints and capabilities needed to achieve current and future business objectives

  • Lead the continuous improvement of engineering and quality practices. Work across business groups to ensure the long-term integrity of a product area. Demonstrate personal commitment to technical advancement. Guide the organization to deliver high-quality and innovative solutions

  • Communicate team plans and strategies to peers, stakeholders and organization leaders


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. 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 (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing a high-performing engineering teams, including hiring, developing and retaining talent, building an open, diverse and inclusive working environment where everyone feels like they belong and are welcomed

  • A strong technical background, being comfortable digging into complex technical and architectural areas with your teams, to pressure test approaches and identify issues

  • Ability to work cross-functionally, to influence for impact, to handle ambiguity, to solve problems, to manage stakeholders and expectations, to wear many hats at a time and to learn quickly from failure

  • Being data driven, customer focused, collaborative, structured, self-motivated with a strong drive for results reaching across teams and organizations internationally and with cultural sensitivity

  • Ability to leverage both quantitative and qualitative analysis to drive great decision making

  • Availability early mornings or late evenings weekly to communicate live with our New Zealand organization

  • Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills through all levels of the organization, technical and nontechnical

  • Native or professional fluency in English