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Microsoft Corporation Senior Software Engineer - Data Generalist in Tempe, Arizona

Every so often a disruptive change happens in the technology industry, bringing with it a once-in-a-career opportunity to rebuild from the ground up. Mainstream adoption of the cloud for data workloads is one of those changes, as customers process and analyze data in ways they could have only dreamed of in the past.

The Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) organization is a team of software engineers that work with customers to make possible the not-yet-possible. From our largest customers to strategic startups, we work side-by-side in a code-with manner to help accelerate their cloud adoption – applying sound engineering practices and gathering insights for our product groups along the way.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Software Engineer with a background in and passion for data. The position sits within CSE’s Data Technology Domain – a global group of subject matter experts who focus specifically on data technologies and are driven to make Azure the best place for all our customer’s data workloads.


Among the team’s responsibilities are:

  • Engaging directly with customers on their mission-critical data workloads

  • Developing deep technical relationships with the Azure Data product groups, becoming the trusted “voice of the customer” in engineering discussions

  • Using technical feedback from data workloads from across CSE to drive improvements in Azure Data offerings

  • Extracting relevant learnings and patterns from customer engagements and sharing those learnings with the world

The Data Technology Domain likes to “lead by example” and collaborate on how to get things done. We would rather try something and learn from it than wait for things to happen around us. If this sounds like the place for you, we’d like to hear more!



  • At least 5+ years of hands-on experience implementing complex cloud-based data solutions

  • Deep knowledge of at least one of the following data technology areas:

  • OLTP/Relational Databases

  • Data Warehousing

  • OLAP/Reporting/BI

  • NoSQL

  • “Big Data”

  • At least 3+ years of experience with Core Cloud Computing Concepts (Compute/Networking/Storage/Identity)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Outside the Box Thinking – You will be presented with problems to solve that require working around gaps in the target platform

  • Ability to Navigate Through Ambiguity – You will be presented with highly ambiguous situations and need to dig in to learn the details necessary to produce a solution

  • Communication – You will be asked to have technical discussions with both early in career developers and C-level executives – often in the same setting

  • Prioritization – At the senior level you might be involved in multiple active projects at the same time, and prioritization between them will be key to success

Experience in the following will be beneficial:

  • Data Governance

  • DevOps for Data

  • Open Source Software Contributions

  • Written Content Creation/Publication

  • Conference Presentation Development/Delivery



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

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