Data Center Site Operations Manager

Posted 16 May 2023
Job type Permanent
Discipline Information Technology

Company's Benefits

  • Flexible Working Arrangements

    Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Equal Pay Initiatives

    Equal Pay Initiatives

  • Mentorship Program

    Mentorship Program

  • Leadership Development Program

    Leadership Development Program

  • Paid Parental Leave

    Paid Parental Leave

  • Return to Work Policy

    Return to Work Policy

  • Childcare Facilities

    Childcare Facilities

  • Breastfeeding Rooms

    Breastfeeding Rooms

  • Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship Program

  • Coaching Program

    Coaching Program

  • Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

    Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

  • Internal Women's Networking Group

    Internal Women's Networking Group

Job Description


In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day and we need you as a Site Operations Manager (SOM).

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I Site Operations Manager, you will perform a key role in delivering the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's online services including Bing, Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Azure platform. As a group, CO+I is focused on the personal and professional development for all employees and offers trainings and growth opportunities including Career Rotation Programs, Diversity & Inclusion trainings and events, and professional certifications.

Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 100 datacenters and 1 million servers. Our foundation is built upon and managed by a team of subject matter experts working to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide.

With environmental sustainability and optimization at the forefront of our datacenter design and operations, we continue to grow and evolve as we meet the ever-changing business demands that hold Microsoft as a world-class cloud provider.

Do you want to empower billions across the world? Come and join us in CO+I and be at the forefront of the action!


Basic Qualifications:

  • At least four years’ experience of mission-critical service management  (e.g., providing IT services, manufacturing, warehouse, retail, military, or managing physical operations in an IT and/or critical environment infrastructure)

  • At least three years’ experience leading and motivating a diverse, technical workforce

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, non-business hours, or other scenarios required by rhythm of the business

  • Fluent English (written and spoken)  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience in Critical Environment infrastructures (e.g., UPS, Generator, AHU) AND 5+ years’ experience working in physical IT infrastructures (e.g., Servers, SANs, Networking, Capacity, DC Rack/Enclosures, structured cabling) AND Experience managing budget $500k+.

  • Enterprise-level experience in managing large-scale and complex projects/programs

  • Strong verbal and written communication and organization skills

  • Business level Japanese language skills (written and spoken)

  • Working knowledge of audit and compliance requirements in a large global enterprise

  • Financial management experience and good business acumen

  • Strong problem-solving skills, analytical capabilities, data analysis, and attention to detail

  • Must be able to multi-task and project manage many tasks simultaneously 

  • College or university degree in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Supply Chain Management or equivalent experience

  • CompTIA Network+ and/or CCNA Certifications

  • ITIL v3 Foundation and/or Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Certifications 

Background Check 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.



People Management

  • Deliver success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring.

  • Live our culture, embody our values, and practice our leadership principles.

  • Define team objectives and outcomes, enable success across boundaries, and help the team adapt and learn.

  • Attract and retain great people, know everyone’s capabilities and aspirations, and invest in the growth of others.

Data Center Operations

  • Document and drive alignment on dependencies, supplier contracts, success metrics, resource readiness, operational, supportability, and manageability criteria.

  • Review Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) and provide input to improve or increase efficiency across IT services.

  • Drive accountability with building landlord to adhere to MSFT service-level agreement.

  • Partner cross-functionally to support global and regional initiatives (e.g., environmental health and safety, risk assessments, certifications).

  • Manages/supports alignment to budget of the Data Center and makes tradeoff decisions to adhere to sound fiscal practices.

  • Support budget planning and forecasting demand costs, driving awareness among business leaders on implications of service management issues and negotiating to win resources of costs, risks, and team leads as required.

  • Plan and work with business partners when executing their requirements to maintain adherence to datacenter availability, safety, and security.

  • Follow and adhere to run book provided by Environmental Health & Safety division, immediately reporting any safety or security issues or concerns and ensuring a culture of safety is upheld.

Service Delivery

  • Accountable for end-to-end service compliance, quality, and client satisfaction for the agreed-upon service levels.

  • Manage relationships with clients to ensure that all expectations are clarified and understood and deliver solutions that exceed client expectations while maintaining a strong customer focus.

  • Apply deep subject matter expertise and escalate where needed to meet SLA/OLAs with minimal disruption to the client/customer and business.

  • Share common and repeating cases with regional and global teams, while providing best practices to address and mitigate recurrence of issues and implement more efficient solutions for resolution.

  • Participate in every Sev 1 and Sev 2 Incident Bridge meeting and approve root cause analysis and postmortem reporting.

  • Lead key processes, prioritize work across team, and rebalance resources and priorities to respond to changes, while recommending additional resources as necessary.

  • Manage resources appropriately to accommodate pilot programs and task force participation and make recommendations for additional funding where necessary.

  • Be accountable for end-to-end service compliance, quality, and client satisfaction for agreed-upon service levels.

  • Empower teams to work collaboratively, ensuring they have the platform and support to participate in cross-functional work and the opportunity to network.

Data Center Work Environment

  • Drive service implementation, adoption, training, quality audits, and the education of support teams (including vendors) to enable the best support and service levels.

  • Remove barriers that inhibit agility to enable team to shift priorities quickly without losing productivity.

  • Maintain a broad perspective and work to incorporate diverse viewpoints while identifying and evaluating opportunities to create strategies that cross organizational boundaries and drive broad business goals.

  • Establish a culture of safety, quality, and customer obsession while ensuring team’s standards are consistent with overall service objectives.

  • Create the type of conditions for successful collaboration, geared toward identifying and resolving organization-wide issues by bringing together creative and relevant solutions from diverse perspectives.

  • Understand workforce capability and delegate work accordingly across team to effectively deliver results, finding ways to accomplish more by enabling others.

  • Act as a trusted resource and advisor to a wide network of colleagues with diverse viewpoints.

  • Delegate to others to promote growth and development of future leaders.

  • Recognize team successes and reward teamwork and contributions to team success while driving a culture that’s focused on meeting strategic goals


  • Have pride and a sense of personal accountability for end-to-end service quality, completeness, and resulting customer experience.

  • Identify unaddressed issues across service and resolve, escalate, or find the appropriate owner to ensure the highest level of quality.

  • Drive and own the service management perspective to ensure that business leaders understand the business implications of risks, dependencies, and budgets to enable good business decisions and ensure the long-term value of the service.

  • Model and foster accountability and morale for the team.

People Management

  • Help employees identify growth opportunities, develop skills, and build development plans.

  • Establish and communicate performance expectations, identify and address gaps, and monitor performance to ensure plans are met.


  • Embody our Microsoft One culture and values.