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Microsoft Corporation Principal Data Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Remote work from anywhere in the U.S. is allowed!

Analytics team in Microsoft Azure Cloud Hardware and Infrastructure Engineering group explores data from millions of hardware devices used in Microsoft Clouds. We provide data science, business intelligence, and data integration services to internal hardware engineering and service operations teams, and help improving quality of Microsoft cloud services by applying data-driven changes to hardware and firmware.

We are looking for a principal data engineer to drive development and maintenance of data infrastructure for Hardware Analytics. An ideal candidate will have a combination of strong data engineering, systems and cloud administration skills in Microsoft Data Platform and Azure Cloud environment, have good experience with running data quality improvements and data monitoring programs in highly distributed and collaborative data landscape, being able to communicate the status of their work at all levels, own your projects and systems end-to-end, be proactive and self-driven.



  • Partner with leadership, engineers, program managers, data analysts and scientists to understand data needs.

  • Design and administer data platform and data models for supporting analytical services in Azure cloud environment.

  • Define and manage SLA for all data sets in allocated areas of ownership.

  • Run data quality and data monitoring improvement programs.

  • Manage performance, capacity, availability, security and compliance of data platform and data solutions.

  • Improve operational processes in data analytics.

  • Explore and integrate new data technologies and data sources.

  • Collaborate with peer data teams on data integration, standardization, data quality and operations topics.

  • Communicate the status of the projects and systems in their scope of responsibilities.


Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases or similar database platforms. Fluent and fast with T-SQL, query analysis and optimization. Deep skills in modeling transactional databases and data warehouses.

  • 5+ years of experience in administering Azure-based data infrastructures, including Windows systems administration (VMs or physical machines), storage, networking, security access, certificate, and compliance management.

  • 2+ years of experience with ETL/ELT environments with Azure Data Factory, SSIS or similar technologies

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Azure Analysis Services (tabular).

  • Great collaboration skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience using one of the popular programming languages (C#, C++, Python, etc).

  • Proven ability to drive strategic development and operations of data infrastructure and communicate their status.

  • Strong experience with Kusto (Azure Data Explorer).

  • Microsoft Azure and/or Microsoft Data Platform official certifications is a plus

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.

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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