Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Devices Group in Redmond, WA

TitleSenior Program Manager
CategoryHardware Engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedJanuary 9, 2015
Open Positions2

The XBOX team within Microsoft Devices envisions, creates and manufactures the award winning XBOX gaming and entertainment platform. The team that revolutionized the gaming and entertainment world by designing and delivering the XBOX ONE Kinect and Accessories is a progressive, diverse, and exceptionally creative group of professionals. We pride ourselves on a high energy, high impact work environment that empowers everyone to do their very best work.
The Xbox Devices Team is looking for an experienced technical Program Manager who has a proven track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams in the development of innovative consumer devices. Are you up for the challenge?
As a senior program manager, you are responsible for leading a cross-functional engineering team of Electrical, Mechanical, Audio, Optical, Firmware, Test, Operations, etc. from initial concept to high volume production. At the same time, you are challenged to meet program goals for product performance, quality, safety/compliance regulatory requirements, product cost, schedule, and development budget. You are also responsible for coordination with Product Planning, Marketing, Usability Specialists, Manufacturing, Reliability, Quality, and Engineering to define the product, solidify the business case, and author the product specifications.
Our definition of program management is one of the most comprehensive, most complex, and most challenging in the industry. You are held accountable to every element of the program. Are you ready?
Primary responsibilities include
Define and manage the Product development plan.
Manage and execute the program to deliver in spec, on schedule, under budget, a safe, reliable, compliant, high-quality, secure product for mass production
Team leadership and collaboration of cross functional and cross-organizational product development team.
Applying best practices and formal processes of Program management and Engineering Excellence.
Create statement of work and manage development partners & contract manufacturers.
Lead component and supplier selection and qualification, including contract negotiation and supplier management.
Organize, present, and document technical and program reviews/status to Senior Management.
Develop and protect intellectual property.
Organize and lead development builds at the contract manufacturers.
Explore and understand competitive landscape in both product and business terms.
Domestic and international travel required.

8+ years program management experience for hardware products in a fast paced environment.
Full Program management responsibility for at least five significant delivered-to-market product development cycles in high volume, consumer products industries.
Demonstrated leadership in working throuplex problems in a multi-disciplinary environment.
BS/MS Electrical or Mechanical Engineering degree.
Technical background in product development.
Familiarity with broad range of technologies such as USB, Video, Audio, Wi-Fi, Optics, ASICs, etc...
Excellent interpersonal, communication (written and oral) and collaboration skills.
Experience with team building, collaboration, and managing resources.
Self-motivated, results driven, risks cognizant
Experience working independently and as part of a team to solve difficult technical, quality, cost, and schedule challenges
Firm comprehension of consumer electronics technologies and landscape

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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Large Screen Devices, Senior Program Manager

The Large Screen Devices Process and Release team is looking for a driven and highly accomplished Senior Program Manager. Be a part of a pivotal change at Microsoft where we are going to build on the process successes of the XBOX gaming and entertainment business to enhance and extend them to other development groups within MDG.

This is a fun opportunity to work with the process team on projects which support world-class software developers, hardware engineers and marketing teams as they create products that have an impact on tens or even hundreds of millions of end users. We are looking for an energetic, highly capable candidate with demonstrated ability to manage and drive software application projects which will support process implementation for the Device Process Management team and their clients.

You will be working with an entrepreneurial team as a senior program manager where you will drive programs involving product, development, test and others which provide tools and systems for the organization. While yours is a technical role, you may also participate in general process management activity as well, as this is a very lean team.

Key activities are including the following:
-Work with product team and customers to determine product strategy and prioritize feature needs
-Work with teams from development and operations to understand and capture requirements and expectations for critical projects; establish and validate goals and success factors to serve as metrics
- Manage the product development process from conception through specification, design, construction, release, analysis, and iteration
- Analyze data to optimize performance and focus on high-value product features
- Plan and implement deployment steps, and care of source materials
- Track status of all impacting projects in the organization, and provide visibility to management in a constructive and consistent manner
-Track schedule and scope variances and provide feedback/recommendation to stakeholders and management to resolve project prioritization, resource contention and other project issues
- Design and deliver artifacts of significant impact to the ingestion, adoption and execution of process improvement tools and processes
Successful candidates will have:
- A minimum of 8 years of project management; proven project management skills such as the ability to juggle multiple projects at once
- Proven experience of working through the full product cycle from initial design to final release; good people management and leadership skills; a strong focus on detail
- Experience managing web, client and mobile products
- Solid technical, process and design problem solving; the ability to understand requirements, emerging issues and opportunities; the ability and willingness to test the results of the development team and manage the change process
- A solid understanding of commercial hardware development processes
- Outstanding organization skills and agility; outstanding ability to partner across teams including outside vendors and other participants who may have conflicting commitments
- Strong passion for customers, excellent engineering practices and business partner satisfaction
- Clear and effective written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
- Comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy in a fast-paced, responsive environment; must have ability to exercise sound judgment and decision-making
- Great comfort working with the user experience-be a genuine contributor-you should be able to instantly infer a good user experience from a painful, or pointless one.
- 4-year degree in engineering, computer science, closely related discipline or equivalent experience

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status
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