Software Engineer (Evangelist)

  • Company: Microsoft
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Posted: December 19, 2017
  • Reference ID: 1083556
Are you passionate about data solutions? Are you looking for opportunities to partner technically with the World’s Top Computer Science Universities? Do you want to be on the cutting edge of the newest Microsoft and OSS data solutions on Azure? Are you looking for a technical role with high impact and high career growth opportunities? Then this position within the Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team is exactly what you have been looking for.

The CSE mission is to enable high-impact organizations and developer communities to achieve more and drive the value of our intelligent cloud and edge. How do we do it? We are an industry-leading software engineering team who codes with partners and customers every day. We accelerate platform adoption and serve as trusted technical experts by coding side by side with other dev teams.

We are hiring a Software Engineer with deep experience and passion for building long-term strategic partnerships with a select set of Top Computer Science Universities. This person will design and deliver commercially-competitive software cloud technologies to deliver the most leading-edge applications and solutions in partnership with high-impact faculty/professors within both academic, research and early stage developer communities. Our goal is to aim to earn referenceable wins and evidence with key faculty and their students that will help influence surrounding and downstream academic ecosystems. Our engagement model with developer communities, where technology is vetted, and momentum is built (including non-Microsoft such as OSS or vendor-agnostic), spans from long-term relationship building to very targeted proof of concept project activities.

The candidate will need to demonstrate deep technical knowledge and data development expertise necessary to build leading-edge applications and solutions in partnership with top-tier software vendors and customers. The candidate will have the technical expertise and problem-solving skills to build strong, influential relationships with partners by helping them solve their most complex technical problems. As part of the role, the candidate will need to work closely with other engineering groups, provide partner feedback, and influence the roadmap for future product releases. The candidate will also engage with partners to chart their applications architectural direction and develop the resulting solutions. Based on their deep expertise developing this software, the candidate will present at top industry events.

This candidate will be responsible for:
Solution development experience on cloud platform (Microsoft and Non-Microsoft technologies)
Develop ideas for course additions and improvements using cloud technology
Identify and outreach to academic programs within a select set of universities
Write technical labs and training materials as needed for guided workshops for early developers
Effective presentation and communication skills; able to speak publicly with influence and impact to inspire
Demonstrating technical subject matter expertise to scope projects, architect design solutions, and resolve issues
Serve as a Mentor at Hackathons and inspire student developers to build using Microsoft Azure emerging technologies
Distributed cloud computing experience along with experience on Linux/OSS, or high scale data, or ML, including cognitive services
Driving early platform and technologies adoption wins with customers and partners through deep “build-with/coding” engagements
Driving Digital Transformation with key accounts from all segments by participation in technical coding engagements and hack fests
Developing and deploying highly visible, scalable, reliable, commercially available Microsoft technology based solutions, working with top companies in the industry
Technical subject matter expertise in OSS and Microsoft data technologies to build code and other technical content to support developer events, architecture design sessions, and resolve issues
Developing and driving new ways of thinking across groups within the division to improve quality, engineering productivity, and responsiveness to feedback and changing priorities
Engage with technical audiences and influencers (Faculty, MVPs and University Relations) through presence and active participation at Microsoft and third-party events – reach them where they are and where they go
Experience leading technical programs (is a plus but not required)

Basic Qualifications:
Minimum of 2 years working with student developers
Minimum of 1 year working within higher education is preferred.
Minimum of 2-3 years working as an active coding developer using cloud technologies

The ideal candidate will also have:
Minimum of 5 years of experience working in software development
Demonstrated ability to influence cross-discipline virtual teams
Broad functional knowledge base to solve complex customer problems
Demonstrated deep technical developer capabilities in OSS or Microsoft technologies
A deep understanding of cloud computing technologies, and emerging trends
Great communication and presentation skills including public speaking at industry events
A sense of commitment to end-to-end product or service quality, completeness and the resulting user experience for the life of products and services
Strong knowledge of application development practices and a track record of working closely with large development team
Exceptional decision-making skills, conflict resolution, and follow through with customers and partners
BS/BA degree preferred in Computer Science but will consider without a degree if candidate has strong work experience.

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 to

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