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Microsoft Corporation Principal Program Manager in Redmond, Washington

Have you played a game recently on the PC, XBOX, PlayStation, iOS, Android or the macOS? Chances are that Visual Studio’s tools had a significant role in bringing that game to life. With the addition of Game Stack, Microsoft is all-in on enabling developers to rapidly bring their ideas to any platform and device. Come join the Visual Studio team to help shape the future of tools and services for developers to create, build and deploy games at scale.

In this role, you will be partnering with our Gaming and Azure organizations to ensure that the services we build meet the needs of Visual Studio developers. You will be at the forefront of defining tooling experiences that cover the breadth of the game development journey from the ease of acquiring the right tools for the job to using industry-standard compilers and toolchains to deliver breathtaking experiences. The gaming industry is moving rapidly to a model of continuous delivery of ever-evolving game play and scenarios (LiveOps) and with Game Stack, we have the opportunity to provide developers with all the tools required to rapidly bring ideas under development to market and increase engagement and monetization of games.

You should apply for this role if:

  • You love playing and developing games.

  • You are passionate about solving the needs of game developers.

  • You want to be at the forefront of a fast-evolving landscape and want to define solutions to problems that very few organizations on the planet want to undertake.

  • You want to work within an organization that values the end customer experience over all else.

  • You want to lead partnerships and define new business opportunities working together with two large partner organizations (Gaming and Azure).

  • You want to work closely with a world-class engineering team building tools and services inside Visual Studio for a variety of scenarios (Unity, Compilers, Debugger, etc.).


Core responsibilities:

  • Define product roadmap and deliverables.

  • Conduct research to understand customer needs that we should address with the Visual Studio tools or Game Stack services.

  • Competitive research and hands-on experience with various technology stacks related to gaming.

  • Partner with Engineering, Marketing, and User Research to bring solutions to market.

  • Grow the audience requiring Microsoft’s tools and services.


Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience working in the gaming industry.

  • 5+ years of experience in program or product management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Game Technology, Design or equivalent work experience.

  • Deep knowledge of the end-to-end lifecycle of game development using an engine of your choice (Unity, Unreal, etc.).

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 at .

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