Software Engineer Manager

Microsoft Sydney

Job Type:Full Time
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Microsoft has been a leading company in computing for decades. We are a global company, relied on by companies, governments, utilities, stores, schools, universities and co-operatives to deliver the things they need to work, every day.

In order to make this work, we need to make it reliable. In order to make it reliable, we need you -- someone who already is, or is interested in becoming, a Lead Site Reliability Engineer (also known as SRE).

Site Reliability Engineering is a hybrid role, comparatively rare in industry but crucially important to how things work behind the scenes today.

SREs are people who take engineering-based approaches to solving operations problems; we like infrastructure, we like seeing how the big complicated thing works, and most importantly, we gain great satisfaction from making it better. We have backgrounds in lots of things -- yes of course, Computer Science, System Administration, Networking, Mathematics, and Engineering generally, but you can also find folks who've worked in Physics, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Statistics, and even English.

Site Reliability Engineers build, monitor, and maintain the systems and infrastructure that ensure our customers can quickly access their data and run workloads whenever they need to. We identify service problems and areas for improvement, and we help implement solutions. Our work is key to the success of many of the Microsoft services you'll have heard of, and a number you haven't. There are very few bits of Microsoft which aren't touched by SREs in some way or other.

Site Reliability Engineering Managers (often called Site Reliability Managers, or SRMs) manage teams of people to achieve the goals above. Unlike many similar roles in industry, this is a role where being technical is expected of you. Of course, you're not deep in the systems or the code every moment of the day, but in a real sense, you are both the backstop and heart of the team -- capable of doing whatever is required to move things forward at any moment, whether that is reassuring a team member of their potential, bringing a crucial piece of distributed systems experience to a design decision, or writing the roadmap for the team's next year using only the finest electronic crystal ball. It is a demanding role, but in partial compensation, the satisfaction of working with great people at the cutting edge of computer science on problems no-one else has seen before is tremendous.

If you love helping your team be successful, if you enjoy communicating well, and if engineering problems that few other organisations in the world have seen would appeal to ýou, we'd like to talk.


  • Lead a team of engineers, generally by example; look after them and deliver credibilty and an identity for your team.
  • Partake in design, implementation, commissioning and tracking of projects to incrementally improve or radically change where appropriate. Maintain technical state on associated products and services.
  • Own the product in production; care about performance, availabilitity, and efficiency of productions & services within the team's purview. Track those and be accountable for them.
  • Focus on automation (and autonomous action) as a first-order response to system failures and misfeatures. Regard sofware and services engineering as being powerful tools to bring to bear on larger problems.
  • Manage incident response & on-call responsibilities with partner teams and across a variety of services.


We would like to talk to you if you:

  • Are interested in distributed systems and working with high scale services.
  • Like to work in an fast-moving environment that isn't afraid to change things to make them better.
  • Enjoy new technological challenges and enjoys fixing the problems that result.
  • Believe that a team working well together is truly smarter than the single smartest person on that team.
  • Aspire to be grow as a person, as a teammate, and as an engineer.


At Microsoft’s Developer Services Division (DevDiv) we envision, create, and run a broad array of online services used by developers and teams around the world. Our services run at a massive scale and continue to grow. They are built over both public and private clouds and have been architected with common capabilities and patterns that help us to operate consistently and efficiently.

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.