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Principal Game Architect - Microsoft - Redmond, WA

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Company: Microsoft

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We're the future! As we expand compute, we're applying the latest in gaming technology to our growing Azure cloud capabilities. Be part of a new business stand-up and help us expand our strategic global industries with thought leadership in key technologies such as distributed large scale gaming, cloud-based telemetry, and mapping. Lead the team in the delivery of advanced projects and push the art-of-the-possible with Azure. Microsoft’s mission empowers every person and organization on the planet to achieve their potential, and we strive to make Azure the go-to cloud for every industry and customer. Join us and build the future of global computing and connectivity!


We are looking for a Principal Game Architect who has a passion and proven track record for developing great games, along with a desire to work on leading edge of simulation and deep learning to enable better strategic and tactical decision making for real-world, global scale problems.


Successful candidate for this role will have a broad game development experience and world-class team leadership and software engineering skills. You will be a key leadership member of a team focused on creating the core technologies and products enabling a new type of gaming based experience leveraging Microsoft Gaming and Cloud technologies, as well as strategic partnerships. This is a rare opportunity to get in at the beginning and help shape the foundation of a brand new game experience, collaborating with industry leading cloud, game studio and game services leaders across Microsoft. Successful candidates will have a track record of shipping quality software and also excel at communicating effectively within a growing organization.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or equivalent experience.
5+ years of professional software engineering experience, leading multi-disciplinary teams.
Minimum 1 full project cycle of experience managing at a Technical leadership capacity for a large gaming franchise in the industry, with focused experience in at least one of the following areas:
Modeling: schema and flow for capturing and modeling entities in 2D/3D time-based simulation
Terrain data modeling and geospatial integration for Land/Air/Space large-scale simulations
Distributed game engine implementation

Desired Qualifications

3+ years of people management and technical leadership experience.
Experience driving work across programming, art, and design disciplines.
Strong understanding of software development processes and product management methodologies.
Can solve problems of high technical complexity and scale in game development context
Ability to identify risks early and often and suggest mitigation strategies that are thought through and consider multiple paths to a solution
Demonstrated leadership responsibility for delivery of a technically demanding product, in a team environment, from idea conception through launch.
Comfortable with understanding applications of AI and Reinforcement Learning in general, especially as applied to agent-based modeling or simulation contexts
Experience in communicating with customers, technical, regulatory, business teams, and management to collect requirements, describe product features, and technical designs.
Understanding of live services and the complexities of running a live product.
Passion and broad knowledge of project management and product process.

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 requestvia theAccommodation request form.

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