Principal Design Manager

Principal Design Manager – Developer Division

Developer Division Design Studio, Microsoft Corporation


The Developer Division Design Studio is looking for a Principal Design Manager to join our team and lead design work for Compute and Fundamentals in Azure Developer Experiences.


In this role you will work on complex problems for sophisticated customers who care deeply about both productivity and ease-of-use. You will lead a group of user experience designers working on a variety of developer experience in Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. You will partner closely with your manager and your peers, ensuring a consistent design point of view for our customers, and a One Microsoft user experience. Our ideal candidate has experience in the full life cycle of digital design, from envisioning to concepting to prototyping to execution.


Your responsibilities will involve leading and supporting the team by modeling, coaching, and caring for them as individuals and designers. Additionally, you’ll be expected to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams (program management, development, user research, et al), identifying opportunities for design, imagining new possibilities, and bringing those ideas to life through engaging digital experiences. You’ll do this by managing the team to collaborate across a diverse set of disciplines, both within Developer Division and across Microsoft, while developing a positive work environment that fosters inclusivity and a growth mindset.


Critical to this role will be to inspire those around you, empathetic people management skills with a servant mindset, the ability to be comfortable in extremely ambiguous environments, break down large and complex problems into solvable chunks, and a burning desire to manage complexity on behalf of our customers worldwide.


You will be joining a studio of talented and enthusiastic designers working on software development tools and technologies who focus on defining, designing, and delivering an exceptional, customer-centered experience for developers and their teams.


All candidates will be expected to provide and present a portfolio.



  • Defining and driving responsibilities for individual team members and across the team.
  • Evaluating and hiring multi-disciplinary talent to build and grow the team.
  • Creating an invigorating and positive work environment and culture.
  • Driving deep engagements with partner teams on product design.
  • Monitoring and holding product teams accountable to recommendations.
  • Applying and communicating a solid rationale for all design decisions.
  • Creating guidelines, best practices, and repeatable design patterns.
  • Lead inclusive and accessible design strategy for Azure developer experiences.
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams through the design process, from vision building to prototyping through execution and implementation.
  • Co-design measurement, learning, and optimization strategies with partners that will enable the team to build solutions for long-term success.
  • Create solutions that address a range of challenges, translating user needs and real-world constraints into valuable, effective digital experiences.
  • Create and/or lead the creation of prototypes of different levels of fidelity to help determine design direction for a project.
  • Construct information architecture, interaction models, customer flows and journeys, schematics, and interaction design that bring new ideas to life.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team, bringing depth of design knowledge to partner across a wide range of research approaches, including the Hypothesis Progression Framework (HPF), generative, rapid and nimble iterative loops of prototyping, user feedback, and qualitative and quantitative studies, all to drive human-centered, inclusive design.
  • Connect with customers, including software developers and IT professionals, in collaboration with cross-functional partner teams to get inspired around systemic challenges, articulate user needs, and prototype throughout the design process.
  • Identify opportunities for design collaborations between product and feature groups – connecting dots for seamless system design.



  • 3+ years of people management experience.
  • 7+ years or relevant experience in product design, a design consultancy, agency, or other environment where you’ve worked on multidisciplinary design teams.
  • Adept at synthesizing data and distilling complexity, with exceptional storytelling ability in multiple mediums.
  • Experience with implementing accessible, inclusive design.
  • Experience working at the intersection of social innovation, business and interaction design.
  • Strong demonstrated fluency in the human-centered design process from qualitative research and synthesis to ideation, prototyping, and implementation.
  • A strong understanding and ability to articulate foundational UX laws.
  • Competent understanding of layout, typography, and color
  • A passion for what design and innovation can do, especially where it can improve the lives of developers.
  • Exceptional cross functional partnership skills, with experience educating, partnering, and influencing product teams.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary, start-up team environment with demonstrable skill at sticking to commitments, delivering to dates, and moving quickly without rushing.
  • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines, while maintaining excellent communication.
  • Demonstrable skills in standard tools of the trade (e.g. Adobe CC, Figma, and other industry standard apps), showing fluency in UX/UI tools and the ability to convey concepts through videos, wireframes, flows, storyboards, and mockups, et al.
  • Current and up-to-date online portfolio



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.


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