In Microsoft’s Global Talent Acquisition organization, our mission is to engage and hire the people who empower the planet. We endeavor to play a vital role in delivering on the promise of Microsoft’s culture and ultimately, make a difference in the world, through how and who we recruit. We believe that when recruiting experiences reflect the value and diversity of talented people, everyone can achieve more. 


This global leadership position is a unique opportunity to lead the team responsible for delivering excellence in who and how we recruit at Microsoft. In addition to leading the Global Talent Intelligence (GTI) team, this leader serves as a member of the Global Executive Talent Acquisition leadership team responsible for developing, prioritizing and executing broad strategic executive recruiting solutions in partnership with leaders across Microsoft. We are looking for a strategic, collaborative and influential leader with an exceptional track record of talent insights and executive search research practices at global scale.   


Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us achieve our mission.


The GTI Director partners closely with the leaders of Global Talent Acquisition (GTA) as well as various business and functional leaders across the company applying broad knowledge of the company’s strategic direction to provide deep insight into regional-, industry-, and competitor-focused talent trends. The Director and their team serve as GTA’s authoritative source for research and analysis of the external talent landscape, partnering across business areas, organizations, and global regions to develop global, cross-company talent strategies focused on solving for critical talent needs, maximizing emerging opportunities, and responding to evolutions in the talent market. This includes: 


  • Analysis of relevant, cross-business data and trends to provide insight and set multi-year strategies to meet hiring goals. Coaches the business to leverage the message of the Microsoft story and opportunity it represents during the hiring process.  
  • Create new mechanisms for competitive intelligence to build talent pipelines.  
  • Identify systemic talent issues and partners with talent leadership groups to ensure the right tools and assessment frameworks are available and being leveraged consistently. 
  • Build GTA’s Intelligence collection engine through primary research / human intelligence 
  • Consult on long-term, cross-company talent strategies focused on critical technical or leadership talent gaps. 
  • Leverage the institutional talent and human capital knowledge from GTA to unlock business value across the company. 


Leadership Capabilities: 


Deliver the promise of Microsoft’s culture and success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring. Exemplify our leadership principles by creating clarity, generating energy and delivering success. 

  • Talent Intelligence expert who has demonstrated excellence in leading, developing and attracting exceptional talent. 
  • Operate strategically at a global level, lead through ambiguity, translate complex issues into simple impactful plans and effectively work with and through others. 
  • Strong global partnership abilities, relationship building and influencing business leaders, strategic partners and HR community. 
  • Ability to use data to generate organization and people insights, and in turn define and influence areas of focus, actions and decisions. 
  • Demonstrated capabilities in change management, coaching, and the ability to recognize trends and identify systemic approaches to solving problems. 
  • Demonstrate success by applying fresh, creative thinking and a growth mindset to long-standing, complex challenges/problems resulting in high impact outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated success in managing HR initiatives in a large, complex, matrixed, and global business environment. 
  • Experience effectively balancing and prioritizing the needs of the business with the strategies of the company. 


Stakeholder/Client Engagement:

  • Applies broad knowledge of the strategic direction across Microsoft businesses to develop and advise business groups on long-term, cross-company recruiting strategies focused on critical technical or leadership talent gaps. Partners with HR and business leaders to identify future talent needs and priorities and consult on Talent Acquisition matters.
  • Applies deep knowledge of factors impacting current and future business state and talent needs, recognizes how factors interact with other business areas, and uses this knowledge to develop and implement long-term strategies and guide the development of hiring plans aligned to business needs and company-wide Talent Acquisition objectives.
  • Partners across business areas, organizations, and global regions to uncover patterns of talent (e.g., compete, diverse, nontraditional) that are not typically considered. Sets targets to meet differentiated talent needs and develops plans to promote and influence the company-wide adoption of differentiated talent.


Data Analysis & Hiring Plans:

  • Analyzes relevant, cross-business data and trends to provide insight and set multi-year strategies to meet hiring goals. Leads conversations across the company to address broad hiring issues. Works with senior technical and executive-level business leaders and draws on multiple sources, such as Competitive Intelligence or People Review, to provide perspective on critical company talent gaps for a business group or area’s long-term needs (beyond 12 months).

Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years talent acquisition experience (e.g., recruiting, sourcing), HR experience, or industry experience related to role
    • OR Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business, Liberal Arts, Computer Science, Engineering, or related field AND 8+ years talent acquisition experience (e.g., recruiting, sourcing), HR experience, or industry experience related to role.
  • 5+ years formal or informal leadership/managerial experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Demonstrated exceptional people management capabilities in a talent acquisition function with a history of leaving an organization stronger than it was before. 
  • Ability to operate talent acquisition team with excellence at global scale. 
  • Ability to deliver results in a dynamic environment. 


The salary for this role in the state of Colorado is between $144,600 and $216,600.


At Microsoft, certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.


Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.US-based employees gain access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and fitness benefits, among others. 


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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Director, Global Talent Intelligence