Senior Program Manager - Spark

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At Ignite 2019 we announced Azure Synapse Analytics that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics technology into a single platform that enables large scale business intelligence and machine learning solutions.


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With Azure Synapse customers can build their end to end analytics solution with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for their business intelligence and machine learning needs.


We are part of the Azure Data team, building highly scalable distributed systems for data analytics on Azure. We believe in diversity of perspectives, establishing long-term relationships, taking pride in what we do and continuous learning. Azure is growing at a phenomenal pace with Data and AI at the center of how organizations are transforming through the cloud.

Azure Data Services group is hiring experienced Senior Program Managers that share our passion to help customers build and modernize their analytics platforms on the cloud. To excel in this role, you should possess deep solutions architecture and technical expertise, strong business acumen, and have the ability to clearly communicate at all levels with the customer.


You will be a SME on Spark and will guide rest of the team on Spark implementation scenarios. You will work with customers and partners to architect and design the solutions, proof of concepts or pilot projects to make our customers successful. Through these engagements, you will represent the voice of the customer distilling new requirements and issues into improvements for engineering teams.


You will also collect patterns and lessons learned from your engagements and turn them into reference architectures, best practices and training for engineering teams and the global Azure Data Services community. You will work with our partners and enable them to help our customers maximize value in their Azure Synapse Analytics Lifecycle.

  • Working hands-on with prospects and customers to demonstrate value and driving success from demo to proof-of-concept to design and implementation
  • Capturing best-practices from engagements, field teams and engineering, and sharing with the worldwide Azure Data Services community via whitepapers, blogs, presentations and training
  • Maintaining deep understanding of complementary and competitive technologies and vendors and be able to design and position a more compelling Azure Data Services based solution
  • Collaborating with product management and Dev teams to continuously improve the product
  • Assisting and advising our partner ecosystem to develop robust, high quality solutions for customers
  • Organize trainings and workshops to for partner enablement and training
  • Be a trusted advisor to some of our largest customers and guide them in their Azure Synapse Analytics Lifecycle

8+ years of technical and consulting experience in the following or related areas:

  • Min 12 months of experience implementing Spark 2.x, preferably in a cloud environment, the work should have included, design, development, debugging, deployment, operationalization, troubleshooting and performance optimization
  • Be skilled and familiar with 2 of the following and willing to learn the others; Scala, PySpark, Spark SQL, Java, C#
  • General background and experience with large data systems on-premises and in the Cloud
  • Familiarity with big data scheduling and orchestration engines (Azure Data Factory, Airflow, Luigi, Beam, NiFi etc) or Data Warehousing is a plus
  • Familiarity with Data Science/Machine Learning a plus
  • Understanding of data, application, server and network security
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with customers and partners to synthesize a simple solution from ambiguous and/or complex business requirements and constraints
  • Experience working with customers in a pre-sales or post-sales technical role

Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, particularly the ability to synthesize complex issues/scenarios into easy-to-understand concepts.    




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. 


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Senior Program Manager - Spark
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