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Microsoft Corporation Test Architect in Mountain View, California

Do you want to be part of a team that helps us shape and build a global testing practice for Microsoft?

The Microsoft Testing Services Team is looking for a Test Architect who not only has a passion for their work, but also who has a mix of hands on test experience, development, customer and strategic business acumen.

This role requires both broad and deep technology knowledge and the ability to architect solutions by mapping common customer business problems to reusable end-to-end technology solutions.

A solid understanding of software development lifecycle and demonstrated ability to engage in senior level business and technology decision maker's discussions related to agility, business value, and end to end information technology. Test Architects deliver engagements as a technical subject matter expert or as a team member on medium sized projects and are key enablers for other consultants and partner staff.

The Test Architect is an individual who is highly resourceful, confident under pressure and has a passion for the customer which is demonstrated through professionalism and striving for excellence in all aspects of the customer experience.

The Test Architect must apply advanced analysis skills and experience in testing solutions with both a delivery focus for support to customers and a pre-sales/business development focus for new and existing offerings. Internal contributions should have global impact with targeted impact for all of Services. The role requires deep process knowledge, broad and deep technology knowledge and the ability to architect solutions by mapping customer needs and requirements to process-combined-with-technology testing services solutions.


  • Scoping, Shaping, Estimation of projects in presales

  • Evangelism

  • Delivery Support and leadership

  • Delivery

  • Mentoring

  • IP development and strategic services and practice leadership


Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in Software Testing or Development, preferably leading a test team in an Enterprise Environment.

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering OR 7+ years of professional services experience.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Work experience should involve pre-sales support, technical consulting, solution design, project envisioning, planning, development, deployment, and management.

  • Strong knowledge of software development life cycle and development environments.

  • Depth and expert knowledge must include Microsoft technologies, industry standards and competition.

  • Demonstrated experience with expertise in one or more of the following technologies:

  • Visual Studio Languages (VB, C/C#/C++)

  • Visual Studio DevOps

  • Team Foundation Server (TFS)

  • Application Lifecycle Management (ALM/DevOps)

  • .NET, Azure, Dynamics, SharePoint,…

Key Success Factors:

  • Effective communication, facilitation and influencing skills — ability to present ideas clearly and concisely.

  • Demonstrated excellence at presenting complex development topics to both executive and technical personnel.

  • Self-starter, energizing, results oriented, and able to multi-task.

  • Collaborative leadership skills - exhibits willingness to engage other business partners within the organization, is innovative, creative and a team player with a solution-based approach to capture opportunities and remove barriers.

  • Clear Thinker - Strong decision making skills: takes proactive steps to generate results, uses data and other inputs to make decisions, owns decision, and takes accountability for work using strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Provide technical mentoring, assessment and development to consultants in related technical communities.

  • Contribute to IP development and reuse initiatives and drive proven practices in architecture, planning, and customer relationships.

  • Providing customer guidance during product and services sales cycle.

  • Playing a vital part in business strategy by providing internal practice management risk assessment and review.

  • Driving successful solution deployments by ensuring proper business value and customer/partner satisfaction.

  • Growing the business through mentoring, talent pipeline development, and community evangelism.

  • Driving operational excellence and innovation.

  • Practical Experience in Performance/Scale testing of solutions

  • Proven ability to solve challenging problems and deliver timely and high quality design solutions when presented with conflicting requirements, business demands, and technical risks.

Travel is an integral part of this position as are high levels of recognition and visibility. Travel can be as high as 70% as is demanded by the needs of our customers and our business and includes local and International Travel. As this position will cover a large diverse region, ability to communicate and adapt to local cultural and business practices is critical for success. The position also will provide opportunities for Pre-Sales and participation in the delivery of key engagements with a billable utilization requirement. Prior Security Clearance or the ability to be Cleared for Security Clearance is a plus.

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 at .

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