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Datacenter Technician Manager



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Toronto, ON, Canada · Toronto, ON, Canada · Ontario, Canada
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
As a Microsoft Data Center Technician (DCT) Manager, you will lead a team of technicians, providing guidance on performing hardware deployments, diagnostics on equipment, and hardware decommissions. You will support technician performance, prioritizing technician tasks while monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs). This opportunity will allow you to model leadership principles, provide training to technicians, and accelerate your career growth in the process.

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I DCT Manager, you will perform a key role in delivering the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's online services including Bing, Office 365, Xbox, OneDrive, and the Microsoft Azure platform. As a group, CO+I is focused on the personal and professional development of all employees and offers training and growth opportunities including Career Rotation Programs, Diversity & Inclusion training and events, and professional certifications.

Our infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 200 data centers in 32 countries and millions of servers. Our foundation is built upon and managed by a team of subject matter experts working to support services for more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 90 countries worldwide.

With environmental sustainability and optimization at the forefront of our data center design and operations, we continue to grow and evolve as we meet the ever-changing business demands that hold Microsoft as a world-class cloud provider.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Delivering success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring while promoting a positive and effective team culture.
  • Accountable for overall data center service compliance and quality.
  • Provide guidance on and holds team accountable for compliance with Data Center Services (DCS) business unit and service-level policies, procedures, deadlines, and service-change policies.
  • Ensures technicians are trained on procedures for installation, deployment, replacement, and post-execution quality check processes.
  • Verify post-execution quality checks have been performed appropriately by technicians and takes corrective action as needed.
  • Escalate issues through appropriate channels and follow up on issue resolution, sharing knowledge related to issue resolution with appropriate teams.
  • Review process changes to evaluate impact on service execution and share relevant information about change with stakeholders across functions and disciplines.
  • Lead team and triage meetings, prioritizing work across your team, and rebalance priorities to respond to changes.
  • Complete required safety training, conduct daily safety briefings, and participate in on-site safety committees.
  • Ensure technicians and vendor resources comply with all safety procedures (e.g., Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage, equipment use, lifting, electrical hazards, ladder/rolling stair use).
  • Promote a culture of safety and empower technicians to take action, speak up, and report safety concerns and/or incidents.
  • Has pride and a sense of accountability for the service quality, completeness, and resulting customer experience, displaying accountability and ownership of the data center facilities.
  • Embody our culture and values.


Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent and basic knowledge of computer hardware and components AND 3+ years experience supporting IT equipment or related technology or related experience working with technical teams.
  • 1+ year(s) experience directing, supervising, or managing others.

Other Requirements

This role requires the ability to meet Microsoft, customer, and/or government security screening requirements. 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.
  • The successful candidate must be able to obtain Reliability Status screening from a duly authorized department or agency of the Government of Canada. This process includes but is not limited to:
    • Verification of identity, background, education, professional credentials, personal and professional references, credit check, and criminal background check.
    • Reliability Status screening may also require a security questionnaire and security interview. Useful links:
      • Reliability status request process
      • Out-of-country verifications
To obtain the requisite clearance within required timelines, applicants must have a stable residency history. Microsoft will work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to determine if the requisite clearance can be obtained within required timelines. Please note that the clearance process is governed by the respective authorized department or agency of the Government of Canada.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Associates degree in Computer Science
    • OR other field and/or equivalent work experience. 4+ years experience supporting IT equipment
    • OR related technology. 3+ years experience working in a production, mission-critical 24x7x365 datacenter environment. Applicable certifications: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation, ASICS/Inventory Control, CompTIA (A+, Server+
    • OR IT workforce of up to ten employees.
Data Center Technicians M3 - The typical base pay range for this role across Canada is CAD $87,200 - CAD $144,000 per year.

Find additional pay information here: https://careers.microsoft.com/v2/global/en/canada-pay-information.html



Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations.

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