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Data Center Inventory & Asset Technician



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Des Moines, IA, USA
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
As a Data Center Inventory & Asset Technician (DIAT), you will perform cycle audits, execute incoming/outgoing deliveries, coordinate security escorts for third-party vendors, and document inbound and outbound deliveries as instructed by management. You will initiate warranty claims and process returns on failed equipment. This opportunity will allow you to build working knowledge of inventory management principles, warranty process management, data bearing device destruction, and advance your career in the process.

Microsoft’s Cloud Operations & Innovation (CO+I) is the engine that powers our cloud services. As a CO+I DIAT, 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 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.


Safety Practices

  • Complies with security and data management policies. Escalates any security or safety incidents. Coordinates with security escorts for third-party vendors. Engages in Task Hazard Analysis (THA) consistently for every task to be performed and ensures sign off from appropriate person for any related risks.

Tactical Shift Management

  • Performs assigned tasks and escalates issues during high-volume work activity or escalation-based situations. Seeks guidance from management before proceeding with the next step of a process.

Inbound and Outbound Logistics

  • Performs data entry to document inbound and outbound packages. Executes incoming/outgoing deliveries as instructed by management (e.g. purchase order [PO] receiving, Rack Movement Supervisor [RMS] activities). Ensures accurate documentation of incoming and outgoing deliveries as well as records. Applies appropriate customs documentations and standards for outbound packages.

Customer Service

  • Maintains a focus to understand the impact of their work when completing tickets and assigned Inventory and Asset Management (IAM) tasks. Ensures IAM tasks are completed accurately as requested, as well as meet company and industry standards and policies. Becomes familiar with guidelines set by the Microsoft contractual agreements with suppliers and maintains customer focus. Recognizes potential stakeholder impact of external and
  • internal events and issues, communicates potential impact, and plans for impact accordingly.

Inventory Management

  • Develops working knowledge of stock control and inventory management practices and procedures. Performs cycle audits and data corrections to ensure all inventory controls are met. Helps reconcile inventory discrepancies and report discrepancies. Ensures detailed physical inventory tracking and staging. Performs material movement, including shipping/receiving and inventory management per standard process.

Warranty Process Management

  • Engages supplier to initiate warranty claim when automation is not available and processes the orders. Processes failed vendor hardware devices using online/other tools, including information processing, packaging, shipment, and receipt of return for Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) devices. Follows all Service Level Agreements (SLAs) related to RMA warranty process.

Data Bearing Device (DBD) Destruction

  • Performs destruction of data bearing devices (DBD) following all Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and Microsoft policies as necessary. Ensures DBD serial number matches with database.


  • Notifies management about ordering stock shortages. Escalates any issues to management.

Operational Excellence

  • Follows existing procedures to run processes and ensures execution with consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of delivery.


  • Embody our culture and values.


Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma AND 6 months experience or an internship in inventory management, retail, warehouse management, or a related field
    • OR equivalent experience.
Other Requirements

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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ year(s) experience in warehouse/supply chain in an information technology (IT) environment, IT, and/or logistics, operating heavy-load movement equipment (e.g., forklift, pallet jacks, chassis lifts) for a large corporation
    • OR equivalent experience.
Materials Handling ATR-B - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $19.66 - $30.53 per hour. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $26.25 - $33.32 per hour.

Materials Handling ATR-C - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $22.16 - $37.36 per hour. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $29.81 - $40.72 per hour.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/us-corporate-pay

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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