Program Manager PMO


Redmond, WA, USA Remote

Full time

Human Resources / People

Jan 26

This job is no longer accepting applications.

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. 

To achieve Microsoft’s mission, our Global Talent Acquisition (GTA) Team engages and hires the people who empower the planet. We endeavor to play a vital role in delivering on the promise of Microsoft’s culture and ultimately, are effective 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. 

We are creating a new Project Management team under the GTA Center of Excellence PMO to accelerate the implementation of project management practices across GTA and increase the ability of our Center of Excellence (CoE) to design, operationalize, execute, and sustain projects, programs, and services in support of global recruiting operations. 

The Program Manager leader will be responsible for driving process excellence, productivity, and impactful project management practices. Solid Project Management knowledge and experience is essential and the ability to manage the processes of needs assessment, planning, organizing, and managing tasks and resources to accomplish our organization objectives. The role requires the ability to manage the end-to-end project management cycle including needs assessment, project plans and deliverables, define clear accountability and optimize the contribution of the people involved. Assessed the impact of project decisions on risk, quality, productivity, schedules, cost, performance, and resources.


Center of Excellence (CoE) Services 

  • Manages the intake and ongoing adoption of Center of Excellence (CoE) programs in a focus area (e.g., leave/time, benefits) or an assigned business/geography; implements policy, process, and tools; ensures regional perspectives are incorporated into the design and implementation of HR programs in partnership with regional operational managers. 
  • Leads the operation of a Center of Excellence (CoE) program in a focus area or for an assigned business/geography based on established project plans; makes recommendations to support program readiness. 
  • Leads the process of gathering and prioritizing tool and process feedback from key operational stakeholders in partnership with program subject matter experts, vendors, and Engineering partners. 


Project Management 

  • Provides operational, infrastructure, and employee support analysis during planning stages of new project proposals in a focus area; presents analysis results and recommendations to facilitate project management; identifies opportunities to improve services and employee experience; evolves service of the operations team and quality of the projects supported. 
  • Assists the process of requirements gathering for Human Resources (HR) programs; helps identify risks, issues, and barriers in project execution. 
  • Implements project plans and tracks progress and deliverables; contributes insights in project meetings; communicates with relevant stakeholders/project sponsors/steering committee (e.g., business leaders, HR and Engineering partners) about project status and impacts. 


Solution Management 

  • Manages Human Resources (HR) system domains in a focus area as a subject matter expert and monitors system performance, issue prioritization, coordination of system releases, implementation of release management, and readiness for system changes. 
  • Provides business analysis through system telemetry and provides insights for optimization projects to inform business decisions aimed at reducing costs and improving quality. 
  • Drives the system production Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by performing analysis, working with Human Resources (HR), Human Resources Business Intelligence (HRBI), and/or Engineering partners (e.g., HR program partners, Payroll, etc.) to ensure that appropriate monitoring (i.e., data telemetry and systems) and maintenance is in place. 
  • Creates plans and assigns resources (internal or external) for business User Acceptance Testing (UAT) processes, including writing and executing test scenarios and test cases, generating test data, troubleshooting bugs, confirming resolutions, and signing off on the product system readiness for launch. 


Operational Compliance 

  • Develops business cases; partners with program owners and operations stakeholders for current and future business process documentation to support planning and design stages of new solution development. 
  • Performs and executes audits and risk assessments; reviews Human Resources (HR) compliance risks and trends; makes recommendations to address risks and non-compliance. 
  • Manages responses to data subject requests (DSRs) by handling escalations and providing guidance on compliance to established guidelines and regulations; partners with operational stakeholders to ensure data stewardship (i.e., documentation, classification and compliance); conducts data privacy reviews. 
  • Participates in the design, implementation, and monitoring of preventative and detective internal controls and related processes; partners with Corporate Services Engineering (CSE) to understand Information Technology (IT) interface controls and onboard business data validation controls. 




Required/Minimum Qualifications 

  • 7+ years experience in Human Resources, Engineering, Operations, Compliance, or related field  
  • OR Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, or related field AND 5+ years experience in Operations, Compliance, Human Resources, Engineering, or related field. 


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.


Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Benefits and Perks

  • Industry leading healthcare
  • Savings and investments
  • Giving programs
  • Educational resources
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Opportunities to network and connect
  • Discounts on products and services
  • Generous time away

You must be logged in to to apply to this job.


Your application has been successfully submitted.

Please fix the errors below and resubmit.

Something went wrong. Please try again later or contact us.

Personal Information


View resume



We're on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.