Research Program Manager (Game Intelligence)
Job number 631484 Date posted May 24, 2019 Travel 0-25 % Profession Research Role type Individual Contributor Employment type Full-TimeAt Microsoft Research Cambridge, our researchers, scientists and engineers undertake world-leading ambitious projectsin an industrial research and development setting. The Lab is strongly focused on machine learning and AI, creating breakthrough technologies in fields such ascloud infrastructure, security, gaming, workplace productivity, and computational biology. Program management within Microsoft Research draws on a blend of skills in product management, project management, technology horizon scanning, communicating, both technical understanding and "soft skills." We seek an individual with demonstrated capability in a subset of these skills, who wants to deepen and broaden their skill set in a fast-paced industrial research environment. We are looking for an experienced Research Program Manager for the Game Intelligence research portfolio in Cambridge. An experienced project manager, the candidate will ideally have relevant experience and passion for delivering early-stage technology incubation to shipped product, preferably in the games industry or in the area of deep AI technology development.This might involve taking a proof-of-concept and creating a product pitch to relevant business groups to doing early market analysis and sizing. They will need to have the ability to work with world-class researchers and engineers to create a shared vision of project deliverables, realistic timelines and milestone plans. Communication skills are key, to liaise between the goals of research teams and product groups across wider Microsoft to ensure all stakeholders are aligned on the big picture and the technical implementation. The right candidate will have experience working across multiple projects. Occasional international travel (up to 25%) may be needed. ResponsibilitiesProduct Management: Facilitate successful interactions between the research lab and Microsoft product teams. Contribute to framing of emerging projects based on an understanding of the lab's research capabilities and how they fit with the needs of Microsoft product teams and/or external customers. Successfully work with research leaders, to communicate and share their vision. Project Management: Deliver project tracking, coordination and communications skills across multiple projects, with deeper understanding of the technical needs of the projects and where gaps may lie. Projects are efforts based on the lab's research that are typically larger in scope than individual researchers and often involve developers and/or data scientists. They may feature a team of researchers working towards a larger goal, in-depth interactions with Microsoft product teams or high-visibility external partnerships. Stakeholder Management: Managing distributed internal stakeholders across geographies, effectively communicating project status and coordinating activities. QualificationsTechnical expertise essential. BA/BS required; Masters/PhD preferred; ideally in a technical field, (including but not limited to computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, biology or other sciences). Significant programme management and/or product management experience required Experience either performing academic style research or working with PhD researchers Preferred experience working in gaming or AI. Some hands-on experience with Artificial Intelligence technologies would be desirable, in particular experience with machine learning orreinforcement learning. Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple priorities. Keen attention to detail with analytical problem-solving skills. Understanding of business processes and challenges. Excellent communication skills; fluent English speaker a must Personal integrity, initiative, curiosity and exceptional judgement The ability to work well within a diverse, geographically distributed, multi-cultural environment 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. Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.