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Construction Project Manager



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Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024
Cloud Operations + Innovation is the team behind the cloud. Within CO+I, Datacenter Construction Delivery (DCD) is responsible for delivering datacenter capacity for Microsoft’s cloud business meeting all safety, quality, sustainability, schedule, and budget requirements. The DCD Construction Managers (DCD-PMs) supervise the General Contractors (GC), the major Sub-Contractors, commissioning, and integration-related tasks to make all this possible.

The role of the Construction Project Manager requires strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. We are seeking a Construction Project Manager with the ability to self-direct and who has a strong background in Project Management. A rich background in the development of projects in phases, design, engineering, controls, and operations is a requirement, with an emphasis on safe construction management and worker welfare. He or she must be able to manage complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-million-dollar datacenter construction projects in parallel across the metros.

  • Sydney based role with on-site requirements

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


Key responsibilities for this role:

Project Management

  • Drives campus-based delivery solutions (e.g., new or retrofit Data Center facilities).
  • Analyzes technical information and provides recommendations to support solutions.
  • Assists campus teams to establish goals for project teams, assigning responsibilities, measuring performance, and seeking and delivering feedback to achieve timely results.

Technical Acumen

  • Reviews engineering documentation/designs, site, and building plans by examining and analyzing technical information.
  • Identifies potential risks/gaps and provides recommendations to project teams that mitigates risk, and improves overall constructability.
  • Aligns project/program delivery with execution procedures and standards, and ensures alignment with organizational standards and commitments.

Change Management

  • Partners with the internal Cloud Operations and Innovations (CO+I), and other Microsoft key stakeholders (e.g., Commercial Software Engineering [CSE], Real Estate and Facilities [RE&F], etc.) and shares updated process flow information with project team to ensure new processes are being followed that increase program cost savings and improve overall cycle-time and efficiencies.

Drives Results

  • Facilitates the delivery of metro-based/campus projects (e.g., new construction, retrofits) by making timely data-based decisions in partnership with local project team and key stakeholders.
  • Champions team and project goals, adhering to business processes, engaging vendor relationships when/where applicable, and fostering positive cross-group collaboration efforts aligned to the program strategy and milestones.

Managing Resources

  • Oversees timely execution of all procurement activities associated with resourcing and materials necessary for delivering program on time and within project budget forecasts.
  • Evaluates resources and ensures adequate staffing and materials for job completion.

Project Tracking

  • Assists with creating and reporting on project progress regarding scope, schedule, standards, and budget.


  • Attends and advises during scheduled owner/architect/contractor and other project meetings.

Goal Alignment

  • Collaborates and contributes needed technical knowledge to internal teams (e.g., Engineering, Operations, Center for International Social Science Research [CISSR], Commercial Software Engineering [CSE], Legal, Project Controls, etc.) and general contractors/subcontractors to maintain the corporate vision and goals for the project.

Safety and Regulation

  • Represents Microsoft as a safety leader and advocate on all campus/metro construction programs, ensuring adherence to safety standards and regulatory requirements (e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], or equivalent) to ensure compliance and aggressive management of risk.
  • Conducts routine safety program, project, and contractor audits, and performs and participates in incident investigations.

Risk Mitigation

  • Communicates risk mitigation goals and develops metrics, dashboards and/or scorecards to track, communicate, and drive progress.
  • Suggests actions to support organizational and national safety goals.

Vendor Management

  • Advises and monitors the performance of vendors and/or contractors, ensuring compliance with contracts and prior audit results.
  • Reviews vendor performance relative to cash-flow and budget summaries (with cost management team) and clarifies those reports in presentations to the delivery and executive teams.
  • Reviews and approves vendor scope of work, design review of site and building plans, pay applications, and invoices.

Financial Acumen

  • Creates and applies best practices to identify and incorporate cost-effective solutions for the strategic and tactical delivery of a construction project.
  • Applies influence, strategy, and decision making to drive solutions, schedules, and manages change with clients, sponsors, and vendors.

Budget and Controls

  • Monitors the approved project budget and provides oversight and suggests necessary adjustments for project controls (e.g., project expenditure requests [PERs], professional services requests [PSR]), change orders, pay applications, etc.).


  • Embody our culture and values


  • Bachelor's degree in Construction Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field AND proven PM experience in construction industry.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, projects, key initiatives and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Experience managing large scale projects /multiple projects with both localized and virtual teams.
  • Cross-group collaborator and influencer across teams and organizations with proven success in participating in cross-functional teams to deliver on key projects.
  • Must be able to work within a dynamic team of full-time employees and consultants.
  • High personal standard to deliver a thoughtful, polished and quality work product.

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.


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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