Principal Software Engineer

By | September 27, 2022

Job Responsibilities : Principal Software Engineer

Salary : $127000 per year

Company : Microsoft

Location : Remote US

Microsoft Windows operating system powers over 1 billion PCs around the globe. Media Platform team is part of the Core Operating Systems Group within Azure that builds cutting edge technology and is the center of excellence for core audio video and streaming technologies that innovates with a focus on solutions that enable industry-leading audio/video game and app streaming scenarios for Windows PCs Xbox and new classes of devices. The team is successfully driving wins with partner teams including Windows Xbox and Surface and we work closely with top industry partners. This is a high visibility area that requires a high degree of cross-group collaboration to deliver on strategic bets for Microsoft. Join our team and build world-class experiences today.

Azure Edge + Platform brings together Edge platforms devices and services to deliver Edge solutions operating systems and engineering systems. Driven by its customers’ needs Azure Edge + Platform seeks to accelerate growth for Azure E&D and Microsoft’s customers worldwide.

The organization’s portfolio spans the Cloud Edge Stack Azure Engineering Systems Azure Media Services – for end-to-end media workflow and analytics – and Microsoft’s Operating Systems including the Azure Host OS and Windows. This portfolio impressively powers the world with more than one billion monthly active devices.

This position is Redmond WA based and open to other remote work opportunities


Demands for high quality media streaming under constrained network conditions is continuing to grow rapidly. We are seeking a strong developer in design/development of optimized robust encoders and decoders for the latest video codec standards as well as development of new codecs. Candidates must have a track record as a developer delivering complete high-quality design and implementation and an aptitude for driving features across teams divisions and the industry. Technical passion cross-group partnership skills ability for self-direction a focus on quality software through appropriate tests and aptitude for design are the most important competencies. You will drive the engagement from a technical standpoint including architectural design and working closely with the codec alliances within the industry to drive the industry forward ensuring the success of our platform from initial enablement to production. The ideal candidate will have experience leading deep technical architecture discussions across cross-functional stakeholders.


  • 7+ years of professional software development experience
  • Must have working knowledge of video encoding and decoding concepts
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong focus on learning and growth mindset
  • Drive for results
  • Strong customer/stakeholder focus
  • Strong technical acumen to dive into tools and create solutions
  • Focus on diversity and inclusion to enable effective communication
  • Ability to embrace change while continuing to have a professional and positive attitude
  • High level of comfort working independentlySuperior problem-solving skills analytical capabilities and attention to detail
Preferred Qualifications
  • You have knowledge of video codecs such as AV1 HEVC and H264
  • You are customer obsessed
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • You navigate matrixed organizations with ease
  • You are organized and pay attention to details
  • You are skilled at communicating and collaborating


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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.

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.

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