Executive Recruiting Director, Engineering


North Carolina, United States Remote

Full time

US$144.6-236.3k (annually)


Aug 3

About the job

As a Recruiting Director for the Global Executive Talent Acquisition (GETA) Engineering function, you have a unique opportunity to model leadership as an IC by delivering excellence in who and how we recruit and identifying succession planning talent for the future at Microsoft.

In addition to delivering exceptional individual performance, you will be a team subject matter expert on the craft of Executive Recruiting and all that entails, including but not exclusive to multi-year relationship building, complex compensation negotiations, and being able to pick out the signal through the noise in an ever-evolving technology industry. You will be borderless in seeking out solutions and be an important part of creating an environment for the team to do industry leading work. We are looking for a strategic, collaborative, and influential recruiting expert with an exceptional history of inclusive and consultative executive recruiting practices at a global scale.

In Microsoft’s Global Talent Acquisition organization, our mission is to engage and hire the people who empower the planet. We endeavor to play a vital role in delivering on the promise of Microsoft’s culture and ultimately, make a difference 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.


This role will partner closely across our most senior Engineering leaders in addition to peers across GTA, HR, and Talent Management and will model excellence across the following areas:

  • Inclusive Recruiting: Model and lead the way in inclusive executive recruiting practices across all stakeholders and drive strategy for and execution of hiring demand, succession planning and strategic executive talent programs.
  • Recruiting at Scale: Operate with consistency and focus on continuous improvement (process, tools, programs, etc.) to deliver greater business impact and insights. Effectively collaborate with other teams both within and outside of Global Talent Acquisition in support of our mission.
  • Recruiting Capability: Practice and inspire a growth mindset across our function and with hiring partners supporting agility and responsiveness to the dynamic needs of the talent market and our businesses. 

Leadership Capabilities

Deliver the promise of Microsoft’s culture and success through empowerment and accountability by modeling, coaching, and caring. Exemplify our leadership principles by creating clarity, generating energy, and delivering success.

  • Executive recruiting expert who has demonstrated excellence in leading, developing and attracting exceptional talent. This role may lead a small team.
  • Operate strategically at a global level, lead through ambiguity, translate complex issues into simple impactful plans and effectively work with and through others.
  • Strong global partnership abilities, relationship building and influencing business leaders, strategic partners, and HR community.
  • Ability to use data to generate organization and people insights, and in turn define and influence areas of focus, actions, and decisions.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in change management, coaching, and the ability to recognize trends and identify systemic approaches to solving problems.
  • Demonstrate success by applying fresh, creative thinking and a growth mindset to long-standing, complex challenges/problems resulting in high impact outcomes.
  • Demonstrated success in managing HR initiatives in a large, complex, matrixed, and global business environment.
  • Experience effectively balancing and prioritizing the needs of the business with the strategies of the company.

Stakeholder/Client Engagement

  • Applies broad knowledge of the strategic direction across Microsoft businesses to develop and advise business groups on long-term, cross-company recruiting strategies focused on critical technical or leadership talent gaps. Partners with HR and business leaders to identify future talent needs and priorities and consult on Talent Acquisition matters.
  • Applies deep knowledge of factors impacting current and future business state and talent needs, recognizes how factors interact with other business areas, and uses this knowledge to develop and implement long-term strategies and guide the development of hiring plans aligned to business needs and company-wide Talent Acquisition objectives.
  • Partners across business areas, organizations, and global regions to uncover patterns of talent (e.g., compete, diverse, nontraditional) that are not typically considered. Sets targets to meet differentiated talent needs and develops plans to promote and influence the company-wide adoption of differentiated

Data Analysis & Hiring Plans

  • Analyzes relevant, cross-business data and trends to provide insight and set multi-year strategies to meet hiring goals. Leads conversations across the company to address broad hiring issues. Works with senior technical and executive-level business leaders and draws on multiple sources, such as Competitive Intelligence or People Review, to provide perspective on critical company talent gaps for a business group or area’s long-term needs (beyond 12 months).


Required/Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years talent acquisition experience (e.g., recruiting, sourcing), HR experience, or industry experience related to role
  • OR Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business, Liberal Arts, Computer Science, Engineering, or related field AND 8+ years talent acquisition experience (e.g., recruiting, sourcing), HR experience, or industry experience related to role.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated exceptional executive talent acquisition execution at scale in a complex environment with a record of game changing hires.
  • Ability to operate with autonomy in ambiguous environments at global scale.
  • Ability to deliver results while also creating an environment for others to grow and be successful

The salary for this role in the state of Colorado is between $144,600 and $236,300.

At Microsoft, certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role.

Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.US-based employees gain access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and fitness benefits, among others.

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.

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