Data Center – Site Director – Italy


Microsoft Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the team behind the cloud. CO+I is responsible for delivering over 200 Microsoft web portals, Live and Online Services around the world including infrastructure, security and compliance, operations, globalization, and manageability. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. We are looking for a passionate, high-energy individual to help build the network that powers the world’s largest online services.  
The role of the Data Center Site Director requires strong interpersonal, communication, Leadership and organizational skills, ability to self-direct, strong background in construction, engineering, controls, and operational requirements and an emphasis on project/construction management, datacenter lease market experience, client representation, and project level services.   This role directly drives and provides oversight of the strategic and tactical delivery of data center projects within their portfolio.  
The Data Center Site Director  is ultimately responsible for the complete project delivery of each Campus location and Metro to the expectations of Safety, Quality, Predictable Cost and Schedule and Risk Management. The Data Center Site Director is responsible for ensuring that each project meets Microsoft guidelines and standards, which may be adjusted from time-to-time based on best practices and lessons learned drawn from previous projects as well as industry changing best practice.   
The Data Center Site Director  is responsible and accountable for managing the delivery of projects, aligns team objectives, business processes, General Contractor (GC) and vendor management strategies, and cross-group collaboration efforts with the project strategy.  This will result in effective customer relationship management and efficiency in cost management and project delivery.   
The Data Center Site Director  will be a relentless advocate for managing safe delivery of the project at the quality expectations. The Data Center Site Director  will also collaborate with Microsoft Security, Microsoft IT, Legal, Project Engineering, MS Business Risk Management, and other internal groups to maintain the corporate vision and goals for the Project.   
In addition, this position will be responsible for coordinating and reviewing contractor/vendor performance related to cash flow and budget summaries and will clarify those reports in presentations to the delivery and executive chain. Other responsibilities include oversight and project controls, Project Expenditure Request, Professional Services Request, Change Orders, Pay Applications, etc. Additional tasks include MS partner engagement, as well as participation in communications plans, and community involvement with support from Data Center Operations (DCOPs), Real Estate Services, Data Center Services, and Corporate Communications teams.  

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.  

  • Date posted: May 02, 2024
  • Job number: 1714599
  • Work site: Microsoft on-site only
  • Travel: 0-25 %
  • Role type: People Manager
  • Profession: Real Estate, Facilities, & Construction
  • Discipline: Construction Project Management
  • Employment type: Full-Time


Required Qualifications 

• Progressive responsibility in leading  Data Center, semiconductor, Oil-gas, Bio-Pharmaceutical or other large scale construction projects 
• Degrees and/or professional licenses in Engineering, Construction Management, Contract Management, Project Management and Leadership 
• Strong Verbal and Written Communication Skills, ability to provide clear direction to a diverse team and quickly resolve issues gating project progression 
• Experience leading and driving multiple, large multi-faceted projects, including Safety Management, Quality Management, Risk Management, Contract Management, Project Controls and experience in Fabrication facilities 
• Strong ability to lead a large team independently in order to manage projects predictably in Safety, Quality, Cost, Schedule and Risk Management, and positively influence cross-discipline teams.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Project Management, Contract Management or Construction Management.

Other Requirements 

  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.



1. Responsible for Leadership of Safety, Quality and predictable delivery to meet the business need date and cost expectations. 
2. Responsible for leading project delivery across multiple campuses and oversight of project teams on those projects 

3. Direct fiscal responsibility for the approved project budget. 
Promote collaboration with all partners and stakeholders in support of the project delivery

4. Provide direct oversight of the Construction Managers within the Metro and overall team to ensure that the projects are delivered to expectations

Business Processes:   

1.  Responsible for Leadership across multiple campuses for Safety, Quality and predictable delivery to meet the business need date and cost expectations.

2. Create and maintain best practices to identify and incorporate cost-effective solutions. 

3. Manage GC(s) and vendor performance along with their integration with internal partners to ensure on time and on budget project delivery.  
4. Drive deployment of solutions that can be socialized globally across EPC projects.   
5. Facilitate decision-making to drive timely solutions, schedules, and manage change as required.  
6. Apply influence, strategies, and negotiation skills to identify options and recommend solutions to meet project delivery expectations.   

1. Provide the project with a single point of contact for development and delivery.  
2. Regularly reviews cost and KPI metrics, invoices, process/policy communications to client partners.   
3. Coordinate meetings and activities of vendors, cost managers, and integration of lessons learned.   
4. Attend scheduled owner/architect/contractor (OAC) and other project meetings, and report as necessary.  
5. Report Project Progress on scope, schedule, and budget weekly or as required.  
6. Provide weekly project status reporting to DCD standards.  
Vendor Management and contract compliance:   

1. Provide Vendor oversight and performance management by walking the construction sites daily.   
2. Preparation of Request for Proposal (RFP’s), PER’s, and other project approval tools & templates.   
3. Review and approval of vendor scope of work, and design review of site and building plans.   
4. Validate vendor pay-application and invoice review and approval.  
5. Manage compliance with prior audit results and recommendations.  

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

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

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. 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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