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Microsoft Corporation Principal Regional Cost Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

Cloud Operations + Innovation (CO+I) is the team behind one of the world’s largest cloud infrastructures, responsible for powering all Microsoft online Products and Services as well as powering Microsoft’s “Cloud First” mission. Our focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide.

Within CO+I, the Infrastructure, Planning and Acquisition team is responsible for supporting delivery of datacenter capacity for Microsoft’s cloud business. We have a portfolio of complex, multi-disciplinary, multi-million, multi-year datacenter construction and lease projects with specific safety, quality, schedule, and cost goals.

To help us accelerate achieving our objectives, growth, and transformation, we are looking for a Principal Regional Cost Manager to lead our Cost Management Teams across multiple data center campuses in the Mid-West, working alongside the Regional Datacenter Delivery Construction Director to commercially manage all data center construction projects.

Being part of this team would give you an opportunity to be part of a rapidly growing business and enable global impact.

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.


  • Management of all commercial issues on all current, future and past projects and report on these issues through the Project Controls & datacenter delivery (DCD) head office in Redmond on a regular basis

  • Detailed cost plans and estimates of the project based on local design documents

  • Agreement of estimates with the General Contractor at during design development and agreement of the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP)

  • Pay application assessment and approval for the General Contractor, all equipment vendors and all project support consultants

  • Estimation of and commercial agreement of all change orders

  • Draft commercial artifacts for all funding requests

  • Review and agreement of all General Contractor procurement of the subcontract packages including the approval of the LOAs (Letters of Authorization)

  • Commercial review of all disputes that may arise

  • Cost Reporting: Work with the Project Manager/Quantity Surveying, General Contractor and project controls to ensure that the full suite of cost reports are available for review by Redmond, WA based team on a monthly basis

  • Design Team commercial support: From project kick-off through to final design provide commercial support on business cases, value engineering studies

  • Final account agreement & closeout for all vendor accounts


Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Construction Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field AND 10+ years related experience

  • OR equivalent experience.

  • 6+ years of leadership experience in Construction Cost Estimating or Cost Management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Construction Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, or related field AND 15+ years related experience OR equivalent experience.

  • 10+ years’ experience managing the estimating or commercials on a major construction portfolio

  • Quantity Surveying degree or Construction Commercial Management degree or Construction degree

  • RICS full membership (MRICS or FRICS) or equivalent

  • Experience on location in the construction industry

  • Deep commercial knowledge of construction internationally

  • Working knowledge of construction contracts used internationally, especially in AMERS

  • Deep knowledge and experience of the commercial management role in the procurement of General Contractor contracts and other construction vendors

  • Ability to understand what "right" looks like contractually and financially and be then able to negotiate with the other parties to ensure that this is the final position.

  • Good communication skills, ability to collaborate with all other areas of the data center program, be able to think strategically, ability to build the trust of our construction partners needed to agree very large construction GMPs and final accounts

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 every two years thereafter.

Construction Project Management IC6 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $124,800 - $266,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $159,000 - $292,200 per year.

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