LINGUIST List 12.2373

Tue Sep 25 2001

Jobs: Software-Program Management at Microsoft WA USA

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  1. Dorothy Sekabira, Software-Program Management: Microsoft, WA USA

Message 1: Software-Program Management: Microsoft, WA USA

Date: 24 Sep 2001 18:50:12 -0000
From: Dorothy Sekabira <>
Subject: Software-Program Management: Microsoft, WA USA

Rank of Job: 1
Areas Required: Software-Program Management
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Microsoft
Department: Recruiting
State or Province: WA
Country: USA
Final Date of Application: 10/30/2001
Contact: Dorothy Sekabira

Address for Applications:
1 Microsoft Way
WA 98052

French/Spanish Program Manager N6hic8k0002

Natural Language is about enabling computers to understand human
language. We are building (and shipping!) linguistic features and
advancing computational linguistic technology. Some of the Natural
Language Group's features that ship today include English Smart Tags;
grammar checkers in English, French, German, and Spanish; linguistic
search; and Japanese style checking and word breaking.

We are looking for an experienced program manager to lead the French
and/or Spanish Language Teams. Primary responsibilities include
driving the linguistic technologies (syntax, logical form, discourse
representation, generation) and features for clients within
Microsoft. The PM is responsible for the following tasks (among
others): determining feature requirements, based on team priorities,
client demands, available resources, usability data, corpus analysis,
etc.; driving user research and data collection efforts; writing
feature specifications; working with development and test teams to set
realistic goals and create project plans; creating long-term schedules
for linguistic development and feature work; tracking milestone
schedules; managing contacts with subsidiary PMs and other relevant
groups. The PM will be interacting and coordinating with development
and testing resources as well as fellow PM's, leading and evangelizing
smart design strategies and influencing technical directions. Natural
language features are deployed in products throughout Microsoft and
this person will also participate in discussions on prioritization and
coordinated deployment of future features.

Skill set: The ideal candidate has excellent organizational skills,
experience with shipping software products successfully, software
development background, NLP (natural language processing) background
and strong communication and teamwork skills. It is essential that the
candidate has a linguistics and/or computational linguistics
background. Proficiency in both French and Spanish is preferred,
though strong candidates for either French PM or Spanish PM are
encouraged to apply.
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