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- The Pentagon recently reaffirmed its decision to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft.
- Amazon is still challenging the decision alleging political bias, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping Microsoft from hiring for the types of roles it will need to fulfill the contact.
- Recent job postings reveal new openings for what Microsoft calls cleared technology jobs, or “CTJ,” meaning positions that require active security clearances.
- The Microsoft executive behind the JEDI deal, Toni Townes-Whitley, recently told Business Insider what she thinks is the secret to landing a job in Microsoft’s government and regulated industries business.
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Microsoft appears to be ramping up hiring for the types of employees it needs to fulfill its $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract, called Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), to store and manage sensitive military and defense data.
Amazon is still challenging Microsoft’s contract award in court, but recent job postings reveal new openings for what Microsoft calls cleared technology jobs, or “CTJ,” meaning positions that require active security clearances.
What does it take to get a job in Microsoft’s government business? Toni Townes-Whitley, the Microsoft executive behind the deal, said it’s all about fitting in with the company’s mission.
“We are a mission-driven organization, and everything we do is focused on using our technology to help solve big challenges – at the business level, and at the societal level together with our customers,” Townes-Whitley told Business Insider in an email. “It’s a relationship, not a transaction.”
Her advice for landing a job at the company: “Be prepared to articulate how you’d manifest these shared values and how you envision driving impact for customers while empowering others you work with to do the same,” she said.
Microsoft has taken a cautious approach to hiring amid the pandemic, but has said hiring continues in “strategic areas.”
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