Principal Solutions Architect, Big Data Infrastructure And Applications

3+ months agoArlington, VA


Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for a Principal Big Data Solutions Architect who is passionate about helping the world's largest enterprises and telecom operators build Big Data infrastructures and applications at scale.

Our Principal Solutions Architects are highly experienced technologists with significant technical breadth and depth in IT infrastructure, Cloud design patterns, and DevOps culture and practice at scale, coupled with keen business acumen and strong interpersonal skills. As a Principal Big Data Solutions Architect, you will: 1) work directly with some of our largest customers to enable innovation and modernization through continuous deployment across on-prem, hybrid, and all-in-cloud technology stacks; 2) provide deep consultative guidance on migrating some of the largest Big Data applications and datasets in the world to AWS; and 3) define and demonstrate best practices around advanced data analytics, mining, archiving, and machine learning solutions.

You will partner with Sales, Professional Services, Business Development and several other AWS teams to help our customers craft highly scalable, flexible and resilient cloud architectures that address customer business problems and accelerate the adoption of our services. You will provide prescriptive guidance across networking, storage, compute, virtualization, AI/ML technologies, RDBMS & NoSQL databases, Big Data, Hadoop, MapReduce, and mid-tier technologies (application integration, security, in-memory caches).

The ideal candidate will have expert-level knowledge of massive scale computing solutions and experience leading deep architecture discussions in the areas of Big Data, Hadoop, MapReduce, and Data Analytics. They must be self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, operational, and technical challenges and have a passion for educating, training, and designing cloud solutions for enterprise customers. We are builders and owners here at AWS, and builders can and will dive deep and get their hands dirty on the keyboard as well as the whiteboard, when warranted, to solve customer problems or to simply learn and be curious.

Amazon aims to be the most customer centric company on earth. Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers critical applications for hundreds of thousands of businesses in more than 200 countries around the world.

This is a customer facing role. You will be required to travel up to 30% to client locations to meet with engineers, scientists, architects, and senior leaders, including C-level executives, inclusive of periodic travel to AWS offices for executive briefings, technology and planning meetings, training, etc. The ideal location for this role is in the Washington, DC metro area, New York City/New Jersey metro, or the San Francisco Bay area. Other locations in the continental US are possible, but may require up to 50% travel.

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded professional and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have twelve employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren't focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we're happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced lifeboth in and outside of work.


• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or a related field or equivalent professional or military experience
• 12+ years of experience of IT platform implementation in a technical and analytical role
• 7+ years of experience of Big Data/Data Lake/Hadoop/MapReduce platform implementation
• 5+ years of hands-on experience in implementation and performance tuning Hadoop/Spark implementations.


• AWS Professional certifications are a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to adapt to new technologies and learn quickly
• Experience working within software development or Internet-related industries
• Experience migrating or transforming legacy Big Data customer solutions to the cloud
• Experience with solution-selling methodologies
• Masters or PhD degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or similar scientific background a plus
• Professional experience implementing AWS services in a variety of distributed computing, enterprise environments
• Experience Apache Hadoop and the Hadoop ecosystem
• Experience with one or more SQL-on-Hadoop technology (Hive, Impala, Spark SQL, Presto)
• Experience with one or more relevant tools (Sqoop, Flume, Kafka, Oozie, Hue, Zookeeper, HCatalog, Solr, Avro)
• Experience developing software code in one or more programming languages (Java, Python, C, etc)
• Desire and ability to interact with different levels of the organization from development to C-Level executives

• Strong written and presentation communication skills

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, visit .

Job ID: Amazon-1455601