Senior Software Development Engineer

2 months agoSeattle, WA


Are you interested in building hyper-scale database services in the cloud? Do you want to revolutionize the way databases are built for the cloud ? Do you want to have direct and immediate impact on hundreds of thousands of users who use AWS database services?

Amazon Aurora is breaking new ground and changing the rules for relational databases. Aurora is an exciting area of innovation for AWS, especially in its storage layer. Aurora storage is a distributed, scale-out, auto healing storage platform, built grounds up by Amazon engineers. This is truly the secret sauce behind the unmatched availability, durability and performance of Aurora. The storage team puts all the principles of distributed computing into practice, at AWS scale. If you're looking to grow, come on board! We have one of the most senior teams in AWS - and our senior engineers are eager to brainstorm, mentor, and get software built together.

We're are one of the fastest growing businesses within Amazon Web Services. We are currently spread across Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area. We are successful because not only do we solve deep database storage problems for our customers, we also minimize the effort required to maintain their databases by automating administrative tasks like backup, restore, disaster protection, fail-over for high availability etc. Aurora is the most advanced cloud database service out there, and we're proud to continuously raise the bar. We think we have a winning combination for both startups and enterprises who are moving all their most important data and applications to the cloud. We intend to be the world's best and fastest database, built by an excellent team, all while having fun - come join us on the journey!

Amazon Aurora Storage platform team is looking for experienced software engineers who are excited about building large scale systems spanning tens of thousands of servers, across multiple data-centers worldwide. These are core systems development positions where you will own the design and development of significant software components critical to our industry leading database services architected for the cloud.

In this hands on position you will be asked to do everything from building rock-solid components to mentoring other engineers. You need to not only be a top software developer with a good track record of delivering, but also excel in communication, leadership and customer focus. This is a unique and rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor within a fast growing business and help shape the technology, product and the business. A successful candidate will bring deep technical and software expertise and ability to work within a fast moving, startup environment in a large company to deliver high quality code that has a broad business impact.

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and 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.

Work/Life Balance
Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth
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. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.


• 10+ year's overall development experience and 7+ year's enterprise software experience.

• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or equivalent - Masters in CS preferred.

• Advanced coding skills in C or C++, preferably on a Linux/Unix platform.

• Multi-threaded programming experience.

• Strong grasp of data structures, algorithms, operating systems, and distributed systems.


• Storage Technology and optimization (intimate knowledge of storage hardware a plus).

• OS internals, File Systems

• Distributed systems and messaging.

• Low level performance and tuning.

• Excellent leadership, verbal and written communication skills.

• Ability to work well with people and be both highly motivated and motivating.

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Job ID: Amazon-1409721