Software Development Engineer

1 week agoSeattle, WA


Alexa News keeps customers informed about the world around them by seamlessly integrating the news they want most into their everyday lives. We build news experiences across multiple devices, including the Echo Family, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet. These experiences touch every aspect of news, from lean-back ("Alexa, what's the news?") to specific questions ("Alexa, what's the latest with the election?"). Our teams work in a fast-paced environment with people who are passionate about our customers, experiences, and systems. As a member of the team, you should be able to learn new concepts quickly and feel at home in a new and constantly evolving space.

The Alexa 'Play News' team delivers Alexa's short-form and long-form news content. We own the Flash Briefing experience, which brings news content to millions of Alexa customers around the world every day. Now we're looking for top talent to help us design, develop, and deliver a new experience that will delight our customers and continue to make Alexa News a key part of everyone's day. On our team, you'll work directly with both our customer facing experiences and behind the scenes, you'll work to ensure that customers always hear the news that matters most to them.

As a Software Developer on the team, you'll be responsible for taking on challenging technical and customer problems and building and maintaining quality products and systems. You should be able to build for the long-term, driving sound architectures and designing for stability of your systems, with the ability to evolve over time. You should be able to work with a variety of partners to help define our experiences and requirements, and work with your teammates to deliver delightful experiences to our customers. Additionally, you should have a strong sense of ownership, pushing for best practices and operational excellence and display a constant desire to learn and improve.


• 2+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
• Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 1+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems


• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field, or 2+ year relevant work experience
• 2+ years professional experience in software development
• Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented design
• Computer Science fundamentals in data structures
• Computer Science fundamentals in algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
• Programming experience in at least one modern programming language such as C, C++, Java
• Experience building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers
• Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
• Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and management to collect requirements, describe software product features, and technical designs
• Ability to take a project from scoping requirements through launch
• Familiarity with front-end Javascript libraries, like Ajax and JQuery
• Proficiency with SQL, and SQL databases
• Understanding of distributed data storage and caching

By submitting your application here, you can apply once to be considered for multiple Software Engineer openings across various Amazon teams. If you are successful in passing through the initial application review and assessment, you will be asked to submit your career and personal preferences so that our dedicated recruiters can match you to the right role based on these preferences.

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Client-provided location(s): Seattle, WA, USA
Job ID: Amazon-1490810

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