Sr. Software Development Engineer

3+ months agoSeattle, WA


Are you passionate about building, owning and operating highly distributed and scalable systems? Do you want to own the problem of driving high availability deployments across a truly cloud scale organization? The Developer Tools organization within Amazon Web Services (AWS) is looking for a talented Software Development Engineer.

Our team owns the software and systems that help Amazon's vast developer community build the cutting-edge services and technology that Amazon is known for. Our systems make it possible for every developer at Amazon to rapidly change their running applications without ever having to jeopardize the availability their customers expect. We have delivered the technology that powers fully automated deployments and dynamic fleet scaling for some of the world's largest services with a massive impact. We are not done yet! We want to take our services to the next level applying modern, real-time analytics and machine learning techniques to completely eliminate failures caused by software and infrastructure changes.

You will play a pivotal role in shaping the definition, vision, design, roadmap, and development of the set of services. We are a bottom up team with a lot of freedom to set the direction based on data driven decisions. We are like a startup but with the backing of a large company. You will contribute to critical and highly-visible function within the AWS business. You will be given the opportunity to autonomously deliver the technical direction of the services and features. You will work with extraordinary talent and have the opportunity to hire and shape the team to continue to outperform expectations. You will work closely with developers across multiple teams incorporating customer input and ensuring our services and other Amazon services work in conjunction. If you're excited to have a large impact on AWS and the cloud computing industry, you'll find this role to be engaging, challenging, and full of opportunities to learn and grow.

Come join a strong team in a highly visible organization. You will have a significant impact on Amazon's massively distributed software development environment and help us build the best deployment system with state-of-the-art safety mechanism in the world.

AWS has the most services and more features within those services, than any other cloud providerfrom infrastructure technologies like compute, storage, and databasesto emerging technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, data lakes and analytics, and Internet of Things. AWS Platform is the glue that holds the AWS ecosystem together. Whether its Identity features such as access management and sign on, cryptography, console, builder & developer tools, and even projects like automating all of our contractual billing systems, AWS Platform is always innovating with the customer in mind. The AWS Platform team sustains over 750 million transactions per second.

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.

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.

We have a formal mentor search application that lets you find a mentor that works best for you based on location, job family, job level etc. Your manager can also help you find a mentor or two, because two is better than one. In addition to formal mentors, we work and train together so that we are always learning from one another, and we celebrate and support the career progression of our team members.

We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal life.


• 4+ years of professional software development experience
• 3+ years of programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 2+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems
• Experience writing software in an object-oriented language
• Experience with data structures, algorithms, distributed systems, and asynchronous architectures.
• 4+ years of industry experience
• BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience


• Familiarity with a Unix/Linux/Windows/Mac development environment
• Should be genuinely excited about technology, have a strong interest in learning about and playing with the latest technologies. Must be a self-starter and motivated.
• Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, distributed systems, and asynchronous architectures
• Strong understanding of system and application performance characteristics.
• Excellent communication, sharp analytical abilities and proven design skills
• Motivation to drive tasks to completion and take ownership of projects and outcomes

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Job ID: Amazon-1461804