Systems Development Engineer

6 days agoHerndon, VA


AWS Commerce Platform team based in Herndon, Virginia, is seeking a talented DevOps/Systems Development Engineer. You'll be working with passionate software engineers and technical managers. We are an innovative group whose solutions sit at the nexus of CP functionality and AWS customers. Specifically, we are responsible for building and operating services that enable the CP stack to function in AWS regions disconnected from the rest of AWS. Disconnected regions create a number of challenging engineering problems and often require us to collaborate with other engineering teams to create solutions. We take great pride in supporting the mission of our AWS customers.

The AWS Commerce Platform provides the back and front-end services that enable AWS customers to purchase AWS services and understand and manage their infrastructure costs. Our platform tackles some of the hardest scalability, performance, and distributed computing challenges in the world. We process trillions of events per month using stream processing techniques (Kinesis), process billions of line items via map reduce (EMR), and manage artifacts through the latest in database technologies (DynamoDB and Aurora). We process big data and provide tools for customers to interactively understand their bills. We also provide the analytics that let customers manage billions of dollars of IT usage and spending. Because we sit at the nexus of all AWS services and interact directly with end-customers, we also work closely across all AWS teams to ensure that we offer a great customer experience.

The ideal candidate must be detail oriented, have superior verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, able to juggle multiple tasks at once, able to work independently and can maintain professionalism under pressure. You must be able to identify problems before they happen and implement solutions that detect and prevent outages. You must be able to accurately prioritize projects, make sound judgments, work to improve the customer experience, and get the right things done.

This position may be able to sit in Herndon or Arlington, VA.
This position requires that the candidate selected be a US Citizen and obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph.

What's in it for you?

  • Competitive base salary we are Amazon...we have a peculiar way of doing things, but your base is only a part of your annual total compensation.
  • Clearance / Mission Bonus
  • Part of your compensation will be in actual shares of AMZN, not options or private equity shares.
  • Sign-On Payment and a full relocation package.
  • Comprehensive benefits package with multiple medical plans to choose from.
  • 401k with company match.
  • Generous paid time off with flexible work schedule and an emphasis on work/life balance.
  • Life Insurance, subsidized HSA, FSA's, etc.
  • Long term, stable career your employment is not tied to a contract billet.
  • Last, but not least, a truly transformational career opportunity to work with cutting edge technology and to learn cloud building tools you can learn nowhere else!
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  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field, or four years of equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of experience in Systems Administration, Network Administration, DevOps or Site Reliability Engineering
  • 2+ years of experience with focus in areas such as systems, network, and/or application security
  • 2+ years of experience with web protocols and Linux/Unix tools and architecture
  • 2+ years of experience building automated tools in Python, Java and/or Ruby
  • Experience with agile software development practices


  • Experience with open-source technologies
  • Excellence in technical communications with both technical and non-technical peers
  • Experience with maintaining distributed systems and web services
  • Understanding of design for scalability, performance and reliability
  • Experience with configuration management systems such as Ansible, Chef, or Puppet
  • Automation, testing or monitoring framework development
  • System engineering experience in the cloud
  • Self-drive to keep moving things forward even in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge (resilient to hazards of "analysis paralysis")
  • Strong sense of ownership and drive
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.

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Client-provided location(s): Herndon, VA 20170, USA
Job ID: Amazon-1492349

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