Systems Engineer

3+ months agoSeattle, WA


Amazon is building some of the largest distributed systems in the world, and we need astute engineers to support and deploy the next generation of compute and storage platforms for our customers in the AWS Public Sector. We provide support worldwide with a focus on continuous improvement. We have exceptionally high standards for our infrastructure as well as our employees, and our systems are highly reliable, highly available, and turn scale into an advantage for our business and an asset to our customers. Our employees are exceptional, driven to serve customers, and fun to work with.

The AWS ISO (Infrastructure, Services and Operations) team is looking for experienced engineers who are willing to own solutions, insist on the highest standards for our customers and can both think of the big picture but dive deep into solutions when the situation warrants. The skills and traits we are seeking include:
• Strong Linux/Unix Systems Administration knowledge, including shell scripting, and a proficiency in at least one development language
• Work with many different internal Software Development teams to drive improvement of the systems/services within the team's scope
• Be a focal point for the escalation for complex issues and dive deep for solutions as well as provide guidance and knowledge-sharing with your teammates
• Work directly with the various service owners and hardware design teams to collaborate on hardware issues within the fleet
• Drive the team to improve operational efficiency for all services through root cause and trend analysis with the identification and development of SLA, metrics, monitors, procedures, tools, and documentation
• Have, or be willing to learn, the capability to automate day to day tasks and develop/build software and/or services

This position requires that the candidate selected be a US Citizen and obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph.

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.

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 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.

This position can sit in Denver CO, Herndon VA, or Seattle WA.

The pay range for this position in Colorado is $ 86,500 - $151,500/yr; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus and restricted stock units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via Amazon's internal or external careers site.


• 8+ years' experience administrating in a Linux environment
• 6+ years' experience of systems management (e.g. 50+ servers)
• 6+ years' experience of building scripts, tooling, and automation for large-scale computing environments using Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, or Bash/Shell.
• Bachelor's Degree in an IT related field, or equivalency in related work experience


• Database experience to include building & executing queries (e.g. MySQL, DynamoDB, MongoDB)
• Experience with configuration management systems such as cfengine, Chef, or PuppetExperience with open-source technologies
• Demonstrable expertise around specifying, designing, and/or implementing system health, performance monitoring tools, and software management tools
• Basic certifications in applicable field eg. Net+/Security+/A+/Linux+/RHCSA
• 8+ years of Agile methods and processes experience

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Job ID: Amazon-1476755