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Sr. Software Development Engineer, Alexa

Sr. Software Development Engineer, Alexa

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An opportunity to join the founding members of a new Alexa engineering team at Amazon.

We believe in delivering intuitive, personalized, and intelligent voice-first experiences by advancing Alexa conversational ability through discovery of new natural language interactions that make Alexa more fun and instinctive for our Customers.

We encourage bold exploration of interactions and experiments that push innovation and use these learnings to bolster the foundation of best practice reference design patterns that foster a consistent, efficient, and familiar cross-product experience.

You will work amongst the founding members of a new engineering team with opportunities to shape our initial products and lead the charge as we play a major role in the evolution of Alexa. Your time with us will be impactful, and your vision, creativeness and engineering output adopted by teams across Amazon and beyond.

We advance the possibilities of voice-first experiences to help our customers achieve more - would you like to join us?

A successful candidate will have an established background in developing customer-facing products, a strong technical ability, project management skills, solid communication skills, and a motivation to achieve results in a fast-paced environment. You should be comfortable with ambiguity and have a creative flair for achieving the impossible.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Leadership of engineers to architect and develop the best technical design and approach to complex problems and mentor team members on their appropriate application
  • Key contributor to the overall systems and software development life-cycle
  • Ownership of projects that operate cross-functionally with multiple engineering, design and product teams
  • Work in an Agile/Scrum environment to deliver high quality software against defined schedules and milestones

Basic Qualifications

  • University degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent
  • 7+ years industry experience as an engineer
  • Developer in Java, C#, Python, Go, Ruby, PHP, or JavaScript
  • Proven technical ownership of large/complex engineering projects
  • Experience building scalable infrastructure, REST interfaces, and distributed systems for high-throughput services

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the Alexa platform and Alexa Skills
  • Demonstrated serial success in team building and technical management
  • Expertise in a variety of programming languages and open-source technologies
  • Experience in test driven software development and configuration management
  • Lead the design of cloud services for scalability, performance and reliability
  • Direct experience defining, developing and maintaining REST based interfaces
  • Proven engineering leadership in driving operational excellence and best practices
  • Ability to achieve stretch goals in a highly innovative and fast-paced environment
  • Track record of project delivery for sizable cross-functional projects
  • Ability to communicate well with executives and non-technical leaders
  • Exceptional customer impact awareness, appreciation and support focus is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation