• Sr. Software Development Engineer, Alexa Smart Home

    Company/Location (search) US-WA-Seattle
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/6/2018 11:06 AM)
    Job ID
    619790
    Company
    Amazon.com Services, Inc.
  • Job Description

    The Alexa Smart Home team is focused on making Alexa the user interface for the home. Customers love using Alexa to interact with their homes using simple commands (turn on the lights, turn down the heat) and to automate more complex interactions spanning home security, home entertainment, and the home environment. We are evolving Alexa into an intelligent, indispensable companion that helps you get the most out of the technology in your home.

    We are looking for a passionate, hard-working, and talented Sr. Software Engineer who has experience building high-performance, scalable and robust systems in a complex, multi-tiered, distributed environment. This role will lead the development of a new greenfield and highly-visible initiative called Alexa Memory. This role will make our vision of giving memory to Alexa a reality. This role deals with building internet scale distributed platform systems that are capable of storing data abiding by GDPR rules, figuring out offline and online computation models and creating API's for serving complex human like queries off this data. This role touches many different parts of Computer Science like machine learning, personalization, computer vision to name a few. We believe that this feature will make Alexa more smarter and give us the leading edge over our competitors. This is a highly visible role, operating with many technical leaders and product managers across Amazon Alexa – with stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership.. You will have an enormous opportunity to make a large impact on the design, architecture, and implementation of Alexa features that are used every day by people you know.

    The ideal candidate is clearly passionate about Alexa and has a demonstrable track record of success in delivering new features and products. A commitment to team work, hustle, and strong communication skills (to both business and technical partners) are absolute requirements. Creating reliable, scalable, and high performance products requires exceptional technical expertise, a sound understanding of the fundamentals of Computer Science, and practical experience building large-scale distributed systems. This person has thrived and succeeded in delivering high quality technology products/services in a hyper-growth environment where priorities shift fast.

    As a leader of the team you will be responsible for leading the development and launch of core product features. You will have significant influence on our overall strategy by helping define these product features, drive the system architecture, and spearhead the best practices that enable a quality product.

    Other responsibilities include:
    • Leading development and maintenance of key system features
    • Working with other team members to investigate design approaches, prototype new technology and evaluate technical feasibility
    • Working in an Agile environment to deliver high quality software against aggressive schedules
    • Establishing architectural principles, selecting design patterns, and mentoring team members on their appropriate application

    Basic Qualifications

    • 7 + years experience building production software systems
    • Experience defining system architectures and exploring technical feasibility tradeoffs.
    • Experience developing cloud software services and an understanding of design for scalability, performance and reliability
    • Development experience defining, developing, and maintaining REST based interfaces
    • Experience with the tools of the trade including a variety of modern programming languages (Java, JavaScript, C/C++, Objective C, Python) and open-source technologies (Linux, SQLite, OpenGL, Spring, Hibernate)
    • Familiarity with Alexa

    Preferred Qualifications

    • BS or MS in CS or equivalent experience
    • Experience developing cloud software services and an understanding of design for scalability, performance, and reliability
    • Development experience defining, developing and maintaining REST based interfaces
    • Excellence in technical communication with peers and non-technical cohorts
    • Demonstrated ability to mentor other software developers to maintain architectural vision and software quality
    • Experience building Alexa skills
    Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
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