Principal Software Engineer, Amazon | Multiple Locations, USA Services, Inc.
 Seattle, WA


Job summary

At Amazon, Principal Engineers are both visionary leaders and hands-on builders. As Amazon’s most senior individual contributors, Principal Engineers work on our hardest problems. While many companies this size take their foot-off the gas pedal, at Amazon, it’s still Day 1. This startup mentality, however, does not admit the luxury of a conservative approach. Principal Engineers are asked to venture beyond comfortable approaches to pioneer new spaces, and inspire others as to what’s possible.

We are looking for architects and hands-on builders, who are highly attuned to the technical realities of building and operating high-scale systems for services and data. A Principal Engineer should have strong technical judgment and influential skills to facilitate discussions for business-critical designs. The perfect candidate will be able to operate at the Director, VPs and SVP level as a key technical adviser. They should be able to provide both architectural guidance and detailed technical direction while nurturing a continuous delivery culture.

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Key job responsibilities

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will:

Serve as a technical leader on our most demanding, cross-functional projects.

Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions.

Fully and completely understand system inter-dependencies and limitations.

Possess expert knowledge in performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and engineering best practices.

Effectively research and benchmark Amazon technology against other competing systems in the industry.

Assist in the career development of others, actively mentoring individuals and the community on advanced technical issues and helping managers guide the career growth of their team members

Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience. You are a visionary leader, builder and an operator.

Balance technical leadership and savvy with strong business judgment to make the right decisions about technology choices.

Basic Qualifications

-Bachelors in Computer Science or related field

-10+ years industry experience in software development and full product life-cycles

-Coding skills in Java (C#, C++) coupled with strong base in object-oriented design and development

-Experience building high-performance, highly-available and scalable distributed systems

-Experience with SQL and data modeling skills

-Vast knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and designing for performance, scalability, and availability

-Experience mentoring/training the engineering community on complex technical issues

Preffered Qualifications

-Deep hands-on technical expertise in at least one major technical area: large scale full stack development, building complex distributed systems, designing massive global networks.

-Ability to multi-task and provide technology guidance across a wide variety of areas.

-Ability to work backwards from business/customer needs and create a long-term technology vision for the org.

-Curiosity and appetite to stay updated on the emerging technology trends; and identify opportunities to leverage emerging trends to deliver customer value.

Pursuant to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The pay range for this position in Colorado is $200,100 - 270,600/year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on payment 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.

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