Software Development Manager, Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (MSK)

Amazon Dev Center U.S., Inc.
 Seattle, WA


Job summary

Do you enjoy solving real world customer issues and complex technical problems at a large scale using a wide range of technologies? Are you interested in building storage systems that provide fault tolerant, high performance, low cost durable storage “in the cloud“? Together, we will be starting on a journey within the Block & Object storage organization to build a new AWS service that will provide AWS customers the next level of storage experience. If the idea of building large scale systems that enable Petabyte scale excites you then this is the right opportunity for you.

As a Manager, you will get the opportunity to architect large-scale distributed systems, improve availability and performance, and innovate to increase hardware resource utilization to improve costs for our customers. You will have an opportunity to develop high scale services in a service oriented architecture using Rust or other modern programming languages. Your team will work at heart of distributed systems while solving problems of traffic shaping, fairness, concurrency, low latency, caching, transactions and resiliency among others. The ideal candidate would possess analytical, design, problem solving skills and experience in building & operating large scale systems. You will build an agile team that ships often, iterates quickly and takes pride in the product they deliver. You will help set and meet challenging goals by working with customers and other leaders throughout AWS you will help shape our long term technical and business strategy.

Work/Life Balance

Our team works together to provide work/life balance for all team members. We recognize that the circumstances of our team members vary, and we balance work across the team so that we’re all able to maintain high standards on behalf of our customers, while at the same time allowing for rich and happy personal lives.

On-call responsibilities

In AWS, if you build it, you own it. AWS services owned by the block and storage organization are highly available 24X7 worldwide requiring dedicated support from our engineering teams. We pride ourselves on a high level of ownership in the work we do. This means we hold a high bar for test automation, verification processes, design and code reviews to ensure that our systems meet the exacting standards our customers demand. We maintain a regular on-call rotation across our teams with engineers and managers all taking part to resolve the inevitable issues that arise. We work hard to minimize getting paged in the middle of the night as we recognize that a well-rested employee is a productive employee.

Mentorship & Career Growth

Upon joining the block and object storage organization, every employee is paired with a peer buddy who will help you to quickly come up to speed in understanding the technology we’re building, the tools we use and the business problems we’re trying to solve. We hire exceptional people and we recognize the importance of coaching others. We have a formal mentor search application that lets you find a mentor that works best for you based on location, job family, and job level. On our internal “Broadcast” video streaming website, you’ll find countless presentations by some of the brightest minds in computing discussing solutions to many of the exciting problems we’re solving in AWS today with new live-streaming videos added every week.

Inclusive Team Culture

We have a diverse team and drive towards an inclusive culture and work environment. Our team is intentional about attracting, developing, and retaining amazing talent from diverse backgrounds. Our team members are active in Amazon’s 10+ affinity groups, sometimes known as employee resource groups, which bring employees together across businesses and locations around the world. These range from groups such as the Black Employee Network (BEN), Amazon Women in Engineering (AWE) and Glamazon (our LGBTQ+ community).

Basic Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience working directly within engineering teams
  • Experience partnering with product OR program management teams
  • 3+ years of people management experience, managing engineers
  • 3+ years of experience architecting and designing (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems

Preffered Qualifications

A background in one or more of the following may be helpful with on-boarding and ramp-up for this position:

  • Experience with Databases, caching, queuing and workflow systems
  • Experience building internet scale distributed systems
  • Experience operating 24X7 systems with high availability demands
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Excellent verbal and written skills

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