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Amazon Software Development Engineer - Search Marketing in Seattle, Washington


Amazon’s Search Marketing team is building the Internet's largest-scale search marketing system. The team is responsible for a scaled, high availability system, and the algorithms that automatically generate, target, measure, and optimize tens of millions of search engine ad placements. The ad placements include Text ads and Product image based Shopping Ads. We routinely solve challenges related to large scale distributed systems and web services. We manage a continuously growing portfolio of advertisements while maximizing returns through bidding efficiency and discovery of new keywords, products and revenue opportunities.

Cutting edge technology and algorithms including statistical modeling, machine learning, and data mining are the core of our business. Search Marketing drives a large portion of Amazon’s business, and represents a unique opportunity to drive impact on the company’s bottom line. With essentially full ownership of our own product road map, there is a large R&D component to our work, and strong programming skills together with sound business understanding and an appetite for innovation are highly valued.

The ideal candidate for our team is a thinker and a doer: someone who loves sophisticated algorithms and mathematical precision, but at the same time enjoys implementing real systems, and is motivated by the prospect of multi-million dollar business returns. Proficiency in Java or any other object oriented programming is required, and the ideal candidate is an expert in at least one of these languages.

  • B.S. in computer science (or equivalent experience) is required; graduate degrees

  • Experience building high-availability or large-scale internet scale systems

  • Knowledge of advanced algorithms and data structures are significant pluses.

Key job responsibilities

As a Software Development Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining systems that enable Amazon to serve ads and free listings to search advertising vendors like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You will apply the latest AWS technologies to develop large scaled distributed systems to provide the best advertising experience for our customers, while maximizing the return on marketing investments. While working on projects, you will get opportunities to lead other SDEs, partner with scientists, and partner with Product and Marketing Managers to translate business requirements into working solutions. You will also be involved in influencing the teams technical direction and roadmap by participating in team's planning and prioritization process.

A day in the life

You will routinely be involved in designing and implementing new systems and features using AWS and Amazon proprietary technologies for automatically managing our advertising portfolio. You will actively participate in team discussions during daily standups and design reviews, and share knowledge during our recurring tech talks. You may partner with scientist to execute experiments to make data driven decisions. You will work with Senior Engineers and Principal Engineers to brainstorm ideas and learn from. You may collaborate with partner teams to build shared solutions to solve difficult problems at Amazon scale.

About the team

The Search Marketing team's mission is to help customers who start their shopping journeys on search engines and social media apps find what they're looking for, by serving them the right ad for the right product at the right time. To accomplish this, you will closely work with Software Engineers, Scientists, Product and Marketing Managers from sister teams, and marketers and engineers from external companies to achieve the long term vision and overcome day-to-day challenges. You will help the team achieve it's mission by designing and implementing large scale systems that will serve as a foundation for next-gen Search Marketing systems.

Basic Qualifications

  • 3+ years of non-internship professional software development experience

  • 2+ years of non-internship design or architecture (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience

  • Experience programming with at least one software programming language

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations experience

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $129,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $223,600/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.