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Amazon Web Services Software Development Manager in Seattle, Washington


Job summary

Managing trillions of objects in storage, retrieving them in sub-x ms, building software that deploys to tens of thousands of hosts, achieving 99.999999999% (you didn’t read that wrong, that’s 11 nines!) durability. These are just a few of the numbers that give you a sense of the scale of the exciting problems you will find every day working in Simple Storage Service (S3). Amazon S3 powers businesses across the globe that make the lives of consumers better daily. Whether its electronic content delivered to your home, technology that betters your remote working experience, allows you to plan travel to exotic places or simply get stuff delivered to your home. As a Software Development Engineer in S3, you get to deliver these capabilities and delight our customers through teams of talented engineers and leaders.

We are currently looking for Software Development Manager to lead the development of the next generation of S3 storage repair and durability services. S3 Storage Repair and Durability team owns safety of customer data, supporting the goal of 11 nines assurance that no customer data is lost. Our durability services collect near real-time data on S3 storage health and continuously monitor volumes (collections of customer objects) and blobs (individual customer objects), detecting missing or temporarily unavailable ones. The Repair teams take the signals and insure the repairs occur successfuly. In this role, you will drive the design and implementation of one of these teams to build innovative storage read and write paradigms. You will build innovative software solutions to provide S3 customers secure, durable, high-available and performant storage with a low cost. You will partner with technical leaders and with other teams in S3 Storage to deliver these capabilities at S3 scale.

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.

In AWS, if you build it, you own it. S3 is a highly available 7x24 worldwide service 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.

Upon joining S3, 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.

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).

Key job responsibilities

As a SDM in our team, you will be responsible for building the design and implementation of innovative ways to protect S3 durability. You will drive technical roadmaps for one of the S3 durability protection teams. You will partner with technical leaders and with other teams in S3 Storage to deliver these capabilities at S3 scale.

About the team

For Repair and Durability teams, our charter is to protect customer data stored in S3 from storage hardware failures. We are stewards for S3’s 99.999999999% (11 9’s) durability commitment to customers as captured in S3’s Tenet’s for reliability and resiliency of data. Our systems operate at a scale, continuously monitoring and repairing trillions of customer objects stored across the world.


  • 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


  • BS/MS Computer Science/Computer Engineering

  • 3+ years' experience as a software engineer

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