Senior Software Development Engineer EC2 Control Plane Platform

Amazon - Cape Town, Province of the Western Cape

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Senior Software Development Engineer EC2 Control Plane Platform

Join us in building the next generation Control Plane service platform that runs the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) web service. Our platform handles a significant load of Internet traffic generated by internal and external customers that build their platforms on EC2. Engineers in our teams have a strong sense of ownership and drive to innovate and have resounding impact in how we develop and deliver software at such a large scale.

As a leader in this team, you will lead the development of high quality designs & solutions solving complex problems. You are able to operate with limited guidance and take a long term view of your teams services and how it fits into the broader architecture. You will have opportunities to work with other engineers building similar core components to ensure that teams are building towards a broader architecture that supports Amazon scale business needs. You are able to unpack and solve problems that are ambiguous and in doing so produce simple and clear technical direction for your team. You understand the business impact of your systems and show good judgment when making technical trade-offs between your teams short-term technology or operational needs and long-term business needs.

As a Amazonian, youll enjoy interacting with some of the talented engineers in our industry through breakfast talks and demos, internal communities and extensive training material that span all aspects of our business. Youll also enjoy flexible working hours within small sized teams and the high level of autonomy that our engineers operate under. We follow the DevOps model and so our teams are empowered to own the full development and support life-cycle of their systems. Our teams operate like start-ups in that they own and drive a portfolio of services which includes everything from developing the long term vision for their products through to deciding on what technologies and development methodology or processes to follow.

Basic Qualifications

· Degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent working experience
· 5+ years of industry experience in a software development environment
· Strong Computer Science fundamentals, including data structures, object-oriented design, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis.
· Proficiency in at least one modern programming language, such as Java, C#, Python, Javascript, Scala, Kotlin

Preferred Qualifications

· Demonstrated ability to achieve stretch goals
· Expertise in delivering high-quality, innovative applications
· Strong analytical skills with excellent problem solving abilities.
· Strong desire to build, sense of ownership, urgency, and drive.
· Excellent written communication and verbal agility are strong assets.
· Working knowledge of one or more Javascript frameworks e.g. JQuery, React
· Deep understanding of the web technologies including HTTP, HTML, CSS, Javascript
· Working knowledge of relational databases and back-end programming
· Working knowledge of AWS products and technologies

Amazon is an equal opportunities employer, and we value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. Amazon is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from South African citizens who are members of designated groups who may contribute to Employment Equity within the workplace and the further diversification of ideas. In this regard, the relevant laws and principles associated with Employment Equity will be considered when appointing potential candidates. We are required by law to verify your ability to work lawfully in South Africa. Amazon requires that you submit a copy of either your identity document or your passport and any applicable work permit if you are a foreign national, along with an updated curriculum vitae.


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