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Software Development Engineer, Amazon Simple Queue Service, AWS

Full Time
Job summary
Amazon SQS is a massively distributed, scalable message queuing service. It runs on almost 100,000 machines worldwide, and is processing over 100,000,000 requests per second while generating 3 petabytes of logs per hour. It is a critical dependency of the Amazon Marketplace, many other AWS services, and hundreds of thousands of companies globally.

Because of its near-unlimited scalability, SQS is a foundational building block of many other cloud services. As such, SQS implements its own storage, load balancing, distributed caching and host lifecycle solutions. SQS engineers deal with these topics in their daily work, and their decisions have impact that resonates throughout the industry. These decisions can have a financial impact of tens of millions of dollars to the service's monthly budget.

The SQS team is growing fast and innovating in big and brand new feature areas. We are looking for an System Development Engineer who is obsessed with operational excellence, automation, and availability. How do you know if you are a good fit for us? You want to automate common and complex tasks in fault-tolerant that operate at scale. You love metrics and the challenge of diving deep to identify latency and availability root causes. You find data center build-outs, performance engineering, and other scaling activities to be a joy.

In this position you'll get to:
  • Work with developers to build and manage massively scaled systems
  • Automate all aspects of systems management
  • Help build new regions and add/manage capacity in existing regions as our usage grows
  • Optimize the performance of our systems
  • Track the health of our services, identify, drive to root cause, and fix problems

About Us

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance
Our team puts a high value on work-live balance. It isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

This position involves on-call responsibilities, typically for one week every two months. We don't like getting paged in the middle of the night or on the weekend, so we work to ensure that our systems are fault tolerant. When we do get paged, we work together to resolve the root cause so that we don't get paged for the same issue twice.

Mentorship & Career Growth
Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.


  • 2+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
  • 1+ years of experience contributing to the system design or architecture (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems.
  • Programming experience with at least one software programming language.

  • Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
  • Minimum of 3 years building and running for Internet-facing services
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in scripting (Perl/ or Shell) and automation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, sense of ownership, urgency and drive


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science related fields OR 1+ years equivalent experience in software development
  • Experience with TCP/IP network troubleshooting and administration
  • Experience in a 24x7 production environment, esp. one based on Linux
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills at all levels, from application to network to host
  • Experience with management and monitoring software (home-grown or commercially available)
  • Experience with performance testing and tuning
  • Automation or monitoring framework experience, deployment or development

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected status. If you would like to request an accommodation, please notify your Recruiter.
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