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Senior Software Development Engineer, Amazon Simple Queue Service

Full Time
5 days ago
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.

As a Senior Software Development Engineer on the SQS Storage team, you will implement and own the next generation of the component that stores, replicates, and serves messages back to customers in a secure, durable, highly available, and efficient way. Your understanding and influence will span other services across SQS and the rest of AWS, with some of our biggest achievements coming from improving the interactions in these complex distributed systems.

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.


  • 4+ years of professional software development experience
  • 3+ years of programming experience with at least one software programming language
  • 2+ years of experience contributing to the system design or architecture (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems
  • Experience as a mentor, tech lead OR leading an engineering team


  • Experience designing, developing, and deploying large-scale fault-tolerant systems (but don't worry, we'll train you if you meet the basic qualifications)
  • Experience leading and mentoring junior engineers on good software practices and reviews
  • Experience developing for Unix environments
  • Excellent communication skills

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.
Software and Programming