Software Development Engineer, AWS Vetting - US, CA, Cupertino


Cupertino, CA, USA

Full time

Software Engineering / Software Developer

Jun 3


Job summary

Come change the way the world sees the Cloud!

Would you enjoy broad, yet equally deep scope that impacts all AWS systems globally?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to build massively scalable systems that are used by the world's largest cloud infrastructures?

AWS Data Center Automation (DCA) continues to pioneer new functionalities and platforms, and our teams are architecting, building and operating scalable services that are at the core of AWS software infrastructure. DCA is responsible for building out the systems and software that orchestrate the physical work processes that occur inside all of AWS' global datacenters.

Who is our customer: Our software teams develop the platforms and tools that automate server and equipment management, configuration, testing, monitoring, repairs, data center build-outs, power systems, construction, and all other automation software for AWS data centers.

What you will do: Our developers own the projects that set the bar for Amazon and the industry for platform level service, effectively enabling the data center operations at scale by writing the software that manages all aspects of global AWS data center operations. In this role you will be building the next generation of platform level software. You regularly work with senior AWS leadership to plan for the future.

Why it’s high-impact: Our systems ensure that AWS data centers run correctly and efficiently and that our leadership has visibility into every step of every process.

Who would succeed in this role: Deeply technical engineers, who stay close to the customer as well as the architecture and design. A person who works autonomously and dives deep in to a problem to deeply understand how things work, when to make subtle change, and when to disrupt the status quo to achieve the right results.

Work/Life Balance

Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. Most days, our teams are co-located in the Seattle office locations, but we’re also flexible when people occasionally need to work from home. Some teams meet twice per week in the office and others generally keep core in-office hours.

On-Call Responsibility

The positions involve some on-call responsibilities, typically each team follows a standard process to limit the on-call requirement to a minimal. On average each engineer should expect to be on-call once every 6 weeks. 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 teams are dedicated to supporting new team members. Our teams have a broad mix of experience levels and Amazon tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior engineers truly enjoy mentoring more junior engineers and engineers from non-traditional backgrounds through one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews.

We care about your career growth. We try to assign projects and tasks 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.

Key job responsibilities

In this role your responsibilities are and not limited to:

  • Solve complex problems, applying appropriate technologies and best practices.
  • Focus on a major portion of existing or new team software, including large or significant component, set of features, mid-size application or service.
  • Work with your team to invent, design and build software that is stable and performant. You write code that an SDE unfamiliar with the system can understand.
  • Work on project ideas with customers, stakeholders, peers and helping balance customer requirements with team requirements.
  • You help your team evolve by actively participating in the code review process, design discussions, team planning, and ticket/metric/COE reviews.
  • Improve and focus on operational excellence, constructively identifying problems and proposing solutions.
  • Work to resolve the root cause of complex problems, leaving software better and easier to maintain than when you found it.
  • As needed, support training new team-mates on how your team’s software is constructed, how it operates, how secure it is, and how it fits into the bigger picture.

A day in the life

What’s the challenge: Engineers work in fast-moving space and have a large number of ambiguous challenges. Our projects require deep technical and software expertise and the ability to work within a fast moving, startup environment in a large company. You will be responsible for identifying solutions, trying ideas, given space to fail and iterate to produce products that your customers love. Software Engineers stay close to the customer as well as the architecture and design. Engineers dive deep to understand how things work, when to make subtle change, and when to disrupt the status quo to achieve the right results

About the team

Vetting, Monitoring, and Provisioning is a software organization within AWS that develops services for preparing (provisioning), validating (vetting), and monitoring the health and security of AWS servers worldwide. Our customers are data center operation teams, hardware engineering, and service owners such as EC2, EBS, and S3. Our customers deploy servers, power shelves, storage devices, and more across AWS's global data center footprint (including co-located sites). We enable our customers to manage, secure, test, monitor, and update these devices by building authoritative control systems. We measure success based on our ability to deliver capacity quickly, to proactively detect and prevent defects that impact customers, and our customers' ability to adopt and safely use our solutions. The scale of problems we solve is unique. We have an open, inclusive, and highly collaborative and supportive team culture and spend considerable time onboarding and training our new team members.


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


  • 3+ years of experience developing objected-oriented software, with knowledge of one or more relevant languages (Java, C#, C++, Ruby, etc.)
  • Experience building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
  • Ability to take a project from scoping requirements through actual launch of the project
  • Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and management to collect requirements, describe software product features, and technical designs.

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, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

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