Director, Engineering - AWS Identity, Platform


Seattle, WA, USA

Full time

Software Engineering / Software Developer

Jan 14

We are looking for a Director of Engineering to lead the AWS Identity Control Plane organization. This role will be responsible for leading a team of seasoned software development engineers and engineering managers who work across the full range of products and services within AWS Identity. This includes services such as Control Tower, Service Catalog, App Registry and would be responsible for defining and driving the product strategy for Governance. In this role, you will partner deeply with senior engineering and product leaders to define and drive ever-improving security best practices, design and evolve system architectures that have security at their core, and iterate on security-oriented products.

Key job responsibilities

The ideal leader will:

  • Bring a think big product vision to re-imagine what identity and access management means at cloud scale, and be able to influence hundreds of AWS services and millions of AWS customers to get behind that vision.
  • Have the ability to provide hands-on technical leadership to drive the execution of that vision to delivery, owning teams that design, build, and operate some of the highest-scale services on the internet.
  • Be a genuinely inclusive leader, with an enthusiasm for building and leading a diverse team spanning multiple development sites spanning the globe (Seattle, WA; Herndon, VA; Arlington, VA; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Berlin, Germany).
  • Rise to the challenge of owning and operating a service that is mission critical to the call path of all AWS API calls worldwide.
  • Experience working directly with customers in both engineering and C-suite level discussions.
  • All the while, displaying a passion for making lives easier for AWS customers.

About the team

The days of corporate firewalls being the most prominent component of a strong information security defense are long gone. Industry trends including mobile, IoT, SaaS applications, and cloud computing are driving the need for new zero trust architectures that put digital identity as the cornerstone of modern digital security. And new privacy regulations such as GDPR are forcing customers to rethink their legacy identity and access management systems and look for more modern cloud-based solutions. AWS Identity provides services that enable customers to control who can access what in the cloud. Our services enable identity, resource, and access management as well as governance across all of our customers' AWS accounts. We support ALL AWS services in ALL AWS regions around the world, and 100% of AWS customers use our services. We take our responsibility for securely enforcing access control for AWS customers as our absolute top priority.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (related field) or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years of experience on architecting fault tolerant and high available systems
  • 5+ years’ experience managing people with 3+ years of managing multiple managers/teams
  • 5+ years of experience owning 24x7x365 service operations


  • A leadership position in a team delivering solutions at scale
  • Masters or PhD in Computer Science or Engineering or Security with a minimum of 10 years of relevant software development and engineering management experience
  • Strong systems operations skills
  • Strong performance engineering fundamentals
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve stretch goals
  • Experience leading teams that participate in, and influence, open standards work (e.g. OpenID Connect, SAML, FIDO Alliance, etc.)

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