Systems Development Engineer

Job ID: 1601392 | Amazon Dev Centre South Africa


This position is inside the Cloud Manager Group, which owns the services responsible for creating, modifying, and terminating EC2 Instances. The Group is responsible for driving instances to their intended state, as well as the contract with instance resources such as EBS Volumes and AMIs. We're thus a pivotal team in EC2, and we're hiring!

If successful, you will be responsible for the development and operation of core EC2 control-plane infrastructure that launches hundreds of thousands of EC2 instances every day and manages millions of resources. As a Systems Development Engineer (SysDE) in this team you will have the particular focus on introducing and improving automation in order to drive up the resiliency and drive down the operational costs of the team's services. This will include identifying and resolving issues, as well as automating and improving repetitive processes. You will become intimate with the architecture of our systems and be responsible for diving deep into code, while developing solutions for our customers and services. You will operate in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment, solving challenging problems at massive scale.

We are a diverse team which is is dedicated to supporting new members. We’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy mentoring more junior members. This includes both helping to onboard new hires, and supporting continued career growth. We try to assign projects and tasks that will help each team member to develop their skills, allowing them to take on more complex tasks as they progress.

We operate from the Amazon Development Center South Africa, in the heart of the beautiful city of Cape Town. If you're not from Cape Town, we offer comprehensive relocation as a part of our package.


· Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent degree or experience
· 3+ years experience in Systems Administration and DevOps
· 3+ years of experience with Linux/Unix tools and architecture
· 3+ years of experience building automated tools in Python, Java and/or Ruby


· Expertise in managing MySQL DBs will be highly beneficial
· Strong desire to build, sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
· Excellent written communication and verbal agility
· Demonstrated capability for innovation

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.